Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesj

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
GUEST,guest - jim younger nowt as queer as folk concert (57* d) RE: nowt as queer as folk concert 11 May 10

GSS wrote: "it would seem we all agree that the merit of the musician should be the deciding factor in whether someone gets booked"

Not sure if I can agree with this statement, because I don't quite understand the point about "merit". Given the limited number of paid gigs and the plethora of competent - and occasionally inspired -musicians on the 'folk scene', how can this work? Is there a clear hierarchy of "merit", where musicians are in some kind of struggle for survival, decided by market forces?

Can we say always say, for example, that concertina player X is of greater musical merit than musical saw player Y? How can we tell? And if we do decide that X is better there may still be a night when we're gagging for the musical saw ... and only a saw will do.

(Sorry, it's late - or early - not sure which.)

But I think the show was a grand idea - and it needed to focus on its constituency to make its political point. Booking a so-called heterosexual concertina (or saw) player into the show would have nullified its raison d'etre - which was QUEER, rather than normative.

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.