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Thread #103574 Message #2112107
Posted By: greg stephens
26-Jul-07 - 05:26 PM
Thread Name: Lack of Folk Music on BBC - thoughts
Subject: RE: Lack of Folk Music on BBC - thoughts
Folkiedave: of the pieces I made for Folkweave in the 70's/early 80's, no less than four made "Pick of the Week".I was very pleased about that, it showed that what we were doing was not to be ghettoised, but was felt worthy of a wider audience. That is surely what we should all be aiming for, making folk music interesting, on every station at any time of day.
My suggestion, earlier, that the Mike Harding show has had its day: I would like to modify that. I meant what I said, insofar as I was talking about the Smoothops version of what to do with an hour of Mike Harding. I believe that format is long past its sell-by date, but that is not a criticism of Mike himself. He is an enthusiastic, knowledgable, masterly presenter, a splendid musician and a very funny man. My criticisms are totally reserved for what Smoothops make him do. If I had a free hand to make folk programmes for the BBC, I'd be very happy to have Mike present thewm. But they wouldn't end up sounding anything like what Radio 2 puts out now. They'd be very very exciting, for a start!