Arlo Guthrie

Folk runs in this family

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This article is from 2010.

Arlo Guthrie

Following the same career as a famous parent can be a double-edged sword – a name can open doors, but it can also be a lot to live up to. Arlo Guthrie, son of folk legend Woody Guthrie, has carved out his own successful niche over four decades, but also has his own ideas on what constitutes folk music.

‘A lot of people confuse folk music with a genre. It’s really not. What it is, it’s the way that people learn the music they’re playing, the kind of music that you heard from a record or from a friend, as well as all the music that we hear on the radio today. In the old days we didn’t have marketing to separate them into bluegrass or blues or rock’n’roll. That’s all folk music.’

His own children are following that same route. He has four kids who are all folk singers, and his grandchildren are apparently showing similar inclinations, so expect the Guthrie name to be around for a while yet.

Queen’s Hall, 668 2019, 19 Aug, 8pm, £18.

This article is from 2010.

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