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Thread #164021 Message #3919947
Posted By: GUEST,Observer
25-Apr-18 - 02:54 PM
Thread Name: Closure of Folk Festivals
Subject: RE: Closure of Folk Festivals
a local folk club makes no difference to the continued existence of a large festival in the same area - it will always be run by people who have nothing to do with the club. So supporting the club won't help the festival.
An exception. Irvine's Marymass Folk Festival now in its 51 year as part of the town's Community Marymass Festival. The Folk Festival is organised, and run entirely by the Irvine Folk Club. Over the years things have changed and the Club has modified the shape and duration of their folk festival to accommodate those changes (Started off as being one week long, then gradually shortened in. It now only runs over three days) largely brought about by reduction in sponsorship. It used to be a festival where "folk music" was played, but over the years it has the music has become more eclectic this change no doubt brought about by changing tastes and preferences (Irvine Folk Club appears to be very well supported and they, unlike many, book many different styles of Guest artists throughout the course of the year).