The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77728   Message #1392839
Posted By: Bill D
29-Jan-05 - 09:45 PM
Thread Name: What is wrong with being a purist?
Subject: RE: What is wrong with being a purist?
well, Don T..if I heard you, I might indeed say you were close to the folk style and tradition. I know Craig Johnson, who has written a couple of things that I thought WERE trad the first time...his tunes, style, choice of topic..etc..make him very much "in the tradition", and although humor, especially if topical, like Tom Lehrer or Tom Paxton, dates the material, the treatment and style CAN be similar to older stuff. I'd have to judge each song or performance individually, but if a good bit of it fit the list, I'd have no complaint about you billing yourself as 'folk'. If, as you say, you DO include traditional songs, then you at least KNOW which ones are traditional...I have been to open mike sessions where people just wanted to be in front of a mic, and knew nothing earlier than Elvis, The Beatles, and Dylan, and to whom The Kingston Trio were as 'folky' as they'd ever heard.

Without perspective, the issue can't even be discussed.

Do you have CDs or anything one might hear?