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GUEST,Eve BBC4 Christmas Session (195* d) RE: BBC4 Christmas Session 15 Dec 10


So in that case "everyone's a singer"..

True of course, i suppose but - I'm a very average fiddle player (or you could call it "naive" or "rustic") This is partly due to lack of talent but also because i haven't put in enough practice. I've tried hard over the years to improve but i've hit a plateaux!

I play down the local pub occasionally and i guess some people enjoy it - it's fun - but i'm very aware of my shortcomings and a good fiddle player would easily be able to criticise my technique and realisation of the tunes and their affective and stylistic qualities..even though to the layman (i busk in the streets occasionally) i probably sound ok.

I can't imagine my playing would be received well on BBC4, especially if i was the only English fiddle player broadcast.. However, if Dave Swarbrick in his prime had gone up there, few people anywhere would be able to truly criticise his playing, even if they didn't like his style..

That was the main issue as far as i was concerned - I'm not criticising any of the performers specifically - some i enjoyed very much while others made music that wasn't exactly to my taste - and of course there's a place in music for all kinds of voices, technically great or otherwise, but i just felt there are other singers not showcased whose voices are world-class by anyone's standards, who i would like to have represented English folk in this single solitary outing into mainstream media.


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