Mudcat Café message #3885999 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162917   Message #3885999
Posted By: Jackaroodave
31-Oct-17 - 01:14 PM
Thread Name: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
Subject: RE: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
" Folk music is not defined, it is a combination of listening and common sense. It is what Walter Pardon did and you have applauded him for the same thing. he had no problem in distinguishing between the different genres of song in his repertoire . . . ."

This is an excellent point and extremely well put. If you were utterly ignorant of the corpus of traditional folk songs, would you prefer Walter Pardon or the '54 definition as a guide?

We all use (most) words appropriately (most of the time) without giving a thought to their definition, and this includes highly proficient experts in demanding fields as well as everyday people using everyday words.