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Thread #104731   Message #2148756
Posted By: GUEST,booklyn rose
13-Sep-07 - 11:03 PM
Thread Name: how important is the label traditional singer?
Subject: RE: how important is the label traditional singer?
I love traditional songs,but the value of the label "traditional singer" depends on how it is used. I find some people seem to resent "big city" people like me who want to sing "their" songs. That makes me feel very uncomfortable. If only the families of the source singers can sing "their" songs, the music world is impoverished. Someone at Eisteddod-NY, a festival of traditional music, described many of the singers as "steeped in the tradition." That is good enough for me. If a singer has learned songs well, learned about the context the songs came from, and sings them well, we get to hear good music.