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Thread #77564   Message #1589084
Posted By: Richard Bridge
23-Oct-05 - 02:20 PM
Thread Name: Contemporary song in folk music
Subject: RE: Contemporary song in folk music
Look, distinguish definition from virtuousness or value.

What's a "folk song"? I've told you. The definitive meaning of the term is above. If you don't like it, tuff. Those are the formal bodies entitled to set out a definition. There it stands. Anything else is just sloppy thinking.

What's a song that is worth singing, or a song that has merit, or a song that can be sung in a folk club? Different question. I sing plenty of contemporary songs (interestingly, I only just found out that Step it Out Mary is contemporary, but I'll still play it from time to time so long as I feel like playing something Irish). The Gay Fusilier is not a folk song, but I'll still play it. "Sweep" is a folk song and I'll still play it, in my own rather modifed way. But for FourEcks sake remember it is a different question.