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Thread #157386   Message #3715180
Posted By: Steve Gardham
08-Jun-15 - 08:29 AM
Thread Name: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Subject: RE: Still wondering what's folk these days?
1908 My Brudda Sylvest. I don't know about America where it originated but it was sung a lot in WWII and carried on in the pub sings until the folk scene got hold of it. I doubt if 'Old Johnny Booker' is much older.

Moving on to the folk scene, plenty of English folk artistes of the 60s were including 20s comic songs in their repertoires, such as 'Taking my Oyster for Walkies'. Popular songs of any period will always be accepted into the folk repertoire but they won't be forced!

Recording source singers in more recent years they often offer songs they were taught at school like 'The Jolly Wagonner'.