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Thread #95941 Message #1871961
Posted By: Anne Lister
30-Oct-06 - 03:51 AM
Thread Name: Les Barker US tour canceled!
Subject: RE: Les Barker US tour canceled!
Even if you could argue that the INS knew Les's repertoire well enough to know what his views were on your government, you could hardly say the same about Quicksilver or Andy Irvine, who have also recently fallen foul of the same decision regarding cultural uniqueness. To bring Les's political views into this is, I think, a major red herring.
I remain convinced that it's all to do with the bureaucracy switching from the Vermont office to the Californian office. Thank you to those people who have fired off letters and let's hope something gets sorted out soon.
As to the Grand Bard of Cornwall and Stephen Foster songs - there's no room on a P3 visa to put any kind of restriction, so it's a rather odd story. How on earth was anyone going to check up on what he performed? It might be that when he was putting his pile of papers together he was advised not to mention his Stephen Foster material in the interest of proving cultural uniqueness? Or the festival itself made the request?