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Thread #161108 Message #3826717
Posted By: Tattie Bogle
15-Dec-16 - 02:26 PM
Thread Name: Young Folkies - Where are you?
Subject: RE: Young Folkies - Where are you?
In agreement with Kenny and others who have spoken in support of the Scottish Folk scene as it is now. We have a great wealth of younger singers, songwriters and musicians, and whatever you think about University degrees in Trad Music, this is at least due in part to that development.
True, you won't see so many of them regularly attending folk clubs: they might come if their pals are on, and I do think that folk club organisers go a long way to ensure that there is a wide scatter of ages among artistes booked.
That's not to say that I like absolutely everything that they do: funky, choppy rhythms on well-loved songs are definitely not for me (and it's not just the yoingsters who seem compelled to do this!) or writing a new tune for a song that already has an unmatchable tune!
And festivals here do give more than cognisance to the youth element: some fabulous tunes at the recent Scots Fiddle Festival from a group of musicians who are all still at school.