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Thread #141742   Message #3265410
Posted By: YorkshireYankee
29-Nov-11 - 09:22 AM
Thread Name: Occupy Folk Music! (USA)
Subject: RE: Occupy Folk Music! (USA)
About 15 or so years ago, I was the "officer" responsible for organising guests/workshops for the monthly meetings of my (midwestern US) "folklore society". I brought in "traditional" musicians and dancers from various cultures, including: an Eastern Indian dance troupe, a Flamenco dancer, some local Blues musicians, a Native American musician, a West African kora player, an African drummer (can't remember which country anymore) and more.

Apparently my (admittedly broad) take on what qualified as suitable for our meetings did not please everyone; I think some felt I was going a bit too far afield from the more usual guests of singers and fiddle, banjo, guitar, spoons & bones players, etc.

I still remember one comment I received about having "two in a row from Africa", and thinking that if I had organized, say, one on bagpipes and the next on the concertina, I doubt anyone would have commented on having "two in a row" from the UK...