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Thread #153775   Message #3605657
Posted By: Rapparee
27-Feb-14 - 11:25 PM
Thread Name: English vs. American folk culture
Subject: RE: English vs. American folk culture
Let's see -- Pocatello, Idaho:

There's the Old Tyme Fiddlers, Kyd J. (a band), Bar J Wronglers, the Idaho Civic Symphony Foundation (which has brought Natalie McMaster and others to town), and a plethora of Celtic, Brazilian, Mexican, German, Irish, Japanese, and other musical groups that play for themselves and their friends and sometimes, in the Summer, at "Revive At Five", the Farmers' Market, and other outdoor activities. The scene is quite eclectic and includes everything from square dancing to contra to ballet. I've heard railroad songs, labor movement songs, protest songs, cowboy songs, "dirty" songs, songs of the Oregon and Mormon Trails, and a lot of other things sung.

The US is a complex weaving of cultures and nationalities (and I forgot the Greeks in the above). Jazz, rock, spirituals and all that make up American "folk culture" comes from roots so diverse as to be nearly unbelievable.

And don't forget what Deckman has completed!