Mudcat Café message #2516131 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #116964   Message #2516131
Posted By: VirginiaTam
15-Dec-08 - 03:41 PM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying

Would you tell the lady who delivers the heart rending songs about coal mining town of her childhhood "tunelessly" that she is not welcome? Her lyrics are amazing, powerful, not at all maudlin. Though she is no "singer" by the "standards" proving evident in this thread, her stories and performances move listeners (and me to tears in one instance).

If that is not the purest example of folk process I don't know what is? What she performs in public today will one day be traditional as it is accepted, encouraged and carried along by others following in her wake. What a loss if these songs had lain mouldering in her journal never to be heard. Is this not what the clubs should do? Encourage the process?

I am a novice here, but this concept has been taught me recently on other threads. Am I wrong?