The folk music revival brought public folklorists, cultural
preservationists, scholars, musicians, political activists, musical entrepreneurs,
and folk music fans together in the effort to protect and preserve,
as well as promote and popularize, the genre of folk music. "
Dissertation Rachel Clare Donaldson
("Music for the people: The folk music revival and American Identity 1930-1970", May, 2011)
"Swiss folklore contains a wealth of traditional songs of
a more conventional nature in the country's various languages and dialects."
Swiss Info, (December 2, 2011)
"In an honorable effort to serve Hungary and discover where her truest heritage lay,
Bartók began to search for Hungarian ethnic music and folksong."
David Taylor Nelson Béla Bartók: The Father of Ethnomusicology, (December 2012)
"Finnish folk music is thriving and evolving.
It is more diverse than it ever has been."
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, (liner notes, "Arctic Paradise 2014", 2013)
"Many traditional songs have been sung within the same family
or folk group for generations, and can sometimes be traced back
to such places of origin as Great Britain, Europe, or Africa."
American Folklife Center, January 13, 2013 )
"The Sámi traditional way of singing 'yoik'
is one of Europe's oldest living traditions."
Liner notes, "Elin Kĺven: Máizan Thaw", 2013)
Jean Redpath disliked the term 'folk singer', insisting:
'I avoid it like the plague. In fact, I avoid putting a label on anything.
I just like to sing – it’s an easier form of communication to me than talking'.”
The Telegraph" (22 August 2014)
"We live in a global era where elements of folk music
are being imported into mainstream and underground music,
and where folk music never ask for permission
to borrow what ever it fancies."
Amanda Kauranne, music student and journalist (liner notes, "Arctic Paradise 2014", 2013 )
"Traditional folk music of European origin
has been present in Canada since the arrival
of the first French and British settlers in the 16th and 17th centuries"
The Canadian Encyclopedia (January 20, 2014)
"[...] all traditional music can only exist on the condition
that it continually invents itself."
Denis Laborde, anthropologist (liner notes Nilamayé: "Las flores del sol", 2016)
"Vietnamese traditional music was born very early.
Ever since ancient times, Vietnamese people have been very passionate
about music and considered music an integral part of their life. "
Stephen (Go Vietnam Tours November 21, 2019)
"[George] Thomson [(1757-1851)] approached Beethoven in 1803,
but did not propose that Beethoven arrange folk song settings
for him until 1806, at which time he sent Beethoven
a collection of 21 un-texted traditional melodies.
Herein lies the beginning of an intriguing collaboration."
Foundation For The Revival of Classical Culture (September 11, 2020)
"Bawdy British Ballads contained the kind of dirty songs
you’d hear sung in rugby clubs and it created a nice bit of controversy
when a clergyman from Coventry said it should be banned,
which helped us shift a few copies
and boosted our finances when we were in real trouble."
Chris Blackwell, record producer of Surprise label ("The Islander", 2022)
"Traditional folk songs have helped to shape the music we listen to today.
Singing tunes with just a guitar or a banjo in hand,
folk music has come to shape American culture."
Music Grotto (March 13, 2023)
"Folk music is any style of music which represents a community
and can be sung or played by people who may or may not
be trained musicians, using the instruments available to them."
Kim Ruel, Managing Editor (liveaboutdotcom (retrieved July 2, 2023)
"Definition of folk song:
a traditional or composed song typically characterized by
stanzaic form, refrain, and simplicity of melody,"
Merriam-Webster dictionary (retrieved July 2, 2023)
"Folk music is a music genre that includes traditional folk music
and the contemporary genre that evolved
from the former during the 20th-century folk revival."
Wikipedia (retrieved July 2, 2023)
"Folk songs are steeped in tradition and often originate
in other cultures and places like Scotland, England, and Africa.
They are rooted in tales passed down through generations."
Stacker (retrieved July 16, 2023)
"Folk music is a very broad term used for music rooted in
the mostly oral traditions of initially rather small social groups.
The original context of folk music often was
to accompany other types of social activities,
like manual labour, religious rites or family gatherings."
Rate your music (retrieved July 16, 2023)
"here are a few features of folk music that one might use to define it.
- It is transmitted orally (no longer exclusively orally).
- Songs have unknown composers.
- Played on traditional instruments.
- Songs are about a particular culture or event.
- Music is played on certain days of the year and at particular festivals.
- Songs are associated with folklore and myth."
Poem Analysis (retrieved July 16, 2023)
"Are rugby songs part of the folk tradition?
Are they folk songs? Folk? What?
- They often borrow a well-known tune to carry the words.
- They are passed on orally.
- No one knows who wrote them and they change continually over the years
as people add bits.
- They can be sung unaccompanied
(which would have appealed to Pete Bellamy and The Young Tradition).
- The melodies are easy for poor singers
(which would have pleased Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger)."
Around And Around (retrieved July 20, 2023)
"Folk is fun"
Joop van den Bremen, Dutch folk lover, (2023)