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Howard Jones uk folk clubs high standard (356* d) RE: uk folk clubs high standard 07 May 19

If people "walked away when they turned up at folk clubs and could no longer hear folk songs" why did they not do so in the 1970s when they were filling the folk clubs, which were putting on much the same mixture of music then as they were in the 1980s. when the decline started, and as they do now. Yes that did include music hall songs, because they were fun. Were they "folk"? Probably not, but they sat well alongside folk.If people are willing to listen to long-dead folk songs why should they not also be interested in long-dead music hall songs as well? On the other hand, many clubs moved towards putting on more traditional song - I found there was a degree of polarisation with some clubs leaning towards trad and others being more contemporary.

I had the pleasure of playing as part of the "pit band" for some of the music hall evenings at Fylde Folk Festival supporting Cosmotheka and the great Sam Sherry, among others. These did not replace traditional songs, the event was just one of many and sat alongside events putting on traditional and modern folk songs. They drew good audiences, who could also be found enjoying 'real' folk at other events during the festival.

"Folk" has always been a broad church which has included a wide range of music besides the purely traditional. Even in the early days, before my time, from what I can gather the early clubs also covered a lot of different material, including Americana and blues (don't hear much of that these days).

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