Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe



User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Ringer In praise of English music and dance (51* d) RE: In praise of English music and dance 25 Aug 06


I was made to "Sing Together" (Home Service, 11:00am on Mondays) with William Appleby at primary school. Some "filthy Mozart" stuff, some Victorian melodrama (eg Ash Grove), but not a little English Folk Song (eg The Keeper, High Germany). Quite enjoyed it, thought nothing of it then, certainly didn't thinkof it as "English Folk Music".

As a late-teenager (mid 1960s), I had a mate who played a mean blues guitar who took me along to some "Folk Clubs"; the quotes are because there was more blues & singer-songwriter stuff than folk (OK - I still have a liking for Howlin' Wolf, Julie Felix, etc). But the folk blew me -- songs (not just English; there was Irish stuff as well), particularly, whose music seared my soul, whose words taught me poetry, and whose style I was familiar with from Singing Together: thereafter I sought out the clubs where this material predominated (I still do).

Then, as Steeleye Span and their ilk were becoming popular, as a student I got into dance, first the social- then the ritual-dance, at first both in University clubs, later outside. It seemed enormously popular then: I could dance every night of the week -- possibly excepting Sundays -- if I wanted (and occasionally I did want), in halls absolutely packed with people of all ages, from pre-pubescents to pensioners (only when, of course, I was outside the university). But I had work to do, folk song clubs to go to, even Irish sessions (The Exiles of Erin, in Ardwick, was it? How memory fails).

I gave up the Morris when my first son was born, and took up bell-ringing instead (the Church was nearer than my Morris side). My dancing has dropped off to two sessions a month, my song-club sessions to once a month. The popularity seems to have waned almost completely among the general population; dance clubs, particularly, seem to be folding regularly; is it at all likely that a folk(ish) song will ever be on today's version of Top of thr Pops?. When I go dancing now, there are almost no youngsters; the clubs seem, literally, to be dying off. My regular club, of which I am the youngest member, staggers on with a core of about 8.

Ichabod! The glory is departed. Or is that an incorrect impression?


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.