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Thread #109916   Message #2303005
Posted By: GUEST,Jon
01-Apr-08 - 04:41 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
At the risk of adding nothing constructive to an already muddied thread, I have to agree with both Teribus and Diane - Parris's comments are subjective and unlikely to influence anyone significantly

I'm not sure but at best it's unhelpful. Personally, I don't have a problem (except a certain degree of disappointments if I like it) with someone finding singing sounds like caterwauling. I could, after all make similar comments regarding highly skilled operatic soprano's...

On the other hand, I don't like the use of a 10 second clip representing only a fraction of the musical traditions of the British Isles to demonstrate (or remind one) of how ghastly they are.

Race issues aside, if I played 10 seconds of say Michael Jackson (some of who'#s music I like btw) and said this reminds me how ghastly black music is, many would point out that my sample is by no means representative of all black music.

My own view is that Parris has picked on an area of traditional folk music a good number of people (unfortunately IMO) can find hard going and used it to reinforce an existing negative attitude towards folk music amongst many of the general public.

Instrumental sessions are my main thing. Is it reasonable that they for example should be lumped in as being ghastly on the basis of 10 seconds singing? I think not.