The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157386 Message #3714750
Posted By: Lighter
06-Jun-15 - 04:03 AM
Thread Name: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Subject: RE: Still wondering what's folk these days?
> All of these songs have a "provenance," a history, like a piece of antique furniture. People have "used" these songs. None of them were "fresh from the workshop" or written on the bus last week. They've all been around awhile.
"Folk" is thus one of the least popular musical genres in the English-speaking world. Even pseudo-folk is an also-ran compared to hiphop, CW, etc.
> But "Lord Randal" is still a traditional (folk) ballad.
But that doesn't make George London a "folk singer."