The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60042   Message #962640
Posted By: Little Robyn
31-May-03 - 05:40 PM
Thread Name: Living Tradition and the Revival
Subject: RE: Living Tradition and the Revival
I think there should be a third category in this thread - FOLK.
A revivalist singer can sing/play a traditional song/tune in a traditional manner. It's when a 'Folk' singer gets hold of that same Trad song and starts folking around with it, we call it the folk process but that's when I believe we should start differentiating.
But then the earlier singers tended to change things too, either consciously or from memory lapses.
How many 'Living Traditions' are left anyway?
Padstow's Obby Oss? Most of the others have been revived since WW1 or WW2. The Halanto had died out. How many Morris sides would still be dancing if C Sharp hadn't 'discovered' them and started teaching others? Who changed the 'Traditional' way of playing an autoharp on your lap (and who would want to go back to that method?) and was 'Traditional' singing just a lone backporch affair or do concerts figure in some traditions?
I guess what you find acceptable depends on where you live and what you've grown up with.
New Zealand doesn't really have a 'Tradition' - the Maori music has been changing ever since white settlers or sailors first came here, but there was no 'Folk' tradition until the Folk Revival hit. So I guess that makes us all revivalists over here!
But I still sing and play 'Traditional' stuff!!