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Posted By: Big Al Whittle
05-Jun-19 - 04:34 AM
Thread Name: Pop songs done in the 'folk style'
Subject: RE: Pop songs done in the 'folk style'
J admit all my early ideas about folk music were quite wrong.

At school we learned many real traditional folksongs in Singing Together radio programmes. However I would never have described them as folk songs, when I was a kid.

I suppose , the first time I heard music on the radio that I loved and heard described as folksong was The Kingston Trio singing Where have all the Flowers Gone?

I know now that my ideas were factually wrong. Tommy Roe's sentimental song The Folksinger, I probably would thought of that as folk music as well.

The thing is though, it was those radio friendly songs that were my first foray into acoustic guitar strumming. Those plummy voices with hearty piano accompaniment on Singing Together weren't the motivating factor.

So I don't sneer at people who think they're playing folk music when they try to strum out Ed Sheeran, or whatever. It's a start. And as Joey Fagan says in The Committments - I believe in starts!