The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #158212   Message #3739573
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
24-Sep-15 - 03:23 PM
Thread Name: Need input on youth in folk music
Subject: RE: Need input on youth in folk music
As an active member of the Bluegrass community here in the Denver/Boulder area, we are witnessing an upsurge in the popularity of acoustic music among young people. Some of this is attributable to the music of people like the Grateful Dead, surprisingly enough. The youngsters start out admiring songs like Morning dew, I know you Rider, and others thinking of them as GD songs. Playing with some of the old geezers like myself, they come to a realization that many of these songs are actually traditional tunes. For many of these people, I think bands like Grateful dead, Decembrists, Old and In the Way, Mumford, etc are a gateway to Folk Music. And it's really not a lot different than my path. I went from folk rock like the Byrds, Fairport convention, and others into true traditional music. Now, if you try to get these kids to sit down and listen to Burl Ives, Kingston Trio, or Tommy Makem, you will have a hard time. But you may find that they will listen to Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, Gillian Welch, and some of what I would describe as the edgier end of Folk. You will find that many of these people begin to have an interest once you show them traditional music doesn't have to be corny or square. Willow Garden by Jean Redpath is a beautiful song, but you may find more common ground with the young by listening to Nick Cave's version.