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Thread #165762   Message #3979786
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
02-Mar-19 - 02:18 AM
Thread Name: Article discussion:'There’s nowt so fake as folk'
Subject: RE: Article discussion:'There’s nowt so fake as folk'
'I presume you mean 'Conservative jingoistic folkies'. Are there really any of these left? I thought they'd all shuffled off'

i think the problem you have is that before the foundation of the Labour Party - there was no organised left in England.

And much folksong predates this. I know my family came from the ghettoes of Victorian   St Helens in Lancashire - poor Irish immigrants. Really the poorest - deficiency diseases etc.

And yet
The songs they sang were for the main patriotic stuff. Goodbye Dolly Grey, The Baby's Name, We Do Not Want to Fight but by Jingo if we Do....etc.

I know some people don't reckon this is folksong. But that's how it was for us, and we were pretty folkie - clog dancers, banjo players etc.