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Posted By: Will Fly
02-Aug-13 - 04:20 AM
Thread Name: Balcombe Protest Asking For Musicians
Subject: RE: Balcombe Protest Asking For Musicians
Folk music has never been "out of politics".

With respect, Ron, I would disagree. Traditional songs have covered all sorts of topics, including social injustices, but I suspect the use of music in politics - folk or otherwise - is not a centuries-old tradition?

And what political arena am I entering when I play a 3-part slip jig at a session? Tunes without words - a massive part of traditional music - have no connection with politics whatsoever.

I personally keep music and politics completely separate, which is not to say I'm apolitical. The test drilling at Balcombe, as it happens, is not too far from me and - as it happens - I've been up there out of curiosity to see what's going on and talked to some of the local people, who are utterly against it. My take on this, as with other, similar protests, is that they give publicity to the issue - in this case, fracking - but they don't actually stop the work going ahead.