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teller Art Thieme, Allen C. (70* d) RE: Art Thieme, Allen C. 15 Aug 99

The various and varying definitions of what people call 'Folk' music is something that will, no doubt, be discussed, argued about and generally tossed back and forth for a long long time to come, BUT.....I offer my own pennorth worth, for what it's worth. Traditional folk music, I feel, was something that was used to record....well, anything you care to mention really: events, comment, love songs etc etc. For instance: in the village where I currently live, there was an 'event', over an hundred and fifty years ago that, as far as I have been able to discover, was never actually 'recorded' in song. Basically, two thirds of the entire town was burnt down after somebody got careless in a local bakers. Now, I've checked around, as much as I was able to, talking with local historians, reading eye-witness accounts and generally researching the incident, and drew a large blank. Some may call it presumptious, but I decided it was about time that the 'Great Fire of Chudleigh' was recorded, in song. So I wrote it. It's a folk song, in the 'traditional' style, recording a momentous event in our local history. I sang it at the club, in front of six or so 'purists', who were our guests that night, and received a favourable response. It may never become accepted as such, but I feel it IS a folk song, even though it's new and ( as yet ) 'unaccepted'. It's a song about the people, for the memory of the people who went through that time, to remind the people who are around today about a little of what makes the place where they live the place it is. Does that make sense ? Well, it does to me. And I think it's a folk song - so there !!! Teller.

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