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Posted By: Murray MacLeod
08-Aug-01 - 06:37 AM
Thread Name: BS: What isn't Folk?
Subject: RE: BS: What isn't Folk?
Simplicity is far from being an essential part of folk music. Listen to some Macedomian dances, which by any conceivable standard qualify as folk music, and the rhyhmic complexity betokens a highly sophisticated musical cultire.

As for the songs, many of the traditional songs performed by, say, Martin Carthy, or June Tabor are hugely complex both lyrically and rhythmically.

I am of course, talking about "real" folk music here.