The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #161498 Message #3838725
Posted By: akenaton
13-Feb-17 - 03:36 PM
Thread Name: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
Subject: RE: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
This music whether trad or contemporary is supposed to be about emotion, it is supposed to instil emotion in the audience, be it a house of hundreds or person to person......I have seen performers bring a rowdy hall to absolute silence just by striking their guitar strings for an intro.....these people were legends adored by the folk public yet thought nothing of sitting in the bar chatting or going on bender with the locals. They loved to get the audience involved, I know its a cliché, but the hair really did stand up on the back of your neck.......The produce of the folk academies and the awards circuit couldn't provoke emotion in a nursing mother, it's just a sound an interminable drone fast or slow......they haven't lived it.
You've got to have lived it or lived among it to really understand it. The highlight of my young life was the weekly village concert under the oil lamps, all that could sing or play contributed, we were all half starved and worn out by back breaking work, but the music was the glue that bonded us together. Gone forever!
Now folk music is the preserve of the urban elite they are getting the music they deserve.