I am 52 years old. I have been singing and playing folk music since I was 12. I have performed since I was 14. I have been to lots of large festivals and performed at them. One thing I always liked about festvals was the late into the night joke swaps. There were always performers there trolling for new material. But also there were people I had seen before at other festivals but never heard from because the did not perform on stage. In this setting they were in their orbit. They were brimming with stuff. Maybe not music related but extremely folky. It is good stuff and folklore and jokelore are as Art Theime has said I think brothers in the same family. You can tell I'm no brainiac but I love smart people thats why I play the music I do and not some other more mechanical tripe. This place is like the festival and it's wonderful here. I can here the music off into the night and I know that we are safe to say what we like.
You've probably all heard the story about the guy stranded on a lonely desert island for 30 years. When he is discovered finally, the people who find him are amazed at the wonderful church he has built. It is beautiful with many fine and rare natural decorations that he has wrought with his own hands. As they rave on he stops them and says " listen I wouldn't be caught dead in that place, that's where I used to go".
I guess it's human nature to find fault and separate oneself and move on. It defines us somehow.
I love this place. It works for me.