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Thread #116964   Message #2551528
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
28-Jan-09 - 08:00 PM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying
the point I have repeatedly tried to make on mudcat is that folkmusic is out there - it can do no other.

At that point, it was still fairly homogenous;-

1) ian campbell was still trying to hold together his band, and the jug of punch club - although his kids had decided to go into reggae.

2) charles parker was still somewhere in the background at the grey cock.

3)the old crown digbeth was the oldest folk clubin England - they claimed

4) New kids on the block were the Boggery, the Bell and Pump, Jim McPhee and John Mitchell's various ventures. All attracting huge working class audiences.

5) all the Irish music - of which there was a hell of a lot.

It was basically all white.

If you were to start putting a view of folk music now - you would need take into account the cultural diversity of our cities - in fact our whole country.

The EfDSS weren't willing to shift its perspective then - thirty years ago. What chance now when the task is so much more confusing. I wouldn't know where to start looking. I damn sure they are still missing the motherload. Its not just a few old gypsies and agricultural workers who can tell England's story.