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Posted By: Jim Carroll
17-Oct-12 - 03:08 PM
Thread Name: Republican or Conservative folk singers
Subject: RE: Republic or Conservative folk singers
The earliest songs ever to be gathered together in a collection are to be found in Wright's 'Political Songs from John (1199) to Edward II' (1307) - in French, Provencal, Latin, Anglo-Norman and English.
Echoes of politics in the shape of The Enclosures can be found in our Transportation Songs, the Bothy Songs reflect greedy masters and overworked and exploited farm workers, many of our sea and soldiers songs record the hardship and injustice of being ripped from land and family and forced to fight in bloody and rapaciously murdeous wars.
In Ireland, the thousands of emigration songs came about from what is often referred to as Ireland's Holocaust - The Great Famine; and the Irish repertoire would be decimated without the songs of struggle for independence.
It is virtually impossible to discuss the American Civil Rights struggle without remembering those wonderful protest song, many of which brought many of us into folk music in the first place.
Politics, like the poor, is always with us and political songs reflect that fact. They have been part of our self-expression for a long, long time and long may that continue to be the case.
(or are we just talking about left-wing political songs?)
Jim Carroll