The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #161498   Message #3839955
Posted By: Will Fly
19-Feb-17 - 10:34 AM
Thread Name: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
Subject: RE: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
The magic has gone? Balls to that. Every month I go to public sessions or singarounds or sessions with mates or concerts and hear wonderful stuff - new tunes that grip me and make me want to go out and find the music on record or on paper or on the web and grab it and play it.

I mentioned in a more recent thread a concert I attended on Friday in Shoreham - three "Celtic" fiddlers and a Breton guitarist. It was a magic evening. Granted, one two of the tunes were a bit old-hat - crowd pleasers, if you like, but there was a substantial selection of great airs. I came away with a book and CD of Breton tunes, written by Christian Lemaitre, the Breton fiddler, and am just working my way through it. A totally new experience for me. I've played the odd Breton tune at a session (an old friend and ex-band member now lives in Brittany and was a devotee of the music) but have never explored its complexities in depth. There'll be hours of pleasure and instruction for me here.

There's always something new and exciting out there if you just get your brain in gear and your ears open.

Just one more point: I do a bit of teaching, some in person and some online (private, personalised videos on my website) and nothing gives me greater pleasure than when someone I've been teaching says, "That was great - I got it!" And the people I give help to are all ages - some in their early twenties, some older than me, i.e. in their mid-70s and older.

This, for me, is what it's all about. Learning music, making music and passing it on. All magic.