Good grief, Andrew. I think the only divine intervention is the holier than thou eminating from your posting. Why do you assume that I've so far contributed nothing to the folk scene and need you to enlighten me? I've been contributing, participating and hopefully adding to it for years. My viewpoint is that some regions are much better funded than others when it comes to folk activity - based on years of observation. The "powers that be" that I refer to aren't the ordinary participants like us, I'm referring to the authorities and bodies who provide financial support to folk events. As such, some areas are much better funded than others.