Linda Crampton has loved music since childhood. She plays the piano and recorder, sings, and listens to classical, folk, and early music. Folk songs are an important part of our culture. They are often very enjoyable to hear and can transmit facts and ideas to listeners. Traditional folk songs generally come from a culture that no longer exists, but they are still interesting. They allow us to glimpse a time that has passed but that may still influence us. The traditional songs that I've chosen for this article are four of my personal favourites. The definition of "folk song" is somewhat nebulous. It's generally agreed that it's one enjoyed and sung by the common people, or the folk, that live in a particular area. Folk songs of the past were generally transmitted orally.
Traditional Folk Songs
At some point in the past a bloke called George supposedly killed a dragon, which is - understandably - a big deal. And despite suspicions this may or may not have actually happened in what is modern day Turkey, the English have adopted dear George as their patron saint. So, with St. George's day arriving, we're celebrating some of the nation's most enduring musical heritage with out English Folk Songs playlist. The English folk tradition stretches beyond written history, with the earliest songs passed between sailors and travellers to while away long hours of tedium. England, as the seafaring giants they once were, produced some of the longest lasting sea shanties the folk tradition has known. Songs like ' Bold Nelson's Praise ' laud naval successes England once knew, while ' Leave Her Johnny ' tells of the tough lot that is a sailor's life. And make it look as simple as a man firmly and assertively letting his chosen partner know they were to be wed.
18th Century Music
Click on the link or the drop-down menu above to take a listen. When we first came to traditional folk music, we stood at the foot of the mountain and wondered at the sheer size of what loomed ahead. You might find it by chance — a centuries-old song that grabs you and sticks with you and makes you wonder what else might be out there — or you might find that someone offers you a leg-up. After all, each have tales about some chap in some pub somewhere who can play the hind legs off all the donkeys, but chose not to make a career out of it, or someone legendary who passed away years ago but, boy, you shoulda heard them play the spoons.
The folk music of England is a tradition-based music, which has existed since the later medieval period. It is often contrasted with courtly, classical and later commercial music. Folk music has been preserved and transmitted orally, through print and later through recordings. The term is used to refer to English traditional music and music composed, or delivered, in a traditional style.