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Eliza Carthy talks about her experience of being a folk musician and composer. Eliza explains how the music she writes and plays consists of a bass line, a chordal layer, vocal melody and high vocal harmonies. She explains the only difference between traditional and contemporary folk is the instruments used. For example, Eliza often uses the drum kit in the music she creates and performs.
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26 May 1999

Classroom Ideas

Challenge the students to tell a recent news story in folk style. Ask them to write their words based on verse chorus structure. Add melody, chords, bass, a rhythm section and harmonies. The composition can be played live, or recorded using computer software. What is meant by 'aural tradition'?

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