An English style?
in Performing Englishness
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This chapter examines the diversity of approaches and cultural engagements that characterise the recent resurgence of English folk. It provides an examination of possible commonalities across this diverse genre. The chapter highlights some of the key elements of English folk music practice that have been foregrounded, or have developed in profile and significance, within the resurgence. The act of varying each rendition of a tune has, come to be seen as a constituent element of a good English instrumental folk performance. The phrase 'funky chords' is often used by musicians as a catch-all term for any harmonic element of a premeditated arrangement that successfully undermines the conventional diatonic harmonies prescribed by the inherent features of English traditional music. The chapter argues that the Englishness is inherent in the contradistinction of the performance technique with perceived common practice in Celtic musical traditions.

Performing Englishness

Identity and politics in a contemporary folk resurgence

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