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Thread #109916   Message #2305698
Posted By: GUEST,Tom
03-Apr-08 - 02:32 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Have a good evening Henry. (I was at the Pound last Wednesday and it was great to be able to say, when I mentioned you, as usual - "the great songwriter from... Corsham")!

One point to add for the sake of completeness (to you, mainly, Diane)

We have absolutely no evidence that 'quality' has been a defining factor in the tradition. It's very likely that there were plenty of stumblers and mumblers in the 15th century too. So weak performances cannot be said to insult our cultural heritage (though if in the wrong place at the wrong time they may of course insult the listener).

It's all good stuff - as long as there is a basic filter to try to fit the standard of performance to the occasion, there is no problem.