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

Three Magazines out of at least a dozen Howard, and, according to Rod Stradling, Dance and Song abandoned serious folk content some time ago
I was a regularl subscriber to The Living Tradition until it bacame to fanzine for my taste and to took me half-a-dozen copies of Folk Roots to decide it wasn't 'My Kind of Folk'
Interestingly, you omitted The Journal, which, of all the publications, continues to fly the flag
The radio output has been decimated and serious programmes on TV such as the Arena Series and 'Beats of the Heart' - and all those us gave us serious and thoughtful and enjoyable views of music and tradition in general have all gone
Turning BBC 2 on two Sundays ago and getting that wonderful Sam Henry programme was like stepping out of a time machine, but we were quickly brought back to reality with the dreadful 'Folk Bling' follow up (that was from Ulster anyway, which has maintained a level of respect for folk)
It's all but gone Howard, and, while this complacency and animosity towards the real thing persistes, will stay gone

Gossip Iains - I've just pulled it off the shelf to remind me how much so
Anybody who believes that MacColl's audiences would be so docile as to accept MacCol's criticising somebody's lipstick has to have as great a contempt of humanity
Scraping the bottom of the necrophobic barrell I'm afraid
You don't have to 'believe' anybody - a little logic or common sense does the trick
Whoever Erica Wagner is - she has no history in folk song whatever
Jim Carroll

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