The writer of a recent article in the Daily Mail bewailed the fact that 'village skills' had all but disappeared from England. He was talking about trades such as thatching, smithying, dry-stone walling and all of those other gentle trades that we associate with pre-industrial revolution village life.
I'm willing to bet that if we could speak to somebody who endured such a life they would call us lucky b'stards for not having to cope with mind-numbing, back-breaking work for little reward, with every chance of being thrown out of the tied cottage at the hint of old age or illness.
It is also very unlikely that such a person would know the joys of listening to Amerindian chants, drums and pipes or any form of music other than a small number of hymns and carols.
Time and music have moved on and definitely for the better. Folk is, in my opinion, just one of many styles of popular music which has benefited from the absorbtion of ideas from other cultures. (e.g. folk-rock) Move on or die!