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Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight

GUEST,henryp 22 Oct 18 - 12:31 PM
Sarah the flute 14 Oct 18 - 05:59 AM
FreddyHeadey 11 Oct 18 - 08:22 AM
Vic Smith 12 Aug 18 - 06:21 AM
Bonzo3legs 10 Aug 18 - 06:10 AM
GUEST,henryp 10 Aug 18 - 06:02 AM
GUEST,yet another guest 09 Aug 18 - 01:05 PM
Bonzo3legs 09 Aug 18 - 09:37 AM
GUEST,Yet another guest 09 Aug 18 - 06:59 AM
GUEST,henryp 09 Aug 18 - 06:21 AM
GUEST,guest 09 Aug 18 - 05:05 AM
punkfolkrocker 08 Aug 18 - 02:20 PM
GUEST,guest 08 Aug 18 - 02:15 PM
punkfolkrocker 08 Aug 18 - 09:38 AM
GUEST,akenaton 08 Aug 18 - 09:31 AM
Tradsinger 08 Aug 18 - 09:12 AM
GUEST,FloraG 08 Aug 18 - 03:09 AM
Steve Shaw 07 Aug 18 - 04:06 PM
Will Fly 07 Aug 18 - 01:52 PM
punkfolkrocker 07 Aug 18 - 01:28 PM
Nick 07 Aug 18 - 01:04 PM
punkfolkrocker 07 Aug 18 - 12:02 PM
Vic Smith 07 Aug 18 - 11:17 AM
GUEST,Guest 07 Aug 18 - 10:53 AM
Brian Peters 07 Aug 18 - 07:18 AM
punkfolkrocker 07 Aug 18 - 05:14 AM
The Sandman 07 Aug 18 - 03:58 AM
GUEST,Guest 07 Aug 18 - 03:48 AM
Steve Gardham 06 Aug 18 - 09:17 AM
GUEST,Jon 06 Aug 18 - 07:33 AM
punkfolkrocker 06 Aug 18 - 07:16 AM
The Sandman 06 Aug 18 - 07:06 AM
GUEST,henryp 06 Aug 18 - 05:55 AM
GUEST,Guest 06 Aug 18 - 04:46 AM
punkfolkrocker 05 Aug 18 - 03:17 PM
GUEST 05 Aug 18 - 02:58 PM
GUEST 05 Aug 18 - 02:56 PM
GUEST,Fat arsed pfr on the bog again 05 Aug 18 - 02:56 PM
GUEST 05 Aug 18 - 02:53 PM
GUEST 05 Aug 18 - 02:40 PM
Steve Gardham 05 Aug 18 - 01:15 PM
GUEST,Fat guest 05 Aug 18 - 10:27 AM
Steve Gardham 05 Aug 18 - 09:21 AM
GUEST 05 Aug 18 - 08:23 AM
GUEST,Sol 05 Aug 18 - 07:10 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 05 Aug 18 - 06:28 AM
GUEST,Guest 05 Aug 18 - 06:20 AM
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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 22 Oct 18 - 12:31 PM

The Ballads of the Great War - Live

Join the author Michael Morpurgo and the BBC Philharmonic in this very special event to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Michael Morpurgo will read passages from his books, War Horse and Private Peaceful, and in combination with the musical performances and vivid testimonies, pay tribute to people whose lives were so greatly affected by a terrible conflict.

This will be one of the significant commemoration broadcasts marking the centenary of the armistice.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl8v/2018/11/09 now shows;

BBC Radio 2 09 November 2018 20:00 World War One
Ballads of the Great War - Live 1 hour 57 minutes


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 14 Oct 18 - 05:59 AM

10 years ago (gosh was it really that far back!) I called for the ceilidh with the London Lasses at the Folk Prom - the acts included Bellowhead, Bella Hardy and Martin Simpson - not an orchestra in sight! (but a lot of guitar tuning I recall).


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 11 Oct 18 - 08:22 AM

I predict a repeat of the points above for a radio2 "Friday Night Is Music Night" coming up...
The Ballads of the Great War - Live
19:50 Fri 9 Nov 2018 MediaCityUK, Salford

... This edition of Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 showcases the outstanding songs composed for the award-winning radio series, The Ballads of the Great War. The songs, written by some of the UK’s top folk musicians, are based on recordings of real people describing their experiences in WWI at home and abroad.

The songs have received stirring new orchestral arrangements by Greg Lawson,
and will be interwoven with the poignant testimonies that inspired them.
Respected folk artists
Bob Fox,
John Tams,
Chris While,
Julie Matthews and
Jez Lowe
will sing the songs, along with popular music from the time. ...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e8zcd4 


Neither the schedule or actual programme are on the BBC website but here is a link for Fri 9 november if you're hoping to listen.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl8v/2018/11/09 


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Vic Smith
Date: 12 Aug 18 - 06:21 AM

They should have had Ashley Hutchings convene a special Albion Band for the occasion!


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 10 Aug 18 - 06:10 AM

They should have had Ashley Hutchings convene a special Albion Band for the occasion!


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Aug 18 - 06:02 AM

Prom 27 Folk Music

A review from the Independent; This Prom was to folk music as Disney is to a child’s imagination: brighter, louder, larger and so much less than the real thing.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,yet another guest
Date: 09 Aug 18 - 01:05 PM

Funny that the b'' awful Unthanks represented ENGLISH song-

If a Northumbrian dance band were to chosen to represent the 'English' music tradition, that would be atypical, wouldn't it?


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 09 Aug 18 - 09:37 AM

Just watched a few fragments of this "Folk Prom" - more than enough of Sam Lee who couldn't even be bothered to tuck his shirt in???


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Yet another guest
Date: 09 Aug 18 - 06:59 AM

As someone who loves all sorts of music - folk, blues, jazz, classical, opera, brass band etc. etc., I fail to see how any attempts to categorise music can be seen as useful.
I think it was Louis Armstrong who said something like 'its all folk music, I ain't ever heard no horse playing it'.
I must admit I kind of draw the line at country and western though.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 09 Aug 18 - 06:21 AM

"How many actually consider themselves folkies... " Probably none or very few. That was the whole point of it.

A previous - and different - Guest, I assume.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 09 Aug 18 - 05:05 AM

"How many actually consider themselves folkies..." if that was the question, then how the f=ck would anyone know, making it a totally pointless question in the first place.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 02:20 PM

That's why I asked a question rather than make a dogmatic assertion...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 02:15 PM

"How many actually consider themselves folkies... " Probably none or very few. That was the whole point of it.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 09:38 AM

There is a niche market for budget priced classical versions of pop/rock music genres CDs,
which are probably bread and butter for jobbing classical musicians...

I've not looked, but I'd presume even punk has been given a classical make over for shopping mall background music...

=============


btw.. I looked at that Albert Hall audience and thought...

How many actually consider themselves folkies...

.. and how many of them would enjoy, or at least politely applaud, my treatment of trad folk
if it ever gets posted on the internet...???

I'd count myself lucky if even a handful of more progressive reviewers didn't hurl abuse at me for my efforts...


...hmmmm.. how much would it cost to hire a lower division Eastern European orchestra for a session...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,akenaton
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 09:31 AM

I'm afraid "folk music" as we knew it and as it has been for hundreds of years, has become obsolete.
The stuff produced these days has no relation to the music of the people, probably because the working class has vanished into the sunset in search of prosperity or celebrity.
The academies churn out bundles of wannabees in search of a commercial sound and the few performers with something to say have become introverted, joyless manikins.
Pop is today's folk music. Close the door when you leave the building.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Tradsinger
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 09:12 AM

My impression was that there were far too many slow songs. Folk music is not all slow and sultry. Also, I felt that southern English music was under-represented.

Having said that, folk comes in many shapes and sizes and this was one. Not to everyone's taste but I am sure many enjoyed it.

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,FloraG
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 03:09 AM

I thought it was a shame that they didn't take an orchestral tune, give it the folk treatment, and then pass it back to the orchestra to see what they could then add. One of the glories of folk is how creative and spontaneous it can be. This lacked that aspect of folk.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 04:06 PM

Give over, Nick. You're not that flippin' old!


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Will Fly
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 01:52 PM

Having read through this thread, I decided to watch it on the iPlayer. Didn't like it at all. Mainly because of the orchestra, which simply wasn't needed and detracted, in my view from the main performers. I also disliked Sam Lee's rather unctuous presentating style.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 01:28 PM

Nick - Folk Proms BBC i player


I think it might also be available for a short while at random times on the BBC telly red button...

I'm determined to find time to properly watch all of it from start to finish,
because despite my mirth at the BBC smarmy middle class telly folkies,
I can still find good things to enjoy about this event...

Even the orchestra conductor grimacing like a character out of an Aardman animation...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Nick
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 01:04 PM

Anyway you've convinced me to listen and watch it. All publicity is good publicity

I'll share my thoughts

I have at least met a few of the people on this thread in person. Which is nice

Because I'm old is it on radio or TV playback - or are they the same these days...?

Help an old man into an argument


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 12:02 PM

I've said what I felt like saying about the BBC show,
and what needs to be said to GUEST,Guest...

... in my usual good natured happy piss-taking manner....

GUEST,Guest may be someone I have interacted with over many years,
or a complete newbie here...

If the former, then you know me and my cheerful tongue in cheek style,
so stop your petty squawking...

If the latter, then I/we wont put up with his/her kind of patronising control freak behaviour
- it's not welcome here...

The moral high ground belongs to no one individual here..
and certainly not you...!!!

Join and use a consistent ID - 'GUEST,Guest' has been overused too many times before
and is neither smart or amusing... just simply unimaginative...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Vic Smith
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 11:17 AM

Not the way that I hoped this thread would develop and I am rather saddened by the posts that take an aggressive and insulting stance. I thought that this subject that would raise discussion on a different way of presenting folk music. Personally, I found more to dislike than to enjoy in the Folk Prom approach but I thought that at least it was interesting.
We have people like Jim Bainbridge, Brian Peters, FreddyHeadedy and a couple of others being able to express their varied opinions without the recourse to the sort of insults and barbed comments that are tedious to read compared with straightforward exchanges of views.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 10:53 AM

punkelfolkrocker . . . . and you're a coward and a bully.

Hardly broadcasting your own identity are you? But you can shout and intimidate from behind your computer keyboard.

What's your real name . . . where do you live?


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Brian Peters
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 07:18 AM

"Someone reading these posts might get the impression that we're a bunch of old farts having a go at the next generation. Bunch of old farts I don't object to, but I am in contact with many young performers and I'm convinced they're doing a brilliant job and support them whenever I can as I'm sure many here do."

Yes indeed. My objection is not to the next generation (many of whom I admire and have worked with, and whose musical approaches vary drastically) but the telly-friendly version of 'folk music' that this kind of thing represents.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 05:14 AM

GUEST,Guest - you sanctimonious hypocrite...

you definitely will fit in well here when you join and get a name...

[50 50 chance you already are a member posting under cloak of concealment...???]

mudcat fun and games...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 03:58 AM

Guest Guest, your point is interesting.Opinion and differing opinions are eseential to an interesting forum , if this forum was a mutual admiration society it would be boring, however personal attacks should be dealt with, and perhaps if people remembered that they should not say anything that they are not prepared to say to the persons face.
The problem with internet communication is that there is no body language, and communication or words can be interpreted in many different ways simply because there is no physical presence


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 03:48 AM

Is this what Mudcat has become?

Perhaps the old adage that "if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all" has never been more germane and might make this forum a more pleasant place to visit once again.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 09:17 AM

Well said, Jon. Similar preferences, but I am heavily involved in spreading the word to real people in all sorts of ways, writing, singing, playing, organising.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 07:33 AM

Well Sandman I'm far from sure I'm typical but I haven't been to a more formal type of folk club in years. I've limited opportunities and my own preferences are firstly towards tune sessions and then towards the less formal, perhaps mixed events and always with some participation element.

So yes, I'd be less interested in being entertained by others but I don't believe that affects my own comments on the Prom.

As for the publicity angle, I'm not sure how much I care any more and I guess I should also say that apart from knowing where my preferences are I can often struggle to work out where I am with folk. But I would even lend out my most expensive instrument short term (an OME tenor banjo that I could not afford to replace) to someone I trusted who was interested in seeing if (say) tenor banjo would be a good choice for them so I'm not against trying to offer bits of help and hope I'm not discouraging to others in anything I might get to. But I perhaps think differently to some others and do reserve the rights to have my own likes and dislikes within the broad world of folk music.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 07:16 AM

GUEST,Guest - I've never had any interest in folk clubs, a bit too much like happy clappy sunday school for my liking...

[well at least the one that put me right off in 1979 was...]

but If I ever did force my self to join one,
I'd happily volunteer to vet new members to make sure we didn't let in anyintolerant sanctimonious prudish prunts....

win-win for both of us, I'd reckon...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 07:06 AM

geust guest , not sure how many of these posters go to folk clubs. any kind of publicity for folk music has to have some beneficial effect


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 05:55 AM

Welcome to Mudcat, Guest.

You'll fit in very well.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 04:46 AM

Steve wrote

"Someone reading these posts might get the impression that we're a bunch of old farts having a go at the next generation."

Close: Bunch of misogynistic, foul-mouthed, aggressive and very sad old farts would be closer to the mark, to judge from this thread.

Not a good advert for folk clubs.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 03:17 PM

blame google spellcheck - or I could take full credit..

but "obsessive anateur sleuths" is a cool [and appropriate] mash up of 'anal' and 'amateur'...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 02:58 PM

I can spot you a mile away PFR....;0)


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 02:56 PM

Most people are vain enough to wish their words of wisdom to be attributed to themselves.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Fat arsed pfr on the bog again
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 02:56 PM

GUEST - Consistency as a known quantity and recognisable persona..

That too simple to grasp...???

..and I daresay over the last decade and a half
I've left a big enough trail of clues to my real life boring identity...

If any obsessive anateur sleuths can be arsed tracking me down...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 02:53 PM

Guest, it complicates discussion when there are one or two people with the same handle ...or lack of any.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 02:40 PM

So what's the difference between being an "anonymous guest", and "punkfolkrocker" or "Fat guest" ?


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 01:15 PM

Like it, Fg!


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Fat guest
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 10:27 AM

So now we have an anonymous GUEST accusing us of all sorts of nasty things.
I often wonder what it feels like to be so high and mighty passing down judgement on such scanty evidence.
Must be so empowering ?
Here's a suggestion.
If the robustly jocular words twat and wanker so offend your over sensitivities,
Then stop acting like you are either of them in our forum by talking out of your arse.
And we don't care how fat, skinny, or perfectly proportioned it might be.

Now, on the trendy topic of anti fat shaming.
I'm too fat, I welcome anyone friends or foe,
I insist you shame me as much and often as you care
Until I try to regain fitness and good health.
Yes, we really respect anyone so brave as to attack us under cloak of anonymity.
Any of us can wimp out and post contentious views and insults as anonymous GUESTS..
Even some of us regular miscreants can try it for fun and thrills.

Yours anonymously PFR, typing via mobile phone,
Sat on an MDF bog seat, which is creaking and cracking under the weight of his fat arse...


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 09:21 AM

>>>>>>>>>I didn't like it myself but if it prompts just one person to get involved in the mainstream folk scene then it was worth while.<<<<<

Fair comment, anon.


Can't comment on your second statement except to say by what I've read online recently most folk clubs seem to welcome everybody with open arms.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 08:23 AM

I didn't like it myself but if it prompts just one person to get involved in the mainstream folk scene then it was worth while.

Considering the attitude here, however, anybody who does turn up at a folk club for the first time whill probably be put off by the old farts who think anybody who wasn't an acquaintance of "Bert" or "Ewan" as unworthly of notice.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Sol
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 07:10 AM

No pay fee - no BBC - so me no see - o lucky me.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 06:28 AM

No, leveller, I've just been around a while & have learned through experience that such programmes are not, on my terms, worth watching.

Don't recall criticising young players at all- there are some fine, sympathetic singers & musicians about but over time, they too may learn more about the nature of the music. Also, 'innovation' does not mean improvement & like Dick I'd be interested in what you mean by that- homest experiments or gimmicks?

'Folk' may have a place on glitzy TV shows the concert stage, directed by eejits who think an orchestra improves the 'product' of an unaccompanied singeer, but I don't have to put up with it, nor with 'folk' radio shows working from a commercial playlist....

I just have my own view of what the music is about & won't compromise on that.
          signed Jim Bainbridge on behalf of people like him


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 06:20 AM

<<>>>

bunch of unreconstructed misogynistic, foul-mouthed, middle-class old farts, more like.

'Three fat lasses'.   'Twat' this, 'twat' that, 'wank' the other.

The great faker Lloyd got fat- but you don't hear 'dyed-in-the-wool folkies' making adverse comments on his weight rather than his performance. Thank heaven the Proms did not embarrass the country with an hour of some Walter Pardon clone singing only those fragments of some obscure Child ballad believed to have been collected directly from some oral tradition; that would have been truly boring.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 05:59 PM

LEVELLER , What was your opinion, tell us how it was innovative


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: theleveller
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 05:33 PM

The fate of folk music is sealed when you get people like Jim Bainbridge slagging off something innovative when he hasn't even watched it. Says it all, really.


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Subject: RE: Folk Prom on BBC radio & TV tonight
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 04:56 PM

Someone reading these posts might get the impression that we're a bunch of old farts having a go at the next generation. Bunch of old farts I don't object to, but I am in contact with many young performers and I'm convinced they're doing a brilliant job and support them whenever I can as I'm sure many here do.


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