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Thread #161498   Message #3840602
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
21-Feb-17 - 07:22 PM
Thread Name: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
Subject: RE: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
well i would have said theres a pretty wide spread of opinions in the thread.

what most of us have in common is that we have goodwill towards folkclubs, and would like to see them doing better.

what the answer is i really don't know.

you see celtic bands go down a storm at festivals, but its uneconomic for them to play folk clubs.

the young singer songwriters start recording at seventeen or less. its not unusual to meet people who have made three or four albums without writing a memorable song. but then again...who thought Nick Drake's songs were memorable in his lifetime.

as someone said ...there are good songwriters like Gaz Brookfield who never play folk clubs. i can only think of Steve Hicks as a guitarist of jaw dropping ability who plays folk venues. since the rather synthetic imposition of a 'tradition' - we have lost a great trenche of talent to other places, venues and countries.

its a conundrum, but if it is ever to come right - that sort of argy bargy where we scream down each others opinions has no place.