The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2308312
Posted By: theleveller
06-Apr-08 - 12:32 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Personally, I think the light-handed approach to moderation on this site works extremely well. It gives rise to a breadth of discussion that is missing on other sites. This debate on the BBC Folk and Acoustic board has attracted around 40 posts the last time I looked. Well done, Joe, you have my support. With all due respect, I do think it slightly churlish for guests to come along and tell us that the rules should be changed. It's like being invited to a club and then saying you don't want to join because you don't like the way it's run. As for bullying; there is some on Mudcats , but much of it is from people who are too cowardly to become members and stay as constant guests. Certainly the likes of Richard Bridge are not bullies - on the contrary, I've seen him take some pretty brutal attacks on the chin and come back with a lively response. If we gave in to the whingers, this would be a much less enjoyable place to have discussions. And, let's face it, no-one's forcing you to take part, as Joe points out.

As for the GEFF debate, it is, and always has been, a spurious one. In over 40 years in the folk scene, I have never ever heard anyone say that, except in jest, usually when tuning a recalcitrent instrument. As for the idea that there shuold be some universal standard applied before anyone can perform in public - it's totally against everything I believe folk music to be about. Of course, the vast majority of people want to do their best, but who is to be the judge? Certainly not some self-appointed arbiter - only the people who are listening to the performer can judge and they can vote with their feet. Do poor performances do a diservice to folk music - don't appear to have, so far. Do they sometimes give new performers the confidence to try for themselves? In my experience, they do.In the end we are all here to enjoy ourselves, not be told we don't reach the mark by some po-faced nit-picker.