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Posted By: GUEST,jim bainbridge
14-Nov-19 - 05:35 AM
Thread Name: The current state of folk music in UK
Subject: RE: The current state of folk music in UK
We older folks who came across the 'revival' were poorly provided with recorded folk music (however you define it) but fortunate enough to actually meet, hear & learn from source singers like those mentioned & argued about.
The early revival singers like Ewan MacColl, Dominic Behan, Shirley Collins, Louis Killen and Bob Davenport took inspiration in their own way from what (and who) were available and mostly very willing to share what they had without any great financial reward. Mind you, the low-key fame it brought was very welcome- how else would a Border shepherd like Willie Scott ever have got to sing his old songs in Australia.
I've only been to one folk club in two years, and play my music outside the clubs, but the decline discussed here has echoes of the previous decline, which the revival was meant to address?
The difference is that today's resources are vastly superior to what we had.
So what I'm saying is that while many people are making serious efforts to maintain the 'tradition' maybe it NEEDS to decline again, so that future generations can re-discover the old 21st century stars like Martin Carthy and Andy Irvine & build a new movement on such folk stars?

Those with any eye for the real thing will have one advantage in still having access to the same sources we had- like Fred Jordan, the Stewarts, the Elliotts, and Sam Larner, to name a few?

So maybe the revival has done its job now & we need to be proud of what it has achieved & not denigrate its current product?