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Thread #158212 Message #3742669
Posted By: Vic Smith
09-Oct-15 - 10:55 AM
Thread Name: Need input on youth in folk music
Subject: RE: Need input on youth in folk music
I think that the most important aspect of what Jon says is that the age of the organisers were pretty close in age to the older teenagers who were the regulars. The organisers were people they could easily relate to and there were young people newly qualified in the professions who were folk club organisers all over the country. Where are those potential organisers today? They don't exist - with a few notable exceptions.
But before we start to complain about the lack of young organisers, we need to consider what life was like back then compared with now. In the 1960s we came out of university and college and walked straight into a permanent job and we had no huge student debt hanging over our heads. I remember having a number of jobs to choose from when I qualified as a teacher. Within 2 or 3 years a young couple was able to save the deposit to buy a house. Life ran smoothly for us. Life certainly isn't like that for the young couple in their 20s today.