The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2302561
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
31-Mar-08 - 06:12 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
You are missing an important point Bryan. Parris' opinions may indeed be unimportant in themselves. But the bad PR generated is not. Like any business faced with negative coverage we have a duty to respond - and we should not miss the opportunity it gives us to make our case yet again.

Diane - those comments about 'rice paper' were aimed at me. If you are therefore including me in your support of that poster you are misinformed. I and my colleagues at folkWISE devote huge amounts of effort to the very tasks you mention - as do many many others across the folk world in many different ways.

The folk machine has many cogs. The GEFF brigade you deride are a vital cog like any other, as are the club organisers, the festivals, the arts people, performers young and old, pro and amateur, the dancers, the DJs - and all the rest.

Maybe one day we'll be able to do a proper study to see how all the cogs actually mesh, artistically, commercially, politically and in other ways. Until then I for one will continue to play with a straight bat and work to encourage everyone and everything that might be helping help to keep the old machine whirring along.