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Thread #157386   Message #3714453
Posted By: Lighter
04-Jun-15 - 01:18 PM
Thread Name: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Subject: RE: Still wondering what's folk these days?
The question is, "What kind of music are people probably talking about today when you hear them call it 'folk'?" What should you expect to hear at a "folk" concert?

Let's see, you can have one performer or several.

The instruments can be acoustic or electric.

Any melodic scale is acceptable.

Any genre except classical is likely to appear in a "folk" performance.

Large orchestral backups are a possible disqualification. (Is Celtic Woman a "folk" act?)

Singer-songwriter music is preferred. In fact, it might be the most important element.

If so, "folk music" chiefly means music and (especially) song performed by the composer/songwriter, along with whatever else sounds sort of like it - as long as it isn't classical.