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Thread #116775   Message #2512010
Posted By: Spleen Cringe
10-Dec-08 - 04:33 PM
Thread Name: 2008 R2 Young Folk Award - What Happened
Subject: RE: 2008 R2 Young Folk Award - What Happened
I've kept out of this spleen-fest, but am now moved to add my tuppence worth.

It's not the "old giffers who are undoubtedly talented and have something to offer but, when the chips are down, are still old giffers" award.

It's also not the "young traditionalists who are so steeped in the 1954 definition they have it tattooed across their arses" award.

It's not the "cutting edge radio station showcasing edgy, experimental post-folk explorations" award.

And finally it's not the paranoia, paranoia, everybody's out to get me and the bastards at the BBC are whispering derogatory shit at me through the walls again" award.

It's an award for kids doing folk or acoustic material live, handed out by a largely mainstream, MOR radio station. The winners ain't my cup of tea by a long chalk (more of this later), but they tick all the right boxes for the award, do what they do well and are undoubtedly talented, engaging and perfect for that R2 crossover market.

If Ray Davies and Elvis Costello (brilliant artists both) can play Cambridge Folk Festival, people can happily offer us Cliff Richard and Buddy Holly songs at my local folk club and Fleet Foxes (fantastic band!) can be feted as folk's great new hope, Megan and Joe can win this award.

The fact that I would like to see the award won by a motley bunch of deranged teenage fuckwits wreaking havoc with hurdy gurdies, bagpipes, jazzastic drumming and a shitload of reverb, feedback, fuzz, sustain and general mayhem is probably neither here or there, as no such beast deigned to enter, more's the pity. If you are out there, however, PM me. I will put your album out.