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Thread #116775   Message #2511975
Posted By: GUEST,Doffing Mistress
10-Dec-08 - 04:05 PM
Thread Name: 2008 R2 Young Folk Award - What Happened
Subject: RE: 2008 R2 Young Folk Award - What Happened
I've just looked back on the BBC's original documentation for the YFAs and found this:

"We are looking for the best group, duo or soloist performing folk,
traditional or acoustic music or song with roots in any culture".

So maybe the answer to the conundrum "Is it folk?" is irrelevant.

Having just heard the show it is hard to argue with the judges decision. I was there on the night and somewhat seduced by the performance and personalities of some of the other contestants. I would not have put Megan and Joe at the top. However on radio they sounded worthy winners. Obviously the judges have a much better ear than I have. Maybe there's another discussion to be had; is folk about the songs or the performance, or both.