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JWB Where Do You Hear Traditional Songs (41) RE: Where Do You Hear Traditional Songs 16 Mar 09

Sleepy Rosie,

I sense that you're actually asking two different questions: 1) where might you hear a song that's considered traditional, and 2) where might you hear traditional singing?

Traditional songs and tunes show up everywhere, from movies, TV, concert halls, buskers, coffeehouses, YouTube, the radio, etcetera, etcetera. The Norman Luboff Choir recorded traditional songs. Symphony orchestras play traditional melodies composers have worked into orchestral pieces. Rockers cover traditional blues.

To hear traditional singing, tho, you've got to go looking, as your experience seems to indicate. Here in the US, you'd have to wander into a bar that featured folk musicians, or pass a street musican, or stumble across a music festival in a park. Traditional singers are pretty thin on the ground, as they say, so chances are small you'd just haply encounter one.

In England, I always thought there were traditional singers in every pub, so I can't imagine how you missed 'em (unless you're a teetotaler :0).

Now that you've found it, what do you think of it?


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