The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #158212   Message #3739602
Posted By: 4ADiva
24-Sep-15 - 06:52 PM
Thread Name: Need input on youth in folk music
Subject: RE: Need input on youth in folk music
Thanks for the suggestions so far.
Our group also had a wonderful squadron of families and children in earlier years that attended events together and participated in the music. Alas, in recent years, those children have grown up and are pursuing their own lives. Perhaps they will return when they have children of their own.
I agree that teens encourage teens. The problem is how to get the ball rolling. Any time anyone under the age of 30 shows up, they take one look around, notice all the grey muzzles, and politely flee. Not literally, of course, they stay for the one session, but then we usually don't get them back. So it's a self-perpetuating problem. Perhaps we need to pay a couple of talented yoofs to come along, sort of like a duck decoy, to embolden the migrating flocks to settle down!
Checked out the Youth Traditional Song Weekend and it looks fantastic. Unfortunately, being on the northwest coast, Mass. is a looooong journey, otherwise I'd be there in January. I shall use them as a resource, if I can make contact.
Keep those ideas coming!