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What do you consider Folk?

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Jayto 11 Aug 08 - 09:18 AM
Peace 11 Aug 08 - 09:21 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 11 Aug 08 - 09:38 AM
Mr Happy 11 Aug 08 - 09:40 AM
alanabit 11 Aug 08 - 09:40 AM
Lizzie Cornish 1 11 Aug 08 - 09:44 AM
The Sandman 11 Aug 08 - 09:52 AM
George Papavgeris 11 Aug 08 - 09:54 AM
Jayto 11 Aug 08 - 09:55 AM
Mr Happy 11 Aug 08 - 09:55 AM
George Papavgeris 11 Aug 08 - 09:56 AM
GUEST,guy Wolff On Lap top 11 Aug 08 - 09:58 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 11 Aug 08 - 10:04 AM
Severn 11 Aug 08 - 10:09 AM
Severn 11 Aug 08 - 10:15 AM
GUEST,guy Wolff On Lap top 11 Aug 08 - 10:15 AM
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Subject: What do you consider Folk?
From: Jayto
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:18 AM

There seems to be so many styles called Folk anymore. What do you consider Folk music? I know I have my feelings on the subject but I'd like to hear some other opinions. To me the old recordings are true Folk and other stuff (more modern) is Folk influenced or Folk based. Don't crucify me for this I am just wondering lol.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Peace
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:21 AM

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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:38 AM

oy!   Here we go again. I predict this thread will hit about 200 posts and there will be the usual arguements that appear everytime this subject is brought up.

To me, "folk music" is a term that is on equal footing with "rock and roll" or "jazz" or "classical".   The words do not describe anything more than a general term - and as Jayto noted, there are traditional and modern. Technically, a "recording" should not even be considered "folk" as it is an electronic capture of a song out of the element in which it existed. However, as this thread will soon show, you can split hairs all day long and no one will ever come to agreement.

Depending on your age and geography, "folk music" will have a different meaning. There are folk music styles that may not appeal to you because the traditions come from a community or age that does not speak to your tastes. Folk music springs from a community, whether traditional songs or contemporary, and it serves a purpose that is very different from pop music or other commercial styles.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:40 AM

If all the folks in the pub knows the song I'm singing, then its a folk song!


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: alanabit
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:40 AM

Jayto, I think you must be one of the newer members of Mudcat - and very welcome too. The subject of what constitutes folk music has appeared here in many threads over several years. Some of the discussions have been regrettably acrimonious. At the end of the day most of us are able to settle for describing what folk music means to us personally. Some members like to regard this as an issue, which has been settled for us by academics. As for my own opinion, I shall keep it to myself. I am sure that everyone else out there is completely right!


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:44 AM

Deep Purple are a great folk band. :0)


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:52 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1PaQaNH9NI


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:54 AM

That's a video of someone fanning his crotch, Dick! :-)


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Jayto
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:55 AM

Thanks for the welcome I am new. I was just wondering I grew up around alot of folk music. My family and the area I grew up in are very musical. I agree 100% about the geography and I noticed that Folk is something it seems everyone has a different opinion about. Don't mean to start any feuds lol just wondering. I find it very interesting.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:55 AM

2,224 opinions on the definition of folk here:

thread.cfm?threadid=2224


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:56 AM

Sorry, back to the topic:

Yes.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: GUEST,guy Wolff On Lap top
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 09:58 AM

Hello this is just my take and I know there is more to it but : Home made music played after work that comes from a personal history..


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 10:04 AM

"Home made music played after work that comes from a personal history.. "

Very true. Another type of folk music is the music that was sung DURING work!


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Severn
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 10:09 AM

Are you SURE you want to open up this can of worms once more so we can all go fishing in this hole again, baiting and de-baiting each other, and give all the appropriate angles from all the appropriate angler's stories (including those from out of ye olde angle-o-files) about the exact length and bredth of said slippery beast?

We can have Joe Offer post a long, long list of previous related attempts at the top to show you how much talk has already been expended through the years and how far we still have to go for the answer. Luckily, all this has been done here on computer, so that several forests have saved from the ravages that would be caused by those of us who care most about them and love to mourn about their demise in song, had we chosen to do this all on paper.

Why, WincingDevil of the FSGW has named it a topic of the next Folklore Society of Greater Washington themed Open Sing, so that many of the greatest minds here in the Nation's Capital (minds that President Bush SHOULD want to die for, but would have a better chance of politically dying FROM) will meet in song at this possibly historic forum,

(or against'em as the case might be)

Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?....


....and if WE solve the question, a paper might be presented at the Getaway. If not, it's just more fish stories of the "gotaway".


But, hey! You just might be the stimulus to finally nail this one for good! So leet's have one more go at it!



"TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE....."

Wait! Wait!

THAT's the one we decided was was actually NOT a folksong!






Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

.....or DID we?


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Severn
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 10:15 AM

Hey! There was but two posts when I started typing and there were 14 by the time I posted. I know, I'm a slow typist, but it looks like the folks, if not The Folk, are rarin' to go again.

Stand Back!

We'll roll the rock up the hill THIS time!

Sys-a-fuss is back and boulder than ever!


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: GUEST,guy Wolff On Lap top
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 10:15 AM

Sorry I hit the wrong button again . All these years on Mudcat and Im still hitting mac return and away goes my note .
       Folk music is of the people by the people and for the people . I do love the phrase Home made . The Japanese have a folk movement called Mingai meaning "The unknown Craftsmen" . We have a lot of known folk musicians of course but on the whole folk music s comes from the back porch and it's strength comes from that .. So why record or pay to hear people?? ::: because we love it done beautifully . I couldnt live without hearing Finest Kind or Bruce Malsky or Martin Carthy or or or or
            So one of folk music's most incongruent properties is that ware it comes from is not always where it ends up being found . Ha   
    All the best to all here . Guy


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Jayto
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 10:55 AM

This topic may have been dicussed alot in the past as several of you have pointed out to me (remember I'm new I didn't know).There seems to be alot of people still biting at the bit to discuss it though. I am enjoying reading others take on it.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Peace
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 10:57 AM

Look then at the various blue links to other threads at the top of this page.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Severn
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 11:08 AM

There are songs that came up through the Folk Process and we can argue what that is, but as to "When does a non-Folk Song become at least temporarily a Folk Song?", the answer would be "When it's used in the manner a real folk song (whatever THAT is) would be used"

Using anything as a work song might give it the temporary right to sign on as a GUEST.


The same would be true of Lullabyes. When that infant just won't go to sleep and you've sung up all the traditional lullabies you know and you start singing just ANYTHING soft and slow ten THAT can be considered, at the moment, a true Folk Song, especially if it's the one that finally does the job! And I've heard several people use "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" to sing babies to sleep. It actually was a French folk song to start out, but even with Elvis as the "source singer", it can be folk at times.

Remember, if an audience walks out before hearing the end of a song, the song may be bad, If a child falls asleep before hearing the end, it just might be a goodun.


So in this, or any day and age, context can be as important as the song itself.


And Jayto, I'm not putting you down by any stretch for starting this. In fact, we're always game and it's always seemingly in season.
You just tapped into a sacred Folk Ritual, is all.



.....Lizzie, you refer to Deep Purple as "they". So it's not yet still another nickname for Bruce Murdoch?


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Marilyn
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 11:31 AM

What you consider 'folk music' seems to be such a personal thing - it means something different to each person I think.

I'm English and, for me, the words 'folk music' mean folk music from the British Isles. Folk music from other cultures is, to me, World Music. Going further, again for me personally, folk music is Traditional British Music. This is obviously a VERY PERSONAL DEFINITION and I don't want to be attacked for it as I'm not trying to stuff it down anyone else's throat!

A folk club I go to has a very good regular who sings Gershwin's 'Summertime'. It's a gloriously lovely song but, for me, it definitely isn't folk music. Do I therefore object to her singing it? Well, no - but I still don't think it's 'folk' so I wouldn't sing it at a folk club.

As soon as I hear the words 'here's a song that I wrote ...' I have to confess that my heart sinks and, usually, I just endure the offering that follows and hope that the next person will play a Morris tune or sing a traditional song. There are exceptions (Virginia Barrett comes to mind as a young singer/songwriter of great talent who is always worth listening to).

So my own personal definition of folk music is quite specifically British Traditional. I don't insist that you agree with me - find or create your own definition (or accept the 1954 one if you like). The important thing, I think is this: please, don't try to tell others what they should like!!


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 11:34 AM

I know some of the other "seasoned citizens" on this thread can relate to the following.

In the late 1950's, when I really began to be heavily involved in my local coffee house circuit, the argument was usually between the "ethnic" or "traditional" wing and the more progressive one, for which musicianship, stage presence and good arrangements were of great importance as well as the source music.

Some of the traditionalists (most of them from comfortable middle-class families) wore eastern european garb, affecting the neo-Bolshevik look, or dressed like seedy "street folk" or just sat in the corner, tuning their homemade dulcimers or playing chess and smoking gnarled briar pipes, affecting a sort of esoteric superiority. Sometimes, they would deign to teach us a song or two, which we joyfully accepted and often adapted to our own style.

Most of the rest of us, young and often apolitical, just wanted to play music and have our shot at performing on stage. What the hell, there were pretty girls there, and we were full of what ardent young folk are full of. We shared songs from The Weavers, Burl Ives, Bud and Travis and Bob Gibson or Terry Gilkyson to The Kingston Trio. We wanted to "sound good." If a traditional song worked for us, we used it. Many of the songs we favored were composed in the 20th century, not in the middle ages.

Of course, boundaries were crossed. The purists taught us some reverence for the origins of songs and the countries and traditions from which they came, though they were sometimes heavy-handed about it. Both camps got into the endless discussions about finding and tinkering with guitars and banjos, chords, strums and finger picking, etc.

In the end, I don't know that there was any resolution. Folk song is what any of us perceives it to be. There is no "snapshot in time" which forms boundaries for what constitutes folk music. I believe it is endlessly being created, composed and performed to this day, whether by trained musicians or creative amateurs speaking to their life experience through music.

Lou Gottlieb, of The Limeliters, was a musicologist with a PhD. He obviously had a reverence for the academic side, but it did not keep him from realizing that, if you want wider acceptance, it doesn't hurt to be well-rehearsed and to use good musicianship and stage presence. I wish he were still around. I would like to pose the question, "What is folk music?" to him.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 11:35 AM

I think there is a big difference between folk song and folk music. You can have non-folk songs be folk music, as Severn noted - and as Marilyn pointed out. IF you accept that the "folk club" scene in the UK is part of your folk heritage, a song like "Summertime" can be offered as folk music, even though it is not a folk song.

This is where the arguements begin, and I will say that I do understand and accept that not everyone will agree with my first paragraph.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Jayto
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 11:48 AM

That is how I started thinking about it yrs ago. I am from Ky and to me Appalchian music is my Folk. Because that is the music played by my ancestors. My family has a very rich and long history in folk music in this area. The more I traveled around the more I noticed how much the idea of folk music changed. I defines the people in the area your in. It tells thier story as a people and how they came to be. To me that is the magic of folk music. It is the music of people and history.

Severn I know your not putting me down I appreciate your response and I am enjoying reading all the posts.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 12:00 PM

the fun will really start, when J C arrives.
now I cant really explain why,but personally I consider blues singers folk music,singers like Roscoe Holcomb and Clarence Ashley,and also singers like Harry Cox,Roy Harris,Burl Ives[but not always], Ewan Maccoll,PhilTanner,Nic Jones.The Original Carter Family,but not,Johnny Cash, DanielO Donnell and Barry Manilow.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Jayto
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 12:10 PM

Captain Birdseye I have a question. Why Barry Manilow? I don't mean any disrespect or anything I just didn't expect to hear him mentioned. I am not real familiar with his work well really at all. I remember my parents had alot of his albums but I never listened to them. Just wondering.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 12:23 PM

" ... for me, the words 'folk music' mean folk music from the British Isles. Folk music from other cultures is, to me, World Music."

Do you work for HMV by any chance? Do you also consider Welsh Military Band music to be folk music?


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 12:41 PM

cos,I cant stand him.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Jayto
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 12:44 PM

lol oh I see lol I read it wrong I thought you included him as folk sorry lol


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 01:06 PM

"now I cant really explain why,but personally I consider blues singers folk music"

You have a very good reason - blues is a folk music tradition!


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: GUEST,glueman
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 01:17 PM

It's difficult to imagine any sensible definition of the word that would exclude Roscoe Holcomb and Clarence Ashley.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 01:39 PM

""That is how I started thinking about it years ago. I am from Ky and to me Appalchian music is my Folk.""

Jayto, there are those who say that to hear REAL English traditional folk songs, you have to listen to the songs that are sung in the Appalachian mountain region of the USA.

There are those who do not, because they truly believe it, and those who do not, because to admit it would be to admit they could learn from Americans (heaven forfend).

It's a minefield of toes with very sensitive corns, and stepping lightly is not just advisable, it is essential.

As a songwriter in the STYLE of the tradition (mostly),who sings and accompanies his own compositions, I am not acceptable to the devotees of traditional folk song in the UK, as either a folk singer, or indeed a folk musician. To the REALLY traditional folkies, I am not accepted as a singer/songwriter, but rather derided as a "Snigger/snogwriter".

None of this affects me in the slightest. I still write what I choose, and sing what I choose, and a sufficient portion of the average audience likes what I do to enable me to get a few paid gigs, and a welcome at most festivals.

What is folk? How the hell would I know? I just keep going and hope that one day someone will say "Your Great Grandfather was one HELL of a folk singer, and I love the songs he left us".

Trouble is, I'll never know.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 01:48 PM

You're right from your side and I am right from mine.....

I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
(trad. anon. arranged Zimmerman)


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 01:50 PM

Amen to that WLD

Don T.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 01:57 PM

100!




(I just thought I would get that out of the way early!)


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 02:30 PM

101, and no J C,and we are all gettin on politely.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Jayto
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 03:26 PM

In Ky we have a VERY heavy concentration of English,Irish, and Scottish families. We have always been an economically challenged region (read that as broke broke broke lol) and more years isolated. It was hard to get in because of the mountains and once you were here uh why? No jobs or money were to be had for years. I understand exactley why is would remain pure. I think the term Folk is like the word Mom. Everyone knows what I mean they just think of something different when they hear it.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 04:24 PM

Weelittledrummer: Didn't John Stewart also use that phrase in "One Too Many Mornings," a song he did while with the Kingston Trio?


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 04:54 AM

"the fun will really start, when J C arrives."
"101, and no J C,and we are all gettin on politely."
Off topc somewhat:
Cap'n,
That's twice;
I am not involved in this thread and the last thing I need at my time of life is a cyberstalker - please leave me alone.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Marilyn
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 06:49 AM

GUEST,Shimrod
in your post of 11 Aug 08 - 12:23 PM

" ... for me, the words 'folk music' mean folk music from the British Isles. Folk music from other cultures is, to me, World Music."

Do you work for HMV by any chance? Do you also consider Welsh Military Band music to be folk music?


I'm not sure whether your question is serious or meant to be a joke but, just in case it's serious, I don't want to be rude and not answer.

No, I don't work for HMV and I don't think I've ever been into one of their shops.
You actually made me think a bit deeper about what I'd written (good thing, yes?). I never actually use the term 'World Music' in my head so traditional Swedish tunes I would think of a Swedish Folk Music, French as French Folk Music etc. What I meant to say, but didn't express very well, is that when I think of 'folk music' I think of traditional British music and I further subdivide that into music that sounds Irish or Scottish or Welsh or English. The more modern stuff isn't folk music TO ME (emphasis because I'm not trying to tell anyone else what to think).

Whether some of the modern stuff will become folk music in the next hundred or two hundred years is irrelevant to this thread because the question is 'What do you consider Folk?' and well, we won't be here in a hundred years time!

And no, I don't think that Welsh Military Band Music is folk music at all - but you don't have to agree with me.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 07:04 AM

The Rolling Stones are great too.. :0)


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Lowden Jameswright
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 07:11 AM

Good folk is folk getting together in a pub and playing/singing & having a drink instead of sitting on their arses vegitating in front of the telly.

PS ..and not agonising over definitions (1954 etc) and "traditions"


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Kampervan
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 07:11 AM

Jayto, as others have said, 'Welcome to the world of Mudcat'

It's a great place, but one or two topics always strike a dissonant chord with some members.

When you're thinking about starting a new thread, it always helps to do a site search first to see if the topic has been aired in the past, and what the general tone of the thread was.

If you've got something new to say or ask then fine, go ahead and open the subject up again.

Good luck

K/van


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: llareggyb (inactive)
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 06:42 AM

For our family open house singalongs, we use a very broad definition: "anything two or three people like to sing and can remember the tune to". Since I sometimes overcomplicate things, my ex has added "and that you can sing in the kitchen while making dinner". We don't make a distinction between "folk" and "world" music -- our song book has songs in at least 8 languages -- but that's a personal choice.

In other words, besides traditional (usually anonymous) folk music, anything goes for us so long as it has entered the general cultural consciousness, at least that of the "folkie" community (definiton of folkie: people like us). That includes commercial &/or contemporary thorough-composed folk music (e.g. Dylan, Ewan MacColl, Stan Rogers, Tarika), old Beatles favourites, Sesame Street counting songs, other children's songs, pop songs of the swing era, you name it: but only if you can sing it a capella or with just a guitar or two, without studio equipment/click track/conductor/session musicians/six rehearsals etc., and if it meets the "you can sing it in the kitchen while making dinner" criterion.

So some of (e.g.) Stan Rogers' songs make the cut, but others fall by the wayside because they are too technically tricky for most of us to remember the tune right or fit the words in. "Mr. Tambourine Man" gets a special dispensation even though it's tricky: getting the words & the tune together in the l-o-n-g last verse often reduces us to giggles, but we like it too much to not include it.

The great thing is, since we are all "folk", you too can have your very own definition of folk music. Leave the arguments to the purists and lexicographers, and just keep on singing!


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 06:57 AM

I have been made to see the error of my ways. I don't do folkmusic.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 08:31 AM

In my opinion folk is a song having been passed down through generations , telling a story that used to while away the hours either working on a farm, walking long distances, riding in a trap to market (maybe) or being sung in the ale house at the end of a long day, sitting in the warmth of the inglenook fire so that the fuel is saved in the home. I'm sure a lot of the songs were much cruder than the versions sung today that have been 'cleaned' up by 19th century vicars. I also think they were the news papers of their day, hawked about the countryside by balladeers and storytellers; words changing and stories being embroidered.

My observations and my opinions are that these days the Male of the species sings with a finger in the ear and with eyes closed; other hand in the pocket. Quite often the balding, yet also pony tailed male, wears a 'T' shirt, with previous festivals on it, trousers tightly strapped with a belt (under a large, real ale paunch). On the table is a pewter tankard, filled with the favourite brew. On his feet he is wearing the proverbial socks and sandels. He often forgets the words to the songs, sings da da la la and carries on to the next chorus.   He'll very often sing a song with 32 verses because he knows he won't get another look in, and/or as the song drones on he gets slower and slower.

The female of the species usually wears elasticated brightly coloured skirts from the local charity shop, yes another 't' shirt with a previous festival printed upon it, sometimes socks and sandels. when told it's her turn, she looks surprised, can't remember what she's going to sing, says I haven't sung this for ages, starts to sing, voice crackling and clamping her throat or patting her chest,She again sings with her eyes closed and very often forgets the words, and with apologies,giggles with embarrassment and meekly sits down. This song is tollerated by the male of the species, he uses it as a bog break, a time to replenish his pot, and to watch the breasts heave up and down. These comments I feel fall into the traditional meaning of folk and have gone on for generations. Shame we can't go back in time and be flies on the walls of the ale houses where we would see what actually happened. I dare say it's not a lot different, although clay pipes would have been allowed and there wouldn't be a mobile phone or crib sheet in sight.

S


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Fidjit
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 09:28 AM

He often forgets the words to the songs, sings da da la la . . . . .

As collected by C#

Chas


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 09:43 AM

Marilyn,

If you're still out there. I seem to have missed your gracious reply to my somewhat facetious comment about HMV.

I always have to smile when I go into one of their shops and contemplate their 'musical categories' - especially when I contrast them with our endless, tortured debates about 'what is folk?'.

You see, to an HMV marketeer it's very simple:

"Folk is anything 'acoustic' but includes 'Folk Rock' whilst excluding anything in the categories, 'Blues', 'Country' or 'World' which happen to be acoustic. Anything that doesn't easily fit into any other category is also included under 'Folk' - for example Welsh Military Bands"

It's so simple, really, I don't know why we get so 'hot under the collar' about it!


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 10:05 AM

"One Too Many Mornings" is a Bob Dylan composition, hence the witty footnote "trad., arr. Zimmerman" when WLD quoted that line about "you're right from your side and I'm right from mine."

It's one of Bob's earliest published works, but I did not realize it was old enough to have been recorded by the Kingston Trio.

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The range of opinions among Mudcat members on this topic ~ strongly held opinions ~ is absoutely astounding. I remember reading a message from one of our British brethern that any music played on the guitar is phony modern non-folk tripe! That would probably sound pretty crazy to a new member from Kentucky ~ huh, Jayto?

My own opinion, already expressed too many times, is pretty radically at the other end of the spectrum. I believe that folk music for the folk of today's electronically-interconnected world includes anything I could sing and play on a streetcorner in front of a bunch of strangers that they would recognize, enjoy, and perhaps even be able to sing along with. That would include Beatles songs, Dylan songs, composed-in-Nashville numbers like "Long Black Veil" or "You Don't Know Me," Motown classics, even garage-band faves like "Louie Louie" and Hey Joe" ~ but NOT necessarily all of the the more obscure and mostly-forgotten numbers so loved by the more "purist" wing of the folk-music community.

Just my opinion, of course. I certainly do not begrudge anyone the right to enjoy whatever they like.


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 10:10 AM

Songs from the bygone age which has been passed down through the ages to the present down or you have modern folk which most people listen to at festivals through bands and groups.I prefer the earlier version.

Scooby


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Subject: RE: What do you consider Folk?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 10:27 AM

Actually, the line Dylan used in ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS, was 'she was right from her side and I was right from mine" is a direct steal from Woody Guthrie who was talking about his divorce from Mary Guthrie. It's in AMERICAN FOLKSONG, ya could look it up!


Mark Ross


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