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Beardy folk song politics (86* d) RE: folk song politics 14 Apr 03


I think Gurney has it just about right (or should that be correct). Hearing songs relating to issues you are interested in leads to a greater interest in the genre itself and the wider politics it concerns.

The question of why folk song is considered to be of the left seems to me to have a logical basis. The Right wing has traditionally been in power with the workers only in relatively recent years getting a more representative voice. Therefore the left has been in 'opposition' and protesting as a matter of course. It's traditional. Also the poorer sections of society had little or no education and therefore the oral tradition was their source of information on current events.

Fay bemoans the lack of young singer/songwriters in the UK. Unhappily she is correct, the songwriters currenty protesting about Reverend Tony and his cronies are the same as crusaded against Maggie and Major.

Finally lets not forget that songs such as 'Hard times of old England' date back to the Napoleonic Wars lamenting the lack of jobs and opportunities for returning soldiers and was hardly a song of the left.


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