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Thread #142146   Message #3274647
Posted By: GUEST,David Grocking
16-Dec-11 - 04:43 AM
Thread Name: Child-friendly folk in/near Manchester
Subject: RE: Child-friendly folk in/near Manchester
Child-friendly Folk Clubs in the North West? Well I can think of a few but the REAL Folk Police (i.e. those nostalgia-bound easy-listening MOR baby-boomers who think folk is all about acoustic guitars, Bob Dylan, and some rancid fatty stew which abbreviates as LHP) have been so succesful in discouraging Traditional Song (in general) and Balladry (in particular) that you'd be hard pushed to hear anything Traditional in a folk club at all these days, even in singer's nights (one such was advertised itself as being devoted exclusively Martin Taylor songs). So - truly Child-friendly folk clubs in the MCR area are something of a rarity, but cherished - and both* of them (incidently) happen in filthy back rooms...

* I jest of course - there are at least three I can think of (maybe you can think of more?) but even then you get the Folk Police in - glowering at anything heading in the direction of the Unaccompanied and the Traditional, much less the Balladic, and only too happy to show us how it should be done when it comes to their turn. You know, I can't help but wonder where they're bound either...