The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93449   Message #1799417
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
01-Aug-06 - 09:10 PM
Thread Name: EFDSS Role in the 21st Century
Subject: RE: EFDSS Role in the 21st Century
There are a lot of living folk music traditions in England, and many of them aren't native English. I'd like to see some organisation working to encourage all the traditions and help them stay alive and become better known and better valued.

That could be EFDSS changing its emphasis, or it could be some broader organisation within which EFDSS would continue to focus on the native Engish traditions. I think I'd favour the latter, because there has to be someone with a specific committment to those English traditions.

But I think they are best served by being set alongside other traditions - that is what was so important about the international aspect of Sidmouth for most of its existance. I don't want to see the native English traditions seen as something exclusive and antagonistic to other traditions, and there are some people who do see it that way - and there are even some who would want it to be that way.