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Howard Jones The current state of folk music in UK (2105* d) RE: The current state of folk music in UK 31 Oct 19

It's pretty clear by now that Jim is not going to be budged from his opinion that he won't find folk music in UK folk clubs, just as it's clear that the rest of us aren't going to budge from our own belief that we are finding it there, and in other venues too. Either we are all completely deluded or there is a difference between us over what we mean by "folk".

For me, "folk" encompasses not only traditional music but a wide range of other material, and a wide range of performing styles. It encompasses (to give only a few examples) Walter Pardon and Sam Larner, but also Peter Bellamy, Nic Jones, the Carthy/Waterson dynasty, John Kirkpatrick, Tony Rose. It encompasses Granny's Attic and Pilgrims' Way. It encompasses Oysterband and Steeleye Span. It also encompasses a lot I don't personally enjoy, and some I actively avoid.

I don't think it's unreasonable to expect to hear traditional music in a folk club. However there have always been clubs which have focused on the more contemporary aspects, just as there have been others who have specialised in trad. If I went to a club with little or no trad music I might be disappointed and decide not to go again, but I wouldn't necessarily think it was wrongly described, neither would I take that as representative of every folk club.

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