Mudcat Café message #2834889 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126835   Message #2834889
Posted By: Flashmeister
10-Feb-10 - 09:29 AM
Thread Name: Show Of Hands - over the top?-Arrogance, Ignorance
Subject: RE: Show Of Hands - over the top?-Arrogance, Ignorance
I think you'll find I only entered this absolute shower of a thread because I had my two pennies worth to unload re. AIG and SoH's music in general but sadly a comment i made was distorted beyond comprehension and the resultant 'i don't need your permission to like folk' flannel ensued.

Lizzie again, i was not giving permission to like folk(!) i was saying that i welcome those who enjoy and participate in it. Every week i see musicians and singers both establised and novice in my session and make a point of encouraging everyone to get involved even if just bellowing out the chorus of a shanty from the sidelines or doorway, it is fantastic what a little encouragement and openess can do and many who began as listeners now regularly participate all due making folk and yes, trad music, accessible and above all enjoyable - those 'wizzened wrinklies' (sic) you refer to SoH now pandering to are the very people who perpetuate these songs and trad history and without them there would be no SoH or Seth Lakeman and the like.
As for this daft strain about never writing about my music and 'reassuring' me of that, it is sad that you would dismiss it out of hand based simply on an online forum conversation. If you ever heard it you might like it, you might hate it but to just dismiss something with utter blind ignorance of it's merit or lack of it to me is the canker of a closed and narrow mind.
My name is Aisling Austin - I will be playing in the summer at a two day local folk festival here in Bedfordshire - come and see me,have a good time, discover some new bands/musicians, make an informed decision.....THEN don't write about it :-D

mind thee I'm not a 'new discovery' of an already longstanding and much publicised folk/pop band am I?