FOLK SONG & TRADITIONAL MUSIC

QUOTATIONS ( 1971-1980 )



"...one may deduce a rule that folk songs
do not pass from one language to another."

Breandán Breathnach, musicologist ( 1971 )



"... if we are willing to bend our definitions of folk and traditional music
to include such things as popular music, jazz, and urban folk song,
we may be in a position to investigate the kind of music
which is rapidly replacing, in its social function,
the folk and traditional music of the past and present."

Bruno Nettl, musicologist , University of Illinois, ( 1972 )



"...Rock by definition is a rootless music,
unlike the various folk and semi-folk traditions it is made out of."

Dave Laing, English writer ( 1972 )



"Folk music is a democratic art in the true sense of the word."

Maud Karpeles, collector of folk songs ( "An Introduction to English Folk Song", 1973 )



"As long as men continue to struggle for a better world,
they will need songs to encourage them in that struggle."

Edith Fowke ( Canadian folklorist, colector, author )
and Joe Glazer ( labor troubadour ), in: "Songs of work and protest",1973)



"The folk music revival in this country
seems to have been built and fostered on misconceptions.
For a start it was not started or perpetuated
by the working classes, who to this day
are blissfully unaware of it's existence."

Dave Arthur, ( "Folk Music Journal", 1974 )



"Ever since the Battle of Kinsale in 1601,
there has been a constant interchange of songs
between Ireland and Britain"

Seán O'Baoill, Irish song collector ( 1974 )



"As a folk collector I have found that folksinging has survived most
successfully in those areas where local collections
have not been made and published."

Peter Kennedy, folk song collector ( "Folk songs of Britain and Ireland", 1975 )



"... the older generation of traditional singers invariably sang
the songs without instrumental accompaniment;
and this is perhaps the ideal way of presenting them."

Maud Karpeles, folk song collector ( "The Crystal Spring", 1975 )



"Folk music has to leave the museum and come out
to the people; only then it can live on."

Sigbjørn Bernhoft, legendary Norwegian folk fiddler ( about 1975 )



"Without the story, the song is lost."

Joe Heany ( 1919-1984 ), Irish singer ( about 1975 )



"Folklorists have been puzzled by the fact
that the post-war folk revival has achieved so much more
than other revivals in terms of mass acceptance;..."

Karl Dallas, ( slieve notes "The electric muse", 1975 )



".. we didn't even know the term 'folk club'.
It didn't exist."

Harry Boardman, the first who opened a club in Manchester in 1954 ( "Folk Review", 1975 )



"The little fishing village of Doolin,
on the Atlantic beaten coast of north west Clare,
is today one of the most significant
storehouses of Irish folk traditions."

Gearóid O hAllmhuráin, (liner notes to "Micho Russell, Traditional Country Music of County Clare", 1976)



"Regardless of the definition accepted by each of us,
the lifeblood of folk music remains unchanged - people."

Kristin Baggelaar & Donald Milton, ( "The Folk Music Encyclopaedia", 1976 )



"... I think that folk music has had a continuous popularity.
It is not like a lightning bolt. It's here, it's sunlight, it stays."

Oscar Brand, American folk singer and host of WNYC 's Folksong Festival ( 1977 )



"... Folk music should include any kind of music that folks sings or like.
If you grew up listening to Beethoven , and whistling his tunes,
that should be considered folk music as well..."

Arlo Guthrie, American folk performer, ( 1977 )



"Every state and country in the world has its history and its folklore,
not to mention its folk music and song."

Mary Hardy, writer, broadcaster and music journalist ( 1978 )



"The view of the folksong as a rural and old, and therefore dying, art
remains common to this day."

Wayne D. Shirley ( "Introduction to Anglo-american ballads", 1978 )



"In it's natural state, folk song is een oral art,
not a written one."

A.L. Lloyd, doyen of British folk-music scholars ( "Folk music in School", 1978 )



"The great strength of songs and ballads lies in their ability
to express the views, reactions, and emotions of ordinary people,
in a distinctive and memorable idiom."

Roy Palmer, teacher and writer ( "Folk music in School", 1978 )



"...folk music has as important a place in British culture
as our poems, novels and plays."

Michael Pollard, teacher and writer ( "Folk music in School", 1978 )



"...folk music and particulary folk songs often seemed to be used
for teaching of almost every subject except music itself."

Jack Dobbs, Director of Musical Studies, Darlington College ( "Folk music in School", 1978 )



"Not the least of the virtues of folk song
is that it can bring a breath of sweetness and light into
parts of the world too long regulated by too many people
who look as though they never want to break into a song,
not even in the bathroom."

Geoffrey Summerfield, university teacher and poet ( "Folk music in School", 1978 )



"The main aim of the folk singer is to communicate a story,
not to make beautiful noises."

Sandra Kerr, singer, song-writer and teacher ( "Folk music in School", 1978 )



"Of course, all songs have writers, authors, composers, what you will.
Even if Homer were not written by Homer
it must have been written by someone."

Roy Palmer, teacher and writer ( "A Ballad History of England", 1979 )



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