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date: 24 May 2022

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This article has been commissioned as part of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Revival edited by Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill. In the context of an early twenty-first century resurgence in English folk music, a “folk industry” has emerged. This chapter considers the ways the increasingly commercialized and professionalized infrastructure of the folk industry coexists and interacts with the established philanthropic, anticommercial, and amateur ethos of the folk arts. The window through which this folk industry is examined is that of the folk festival, a key location for the resurgence. The significance of the media, competitions, and folk development organizations is also considered. The chapter concludes by noting the relative ease with which folk industry and folk ethos coexist, and argues that this contemporary movement can best be characterized as a resurgence rather than a revival.

Keywords: English folk music, folk industry, folk festival, resurgence, revival, competitions

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