Music: Out of the Corner

Professional folk singing in the U.S. is mostly the province of a few long-haired purists who rarely get a hearing outside the clubs and recital halls where their small but fervent public gathers. Last week a group of four high-spirited folksters known as the Weavers had succeeded in shouting, twanging and crooning folk singing out of its cloistered corner into the commercial big time.

Like most folk-song enthusiasts, the Weavers had been collecting and singing songs for fun for a long time. Among them, they had piled up a repertory of more than 700...

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