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Saturday, April 03, 2010

It's folk, but not like it used to be

Canberra's National Folk Festival has always defined "folk" music widely.

But this year...

Friday night was the Beatles Singalong - I loved it!

Saturday night, Motown Hits reversioned.

Next year... the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin?


Perhaps that's what folk music is - popular music, some decades on.

It's a wonderful event.

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