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

In the sixties and seventies beer was relatively cheaper, there were far more pubs and many more people went out drinking regularly. Central heating, colour TV, ready access to electronic media, the increased price of beer, changing mores of society all played a part in the diminishing public participation in folk music. Times change, so do people. In essence a folkclub plays a fossilised genre. It's popularity peaked at a moment in time and then decayed. It was probably nothing at all to do with how the genre was defined or how well it was presented, the world simply moved on. Folk music existed long beforefolk clubs and no doubt will survive in some form when the last folk club closes.
In terms of a rigid definition of folk music a folk club is a very artificial construction used to display/present/nurture the genre. It robs the medium of it's spontaneity and probably it was a middle class thing displaying the compositions of the working class.

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