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Thread #98509   Message #2281408
Posted By: Jim Carroll
06-Mar-08 - 02:37 PM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
'I can't see how Jim can make a meaningful distinction between the "community" that currently sings "folk" songs, and any other community that formerly did so.'Community' and 'folk' are specific terms with set definitions'.
It wasn't the fact that they sang folk songs which defined them as communities, rather, many communities included folk singing among their activities (while others didn't).
Taking the arguments here, we may as well describe the local book club or darts team as 'communities', which would be nonsense, as the participants in these pursuits only come together for the purpose of pursuing a specified activity, whereas a community includes everybody living within its bounds.
Sam Larner and his neighbours met at 'The Fisherman's Return' every Saturday night to sing songs, as long as he could remember. That session was a part of the Winterton fishing community, as was the local football team, bible reading class, temperance meeting..... that existed in the area.
To describe them all as 'communities' would make the term meaningless.
It seems to me that, just like the term 'folksong' it has become another comfort blanket to somehow validate (totally unnecessarily) our mutual interest in a type of music.
Not sure where your characteristics came from, but would they not be equally applicable to, say karaoke, music hall.. or numerous other forms of singing?
Jim Carroll