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Thread #167183   Message #4028870
Posted By: Steve Shaw
18-Jan-20 - 06:54 AM
Thread Name: What other people think - Best Folk Song
Subject: RE: What other people think - Best Folk Song
When I was Beatles fan in my teens, I used to think that a folk song was a pop song that had a fiddle in it.

That big list contains a lot of very good songs that I would never call folk songs. However, in the spirit of that list, I'd like to nominate Raglan Road, as long as Luke is singing it. And therein lies a thing: how much you like a song can depend a lot on who is singing it. Ten Thousand Miles, sung by Nic Jones, would be near the top of my list. Sung jazzily by a person who I shall have to leave nameless and it instantly falls right off the bottom of my list. A few others from the Noah's Ark Trap would be right up there too. But again I'm talking versions of songs, not just songs. Ewan's The Joy Of Living and This Land Is Your Land hit the right notes for me too. I can read the words as poetry without hearing a particular version (though if pushed I'd choose the composers singing those two every time). But then I'm mostly an Irish tunes man...

Last year we took my dad to a high place of heather, rock and ling (precisely that) and scattered his dust and ashes, feeding them to the Pendle wind, in his favourite place. That makes me biased!