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Thread #58358   Message #924978
Posted By: Little Hawk
02-Apr-03 - 11:08 PM
Thread Name: womens role in folk clubs
Subject: RE: womens role in folk clubs
I noticed over 30 years ago that the serious female songwriters could write material that left most male songwriters totally in the dust (with the exception of the odd standout, like Dylan or Cohen or Al Stewart or a few others I could mention). Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie were 2 of the early female singer-songwriters I would point to as absolute masters of the craft, and there has been an avalance of them since.

In the younger set that are playing the folk festivals now, I would say that the finest writers are more often females than males. The females write on a far wide variety of themes, with far more depth and subtlety, far better lyrics, far better just about everything. I find that a lot of men are capable of writing on about 3 or 4 well-worn paths (if that), and that's pretty well where it stops. The ladies don't usually have that problem. They're more mature in their grasp of life, and they write more mature material.

Of the 3 folk clubs in this area, I would say that females are predominant in the management of 2 of them, males in the case of the 3rd.

I've heard some comments in this thread that make me laugh out loud. cos they were out of date decades ago. Where, oh where have you been, O time-warped lads? The music business used to be dominated by the "old boy's club" and by male acts and male management. That's been steadily changing to an equal share for both genders, and it's a damned good thing.

By the way...I am a male songwriter and folksinger, and proud of it. Chew on that, you John Wayne anachronisms. You just don't know a good thing when you hear it.

- LH