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Thread #131220 Message #2959345
Posted By: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
06-Aug-10 - 06:52 AM
Thread Name: What isn't folk
Subject: RE: What isn't folk
Once everybody got over the Tie a Yellow Ribbon distraction, I was expecting a bit of thought into this.
Seems some people have difficulty in differentiating folk with folk style. if you sing Sympathy for the Devil with Northumbrian pipes droning in the background, it could be argued it is in the folk style. If you listen to Mick jagger singing it with the rest of The Stones giving it welly, it is no less a folk song due to the historical narrative of the lyrics, but it is not in the folk style.
Martin Carthy sings Cum on Feel the Noize with great pathos and irony on The Imagined Village's Empire & Love album. it is in a folk style, but a folk song?
mmm... Just goes to show how you can never resolve a subjective debate.
Therefore, I remain comfortable with my earlier assessment. In fact, I reckon it makes the 1954 drivel obsolete.