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Thread #167183 Message #4028843
Posted By: Karen Impola
18-Jan-20 - 01:12 AM
Thread Name: What other people think - Best Folk Song
Subject: RE: What other people think - Best Folk Song
That list skews heavily American, heavily 1960's and 70's, and heavily original compositions as opposed to trad, but I personally like many of those songs. I especially approve of the few more recent songwriters I noticed there - Dave Carter, Iris Dement, James Keelaghan, John Gorka.
My own top 100 would be much more idiosyncratic and obscure, and include a wider range of genres, including (gasp!) music not sung in English. But for what it is - a list put together by an American radio service aimed at a baby boomer demographic - it's a good list.
(For the record, I'm an American boomer myself, but I try not to let it define my listening patterns.)
I think of "folk music" as an umbrella term, which includes both trad and non-trad. It has fuzzy boundaries, and that's okay.