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Thread #77143 Message #1376943
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
11-Jan-05 - 04:37 PM
Thread Name: Folk music in England.
Subject: RE: Folk music in England.
Maybe so Richard. But while no one was to blame. Certain memories stick in my mind.
One is of a folk package tour fred jordan, the watersons, Bert Jansch, The Yetties. Anyway there was Fred in his wellies singing away, and these kids who had probably read about folk music in the NME heckling him , telling him to get off - they wanted to see Bert. 1965
Skip forward less than 10 years. The Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield - onstage Gerry Lockran, probably the best blues guitarist I ever saw.
At the back of the large, and largely empty room - the local tradiocracy - pissed as farts and totally ruining Gerry's performance with their loud insolent chatter. One excuse for humanity in the regulation fisherman's smock keeps braying loudly - he thinks he's a yank.
Both examples of intolerance, but while the dumb kid was just dumb - the other should have known better. He was killing off a movement already in its death throes.
I think the music was already in crisis by the early 70s. i'M REALLY SORRY. It was our job to hand it on, I'm not sure we can, in any meaningful sense. The artist of a living craft does not merely hand on a pattern book to his son, but rather a set of techniques that he can apply to his own life, or ignore; plus the joy of creation.