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Howard Jones uk folk clubs high standard (356* d) RE: uk folk clubs high standard 05 May 19

Throughout the year we have a huge number of festivals from which to choose. Some of these are large-scale events showcasing the 'superstars' you disdain, while others are smaller and more intimate, and a number of these are explicitly focused on traditional music and where possible include authentic traditional singers and musicians, although sadly there are now fewer of those left these days. We have nothing quite like Willie Week, but only last weekend John and Katie Howson put on a celebration of Julia Clifford, who although Irish lived for much of her life in East Anglia. Until they retired they ran the East Anglian Music Trust which does a lot to promote the traditional music of the region including holding events. There is something for everyone, from the diehard enthusiast to the casual listener.

The folk scene here is thriving, perhaps not at the level it once enjoyed but it's doing well enough, and will continue to do so whatever you choose to believe about it. Folk clubs are part of it, but only a part. Young people, some of them second and third generation folkies, are enthusiastic about traditional music and are performing it to very high standards, and also creating new music in traditional styles. I can quite understand that there is much you might find is not to your taste - "things ain't what they used to be" has been the cry down all the generations. Turn your back on it if you choose - it's your loss.

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