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Howard Jones uk folk clubs high standard (356* d) RE: uk folk clubs high standard 06 May 19

We can debate the causes of the 1980s decline until the cows come home, the fact is we don't really know. It was probably a perfect storm of multiple factors, including (in my case anyway) being at a time in my life when young children and work commitments stopped me going our as often as I had when younger. I suspect that punk took over from folk as the voice of social outrage, as well as providing a platform for 3-chord trick merchants who might otherwise have gone into folk. I don't recall the clubs I went to changing the sort of music they put on (which included ballads) but that probably reveals me as a moral degenerate who doesn't understand folk music but knows what they like, and who went to the wrong sort of clubs.

It doesn't really matter now. It happened, there's nothing we can do about it. What does matter is the state of the scene now. It is different, it is smaller, the proportion of singarounds to 'proper' folk clubs seems to be much higher, but in the remaining old-style clubs seem to be still putting on a good range of folk music performed by the same mix of professional, semi-pro and entirely amateur musicians performing at a generally high standard. There are also other outlets for folk besides these old-style clubs. Young people are enthusiastically involved. But for Jim, who seems to regard himself as the custodian of the flame, none of this matters - we have all abandoned real folk music and should be ashamed of ourselves.

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