Mudcat Café message #2601577 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119547   Message #2601577
Posted By: Don Firth
31-Mar-09 - 04:23 PM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Well, I guess I'm not only in the wrong pew, I'm in the wrong church. I found myself agreeing with what Crow Sister just wrote, then, unfamiliar with Mawkin Causley and Bellowhead (out here on the west coast of the U. S. and A.), I pulled them up on YouTube.

What I heard was with what came on like symphony orchestras with whatever solo singers I could pick out being backed by choirs of other singers.   The songs being sung (at least the ones I listened to) seemed to be what I would consider (in my narrow, twisted little mind) to be "folk" songs—or "traditional" songs (if there really is a difference, which I can't see myself), but the presentation reminded me of some of the major stage productions put on by Harry Belafonte back in the mid to late 1950s.

Whatever happened to the singer (just one) singing a traditional song (like a Child ballad, for example) to the accompaniment of a guitar—or a banjo—or a concertina (just one, not all of them together)? Or possibly even (shudder of horror!!) unaccompanied?

Oh, I see! Dull! Weird! Boring! Nobody wants to listen to that stuff anymore, I guess.

(But—fortunately, that doesn't reflect my experience out here in the wilderness).

'Scuse me for now. Lunch time here.

Don Firth