Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 February 2012

224 Pages | 4 Tables, black & white, 21 Line drawings, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719085338

Bookseller Code (06)


Transforming folk

Innovation and tradition in English folk-rock music

Rob Burns

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Deals with the transformation of the traditional music of the British Isles as it becomes relocated into a popular music setting that provides new concepts of preservation and innovation
  • The breadth of theory used in this book takes the subject area out of the domain of music journalism providing the reader with a comprehensive analysis of change in folk music performance
  • Builds on Sharp's definition of folk music being based on continuity, variation and selection and brings definitions formulated in the 1950s into a twenty-first century context
  • Brings a new perspective to the participant/performer to research in this field, drawing on fieldwork carried out with some of the most prominent performers in the style Has interdisciplinary significance, making a contribution to ethnomusicology, folk music studies, popular music studies, musicology and culture and identity of people of the British Isles

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