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Thread #161498 Message #3839876
Posted By: Allan Conn
19-Feb-17 - 04:11 AM
Thread Name: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
Subject: RE: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
Remembering that by its very nature professional musicians are trying to make a living out of playing music; and remembering that this thread is about the Folk Awards; I am left wondering which of the nominees for either best singer or best band are being accused of being too commercialised? As far as the bands go we have Alasdair Roberts' band The Furrow Collection playing things like Hind Horn or The Demon Lover etc; we have Breabach who are a fairly straightforward modern Scottish trad band; we have The Gloaming who I don't know well but seem to be an Irish band fusing trad with elements of modern jazz; and 9Bach who bring in middle eastern influences and sing in Welsh!! Some people may not like some of the arrangements (and surely we've always had people dictating how people should play things?) but in all fairness none of these bands seem to be chasing the pop pound and who is anyone to say that they do not take their music seriously and are only playing it for commercial reasons?