Mudcat Café message #2281959 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109111   Message #2281959
Posted By: Brian Peters
07-Mar-08 - 07:02 AM
Thread Name: Folk terminology
Subject: RE: Folk terminology
>> Good God many of us would kill to liberate "folk" music from the hand of the professionals and let the1954 defintion run free! <<

One of the regulars at my local folk club in Glossop many years ago was dead against the policy of booking even occasional guest artists and would never attend those evenings, muttering noisily about how folk music was the music of the people and we shouldn't be expected to pay to hear others perform it. His own repertoire, however, consisted entirely of songs obviously drawn from the repertoires of well-known professional performers of the 1970s.

Maybe if people like me all packed up and got proper jobs, there would be a sudden spontaneous flowering of traditional singing in communities across the land, but somehow I'm not convinced.