The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #152354   Message #3563137
Posted By: Rob Naylor
01-Oct-13 - 05:47 AM
Thread Name: Traditional Music: Where are we going wrong?
Subject: RE: Traditional Music: Where are we going wrong?
I'm with Will here!

Will, last-time-but-one when I made it to The Bull, on the way out, a young couple (20s) started talking to me. They'd just come from Brighton for a meal, but had been so transfixed by the session that they stayed for the whole thing. They asked me: "is that what they call folk music then?"

I said some of it was, some of it wasn't, and that it was a mixture of all kinds of tunes and songs from traditional folk through blues and music-hall to quite recent, but that since we were "folk" and playing it, you could say so. :-)

They were amazed at the quality and range of music played by bunch of people in a pub. I reckon that it's better for a young couple like that to "find their way" to folk serendipitously rather than have it forced on them as "traditional cultcha" in NT shops, tourist offices etc.