The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2309889
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
08-Apr-08 - 06:28 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
You may, of course suit yourself about who you take seriously. Given that you base everything on what happens in one little Sussex town where Bright Phoebus always shines, I think most will realise that your experience, though seemingly idyllic, is a tad limited.

You are, for example, in no position to make a blank declaration that I "never actually go to a f*lk club" because you don't know who I am in the first place. Wearing a variety of hats (though never a Breton Cap) I have attended not all that far short of every venue on this island (not to mention lots of mainland European ones) over the years, whether as performer (long ago), driver of other acts, folk directory compiler or reviewer.

Thus I consider myself in a rather more informed position to pontificate to this thread) than someone who has been to one pub in Lewes and another in Sidmouth. Matthew Parris draws his prejudice from one hearing of one recorded trad singer. Is your "experience" drawn from a pool that is any deeper?