The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119597   Message #2622883
Posted By: Phil Edwards
01-May-09 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: What is 'feral folk music'?
Subject: RE: What is 'feral folk music'?
the comfort zone of the folk clubs and festivals where an offering of two consecutive notes in tune will bring a round of applause

I think this is the 'denigrating' Richard's talking about. I sing at folk clubs, I work hard at what I do and I take pride in doing it well - and I know the difference between getting a polite ripple of applause and doing something that'll be respected by my peers or make an audience sit up and take notice. Sure, I could wander along unprepared, sing out of a book, lose the tune halfway through and still get that polite ripple of applause, and maybe for some performers that thought does offer a 'comfort zone'. Not for any self-respecting performer, though - and most of us are, even(!) in folk clubs.