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Amy_Florence_Nthants Is celtic rock folk music (58* d) RE: Is celtic rock folk music 06 Jul 09


Depends what you count as folk music

With celtic/folk rock often they use folk tunes i.e Cruchan and Waille Waile but then put them to really heavy guitar/drum. Its an adaptation of a folk song and in that way its folk music.

Other songs like DOT take a folk style and make it into music but if its folk then its not in the trad sense but more like 'Somewhere along the road' which most people regard as folk, including me. and that could extend to tunes played in the celtic rock Genre which aren't trad.

If a song/tune has to be trad to be folk then music would never move on, we would never have embraced the epic Blowzabella or played Jump at the Sun by John Kirkpatrick in sessions :-(

Folk music has always shifted and adapted to the music around it, Celtic rock certainly has folk type aspects to it, but it would never be regarded like salsa celtica as 'Pure Folk music'

It all depends on your viewpoint as to how traditional a folk song/tune has to be to be folk, whether modern songs in a folk style count as folk and whether you can still embrace a folk tune as folk music if it has a heavy drum line.

IMO (Not that is really counts) If a modern song is known by the majority of people in the room when you sing it, it counts as folk, yes it's a flawed theory but I hold to it none the less. And if you take a traditional song/tune or play a modern tune in trad style then you are playing folk

Folk is a very expansive and inclusive Genre, and i think the title celtic/Rock Folk/metal trad/rock etc are justified and well named, they are not just folk or rock music but they combine the two, sometimes in a very appealing manner

Ummmm and Mr Bridges..so any music played on a modern instrument is folk music????


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