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Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
23-Mar-19 - 02:32 PM
Thread Name: What is a Folk Song?
Subject: RE: What is a Folk Song?
All together now: Product - package - consumer.

It's whatever they say it is. One at a time and all together.

I'm from the Caribbean. When Stringsinger covers Choucoune as "folk" it becomes folk to Yank consumers. That's fine.

But it's still a full Euro-style lounge orchestra vedette tune. Celia Cruz and Harry Belafonte are fine with us "down south." Kathlene Dunham &c are "folk art."

Frankly, I hear always little Walter Raim in the "folk song." Don't ask me why.

It's all good.