The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916 Message #2309190
Posted By: Ruth Archer
07-Apr-08 - 12:38 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
"However, if there really is a renaissance around the corner and new blood is beginning to flow in old veins, then let's celebrate. The day when at least half the audience and the performers at a traditional music club are under 30 is when I'll really celebrate, however."
As has been suggested many times before, perhaps young people who are interested in folk (and yes, there are a fair few about) aren't all that interested in folk clubs.
Does it matter, as long as they are still engaging with the music? In my experience, many young people enjoy ceilidhs and sessions, and especially ceilidhs and sessions at festivals, more than concerts, which may well be why the folk club holds little appeal for the younger age group.
Can the health of the folk club really still be held up as a yardstick for the health of the tradition?