Mudcat Café message #2594170 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119547   Message #2594170
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
21-Mar-09 - 05:11 PM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
I'm not saying what Folk should be, I'm saying what it is. Thus do I differentiate it from Traditional, just I think of myself as a Traddy rather than a Folky, simply because of the utter nebulousness of the latter term.

My heart lifts at Jim's account of the state of play in Ireland, but things are very different over here. Now, instead of getting pissed off at the Folk / Trad disparity, or the state of play in the UK clubs, festivals etc. I've decided to operate on a far more inclusive understanding of what we think of as Folk, based, as I say, on the empirical evidence - on the reality of the situation and not on an ideal.

Folk is rather like Flotsam - just so many otherwise disparate diverse artefacts floating around in a particular context regardless of origin or eventual destination. It's all Flotsam.