The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119597   Message #2594931
Posted By: Tootler
22-Mar-09 - 08:15 PM
Thread Name: What is 'feral folk music'?
Subject: RE: What is 'feral folk music'?
I looked up feral in a dictionary and got the following definition:

"Wild; untamed; ferine; not domesticated; -- said of beasts,
birds, and plants."

The term is commonly used of domesticated animals that have returned to the wild. Feral cats are common here the UK, for example. These are domestic breeds of cat living wild as opposed to wildcats which are a distinct species.

The parallel with folk music would then be as was described in the earlier thread - folk music being played "in the wild" ie not in its normal habitat of specifically folk events - folk clubs, folk festivals, definite series of folk concerts such as are put on at the Sage in Gateshead under the Folkworks banner, etc.