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Thread #141147   Message #3252657
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
08-Nov-11 - 04:40 AM
Thread Name: 'Occupy English Folk Music!'
Subject: RE: 'Occupy English Folk Music!'
The question, "what is Folk Music?" has, of course, been debated to death, resurrected umpty trillion times and killed again over and over and over. I suspect that this will go on ... and on and on until the sun becomes a red giant and consumes our planet.

Nevertheless, the truly interesting question is embodied in this thread, i.e. why are some people so desparate to occupy/colonise the Folk Music genre? I've always believed that there exists a vociferous group of 'folk fans' who don't really like Folk Music and don't really understand, or are uncomfortable with, or bored by, traditional material. These people want the genre to be more like the popular music of their particular era - in general they usually seem to want want guitar-based music which "rocks" - even though they can get that anywhere.