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Thread #138735   Message #3181087
Posted By: Jim Carroll
04-Jul-11 - 03:20 AM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
"You accuse people people of schoolyard taunts...."
I pointed out that if you want to discuss other peoples' music, perhaps you might make some headway if you did so on the basis of fact and not by inventing non-existant entities like 'purists' to make your case, any more that I would choose equally dishonest and insulting terms terms like 'snigger snogwriters' or 'talking horse' to make mine.
I was part of the English scene for thirty five years; I cut down on my folk-club intake when it became all but impossible to go to a folk club and hear a folk song and when the standards plummeted - the right for me to liten to the music I wanted to listen to played half decently was taken from me (thousands of others felt the same and pissed off with me around the same time). Not a matter of "purism" - I couldn't find the music I liked and had been listening to for decades any more, so I restricted my visits to where I could, and continued to do so until even they disappeared.
In the end, the proof of the pudding.....
Can't get too involved in the discussion at present; I'm attending our annual traditional music summer school (now in its 39th year). Our one-street town is crammed with singers, musicians and enthusiasts who have come to play, sing, listen and learn.
All this week there will be classes, sessions, organised recitals, talks, topped off with a huge concert of some of the finest singers and musicians in Ireland. A growing percentage of the attendees will be youngsters who will take the music back to where they came from.
Hopefully they will end up with four or five regular weekly sessions in their home towns similar to the ones we enjoy here all the year round.
There has been a lot of whingeing, on this thread and others, about "not telling others what to do" - yet it is precisely those whingers who are doing exactly that by slagging others off for not liking the same things they do.
"Purists" my arseum; come back when the English scene is flourishing, when the clubs are drawing reasonably sized audiences, when the standard of playing and singing is rising, when youngsters are flocking to the music in their thousands and when you can turn your television and radio on and listen to programmes of traditional music and song most nights of the week.
Must go - music calls.
Jim Carroll