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melodeonboy Folklore: The 'Good Old Days' - hmm... (38) RE: Folklore: The 'Good Old Days' - hmm... 26 Sep 13


Yes, my experience has been that there are people singing both positive and negative songs about the past, and, indeed, about the present. I don't find it so heavily skewed towards those with rose-tinted spectacles.

At Norwich Folk Festival, many years ago, I recall hearing Vin Garbutt singing "If I Had a Son" (anti-mining), and within an hour, The Oyster Band (as they were called then) performing "Coal not Dole" (pro-mining). It impressed me at the time that the folk world could encompass such different ways of looking at events without antagonism.


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