The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109357   Message #2287142
Posted By: Les in Chorlton
13-Mar-08 - 04:20 AM
Thread Name: The Current Tradition
Subject: RE: The Current Tradition
I think their is an expectation in some quarters that old traditional songs and tunes should only be publicly performed if the performance is of the highest standard.

I guess the important phrase is "publicly performed". Is a small room upstairs in a pub public, not much I'd say.To go further much performance in "The Current Tradition" is private or semi public and their is not often an expectation of all those who perform to be of the highest standard.

Does this lead us to "good enough for folk"? Yes it can. But the phrase suggests to me that those who use this as an excuse know they could do better but cannot be bothered. That is quite different from encouraging new singers etc. to start out.

"The Current Tradition" is a living tradition.