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GUEST,andymac BBC rubbishes Eng. Folk again (56* d) RE: BBC rubbishes Eng. Folk again 13 Aug 02

Regarding Struag's comments on Ian Anderson being moved on Radio Scotland. I never thought said Mr. Anderson was that keen on folk music anyway. If we're complaining about the removal of someone who's idea of folk music was to play incessant AOR style mass-produced music (and hold them up as champions for our traditions) rather than those artists of genuine merit who never or rarely get played (Jean Redpath, Ian Benzie, Dick Gaughan -apart from one or two "non-political" songs, Gordeanna McCulloch and many many more); is it any wonder that we're ignored, patronised and ghettoised?

There is a place for the sort of music that was played on Ian Anderson's programme, some of which was good music for it's genre, but I was never convinced that it's genre should be called folk music. Sorry for the rant, I've no intention of insulting any of the above contributors, but like Jennifer of Cambridge, I've wanted to say that for ages.

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