The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2309448
Posted By: Tootler
07-Apr-08 - 05:08 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
But I dropped into a Thirsk session a couple of years ago and lasted half an hour. It was dominated by out-of-tune guitarists thrashing out C&W.

That is an utterly reprehensible remark. On a par with that of Matthew Parrish. Just because the music they play was not to your taste is no excuse to insult them.

I used to go to that session and while I drifted away because I was more interested in traditional material, I found them friendly and welcoming. Remember these people that you are slagging off in this way are, for the most part, simply enjoying an evening out playing the music they enjoy with people who share their tastes. I think this is true of many people who go to folk clubs and the nay-sayers in this discussion will do well to remember this when they are complaining about the "dreadful standards".

If that's not a format you like, then don't go there, but don't insult those of us who enjoy the participatory aspect of folk music and who go to folk clubs for that purpose.