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Thread #116964   Message #2551425
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
28-Jan-09 - 06:15 PM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying
You know this is a bit naughty. Its a very selective account of history.

During the 1970's I worked at Holt School in Birmingham. I remeber reading in folk review - Fred Woods magazine - that EFDSS had an office in the next tower block to the school in Newtown. I made a couple of phone calls and an even on one occasion visited the office and every time I was rebuffed.

Now at the time I lived and breathed folk music. i was at different folk clubs every night of the week. I ran two folk clubs. The city was teeming with folkmusic activity and I wanted the EFDSS to at least look at what we were doing.

i was told that they had no time attend folk clubs and no interest in them.

in short, they were already embarked on the disastrous course which they have now succeded in persuading so many English folk music fans in following. they were and are committed to supporting the view of various vaguely eccentric 19th century intellectuals - there is a tradition, and it has nothing to do with the living and breathing people in the next tower block.

it is arts and crafts, neo georgian, ante bellum (Ist world war), pedagoguic and paternalistic.

okay if you can walk the walk. some of us can't.