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


I omitted the Journal because it is a serious academic journal rather than a general interest magazine. Whether or not you approve of their content, we still have three national print folk magazines, plus the Journal. There are plenty more on the internet, including Rod's Musical Traditions.

Yes of course there could be more on the radio and TV. However it's not just folk which is affected, all the 'minority' music interests are feeling the squeeze. Nevertheless from time to time folk programmes still appear - only recently BBC Radio 3 had a programme on folk dance music, and Shirley Collins was on Radio 2 talking about her collecting trips with Alan Lomax. Many of these programmes can still be heard or watched on catch-up, whereas previously they would have been heard once and then forgotten, unless someone had managed to tape them. But the broadcast media are old technology, there is plenty on the internet, and that's where young people look for new music.

You seem to be a glass-half-empty sort of person. The decline which began in the 80s has been halted, and possibly reversed. Most importantly, there are plenty of young people who are enthusiastic about folk music. They have plenty of opportunities to find it, more than my generation had. I had been going to folk clubs for 10 years before I discovered that the tradition had not died out with Cecil Sharp but was still alive less than a couple of hours' drive from where I lived. Now, Walter Pardon and Sam Larner are on Youtube and Spotify. That's why I'm optimistic for the future.


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