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Thread #119547   Message #2600562
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
30-Mar-09 - 01:38 PM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
While folk means "traditional songs, mostly"

Depends where you are really. Do people think this is generally the case? I can think of many clubs & festivals where it isn't true in the slightest. So Folk means Folk Songs, including some traditional, or not, as the case might be. Personally, I no longer see why traditional songs should get special consideration other than one of personal taste justified by some fantasy of a folk process by which they may (or may not) have come down to us.

Go check out Ron Baxter's songs over at The Fleetwood Folk Club myspace page - there're all his words, set & sung by various artists. When Ron writes a song, he does so to a Traditional Tune, but when he gives you the words, he doesn't tell you what that tune was, so whoever he gives the song to has to come up with one to fit. This is an empirical Folk Process, resulting in some amazing Folk Songs, echoing The Tradition and written by one whose dedication & erudition in the field of Traditional Folk Song is legendary.