Mudcat Café message #2718654 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123472   Message #2718654
Posted By: GUEST, Sminky
08-Sep-09 - 05:08 AM
Thread Name: The Folk Process
Subject: RE: The Folk Process
Variants are evidence that a song has been passed on orally over time/distance. They are therefore an indication of longevity - nothing more.

However, where once there was only a single means of transmission, today we have TV, iPods, WWW, CDs and YouTube to name but a few.

If you believe that a song must change before it can be called a 'folk' song then it follows that you must also believe there can be no new folksongs - and I wish you well.

However, there are some of us who reject this 'rear-view-mirror' mentality and rejoice in the enrichment of the folk repertoire by modern creations.