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Thread #77143 Message #1377677
Posted By: Don(Wyziwyg)T
12-Jan-05 - 04:56 PM
Thread Name: Folk music in England.
Subject: RE: Folk music in England.
Well said sidewinder. It is all about perception, rather than age. For years I have been one of the organisers of a Folk Club in Kent, which was losing attenders at a frightening rate, and had hardly any under 45 years old. Two years ago it became an Acoustic Music Club, and our adverts made it quite clear that this was INCLUSIVE. All types of music are welcomed, not just accepted. We still struggle for numbers, 'tho this is improving. But the most amazing thing is that about 50 percent of our regulars are aged 20 - 35, with a couple of 16 year olds who are struggling through voice change, and planning to perform when able. We do well enough to put on about 3 to 4 guests a year, so we're not worrying. The beauty of it is that the younger people are picking up lots of trad material from us, so the traditional side is not suffering. What's in a name? Judge for yourselves. We'll be handing over the club to young people very soon, and I am not the least worried about that. God willing I shal be there to see what they make of it, and I'm sure I'll love it.
Folk music dead? NO, JUST EVOLVING.