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Posted By: Phil Edwards
21-Jan-09 - 03:17 PM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying
Thank you for oversimplifying both my and Al's attitude to music.

Well, I won't say it was a pleasure... Thanks for giving us a fuller version.

I take the point about the style[s] of singing in the performances I linked to; I think maybe they work best for people who listen to the sound first and the words second. Where I part company with you is that I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing - I think it's another way for listeners to get into the songs, and another way to keep the songs alive.

Incidentally, I agree that there have been some superb songwriters on the folk scene, and that there are a lot of mediocre ones. My repertoire's almost exclusively trad these days, but there are songs by MacColl and Lal Waterson, to name two, that I could never chuck out.