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Thread #109916   Message #2309247
Posted By: Ruth Archer
07-Apr-08 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
"Just as some Stones fans ended up on a trail that lead to Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, a few Winterset kids might finish up at Bert Lloyd but folk clubs will have to meet them half way"

I think for a lot of people, that journey happens as they mature. So it might be a longer road, but those Winterset (or Rusby or Lakeman or Lau or Faustus or Mawkin) kids will grow up, and eventually end up not only at Lloyd, but at Larner and Cox and Mary Ann Haynes etc. I know it's what happened to me - it took almost 20 years for me to get right back to the source. I cite my lift analogy of many days (and posts) ago.

I have to say, though, there are one or two venues i've noticed cropping up that seem to offer a contemporary take on the folk club. Sam Lee's club, The Magpie's Nest, is one. There's also the green Note in Camden, which always has lots of good folky/rootsy posters in the window, and which I'm reliably informed doesn't seat more than about 50.

The thing about folk clubs in the 60s is that they were cool, and yuoung people ran them and went to them. These days kids have higher ecxpectations from the sorts of venues they go to, and like anyone else, they're attracted to places full of people like them. If a younger generation of folk enthusiasts doesn't take on the folk (or acoustic) club mantle, actively promoting and booking events themselves in the sorts of venues they would want to visit, I honestly can't see it lasting past the current generation.

But that's not to say there won't be young people enjoying folk music and dance. They'll just be doing it on their own terms.