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Thread #141742   Message #3268190
Posted By: Dave the Gnome
04-Dec-11 - 04:31 AM
Thread Name: Occupy Folk Music! (USA)
Subject: RE: Occupy Folk Music! (USA)
I just re-visited and spotted Al's comment

I can remember Martin Carthy telling me sometimes HE has to explain to people who he is. And of course these people - well how they end up on the production teams of Radio and TV folk programmes, and reviewing for for heavyweight magazines, and booking the acts for festivals - God alone knows - but it happens. And naturally they lack respect for something they know sod all about.

Now, that is something we could realy agree on - If I had an idea who 'these people' were. Now, I am pretty sure that no reviewer for radio or tv know's 'sod all' about folk music but I am pretty sure they will know what they like and dislike. Is this just an argument about tastes? Surely not. As to 'these people' booking acts for festivals. I don't know a single festival organiser who is not a volunteer. I am pretty sure they all know a lot about folk music, their audience and the acts - If they did not the festival may not survice.

I am sure Al has come across the opposite or he would not have said so. Seeing as these people know sod all about folk music, how about letting us know who they are so we can judge for ourselves the amount of damage they are doing? After all, they critise others, there is certainly no harm in criticising them!