British Folk Music Key features
Learnt by oral tradition (not written down)
Worksongs= Made up by workers to ease work + create a beat to work as a team. They are unaccompanied + use call and response
Lots are based on pentatonic scales- easier
Strophic= The tune stays the same each verse
Usually 4 bar phrases with an anacrusis
'Waulking' is part of clothmaking. Rhythmic songs helped work.
NC= No chord
Celtic Fusion= Folk music combined with elements of pop music
Skye Waulking Song from Nàdurra- Capercaillie
Capercaillie are a Celtic folk band from Scotland + Ireland. Nàdurra was released in 2000. Words taken from lament called ‘John, Son of the King of Ireland’.
Based on a pentatonic scale. In 12/8. Strophic structure. Frequent syncopation.
Fiddle, uilleann pipes, accordian, bouzouki (string instrument), bass guitar, drum kit, synthesizer + wulitzer piano. All played in middle range + vocal line in low register.
Polyphonic texture + Fade-out ending. The first chord is a cluster chord. Syllabic.
Introduction: Instrumental then voice enters. Hi-hat creates cross- rhythms. In G major. Diatonic.
Verse 1: Voice + accompaniment. Simple beat, Calm + quiet, Focus is on voice
Verse 2: Voice + accompaniment with instrumental break. Drums + bass added (rhythm section), Louder, harmonised backing vocals
Coda: Short vocal phrases, accompaniment dies out
2 main verses + 2 inserts/seisds (response). Seisds are vocables (nonsense syllables)