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


No magazines? There's fRoots of course, which despite its fascination with World Music also covers UK folk. There's also the excellent Living Tradition. English Dance & Song is I think still settling in under its new editor, but is nevertheless mostly a good read. There are still plenty of local magazines although many have gone online, for obvious reasons, but some continue in print (if that matters to you).

There is still an hour-long weekly folk programme on Radio 2, and a few of the local radio folk programmes have survived. Regrettably, many others have been lost to BBC cuts, but folk hasn't been singled out for these. On the plus side, even if you live outside their broadcasting area local programmes can be listened to online. There are also podcasts which go out only online.

I don't recall ever seeing very much folk on TV since the Spinners lost their show, but excellent programmes come up from time to time. Whatever you may think of the Folk Awards, they are broadcast in full on TV as well as radio. Scottish and Irish music are better served by their regional broadcasters and these programmes can be seen online. There is a huge amount of folk on Youtube. To say there is "no media presence" is nonsense.

"A couple of folk labels". More nonsense. Here's a list from Mike Harding: http://mikehardingfolkshow.com/links-pages/record-labels/ . As he admits, it's not complete (for example, it doesn't have Rootbeats records who release Leveret's CDs, among other artists). However that misses the point - CDs are easier and cheaper to make than ever before, and many performers release their own CDs. Besides CDs are old technology, streaming is the future.

You really must get out more.


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