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folk song a week/day/month

GUEST,john charles 27 Feb 12 - 05:04 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 27 Feb 12 - 07:36 AM
GUEST 27 Feb 12 - 08:42 AM
johncharles 27 Feb 12 - 08:54 AM
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Subject: folk song a week/day/month
From: GUEST,john charles
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 05:04 AM

Since John Boden's "folk song a day" there have been a number of similar initiatives, several of which have been on Mudcat. I can see the benefits in terms of preserving and promoting songs but for me the format often does not reflect the spontaneity and "liveness" of folk song.
I prefer the What You see is What You Get approach and have started recording songs,when the mood takes me, using a netbook camera, one take and no effects or multi-tracking. No surprises with my performances so if you see me at a pub or club you know what to expect. You have been warned.

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Subject: RE: folk song a week/day/month
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 07:36 AM

Actually, it was the great Alan 'Cynic' Davidson of Kitchen Cynics who started it off with his folk song a day a few years before Jon Boden anyway. Whatever - people use the Internet as note-book media & virtual singaround which reflects the democratic availability of webspace - be it using blogs, facebook, Myspace, YouTube (or U-tube as Mudcatters oft refer to it) Soundcloud or whatever. Mudcatters Dick Miles & MtheGM use YouTube to greaf effect, but it takes bursts of occasional diligence to maintain the indignation. There's a great levelling here of course, but generally, on Mudcat, such threads tend to be assiduosly ignored for reasons which aren't too clear.

Do people post for praise or open criticism? Does it bother them? Would people rather say nothing than say something negative - however so constructive? Do we need an on-line Critics Group? On Facebook I find it telling that whilst you can LIKE something, you can't DISLIKE it - though you can UNLIKE it once you've LIKED it which is maybe the same thing. The Folk Kitchen has always been a friendly & encouraging place to be and I doubt I'd be singing now if it wasn't. That this doesn't happen on Mudcat is a little odd really...

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Subject: RE: folk song a week/day/month
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 08:42 AM

Dear Suibhne,
some very interesting thoughts you have posed there. I record when the fancy takes me and it is more a way of preserving for posterity,friends family etc. than anything else. My music is a hobby and a social activity which provides great pleasure and the occasional free pint.
The issue of criticism of others is one that I tend to avoid, as experience has taught me that even relatively restrained comments particularly on forums such as this often end in very bitter arguments and I can do without the hassle.
As for my performance, I am well aware of my limitations as a guitarist I just try to do the best i can in my own way. John

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Subject: RE: folk song a week/day/month
From: johncharles
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 08:54 AM

last post was me cookie went astray
P.S. Suibhne I have seen some some of your music, stunning originality, amazing. John

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