The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77728 Message #1390522
Posted By: Richard Bridge
27-Jan-05 - 05:02 PM
Thread Name: What is wrong with being a purist?
Subject: RE: What is wrong with being a purist?
I think many posters need to re-check the initial post.
The point that is escaping is that (over-sweeping generalisation follows) the AGB tend to label anyone who does any significant number of folk songs at all as a "purist" and them blames them for the decline of folk clubs - whether or not they in fact welcomed non-traditional singers and players.
My experience is that this is true. You can see examples from Don (WYZIWIG) Thompson on the English folk club thread.
You will also see from the original post that the experience was specifically stated as being found in English clubs. So, dear MG, if you don't have the experience you don't have the knowledge and you are not in the position to express an informed or therefore rational opinion. That, however, rarely stops you so I don't suppose it will stop you now.
SRS, you know better, I think and hope.