The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #18581   Message #522403
Posted By: Peter Kasin
07-Aug-01 - 01:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: What isn't Folk?
Subject: RE: BS: What isn't Folk?
Frank Hamilton's definition makes sense to me, but then, how would Guthrie's songs be defined? Is there a separate definition for modern songs composed in a folk idiom? I've heard it said that these days "folk" refers to singer/songwriter's acoustic music while "traditional" refers to what was once universally called "folk." "Acoustic," another definition I've heard for modern genres sounds to me to be a better term for the modern composed songs and they then would be less likely to be confused with traditional material. What category does the "sounds like, walks like, talks like, but isn't" song go to?