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GUEST uk folk clubs high standard (356* d) RE: uk folk clubs high standard 30 Apr 19


I don't think there is much doubt or disagreement about the value of recorded traditional singers and the manuscripts of earlier days, mostly with no agreed author/composer, which seems to be an essential part of recognition as a folk song in some quarters?

I think those who regret the passing (in relative terms) of clubs where traditional material is the norm are missing the point.

Sam Larner, Scan Tester, Phil Tanner etc were part of a lifestyle and ofcommunities which no longer exist, and their songs were a part of that lost way of lifese.
It's excellent that these vestiges of a once-vibrant tradition preserved in the records of their way of life, but trying to bring the word-for-word/musical dots of this material into the world of 2019 is maybe unrealistic?

The material is there, being added to all the time by Rod Stradling, John Howson and Jim Carroll amongst others, not to mention Youtube, and can be drawn on by those who are interested. It will always be a minority interest, although in some circles, there is enough interest to bring it to life again in the context of clubs, as mentioned by Dick- and good for them if it works.

However, kit cannot be a surprise that


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