Mudcat Café message #2600246 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119547   Message #2600246
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
30-Mar-09 - 04:46 AM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
It's dawned on me that perhaps the problem here is an assumption that only "folk" can legitimately be performed in a "folk context". It is demonstrable fact that a far wider range of music than simply traditional folk is performed in these places

That is the very crux of what this thread is about - Folk Music and Traditional Music are not synonymous.

and so there seems to be a desire to label all of this as "folk" in order to bring it into the fold.

Not to bring into the fold as just, just recognise what happens in a folk context as folk music, irrespective of genre. Folk music isn't about genre, its about context. I think, perhaps, that this has always been the case.

The question is, where do you draw the line?

There is no line. This is an evidence based music, strictly empirical. Folk Music is what Folk Music does.