The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2304790
Posted By: Herga Kitty
02-Apr-08 - 03:55 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
There's a distinction, isn't there, between traditional folk music (passed on from generation to generation, of historical and cultural value but not necessarily to particularly good performance standards), tradart (performance of traditional music and song by professionals, and possibly with inclusion of contemporary material written in trad idiom) and communal singing and playing together - of varying quality - in sessions? They're all valid in their own right, and sometimes can be found together. Different people enjoy different aspects. Shirley Collins suggested on her radio programme that people might get distracted from the quality of a song by the quality of the singing....

Kitty