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Thread #141622   Message #3260983
Posted By: Rob Naylor
21-Nov-11 - 12:58 PM
Thread Name: What Folk Revival?
Subject: RE: What Folk Revival?
Yes, but the concert going public prefer - most of the time - to listen to music from the past, and have no desire to see it updated!
However, within the British folk scene the cry is "update or die".


Disagree here...although the classical concert going public goes mainly to music from the past, they also go along to hear newly composed pieces "in the classical idiom". What's happening isn't that things are being "updated" but that the classical repertoire is expanding. It takes a while for more modern oieces to be accepted into the "canon".

The same thing should occur in the folk scene, too....new songs or tunes in the trad idiom will, in 50 or 100 years, become part of the "trad canon". If they're "not allowed to" then I'm afraid the genre *will* die...or become the preserve of a(n even more) microscopic number of people with aspic pickling tendencies.

I heard the Huw & Tony Williams song "Travelling By Steam" done at a session the other week, followed by "Fiddler's Green"...both songs written by artistes who are still with us...and I'd be hugely disappointed if songs such as those, or Bob Kenward's "Man of Kent" were regarded as "not traddy enough to be acceptable".

I've lost count of the number of times I've heard people do songs that they *thought* were "trad" but which in reality have been composed by people in recent years. "Safe Harbour Tonight" was the latest.