Ahh who will carry on when we are laid to rest?
Well there are many young folk singers, as previously mentioned and so many of them show far greater talent than we did back in the 60's! Every year at our local festival (Fylde - Fleetwood, Lancashire, England) they encourage the younger people with teach-ins, competitions (the winner performing on the front stage at the final concert)etc.. and from what I've seen there will be no lack of singers, musicians to carry on our love of traditional music. However there is one problem as I see it - the music is going to the converted, as previously mentioned the children attending the festivals/clubs have been brought up with Folk Music from their family interest.
At our local sessions (Falcon Folk - Poulton-le-fylde Nr Blackpool, England) we sing in an open bar - everyone of legal age to enter a bar - is welcome to join in or just listen in some small way this will offer the music to a wider younger group, several have come to have a pint and returned a few weeks later with an instrument and joined in.
We need to repay the music by spreading the word.... not hiding away in the upstairs room of a pub and behind the closed gates of a festival --- let the people have free samples of THEIR music and maybe more will like it!
Ok so lets all take to the streets like the pied piper of Hamilin and hope the children will follow the music.
Take care and sing well
ps thanx to Rusty & Stu Wright for all the hard work they have done at Fylde with the children.