Mudcat Café message #2720805 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123472   Message #2720805
Posted By: The Sandman
10-Sep-09 - 01:17 PM
Thread Name: The Folk Process
Subject: RE: The Folk Process
Mcgrath,Can you back that up with stats.,that is just your subjective opoinion
My guess is that a lot of people hear a song,then look it up on mudcat and get one version,or they buy a cd and if its got a word sheet,they learn the songs that way.
   how many singers alter a JEZlOWE composition[not many is my guess]but does that mean the song is not a folk song,there are other important factors ,style is one.,to say that it has become a folksong purely because someone has altered a word is ridiculous.,and is making a fetish out of the folk process.
IMO the process is part of it ,BUT IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR,furthermore a modern song can be a folk song,even if it has not been learned orally and not folk processed.
lovely joan is in the Martin Carthy song book,it does not cease to be a folk or traditional song because Joe Bloggs learned it from his book.
the tradition would have died out if Sharp and others had not notated and printed books of songs,furthermore some trad singers and trad musicians can, still do and did learn music/songs from notation or learn lyrics from a written source.