I don't know if Callie will be around to read this,but.
At my birthday party,weeks ago,in a moment when I was very drunk and Callie& friends were playing very beautifully,a guy a couple of years older than me came up quite arrogantly about how folk music should be like.I remember him shutting my music book (were I keep lyrics and sheet music from folk stuff )saying that there is no point in using it cause that is not the music teenagers will listen to.It made me laugh a lot.Who gives a XXXC about bloody teenagers?!Thay don't make culture,they provide money to corporate crocodiles.And anyway,I was a teenager not a log time ago and I used to listen and enjoy folk music.Beside the fact that teenagers from non celtic-anglo countries listen and dance to irish reels like they would dance to techno music:it's exotic enough to them to do the job.Anyway.Where is the problem of young people writing new folk?!It tells stories and feelings that will be part of people's background some day.Drum and bass are often used siply to polish the sound and make it more appealling to young people.Not many teenagers would love an hurdy gurdy and a mandolin as they would love a fiddle on some rock drums.It just sounds more familiar and fresh to them. I think that folk music is a call.You get to it.At it's everybody's music:you get to it and you play it.Often,it's the only place you belong to.Not a coincidency that so much folk playing comes from 'immigrants' " countries:your music and your sound is the only bit of homeland you can carry with you.Someone a while ago posted a message saying that folk music was the spontaneous sound of urban areas now,and that rap music is the only possible folk now.it's not true.Not a drop of my blood answers to rap music,because it might appeal teenagers but it's not part of my background.It's not the sound of my mother's voice,it doesn't tell me the history of people.I guess the main problem between young people and folk music is the former's tendency to new things and a lack of interest in old past things(which is half of the problem...there comes a time in which you realize that the best way to sort out many troubles is to get back to the human wisdom accumulated in centuries...poetry,songs,paintings,your grandparents' stories from when they were your age...and that's the time in which you stop being a teenager and acquire a vague connection with the world).I've heard some beautiful,deep,moving folk music from young people.Even if not many of my generation are yet on folk music...I guess in a couple of years there will be more on the mudcat.
sorry for the long posting.
And besides.Callie,I've got a tape of of that kid at my birthday plays like.I saved it .You should hear it:it sounds incredibly bad.Hilarious.