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Posted By: Steve Gardham
13-Nov-19 - 04:47 PM
Thread Name: The current state of folk music in UK
Subject: RE: The current state of folk music in UK
I must add that in my opinion the folk clubs started to fold because the teenagers and twenty somethings that made them in the 60s got married and had families and didn't have enough time to put into it. Our club was so successful people started going off and forming ceilidh bands, dance teams, mummers teams, writing books, collecting folk songs, turned professional, and didn't have time for the club so much. Another massively important reason is we didn't see the writing on the wall and didn't do enough to encourage younger people to participate. Result many clubs in the 80s 90s full of ageing folkies and now today those clubs that are left, with a few notable exceptions who did encourage younger people, resemble old people's homes.

However, that does not mean the scene is not thriving in many other ways, lots of festivals, concerts, sessions, singarounds, going into education, etc., etc.