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Posted By: Big Al Whittle
22-Jan-19 - 06:05 AM
Thread Name: Vibrant UK folk music scenes
Subject: RE: Vibrant UK folk music scenes
I think its okay, Jim, your views. I understand where they come from. I can remember the late Ian Campbell saying we didn't want the coffee bar cowboys at our club.

However last night a guy phoned me about a gig at his folk club, and I said no, let's face it. I'm no one on the folk scene - I couldn't fill a telephone box. He said, when you're a support act - people like you better than the main act. I said, no matter that's the way it is. I'm 70 now - the folk gigs never arrived when I was growing as an artist - so I had to look elsewhere. I wasn't going to give up being a singer/guitarist for anyone's set of ideas.

The fact is. I was never showbiz - so I was never in the Jasper Carrot enclave. My inspiration always was folk music and folk clubs.

The sad fact is that the line the traddies, took led to the contraction of the folk club movement and the exclusion of much working class talent.