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In the same way that people can have a mixed background, with parents originating in different continents, so too music can be a blend of influences. A particular rhythmic pattern, or a characteristic instrument, is enough to give a traditional feel to music, even when it has been composed recently. It is easy to recognize the presence of a bagpipe or a tabla in a piece of music. The young are usually much less offended by the dilution or adaptation of songs this way. Equally an electric guitar can be added to an old song. The relevant factors may include instrumentation, tunings, voicings, phrasing, subject matter, and even production methods.

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Fusion of Cultures

In the same way that people can have a mixed background, with parents originating in different continents, so too music can be a blend of influences. A particular rhythmic pattern, or a characteristic instrument, is enough to give a traditional feel to music, even when it has been composed recently. It is easy to recognize the presence of a bagpipe or a tabla in a piece of music. The young are usually much less offended by the dilution or adaptation of songs this way. Equally an electric guitar can be added to an old song. The relevant factors may include instrumentation, tunings, voicings, phrasing, subject matter, and even production methods.

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Thanks To Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors over at Myboozecruise.com and Sneakalcohol.com. These two companies collaborated and have both pitched in to sponsor our music over the last two years. Being a small band they donated 10% of there proceeds for 7 days during the "sneak alcohol somewhere day" on October 1st 2014. If you are ever going on a cruise or to a concert or even a stadium event, choose them to safely save money by bringing your own booze. We again are very thankful to all of our sponsors and look forward to adding more to our list as our band continues to grow and expands its horizon.

 

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Traditional Folk Music

A consistent definition of traditional folk music is elusive. The terms folk music, folk song, and folk dance are comparatively recent expressions. They are extensions of the term folklore, which was coined in 1846 by the English antiquarian William Thoms to describe "the traditions, customs, and superstitions of the uncultured classes." The term is further derived from the German expression Volk, in the sense of "the people as a whole" as applied to popular and national music by Johann Gottfried Herder and the German Romantics over half a century earlier. Traditional folk music also includes most indigenous music.

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Folk music is people-centered. Like culture and society, religion, politics, and all the other things that have been topics of folk songs through the years, folk music is what you make of it. It's as useful as you want it to be. It speaks for you and on your behalf, so a culture that's focused on large-scale, dramatic social change (such as what was happening in the U.S. during the 1950s and '60s folk revival) would naturally identify mostly with political folk songs. A culture that's focused on finding its way through a tough economy and unclear expectations (such as is true of many milennials), may identify more with folk songs about uncertainty.
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