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Thread #141742   Message #3265771
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
29-Nov-11 - 07:25 PM
Thread Name: Occupy Folk Music! (USA)
Subject: RE: Occupy Folk Music! (USA)
Right! I was very angry when I wrote that. Sanjay brayne had just read all that stuff Tunesmith had been writing about him - all about English folkmusic was really in trouble, cos if he was the future and he sang in an American accent - well the future was looking grim. And he was upset.

On that same Harding programme, there was John Tams singing in an American accent and everyone was dutifully creaming their jeans. Check it - see if I'm wrong.

Sanjay's just barely 18 - he shouldn't have to face this crap. On the other hand I should never have had to face this shit either, but faceit, I did my whole career.

American accent, playing blues guitar to tradtional song - I've had this bollocks for years. And no matter how high you jump - you can never win - because really its just about the keeping that echelon very exclusive, and people who want to toady to them. Its a very depressing aspect of the folkscene - no wonder Ian Campbell's kids took one look and decided to give it a wide berth.

And now Sanjay is facing this same bloody nonsense. He's one of my best friend's son, and I've given him more than a few guitar lessons. I take it personal.

Sorry if I passed on my upset to you. But I don't feel we should tolerate horseshit indefinitely.