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GUEST,Arnie Naiman Trad vs. Singer-Songwriters at festivals (149* d) RE: Trad vs. Singer-Songwriters at festivals 21 Oct 03

Hello there - I'm the Arnie - I play some banjo - old and new stuff - It's hard to get a gig. Festivals in Ontario for the most part are turning into nothing more than performance acts for modern singer songwriters. There is little folk culture in what many of these singers do, unless sitting and gawking at beautiful people with beautiful voices with attitudes and power chords with acoustic guitars all plugged in has become what folk culture is now about. There is almost nothing participitory for the audience in what they do other than the audience being entertained. This is a far cry from Mariposa's initial festival vision where acts were mixed, treated as equals and trad made up more than 50% of what went on. You could actually jam , sing along, dance and be involved in a cultural folk music experience back then. Now you just sit and wait to hear the next star, or wanna be star - that's it. There are still examples of good diverse festivals - Goderich, Ottawa festivals are examples of that. It looks to me that trad music will be relegated to the bars, pubs, sing arounds, camps, community dances etc. and kept to it's own community's activities for now, until some of these AD's and promoters realise again that this music is good enough for the masses.

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