Mudcat Café message #1402198 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78128   Message #1402198
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
08-Feb-05 - 12:25 AM
Thread Name: Folk Directory
Subject: RE: Folk Directory
Most areas have their own existing directories. I run two:

http://www.folk-network.com/directory/
http://www.yorkshire-folk-arts.com/directory/

There are two others that overlap:

http://www.folktalk.co.uk/
http://www.jimlawton.info/filofolk

These are all manually maintained, and information is only is good as given by people who all want their latest venture promoted, but are curiously unwilling to tell you when it folds; or to provide updates for several years, at which point they suddenly show up complaining that their entry is "wrong" (there are honorable exceptions). Pro-active research is limited by time and the need to work for a living; and we are not, most of us, psychic.

Yorkshire Folk Arts also runs a "conflict calendar", intended as a planning tool for regional promoters. Anybody who registers can submit their own details for automatic listing. It's a provisional setup which will be refined in the future as necessary. I've seen other approaches (usually bulletin boards) elsewhere.

We all draw on other people's research in compiling listings. The important thing is to give credit where it is due, and to try to give at least as much as you take.