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GUEST,Ewan Spawned a Monster English Folk Degree? (549* d) RE: English Folk Degree? 05 Jun 08

"If you don't believe my earlier post that 6 of 14 final recitalists this year were Scots (performing mostly Scottish music, which is good), and that the remainder did not perform anywhere near enough E. trad material (which is not good), then ask The Sage for a copy of their free Events Diary."

And exactly why is this a problem?

Why are you so hung up on imposing artificial national boundaries on traditional music? Do you not get the idea that someone from Cumbria and someone from Dumfries, for example, are divided only by an invisible line, and are potentially a lot closer, culturally, than someone from Kent and someone from Durham?

In what way is Newcastle student concentrating on traditional Scottish music stopping any of their fellow students concentrating on, say, the music of Devon? Or Lancashire? Anyway, chances are there'll be a bit of crossover anyway and they'll hopefully learn from each other. Broadening the mind: generally understood to be a good thing.

Me, I like our colourful, diverse, vibrant actually-existing England, warts and all. Don't think I'd fancy your grim, retrogressive monoculture. Sounds a bit too much like the suburbs for my liking (though as someone who grew up in Australia you might find that comfortingly familiar!). Luckily, the only concievable way we'd get what you seem to be advocating is (like it or not, WAV) if a BNP government was elected. Now, unless the British people are struck down with a collective outbreak of mass idiocy, that prospect is highly unlikely.

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