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Thread #109111   Message #2278507
Posted By: Tootler
03-Mar-08 - 03:16 PM
Thread Name: Folk terminology
Subject: RE: Folk terminology
Finger in ear

I agree that Brian Peters had it right when he said;

A term employed by lazy journalists (usually in conjunction with the phrase 'woolly sweaters') to describe any activity within the folk scene over the last fifty years. Also used by a few folk club organisers who don't enjoy traditional songs to rebuff performers who sing them (as in: "We don't go for that finger-in-the-ear stuff at our club")...

97 verse ballads

Similar to "finger in ear" - a shorthand used by those who sneer at folk music.

Folk Police

The first time I came across this term it was used by a well-known Irish musician to describe those who say things like "you can't do it like that, it's not traditional" - in general of people who seem unable to accept that traditions do change over time. I have understood the term "folk police" to mean something like this ever since.

Folk Fascist

See folk police - only a more extreme form of the same outlook.