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Thread #109916   Message #2303028
Posted By: TheSnail
01-Apr-08 - 05:27 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Gene Burton

Who do YOU think is responsible?

Do we have to apportion blame? The modern world is flooded with a huge variety of forms of entertainment, much of it backed by billion dollar industries. Folk has a hard job to compete.

Your three points for discussion all ended on a rather accusatory note. "a little bloated, middle-aged, fussy, lacking in edge?" I'm not sure if I'm fussy but I'll admit to the other three. "a small self-perpetuating elite?" "don't CARE that the music's being ignored but actively encourage it's neglect?"

You come back later with "But I do worry that our musical heritage is being allowed to dwindle and wither by those supposedly dedicated to its propagation." Excuse me if I feel got at.

Your measure of success of the folk scene seems to be whether it provides an opportunity for young performers to make a living. That may be the problem. The younger generation all want to be superstars up on the big stage; the next Seth Lakeman or Kate Rusby. We need more who are prepared to take on the ground work. There are some; Laurel Swift and Anna Tabbush spring to mind. We need more like that.