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Patrons of festivals

GUEST,Helen 14 Mar 12 - 03:56 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 14 Mar 12 - 06:31 AM
GUEST,watcher 14 Mar 12 - 08:21 AM
Nigel Parsons 14 Mar 12 - 08:56 AM
Gozz 14 Mar 12 - 09:28 AM
GUEST,Alan Surtees 16 Mar 12 - 05:45 AM
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Subject: Patrons of festivals
From: GUEST,Helen
Date: 14 Mar 12 - 03:56 AM

I can see why some festivals would like to have a famous patron eg(insert the name of your revered person here.
But why did Warwick (in England) pick Jim Moray ??

In puzzlement, Helen


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Subject: RE: Patrons of festivals
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 14 Mar 12 - 06:31 AM

Perhaps because he's famous ... okay, not famous like Martin Carthy or Maddy Prior (who are both patrons of other festivals) but it's perhaps a refreshing change to have one of the younger performers as a festival patron. And a performer who is willing to take risks (just like Maddy and Martin in their younger - and not so younger - days).

After all, as the Warwick festival website says:
"Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today.
His 4th album Skulk was released last week ...and is already getting rave reviews.
Skulk follows Jim's ground-breaking and award-winning albums – 2003's BBC Radio2 Folk Album of Year 'Sweet England', 'Jim Moray' in 2006 and fRoots Critics Poll & Mojo Folk Album of the Year winner 'Low Culture' in 2008. Jim Moray is at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians while still only being in his 20s himself."

Derek
who has no connections with Warwick FF - I've never even been.


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Subject: RE: Patrons of festivals
From: GUEST,watcher
Date: 14 Mar 12 - 08:21 AM

But what does a "patron" actually do for a festival?

My understanding of the old use of the term was someone (usually aristocrat or wealthy businessman) who pulled strings to get money, get things done, and impress the oiks.

I suspect the folk patrons don't have that sort of financial clout or pull with the authorities, so why are some festivals keen to say they have a named star as a patron?


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Subject: RE: Patrons of festivals
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Mar 12 - 08:56 AM

I suspect the folk patrons don't have that sort of financial clout or pull with the authorities, so why are some festivals keen to say they have a named star as a patron?

Perhaps they're being patronising :)


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Subject: RE: Patrons of festivals
From: Gozz
Date: 14 Mar 12 - 09:28 AM

I look at one some of the patrons of other festivals do for the festivals they attach their names to and I see nothing but loyal hard work. John Jones of The Oysterband's support of Shrewsbury is a good example.


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Subject: RE: Patrons of festivals
From: GUEST,Alan Surtees
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 05:45 AM

Three cheers Gozz, you are absolutely correct, working with John, and now Steve Knightley (as SFF patrons)has brought some real benefits to the festival. Both have been available for help and advice on many subjects, including presentation and content for the festival, in fact we are now going to implement a patron's choice for both John and Steve, so that they can pick an up-and-coming artist for the festival each year.

They are both always very positive about Shrewsbury when interviewed by the media and both take a very sincere interest in our event.

And three cheers for Derek Schofield (and Dick Dixon), I have had an opportunity to work with Jim Moray on the Cecil Sharp Project and now realise what a fund of knowledge he has of the folk tradition and how dedicated he is in promoting our musical genre. Jim is greatly admired by his fellow musicians and has brought a much needed breath of fresh air to the folk world.


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