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Thread #104731   Message #2150758
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
16-Sep-07 - 08:00 PM
Thread Name: how important is the label traditional singer?
Subject: RE: how important is the label traditional singer?
"Whether 'the tradition' still exists"?

Well, I suppose in a sense I am part of "the tradition", and a traditional singer, and if so the tradition exists, for whatever it may be worth.

The foregoing paragraph, if you look at it, is pretty weak (as you'll see below), but still true as far as it goes.

I am 76, and I know and sometimes sing a song I learned from my stepfather as a kid, before I got snared by Burl Ives in my teens and I suppose became a revivalist from then on. My stepfather didn't seem to know where the song came from ("learned it from somebody, years ago"), and I certainly don't. It's a comic song, to the tune of "The Wearin' of the Green." It doesn't SEEM a commercial type song, so I consider it, at least, to be a part of the folk tradition.

No one has "collected" it from me, as far as I'm aware, so I'm a traditional singer, or a potential source singer, to the extent of one song. So "the tradition" lives on, Greg!

Dave Oesterreich