The living tradition

Thursday, 10 May, 2012

In our time of virtual reality, always-on connectivity and Google Glasses, folk music functions as a kind of acoustic way-back machine. But it’s not a stick-in-the-mud tradition. In Britain, The Unthanks prove that Northumberland folk is elastic enough to merge the mainstream with 200-year-old songs and create something that sounds ultra-modern. Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling now have global audiences thanks their synthesis of rock and folk music. It’s a living tradition as Ely Rosenblum shows in his short film, Folk Rises.

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