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Thread #109916   Message #2309664
Posted By: Suegorgeous
07-Apr-08 - 08:47 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition

Even if new players and singers came out of their bedrooms note/key/lyric/everything else perfect, all chances are they'd still give a flawed/mediocre performance - if they haven't also had the opportunity to actually do their thing in front of an audience. Performance skills are just as key to "being good enough", and those you can only acquire by doing it on the job. To me, that's partly what folk clubs are about. If I don't want to see performers-in-progress, I can choose to go to a concert or festival.

Matthew Parris didn't even mention folk clubs - he's probably never set foot in one. If all the flawed folk performers in the country fell under a bus tomorrow, it's likely he'd STILL hate folk music - I think that's all he's talking about, a personal taste. (Ill-advised to express it quite so venomously on the radio though, granted.)