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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.

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