The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63460   Message #1031117
Posted By: The Shambles
07-Oct-03 - 06:31 AM
Thread Name: Are there any OLD folkies out there?
Subject: RE: Are there any OLD folkies out there?
To the young - old(er) people are usually uncool. Even in my day, this is understandable but it does vary geographically, as stated above for Ireland. Although this need to be cool, should not prevent the young from admiring the musical skills of the old - and indeed vice-versa.

For example - Pete and Woody were not as young and therefore not as cool as Bob Dylan but this did not prevent me from appreciating their talents too, along with the talents of many bluesmen who were distinctly elderly by then, if not already terminally so.

My experience of traditional country dances in Shetland in the 70-80s was that that all age groups attended and participated together, even if country and western music was more to the tastes of those in their teens and early twenties.

My first experience of making music was skiffle - when I was age 9 together with my elder brother and his friends, who was 8 years older than me, and my dad. I am sure that I was not considered cool by my brother but possibly my dad was slightly more acceptable to him (for a few more years anyway) as he was more musically skilled.

As for folk being a minority interest, I am not sure that amongst the younger folk, that it is the case now. There are certainly many young folk players who are seen as being cool.

The test as I see it is to try and ensure that the music is still seen to be cool - no matter who - or how old the person making it is. To try and avoid divisions in folk music making that are based more on cultural and fashion than on music.

If a a fity-year old wants to learn to play the fiddle - should they be excluded from a youth beginners workshops because of their age? I mean if you are new to the instrument and have only been playing for say 2 months - should it really matter if you are 50 or 15? It may even encourage a 15 year-old to see a 50 year-old struggle.