The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109357   Message #2285464
Posted By: Les in Chorlton
11-Mar-08 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: The Current Tradition
Subject: The Current Tradition
This is a paraphrase of a desciption:

'The tradition' comprises art forms of a …   community rooted in that community's lore and has customs passed on orally, aurally or by demonstration …….. It has thus belonged collectively to that community…….. .

I took it from a post by Diane Easby, without permission and I may be damned but I think it is a good starting point.

Almost nobody currently involved in singing, playing or promoting this kind of music is part of such a community. But thousands and thousands of us are part of some extended community that:

"has customs passed on orally, aurally or by demonstration …….. It has thus belonged collectively to that community…….. ."

We are not a rural community meeting in the village pub to share songs. We are spread across this country and others and are connected by custom and practice such that we can go to all sorts of places and sing songs, play tunes and dance with the expectation that we will be understood and generally well received.

Is this a new living tradition?