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GUEST,Eliza C Are all folkies over fifty? (139* d) RE: Are all folkies over fifty? 21 Apr 03


I think if you like folk music you are a folkie no matter what age you are. It is pretty confusing to start giving every new generation a new "tag", and stops the continuity that people who are interested in traditional music want and promote.
Guest who was complaining about British singer-songwriter antipathy-The British folk scene has resisted the introduction of singer-songwriters because it started from an interest in the traditions of this country, and to a larger extent believes quite rightly that singer-songwriters can get their platform anywhere, whereas that is not the case with our endangered traditional music. The scene has now moved on and changed with the times as it was bound to all along and there are still some people who wish it wasn't so; I am afraid that although I don't always agree with them I can't blame them and neither should you.
When it becomes easier to sing trad songs at your average open-mic night we will all shut up. Til then, if no-one makes the distinction and speaks their mind about it we could inadvertantly lose a lot of material and take ourselves back forty years to when information about our culture was extremely hard to come by. The trade of the singer-songwriter is also much more reliant on the cult of personality, the ego, and some think that traditional music is antithesis to that.
Surely that doesn't deserve that kind of antagonistic post? If you think about it it makes sense.


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