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R! BS: Why not English tradition? (72* d) RE: BS: Why not English tradition? 10 Nov 00


Mike of Northumbria said it right: you've got to perform where the people are, regardless of how unglamorous (well, almost) the venue. Here in the southern New Jersey/Philadelphia region I can catch an Irish act almost every week; a Scots act a bit less frequently. English music is extremely rare. OK, so tonight Kate Rushby and Fairport Convention are both appearing in Philadelphia. It may be ages before that happens again. I can go into any Tower or HMV record store and buy all the Irish and Scottish CDs I want (you should see my collection). English CDs are another story. Until I was hobbled by disability three years ago, I went English Country Dancing once a week. Perhaps some government underwriting is in order to support performers of traditional English music and dance.




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