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Posted By: Jim Carroll
31-Oct-19 - 02:32 PM
Thread Name: The current state of folk music in UK
Subject: RE: The current state of folk music in UK
"Jim, as you are so fond of saying, it was a joke"
I say it was a joke whe I intend to eb funny Dave - sorry, I find dating the songs sung in folk clubs over a century out of date is asun funny as it gets - but not uncommon in discussions like these which basically are about folk song proper being forced out to make room for pop-type songs

Jim - so what happens to Trad Folk CD and LP collections when local tory councils close down the public libraries...???
I don't know and I don't really care - there's not a chance of that happening in a County that has come to respect its traditional music and song as not only a peice of its heritage but also a massive drawer for visitors who wish to become involved
WE have vistors all the year round in this one-street town who come to listen to the music (from four to six nights a week) depending on the weather
Our stuff is lodged firmly in Arts Council-supported archives so if anything hpppens, we won't be around to see it

I'm not exactly Morris Dancing's greatest fan, but I was watching 'Bargain Hunt' yesterday when they showed a lovely section on the custom - it struck me what a great attraction it would be to visitors if it was presented for visitors without compromising it
Jim