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Posted By: Jim Carroll
20-Nov-19 - 12:24 PM
Thread Name: The current state of folk music in UK
Subject: RE: The current state of folk music in UK
"How the hell do you know what standards exist today if you have not been in a folk club for years. Idiot."
Nice tolerant language Raggy - makes it difficultly to give a reasonable reply but here goes
People have been arguing in favour of the use of crib sheets and describing suggestions for improvements in standards as "elitism" since I first started posting on this forum - if anything, those arguments have become more vehement
The decline in the folk scene was marked by a long, long series of letters in Folk Reciew (entitled "Crap Begets Crap") arguing that if standards didn't improve the clubs would bonb - and they did
At the last London folk club I visited, in the cellar of Cecil Sharp House" - I wass blinded by the glare of mobile phones being used as prompts and I couldn't hear the words of many songs for the rustle of crib sheets - song words were forgotten and singers sang out of tune
Unless there has been an epiphany in the last year or so, I have little reason to believe much has changed
Id...... sorry !!
Jim