I haven't seen any mention of a traditional folk song that isn't a song, but is an instrumental.
This is a traditional folk song instrumental that isn't quite a traditional folk song instrumental.
I have to admit, if you're the type of YouTube watcher who looks at comments,
to see if the video you are watching is something you want to keep on watching,
it is unfortunate you can't do that here.
Let me advise you that this video is almost unwatchable and un-listenable.
This man is playing an organ that's so gaudy it's oh my goddy.
Here's another distinction between folk music and what else it can become.
"Fire and Rain" by James Taylor is one of the most popular folk songs ever written in North America.
I hope there isn't any dispute about it being a folk song that is sung by a folk singer.
I'm getting off on this because I'm always updating older lyrics with new millennium content,
and if I was doing this song and changing the lyrics it really wouldn't matter much.
But here we have James Taylor doing that himself to his own song.
Is it still a folk song? Does having the original message subverted by a new attitude towards entertainment,
a progressive thing, or is James experiencing his first seniors' moment by becoming playful with it?
He was very serious when he used to sing this song, his heroin habit being a big part of his reputation.
He's looking good, he's on a national television talk show, and Stephen Colbert is one of my favorite hosts.
If only he could have given it a more funky rhythm, and then the transformation would be complete...
even some raggae... some people do change, that's'a for sure.
Here's Steeleye Span's Version of a Child Ballad, The Knight & the Shepherd's Daughter, Child 110. The words passed down through oral tradition before being written down, and it has all the structural marks of a traditional ballad - but the strong beat & electric bass guitar mark it out as 'progressive' or 'rock folk'.