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Thread #123001   Message #2704780
Posted By: Richard Bridge
20-Aug-09 - 01:53 PM
Thread Name: nouveau 'folk'
Subject: RE: nouveau 'folk'
Oh come off it WAV - among the most popular and distinctive hymn tunse ar ones that are almost always noted for a countermelody - eg Bread of Heaven; and Immortal Father Strong to Save. And at least one for a rhythm - Onward Christian Soldiers (also with a fine countermelody)

There is at least one pop song that is working its way into folk (with variants of the words) principally for its drum beat - Queen's We will rock you.

There are TONS of American folk and adopted songs that are instantly recognisable from a piece of accompaniment or a rhythm: -
Walking Blues
Dust my Broom
Born in Chicago
Long Grey Mare
32/20 blues
Tom Dooley
Born Under a Bad Sign

I'm sure the list is endless

Surely anyone can recognise Famous FLower of Serving Men from its curious shifting rhythm base.

Words adapt by the folk process - take Avram Bailey for example, or the several versions of Sir Patrick Spens - and so do the tunes.