Mudcat Café message #2601049 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119211   Message #2601049
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
31-Mar-09 - 04:14 AM
Thread Name: Tom Bliss Article -So long and thanks
Subject: RE: Tom Bliss's article in TLT (UK)
Paul, I haven't been to your club but from what you've told me, no.
I did say some (possibly the majority of "organiser" / committees) were far from realistic and blinkered, though obviously not all.

What I am saying is that blokes like my grandfather (who lived but a mile or two from you) was a traditional musician for social and ritual dance before WWI. He returned and found no teams left to play for. He and his mates continued to perform music among themselves till his death in 1959. He never saw a f*lk club, nor even knew what the term "f*lk music" was. But he played it, and people like him continue to do so and will, whether on platforms or not.

However, such structure as exists today is clearly unviable as it prevents professional musicians from plying their trade. To everyone's loss.