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Thread #166222   Message #3994805
Posted By: Dave the Gnome
01-Jun-19 - 12:50 PM
Thread Name: Pop songs done in the 'folk style'
Subject: Pop songs done in the 'folk style'
I'm hoping that this can be an interesting and good natured thread :-)

There are some pop songs that lend themselves to being performed acoustically and in what I tend to term as the "folk style". I am not really sure I can describe what that style is exactly. Acoustic is part of it. More often than not quite laid back. Unobtrusive backing. A certain quality that I am sure most people can recognise. Anyhow, I have been to many different folk clubs and they all seem to have their own pop standards done in this style.

At Swinton, for instance, my mate Mike does a lovely version of the Beatles' "Blackbird". A number of our residents get together to sing "Meet me on the corner" A capella. "Blue Moon", played on tin whistle and mandolin, is tagged onto "Nancy Whisky". The vast majority of stuff at the clubs I visit is, of course, traditional and contemporary folk and so it should be. But I find it quite pleasant that some pop is given the folk treatment. It's almost like getting something from the music industry for free :-)

What do they do at your club? What do you do yourself? What have you heard and thought "that works!"? Not talking contemporary folk or folk that has made it to the mainstream here. Just out and out pop given a folk makeover.