Inspired by a recent Ricochet “members only” post on folk and traditional music.
First: Let’s be clear. If your idea of “folk music” is Peter Paul and Mary, then stop right now.
Puff, the Magic Dragon? Crimenutely.
Most else they recorded was derivative. And somehow, even when that they derived from wasn’t fatuous, they managed to make it so.
No. Please. Just. No.
My idea of “folk music” is more along the lines of the Eriskay Love Lilt. And here is one of my favorite versions:
And another by Paul Robeson. (Yes. I know. But, God. What a voice!)
Many years ago, Mr. Right and I watched the movie Songcatcher together. We both loved it. Really interesting.
I’ve always been fascinated by the work of Francis James Child and his research into the origins of American folk ballads as they relate to the English and Scottish traditions.
And, perhaps, at its root, that explains my love of (serious and traditional) American “Country” music.
I’ll keep looking and investigating. What do you think?