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Captain Ginger GEFF and Proud of it (258* d) RE: Folklore: GEFF and Proud of it 10 Apr 08

Mr Snail, you can shout, hector and write in big letters all you like, but I most certainly can't be arsed to fossick through the countless threads on this forum to satisfy some petulant demand for 'evidence' which will promptly be batted aside - but without going too far from here, just look at contributions on this thread from Nigel, Diane, Dave and Paul.
I repeat: there exists among some in the folk world an attitude that crap performances don't matter because it's only folk. It's one I don't encounter in classical, jazz, blues, rock or any other genre that I follow.
However much you stamp your foot and put your hands over your ears, it's a problem which won't go away unless we actually recognise it. For a lot of people, folk music is crap because their only exposure to what they think it to be is the procession of the half-dead and the tone-deaf up the pub stairs to the local folk club and the dreadful bleatings and twanglings that they hear therefrom.
At root all I'm asking is that we take a dispassionate look at the image we present to the outside world and that we take a bit more pride in what we perform, promote and produce if we want to attract new blood. Now stop taking it so personally, there's a good chap.

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