Mudcat Café message #532043 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #37913   Message #532043
Posted By: running.hare
20-Aug-01 - 05:48 PM
Thread Name: Will you write an Email for Shambles?
Subject: RE: Will you write an Email for Shambles?
The followin is saved in my drafts box, as I wanted to check it with you guy's before sendding it. + I have a few spesific Questions. --------------------------------------------------------- Dear Sir, As a young person, with an Interest in Folk music I am sure you will understand that I am concerned with ensuring its future. The very nature of Folk music means it must be played / sung in order to survive, and the most effective traditional way for this to occur is groups of people to get together to share the music they love. It has come to my attention however that Weymouth and Portland District Council consider this to be unlawful if a PEL is not held. Having lived my entire life in Dorset I am dismayed to discover that yet anther part of our rural life is under threat because members of the public, singing for their own enjoyment, with no money passing hands, are considered by this council to be 'performers'. ".....Music played a role of marked importance in the life of Thomas Hardy. Hardy was surrounded by a family and a community in which music enhanced everything from church services to social gatherings at the local alehouse..... " Will such music denied to me and future generations? Will I be silenced if I sing while relaxing on the beach in weymouth, or climbing in Portland?

I truly hope you reconsider this matter seeing that it is a matter of freedom of expression rather than entertainment. I look forward to your reply,

Yours sincerely, _________________________________________________________

1) should I include my postal address?

2) Roger in Sheffield where is the quote from? I like to sourse Quotes I use.

3) Shambles has the been anything in the local or national press that I could have seen, & therefore refer to, but which in reality I missed.

4) General opinions whould be verry welcome.