The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2305567
Posted By: TheSnail
03-Apr-08 - 12:20 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Tom Bliss

Then you are not lifting your eyes unto the hills and seeing the full picture

It could be that you aren't looking down into the valleys and seeing the teeming masses toiling away down there.

You perform one of my songs,

And very good it is too. Thank you for letting us have it. We do have quite a large repertoire apart from that, mostly either written by us or traditional.

I'll challenge you when you seek to elevate that same group of people above the skilled and hardworking experts who provide so much of what you occasionally appear (when you're perhaps not thinking) to take for granted.

I have never said that. Take a look at our programme and our workshop list. We've got you booked haven't we? What I object to is the impression that the professionals ARE the folk scene and the rest of us are just hangers on. I know quite a few skilled and hardworking experts who wouldn't consider themselves to be professionals. You have said elsewhere that some clubs never book guests at all.