Hi Chris how's your Mum doing hope she is OK. No Chris I did not pass the Festival Bucket Round I think I had enough to do. Who contributed what will all come out at the festival committee meeeting. So if you want to know who gave or pledged what to help run the Festival that is the place to find out.
To be honest it's a bit like asking people how much they get in their wage packet Chris. I am prepaired to tell you how much I was paid as I have not increased my fee to the festival since the Holmfirth Festival of Folk Started. I charged a very special fee to help support Holmfirths Traditional Festval my fee was Zero.
What is Mainstream Folk? Well never mind that what is Folk? Is it contemporary like Bob Dylan, Cyrill Tawney, The Clancey's, Artisan, Richard Tompson, to name but a few. Or is it and oral tradition or is it as Collected by Cecil Sharp and then writen down an sanatized. Well the reason I refered to what we were doing in the Elephant as Main Stream was because it was the kind of Music that the majority of the Public recognise and associate with and the Younger End who have never lived through the Folk Revival of the 50s and 60s have never heard before.
So Chris it's up to you now to find sometime and get off your Backside as a Local and get yourself on the committee and help to Organize next years Festival. But don't suddenly come to life two weeks before and think that's all it takes. I takes a lot of hard work and time months before the festival. Personal I am so impressed with Cath she is such a bundle of energy and a great asset to Holmfirth and not just to its Festival.