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Thread #98509   Message #2284611
Posted By: Folkiedave
10-Mar-08 - 04:04 PM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
Jim - the question was not, "Is the folk process as seen in singing dead?"

I do not see on what grounds you can separate songs and tunes as far as the process is concerned. And it is clear that the folk process as far as tunes are concerned goes on.

What you are in fact saying is that the singing traditon as far as your experience is concerned stopped. That isn't my experience.

Even then, if that is so, then those songs stopped developing there. Stuck in amber. For if they are being changed and I would argue they are - who or what is changing them?

It clearly isn't (or extremely rarely) the world of commercial music. If it is individuals then it was ever thus. Those individuals will rest in a variety of "communities" which could be a family, a larger group of friends, a village community, a hunting community, a shepherd/farming community, a travelling community a community choir, a group interested in carols, or whatever.

As they always did.

And we have not looked at Scotland at all. Though the 29 year-old fiddler I mentioned earlier came from there.