Jasmin Gorsuch, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, contacted me a few months ago about a paper she was working on. The subject was the role of YouTube in the current global revival of folk song, with a particular focus on folk song from the United Kingdom. She had stumbled upon my YouTube channel, and asked if she could interview me about how YouTube fits into my personal music activities. I agreed, and she later shared the paper with me. It provides a good overview of YouTube's impact on the folk scene: "youtube is anexcellent platform for promoting folk music, because in addition to its entertainment purpose, it also offers education, tips, and direct communication with the performer and their fans (or enemies), all at no cost" (Gorsuch, n.p.). Gorsuch plans to further her studies of the interrelationship of folk music and technology in her upcoming dissertation. You can read her entire essay by clicking the link below. Many thanks to Gorsuch for allowing me to post her work, and for including me in this paper.
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Thoughts on music and performing by Canadian singer-songwriter Jesse Ferguson.