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Thread #77143 Message #1376763
Posted By: Richard Bridge
11-Jan-05 - 01:43 PM
Thread Name: Folk music in England.
Subject: RE: Folk music in England.
Possibly in the 60s the concept of "working class culture" first achieved respectability (or at least wide acceptance), with the result that many (in London, and in Nottingham) were prepared to accept the defintion of folk music, and, for the first time, a mass audience was there for that retrospective.
Of course there was also a contemporary acoustic music scene, which indeed had its chart successes, but the clubs that emphasised the tradition of folk music (something of a tautology) were rammed, just as much as the singer songwriter clubs. And so were the clubs that were specifically "blues clubs".
It is therefore probably incorrect to blame those who still recognise folk music as such for the absence of those who do not, unless there is a reason why things differ (if they do) today.