Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe



User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Bert Hansell Folk Classification Proposal (5) RE: Folk Classification Proposal 23 Jul 97


Well I'm joining in just for the fun of it. I know that my ideas differ from those of many of my friends here, but I like sharing my opinions and hearing theirs.

Having said that, here is how I view the situation.


CURRENT. In some chart or other.

RECENT, (could also be called FILTERED). Still gets some air time but no longer in the charts.

FOLK. Anything that people are singing just 'cos they like to.

SINGER/SONGWRITER. Only being sung by the author. The really good stuff sometimes migrates to another category

SPONSORED. Stuff that is diseminated by an organization or special interest. Schools, Governments, Unions...Also non profit organizations, which would include Filk & SCA etc..

CHORAL.Sweet Adelines, Barber Shop etc.. may overlap any other classification.

MUSIC HALL. Now probably a subdivision of Folk, some may overlap with traditional

PARLOUR SONGS.Now probably a subdivision of Folk, some may overlap with traditional

TRADITIONAL. Songs that have been handed down from a previous generation (or two?). Possibility for many sub-divisions here. Anonymous, Authored, Attributed, Pre-industrial etc..

ARCHIVED. Songs that no one sings any more (occasional researchers are counted as 'nobodies').

There, isn't this fun. Bert.


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.