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Thread #14376   Message #123417
Posted By: Bill D
13-Oct-99 - 11:38 AM
Thread Name: Why can't we be friends here too? (FSGW)
Subject: RE: Why can't we be friends here too?
darkriver...since you brought it up,,*grin* of the items in the FSGW charter says that it will promote...blah, blah..."traditional" music, dance, etc...

well, of course, that is NOT all we allow!..But FSGW has never allowed the singer-songwriter and latest vaguely folk-like stuff to dominate. We have many fine members who write new songs, and many of our concerts feature performers who include some of their own creations, but a 'folk' organization is a very different thing if it serves mainly as a venue for promoting what is currently 'hot'. It is not easy to work out a comfortable balance these days, but any group needs to at least address the question .....I, Personally believe that our emphasis on keeping traditional music in the forefront has helped keep the group reasonably stable and 'defined'.

It is possible to have a lot of fun and good music with NO rules and debates about content, but IF you have any sort of 'formal' club with officers and regular events, you need to confront the issue.

(please note that this post expresses MY personal attitudes and prejudices, not any postion of FSGW as a group)