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theleveller UK Folk Revival 2018 (605* d) RE: UK Folk Revival 2018 20 Aug 18

"English folk singing requires only one instrument - the voice"

Does it not also require people who can use it and, most important of all, people who want to listen to it?

Drop in to almost any traddie session, singaround or folk club in the UK and take a look at the average age and physical condition of the people there. If that's what folk music is relying on for survival, better get the life-support machine ready. (Some of us would say a 'do not resuscitate' policy would be kinder.) Fortunately, there are young (and, indeed, not so young) musicians who are taking folk music and adapting it into something that they want to perform and listen to. Thank goodness for them! Whingeing traddies may not like it but, thankfully, there isn't a damn thing they can do about it and there's is, quite literally, a dying voice.

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