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GUEST,Tom Bliss Is traditional song finished? (621* d) RE: Is traditional song finished? 08 Mar 10

Yes, I was still in short trousers when my big sister brought home Freewheelin' and told me it was folk music because that's what they were calling it on Radio Caroline.

Now it may be that this blurring of definitions was a deliberate ploy by Dylan's team, or it may just be that he'd been a folk artist before he started writing songs, and no-one understood or cared about the difference. (So I wouldn't call those journalists lazy, Ralph - they're also part of the democratic process)

The term has been applied to every singer-songwriter since, as well as to a plethora of other music with some association with or resemblance to traditional music - and now it's universally vague. Just look at the play list of Radio 2'd flagship 'folk' programme over the last how many years. Joe Public is not sitting at home going, folk, not-folk, folk, folk, not-folk, not-folk.

Sean's suggestion that anything that takes place in a folk club is folk is as valid as any other, as is the 'modern /revival tradition' argument.

These phrases are now so vague as to be almost useless, but that doesn't mean any of their uses are wrong. They are right if a community thinks they are right (and that's NOT what Humpty Dumpty was saying - he was only referring to himself).

Tunng call themselves "Experimental / Folk / Electronica" on their MySpace site.

This is not deceit or ignorance. It is a a legitimate and correct use of the word.

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