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Thread #162666   Message #3944639
Posted By: Steve Gardham
17-Aug-18 - 01:38 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Jim,
I'm so sorry but your statements are becoming more and more confused. You change tack mid-sentence, you give attributes to the 54 definition that are actually not there. The origins of the songs are TOTALLY irrelevant to whether they are folk songs or not. Please go back and read the 54 descriptors again.

As I've told you before on many occasions, when the 54 descriptors first were put out for discussion, one of the descriptors WAS that the songs had to be anonymous. That was immediately shot down in flames and quietly dropped when the final list was published.


You keep jumping from 'origins' to what is accepted as 'folk song' by the 54 descriptors. There are NO finite boundaries as with all other genres. The descriptors are there as guide lines. Any given song might comply with 2 of the descriptors and not meet one of the others. It really isn't cut and dried, but hey.....we've said all this before.... round and round and round and round.....