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Thread #165645   Message #3975418
Posted By: Jim Carroll
08-Feb-19 - 03:24 AM
Thread Name: Where Have all the Folkies Gone
Subject: RE: Where Have all the Folkies Gone
I think the appalling level of sales are indicative of a disinterest - even hostility towards traditional singing
I've been experiencing the same while trying to find a hope for an archive that took a few of us a lifetime to put together
There has never been so much good traditional song and music available for the asking yet there is little sign that it is being taken up
We haven't even scratched the surface of the masses of information that was recorded from our older generation of singers
I found a new Harry Cox song last month - I thought I'd heard all his songs but there it was on the Lomax site - a dirty song we recited as a poem as kids in the schoolyard - one that was found by an early collector who wrote down the tune but refused to write down the words (and made a point of saying so in the Folk Song Journal) because it was "unsuitable for public ears"
Our collections are full of this stuff and, if folk song is to survive, it needs to be passed on and made use of - the only reason I can see of that not happening is disinterest
Jim Carroll