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Thread #54153   Message #838999
Posted By: Ballyholme
02-Dec-02 - 02:03 PM
Thread Name: Folk Music On PBS
Subject: RE: Folk Music On PBS
WYSIWYG: "Did you think they were going to resolve the "What is Folk" issue in one short show and give exhaustive examples going back to whenever YOU date its inception?"

What makes you think I expected that? When these guys were in the charts, I was growing up in Ireland, so when I saw the show advertised, I was intrigued to see what 50s and 60s American "commercial" folk groups were like. A few of them did have hits in Europe (Kingston Trio, Highway Men)and probably did influence a number of musicians on our side of the pond. As Don Firth said, it was folk-lite. Pretty banal, inoffensive stuff that, as I said, didn't do anything for me. Simply my opinion.

Give me Van Ron, Ochs, Seeger, Proffit, Watson, Hurt, any day of the week.