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Joe Richman Is folk music selling out? (92* d) RE: Is folk music selling out? 20 Apr 06

I regularly attend an event known as "The Orange Co. Folk Circle". It is a monthly (except May and October) meeting of people who like to play and sing a diverse set of songs. The people who run the circle sometimes divide the group into "Old Time" and "Singer/Songwriter" categories.   The singer/songwriters sometimes do slightly pop renditions of very old ballads with (probably) folk origins. The "Old Time" players often do renditions of 19th century pop music, with known lyricists and composers. The Singer/Songwriters like to perform songs by Dylan and James Taylor, and quite a few other people who wrote songs in the '60s, '70s and even some who wrote stuff more recently. The "Old Time" people like the "Fiddler's Fakebook" and tunes popularized locally by fiddlers who came out West in the '30s. We coexist very nicely. And the term "Folk" seems to be a good covering for the event.

No "selling out", but advance tickets to events are offered, and announcements of concerts do get made. And it is usually a somewhat graying group(more so every year).


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