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Thread #109916   Message #2302983
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
01-Apr-08 - 04:18 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Peregrina - you are right of course. I was speaking in relative terms.

Captain - Yes, the image of UK folk music does present those of us tasked to promote it to the wider media with a knotty problem. Some people do indeed take against the look of some folk enthusiasts, but these people have every right to dress as they please, and no-one should forget that even dedicated 'fringe' folkies (Diane's GEFF brigade) make a serious, vital contribution across the board - and most of us fall into this category at some times in some circumstances. They may not buy many concert tickets, but they do sing and play and keep it real. They write some great songs, they remember and perform lots of traditional and lesser known material. They buy a LOT more beer than Concert folkies (and so keep the pubs - and therefore town councils - happy to support festivals). They buy instruments. They contribute, often with deep authority, to forums and other discussions. Many do go to concerts as well, or dance, or make other contributions. In short they are - as I said earlier - as vital a cog in the folk machine as the record stalls, the headliners, the buskers, the morris sides etc etc etc etc.