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Thread #109916   Message #2306236
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
04-Apr-08 - 05:23 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Your club sounds like it's in the middle somewhere, Jon.

The point it has taken me so long to make - in response to Bryan's cake/icing analogy - is that the business elements (and that involves many trades) of folk (using the broadest definition to cover everything that is called folk by anyone) is a key ingredient of the cake, which influences everything, to various degrees in different places.

Commerce is woven through the folk tradition, just as it is through all other forms of music, (I was delighted to read the post above about other musical genres with a similar pro/am structure - folk is not unique in this respect) and indeed through all the arts.

It is not something on the top that could be jettisoned as unnecessary if people so chose.

Call it a machine with cogs, call it an ecosystem, call it what you like, but recognise the way it actually works and respect ALL the essential parts. That's all I'm asking.