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Thread #101506   Message #2047757
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
10-May-07 - 05:18 AM
Thread Name: What got you hooked on folk music?
Subject: RE: What got you hooked on folk music?
I first heard folk songs sung at my junior school in the late 50s. I now know that the songs we heard, and were required to learn, had been collected by Cecil Sharp, mainly in Somerset, in the early part of the 20th century. I loved those old songs but I hated the music lessons and the rather fierce martinet of a music teacher.

A few years later I started going to my local folk club and heard some of those songs, and similar ones, sung in a style that was closer to that in which Sharp must have heard them (ie. unaccompanied and with a regional accent). The fact that these songs were being sung in the relaxed atmosphere of the back room of a smoky pub, and not in a rather intimidating classroom, helped as well. I was hooked then and have been ever since.