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    Folk Music that isn't, quite...

    I'm a big fan of folk rock and progressive folk, though whenever I've been to see one of the classic groups (like Fairport Convention), I've had to wear ear-plugs.

    But there's nothing nicer than belting through the Welsh countryside belting out a Steeleye Span number on the car's cd player:



    Do you like electrified folk music, or are you a purist?
    I'd like to know, whatever.

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    I like this mock-medieval rock-medieval ballad too - 'King Henry' by Steeleye Span:

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    5 Hand Reel with Dick Gaughan


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    Another Dick Gaughan - definitely has 'radical chic'.

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    This one I only found recently, but whatever is providing the rhythmic backing - a didgeridoo or what?

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    Same artist singing his own song


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    This has become something of a modern anthem (al la Floo'er o' Scotland)


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    Fairport Convention take this sad Irish song here and give it a groovy beat - not unpleasant, though.

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    'Folk' in the 1960s really just meant acoustic - and was often associated with protest. Here is a gentle protest against war that was very popular.

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    Bob Dylan was the King of this type of Protest Song, here with The Times they are A Changing, from 1964.



    A recent newspaper article told me that he's changing the lyrics in 2018 -



    In a way, this is very much in the folk tradition where lyrics evolve and somebody who sings within the tradition is entitled to adapt the words.
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    When Dylan came to England he met Martin Carthy who taught him this



    Dylan nicked the tune although he acknowledged it on the album notes (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) and it became Bob Dylan's Dream

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    Thanks, Taggart - I didn't know that. It's very interesting.
    Of course 'nicking the tune' is also part of the folk tradition.
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    Donovan was another singer playing acoustic guitar who was considered to be a 'folk singer'. He wrote his own songs. And believe it or not, behind that accent, he was a Scot.

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    Steeleye Span - Two Magicians

    I love the way the beat comes into this ballad, one of my favourites. And the fiddle is fab - Dave Swarbrick?

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    Dave Swarbrick is someone I really admire - may he rest in peace.
    I love the sound of his 'electric fiddle', but it ruined his hearing and in the end he left Fairport Convention and went back to acoustic fiddle.

    Information here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Swarbrick
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