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GUEST,Pseudonymous Folklore: Has the folk Process died? (168* d) RE: Folklore: Has the folk Process died? 17 Nov 19


I cannot just find the example, but the other week I found some 'folk' videos on line, under which the singers had quite consciously put that they had learned the song from another singer. these were modern (ie late 20th early 21st century songs. This seemed to me to be a way of putting out a claim to be 'real' trad, so be part of the folk process


I think people who collect recently written songs sometimes do this as well?

Also, I would take up and interrogate the use of the definite article in the strap line. I get tired of reading about 'the tradition' as if there were just one tradition. Another piece of equivocation, and in a few rare cases - since most on the folklore scene think carefully about things- uttered or written by people simply too lazy or disinclined to think with more care about the words they use?

Not saying the OP was using 'the folk process' in any lazy way, though clearly there is an intention to provoke debate, just setting out some responses.
Jim Carroll will be along to wreck the thread before long. Shall we write his posts before he gets here? We all know what he's going to say.


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