The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157386   Message #3714922
Posted By: MGM·Lion
07-Jun-15 - 01:31 AM
Thread Name: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Subject: RE: Still wondering what's folk these days?
"She does actually perform some traditional folk songs too y'know"
True -- I just found a video of Ms Chaney singing The Dark-Eyed Sailor, with portative organ rather than harmonium. But mostly it seems to be that MOR sort-of-uplift that people who don't know much about folk delight for some reason in calling folk music. As I once wrote in a Folk Review article called "A plea for categories", [from memory] 'It's a free country: call it all folk if you like. But remember the necessity of precise communication in nomenclature. If every article of household furniture was called a chair, we shouldn't know where to park our arses' -- a formulation, I recall, that much appealed to Peter Bellamy, who went around quoting it for quite a time.

As for Ms Chaney as a performer: she seems to me deficient in clarity of articulation -- even if she did study at Chetham's & The RAM. Someone should have told her not to sing quite so close to the mic: as it is, her words get muffled and are hard to make out. Even tho she was here singing a song I know, I could only clearly hear about one phrase a stanza & had to go back to the DT to remind myself of the words. I find her a bit strident myself.