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Will the pointless classification and proscription of music never go away? Still I encounter the hidebound, stuck-in-a-rut views that say folk music begins and ends here, rock starts here, blues has 'this or that' boundary, jazz has no place in folk, pop is not art ... name your prejudice - it just continues. No matter how persuasively you debate the chance of getting beyond the fast-bolted doors of Mr and Mrs Closed Mind are negligible.
“Folk music themes cover every aspect of the human condition but they are always miserable.” That was aimed at me in the pub last weekend. And when you think about it there are precious few folk songs celebrating happiness and joy. Oh sure there are those that have the hero coming home to his distraught love in the last verse – but only after a dozen or so previous verses of abject misery.
So there it is - folk music is on a roll. The continued rise of new folk artists, festivals, programmes, and online resources, plus increased published and broadcast media coverage proves that folk is no longer a niche genre. Folk is scaling the heights. Perhaps not the heights attained by those in the vacuous pop world but everything tells us it's on its way up nonetheless.
So psychedelic folk icon Donovan is up for a lifetime achievement award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards - and a good job too. Apart from the laid back 'Mellow Yellow' - Donovan Philips Leitch to use his full name - also gave us such gems as 'Catch the Wind', 'Colours', 'Jennifer Juniper' (beloved of 60's teens) and 'Sunshine Superman'.
There are constant dire predictions that the CD is dead - music will all be online from now on. No it isn’t – the CD is not dead! No matter what calamitous prophecies you hear about the future for recorded music that little spike of joy generated by holding that new album has a long life before it burns out.
Listen it's not difficult. FolkWords writes about folk music. Sure, the range is extensive, the definitions broad, the taste eclectic and the horizons wide - but this site is covers folk and anything that falls (however obliquely) under that remit.