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Thread #158212   Message #3742287
Posted By: FreddyHeadey
07-Oct-15 - 12:35 PM
Thread Name: Need input on youth in folk music
Subject: RE: Need input on youth in folk music
Leenia mentioned "... the younger adults who like traditional culture are not singing, they are dancing."

Or playing...
I had a holiday in the Shetland Islands and there were a bunch of (?)8-15yearold fiddlers putting on a show for the tourists and loving it. (that's concentration on their faces, not misery)
They came from all over the islands and did afterschool rehearsals -organised by a few very dedicated teachers.

And here are a bunch of 10-25year olds having a good time by the sound of it.
I don't know how they recruit and I don't know if they have any moving in to singing.
Wildfire was formed by Lichfield Arts as a Youth Ensemble to play music as it should be played - with enthusiasm, energy and style! Created as part of the Lichfield Arts Folk Arts project, Wildfire started off as a one off workshop and was so immensely popular that it quickly developed into a band in its own right with regular rehearsals and performances all over the country.
Wildfire Folk are a show-stopping ensemble of young musicians who deliver folk music as you've never heard it before!

"No question - this is the best group of its type
I've seen here or in Europe.
A band that exudes character, enthusiasm and joy"
~ Donald Judge
Welcome to the website of Wildfire Folk - a talented group of players aged 10 to 25...
Wildfire Folk is the Lichfield Youth Folk Ensemble - a 20-strong band performing around the UK, delivering high-energy folk music - think juicy riffs, mind-blowing percussive rhythms and a lively tune section, combined with an impressive professionalism and great showmanship.
Wildfire Folk Workshop
* Sunday, October 18 @ 10:30 AMSun, Oct 18 @ 10:30 AM   *
Lichfield Guildhall, Bore Street , WS13 6LU

All ages welcome at this fun lively workshop – Combining traditional material with a variety of genres, come and learn to play Wildfire's foot stomping tunes by ear.

*! keen enough to turn up at 10.30 on a Sunday morning !
FH :)