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Folk music reflects a sense of responsibility for planet Earth

All Areas > Environment > Save the Planet

Author: Hannah Basnett, Posted: Thursday, 25th January 2024, 09:00

It's February, and despite the slightly wet and breezy weather that provides little incentive to leave the warmth of home, one of my favourite free Gloucestershire festivals – The Folk Festival – is happening. But how does my venture to the pub, indulging in a pint or two, and tapping my feet to some uniquely instrumented tunes contribute to saving the planet?

Well, folk music’s roots are deeply embedded in the culture and history of different regions, possessing the power to connect people to their surroundings. The songs often narrate stories of the land, its people, and the challenges they face. This inherent link between folk music and the environment is not a recent phenomenon but rather a continuation of a tradition passed down through generations.

Expressing social and environmental concerns

The folk revival of the mid-20th century played a significant role in bringing traditional music to the forefront of popular culture. Artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Woody Guthrie used their music as a platform to express social and environmental concerns, reflecting a profound connection to nature and a sense of responsibility towards the Earth.

In Gloucestershire, our very own local folk musicians, Boe-Jigge, Crazy Goat, and Cobblers Child, are carrying the torch of this tradition and will be lighting up some of the quirky pubs nestled in the heart of Gloucester. Their music not only entertains but also serves as a reminder of the deep connection we share with our ancestors who walked the same soil.

And when it comes to environmental action, folk music is our secret weapon. Ever been to a protest where the whole crowd bursts into song? It’s like a joyous wave uniting people in their love for the planet, and a reminder of why we’re all in this together – fighting for the trees, birds, and insects who can’t speak up for themselves.

So, here’s the deal – folk music isn’t just about the tunes; it’s about creating a community, making history, and shaping our culture. When you hit up these local festivals, you’re not just enjoying a good time; you're supporting indie venues and local artists. You’re becoming part of a tribe that cherishes tradition, story-telling, and, of course, the big one – saving our planet. If you haven’t yet found your flavour of activism, maybe this is it? I hope to celebrate our planet with you, with some toe tapping, pint drinking, and a sing song about bees.

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