Worlds of Difference: the Folk Festival Scene in Perspective

Just what is folk music anyway these days? Who defines the term? Who decides what's fittin' for a "folk festival"? This summer's Old Songs and Falcon Ridge folk festivals got me thinking about what one might expect when one enters the sometimes unreal world of a folk festival.

There are all kinds of music festivals these days. Bluegrass, "Roots Music", and the ever-nebulous folk festival. Given the range of musical tastes, this is a very good thing. Whatever, and wherever the festival, you'll likely find music