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Thread #92147   Message #1758388
Posted By: GavDav
12-Jun-06 - 06:20 PM
Thread Name: English Dance & Song Mag
Subject: RE: English Dance & Song Mag
Would looking better make it harder to distinguish from the other mags or put it more on an equal footing? I'd certainly like to see more English stuff put on an equal footing with the global/roots coverage out there.

On the friday night mentioned in my original post, copies of EDS were there, out on the table at a ceilidh event attended by about 150 yoofs, many of whom had never been to a folk event but were at that moment up for knowing more. IVFDF was heavily featured in EDS and well covered and is a genuinely youth friendly event, and something I would have loved to be able to promote to them and say "look at this, you should go to it" but the cover image creates associations which frankly will put those very people off from taking that proposition or the magazine, or EFDSS membership remotely seriously. I think that that is a massive shame. It might be shallow and superficial to look at things in that way, but the general public does.

I think it is a difficult line - perhaps it isn't that it needs humour so much as that the audience/readership needs to appreciate that times change, and appreciate that the spirit (if ntothe form) of what they value or want to preserve is out there often muddling along, but not wearing the right clothes or using too many expletives for the old guard to embrace it. I know they cover younger artists, but there is a strange sense of EDS and EFDSS in general being somehow slightly seperate from the mainstream folk scene of music, ceilidh and song clubs. I can't put my finger on why it isn't part of the scene that we all meet in, but it feels strangely parallel.