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GUEST,Bardan Why is folk such a small market? (109* d) RE: Why is folk such a small market? 06 Mar 10

I think in a funny way the revival might have shot itself in the foot. Instead of getting young people to play and getting people involved long term in their heritage while it was cool it generated really good bands who played good arrangements of folk songs. Great at the time, but given a decade or two it's just what those smelly old hippies were into. Add to this a slightly curatorial approach which tries to perfectly preserve music in a state in which it was never encountered and stifles creativity, and you've got a massive turn off.
On the positive side, every now and then someone really good and creative wanders onto the scene and produces great music. (And some bunch of rigidly anal retentive slightly bitter purists object but most people enjoy it and maybe start looking at other artists in the genre.) Add to that the fact that the whole handing down the music thing can still happen and give songs and tunes a huge emotional weight when they were already far richer than a lot of pop and theres hope at least.

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