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Thread #91232 Message #1733903
Posted By: greg stephens
06-May-06 - 05:43 AM
Thread Name: BS: BNP and folk music
Subject: RE: BS: BNP and folk music
The BNP types in Stoke-on-Trent are so far conspicuously absent from the folk scene, as far as I am aware(though I appreciate that not all BNP members have BNP and George crosses tattooed on their foreheads, so I may not have spotted them.
I should have thought one thing folkies in positions of influence in clubs and festivals might do is book a few more acts from black and minority ethnic groups. The black Zimbabwean singers that live in Stoke, for example, have a fantastic a capella group called Simunye. Its members are working as shelf stackers on night shifts, which seems to me a terrible waste of talent. It would be sort of nice(and a fabulous experience for audiences) if a few more festivals, clubs, and companies that take workshops into schools, took a bit more interest in the real traditional folk music that we all have on our doorsteps. A few more black and Asian local performers made welcome on the folk scene would surely provide a welcome balance to any potential infiltration by the "whites only" brigade from the various unsavoury parties of the right which occasionally float to the surface for a(hopefully) brief period.