The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #92147   Message #1759596
Posted By: GUEST
14-Jun-06 - 07:09 AM
Thread Name: English Dance & Song Mag
Subject: RE: English Dance & Song Mag
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I will re-phrase a point I made above.

I have been a member for a long time because I am in favour of what the EFDSS does. No question.

The magazine doesn't have much in it that hasn't been said lots of times before. That is alsmost inevitable in writing about a limited number of traditional features of English Dance and Song.

Would articles about the legion of revival dance, mumming and song groups be appropraite? I guess not, if the EFDSS is about "traditional" culture that was collected or survived.

Personally I think E2K, Albions, 422 and Duncan McFarlane are as valid Joseph Taylor but I don't expect everyone to agree.

But, the tradition is a living tradition and it evolved from unaccompanied country singers to 6 people with amplification and a choice of 20 instruments. Sometimes it is worse, sometimes it is better.

The question is: How long can the editor of the Magazine find enough worth writing about and How will the EFDSS respond to the Living Tradition?

Les in Chorlton at work