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Jim Carroll uk folk clubs high standard (356* d) RE: uk folk clubs high standard 06 May 19

"Everybody knows that what your audience really craved was long ballads sung with no accompaniment."
Facetiousness is not particularly helpful here A and it certainly isn't working in your favour
When this downturn happened the scene was in a healthy position - magazines a stack of radio coverage, and fairly steady audiences
The clubs I regularly attended had a steady level of audiences - long ballads and all - he scene was fairly steady
The immediate effect of your 'changes' was a gradual downturn in attendances and eventually an exodus by those who had come to hrear folk song - a decline from over 15 hundred clubs to Daved 160 odd
If you don't like long ballads you're in the wrong game in folk song - that's the what they are - folk-song at its very best
My advice - if you're a vegetarian, don't shop at a butchers - if you don't like folk song, go somewhere else
You are now being deliberately dishonest about accompaniment - nobody has ever advocated exclusively unaccompanied singing here and the clubs that went in for it then were few and far between
MacColl was right when he said that folk song would only die if it fell into the hands of those who neither liked it or understood it

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