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Thread #109916   Message #2304281
Posted By: GUEST,Jon
02-Apr-08 - 05:19 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Oh well the "caterwauling" of someone at the skilled end of things turning into GEEFF is interesting...

I really do not believe weaker performances have much impact on the general publics attitude to folk music who I doubt would particularly seek out folk clubs, sessions and singarounds and I don't think would really be able to tell or care whether (within limits) a singer is good or bad. A "folk accent" might for example strike first.

(To be honest. it's pretty much like that with me and opera singing. I at least mostly couldn't sort a really good one from a just about OK one. I don't care how skilled it is and I don't like (to my ears) "squeaky squaky" high pitched notes. Perhaps one day, something might open up my ears to it but I doubt very much if it will be the skill level of the performer.)

I'm in favour of room for folk at all levels and believe what (if any) standard/entry level an event sets is entirely their own affair. I do think that people should accept their standard might not be acceptable for a certain venue (I don't hold with anyone should be allowed to play anywhere) but that's as far as it goes.

Besides my "folk police" (which at least to date has been fictitious) fears and dislikes, I do wonder about other areas. Folk seems pretty unique in music but suppose I moved over to lets say cricket. Would one really blame amateur village cricketers if test cricket was poorly supported, or suggest cutting out players below a certain level of ability from playing anywhere as a resolution? Of course not, we would lay the blame fairly and squarely on those involved at the higher levels. It would be entirely up to them to market and make thier version uf the game more appealing.