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Thread #167183   Message #4028989
Posted By: Jeri
18-Jan-20 - 09:08 PM
Thread Name: What other people think - Best Folk Song
Subject: RE: What other people think - Best Folk Song
There was a fairly in-depth discussion of it in uk.music.folk years ago. Mostly, because of Gaughan's recording, and he explained a lot of things I hadn't understood.

That list, though... It's clear what it really is is favorite recorded versions of folk-like songs. For example, "The Dutchman" by Steve Goodman. The song was written by Michael P Smith, and recorded by him and about a hundred other people. It's at the Folk Alley, and you'd expect them to know WTF they were talking about, but I suppose they're dumbing it down so the lowest common denominator (almost wrote "demonimator") can understand it. I suppose I'm feeling snobbish tonight.

I read the list earlier, and I think "Scarborough Fair" was the only one I thought was a "folk" song. But "By Martin Carthy"!? They mean their favorite recorded version, right? So it's not actually about the SONG??!!

Gonna go take my meds now.