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National Folk Awards 2017

06 Apr 17 - 11:10 AM (#3849071)
Subject: National Folk Awards
From: GUEST,bignige

Having watched the Folk Awards on BBC Red Button last night,(and very good they were), that what was shown is a long way from what most folk clubs seem to offer.


06 Apr 17 - 11:12 AM (#3849072)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards
From: GUEST

Can of worms has just been opened...again, why of why ?


06 Apr 17 - 01:01 PM (#3849091)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards
From: GUEST

1. Most folk clubs are primarily singers clubs
2. Most of the remaining organisers book "reliable" acts that they have booked before and won't take a punt on some new kid with only five or six years of festivals and concert venues under his/her belt


06 Apr 17 - 01:22 PM (#3849094)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards
From: GUEST

.... which is why the clubs are dying, summed up in 2 sentences.


06 Apr 17 - 02:01 PM (#3849103)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards
From: Bonzo3legs

Folk clubs are usually very uncomfortable and full of wierdo loners.


06 Apr 17 - 02:11 PM (#3849104)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards
From: GUEST

I find that many folk clubs require that all be of like mind..if you are in the least different in your views, you are made to feel very unwelcome. I know a number of people who have had this experience and as a result, they don't go anymore.


06 Apr 17 - 05:44 PM (#3849137)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards
From: GUEST,Joe G

Fortunately many successful clubs (eg Topic Folk Club - 60 years old last year) are more enlightened and, as well as booking more established artists, they 'take a punt on some new kid with only five or six years of festivals and concert venues under his/her belt'. In fact they 'take a punt' on young musicians with much less experience than that and see it as part of their role to encourage and support new talent.

They even welcome young people on their Committee shock horror!


06 Apr 17 - 07:26 PM (#3849156)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,henryp

I'd say that some posters are revealing more about themselves than about folk clubs.


07 Apr 17 - 10:09 AM (#3849274)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,bignige

Henryp, it only an observation, and a valid one IMHO. Anyone who watched the Folk Awards and thought right that looks goods lets try a Folk Club would probably end up being disappointed.


07 Apr 17 - 01:06 PM (#3849304)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

"From: GUEST,bignige - PM
Date: 07 Apr 17 - 10:09 AM

Henryp, it only an observation, and a valid one IMHO. Anyone who watched the Folk Awards and thought right that looks goods lets try a Folk Club would probably end up being disappointed"
hilarious, of course, what do you expect these awrds are about Commercialising music and taking it way from its roots, do you seriousaly expect brought up on a commercialised form of folk music people to understand or appreciate people who are making their own music for pleasure,your point rather exposes the myth that commercialing folk music brings more people to enjoy it, of course it doesnt, because what goes on in folk clubs or music sessions is the real thing[warts and all] the real thing is about people making home made music, not about commercialising the music so that agents and journalists can develop it into a hybrid that is palatable to people who are used to tin pan alley


07 Apr 17 - 01:35 PM (#3849313)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST

So you watched / listened to the programme, did you ?
If so, why, since you are apparently so against them ?
If not, how can you comment on it ?


07 Apr 17 - 01:54 PM (#3849318)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

of course, what do you expect these awrds are about Commercialising music and taking it way from its roots, do you seriously expect people brought up on a commercialised form of folk music, to understand or appreciate people who are making their own music for pleasure,your point rather exposes the myth that commerciallisinng folk music brings more people to enjoy it, of course it doesnt, because what goes on in folk clubs or music sessions is the real thing[warts and all] the real thing is about people making home made music, not about commercialising the music so that agents and journalists can develop it into a hybrid that is palatable to people who are used to tin pan alley.


07 Apr 17 - 02:01 PM (#3849322)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

I have explained why I am against these awards, check out BBC FOLK AWARDS.


07 Apr 17 - 02:15 PM (#3849325)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

It is my opinion that standards need to be improved at grass roots level, I cannot see how these awards help that, certain folk clubs provide workshops, as do some festivals, in my opinion this is the way to try and improve performing standards, that as far as I am concerned is priority number one.


07 Apr 17 - 02:38 PM (#3849327)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Dave the Gnome

Yes, everyone gets it, Dick, and your priorities are admirable but there is room for everyone. Keep the awards. Lots of people do enjoy them.

DtG


07 Apr 17 - 03:20 PM (#3849330)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST

Shirley Collins up for Folk Singer of the Year and Best Album for Lodestar:

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 Nominations:

Folk Singer of the Year

Daoiri Farrell
Jim Causley
Kris Drever
Shirley Collins

Best Duo

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Megson
O'Hooley and Tidow
Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton

Best Group

9Bach
Breabach
The Furrow Collective
The Gloaming

Best Album

Jarlath Henderson - Hearts Broken, Heads Turned
Jim Moray - Upcetera
Martin Green - Flit
Shirley Collins - Lodestar
Songs of Separation - Songs of Separation

Horizon Award

Daoiri Farrell
Fara
Ninebarrow
Talisk

Musician of the Year

John McCusker
John McSherry
Mohsen Amini
Rachel Newton

Best Original Track

Fragile Water by Nancy Kerr
If Wishes Were Horses by Kris Drever
Roll Away by Martin Green feat. Adam Holmes
Sounds of Earth by Jim Moray

Best Traditional Track
Courting Is a Pleasure by Jarlath Henderson
Echo Mocks The Corncrake by Songs of Separation
Van Diemen's Land by Daoiri Farrell
Willie Taylor by Julie Murphy

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award

Amelia Coburn
Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach
Eryn Rae
Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

So all of the above - who apparently willingly participated in the event - not to mention those who turned up on the night, and who listened to or watched the programme - are all wrong and the GSS is right ? Nobody allowed even mildly to disagree or hold a contrary opinion ?


07 Apr 17 - 03:22 PM (#3849332)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Joe G

There's just so much commercial pop music there ;-)


07 Apr 17 - 03:50 PM (#3849338)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

"So all of the above - who apparently willingly participated in the event - not to mention those who turned up on the night, and who listened to or watched the programme - are all wrong and the GSS is right ? Nobody allowed even mildly to disagree or hold a contrary opinion ?"
Nobody is prevented from disagreeing.
Joeg , you to are entitled to your opinion I am entitled to mine


07 Apr 17 - 03:54 PM (#3849340)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Joe G

Yes indeed Dick! I just find your suggestion that the folk award nominees are all from the commercial / pop end of folk (which I don't deny exists) out of alignment with the actual nominees - I found a few of them a bit too traddy for me (and I like some trad) :-)


07 Apr 17 - 07:40 PM (#3849367)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Eric the Viking

Irvine folk club, 50 continuous years last year , I believe, has all sorts of acts from young ( sunjay 23 yrs old... next week) and old, I mean well established ( Bob Fox... 2 weeks ago) It is not full of weirdo loners either. Houston folk club is a performers club, again not full of loner weirdos. Not all folk clubs are the same and many are thriving. The BBC folk awards is a showcase for current folk music and some recognition of the folk heritage, hence Norma Waterston last year, Ry Cooder and Al Stewart this year.

If there is no commercialisation to a degree then the artists ( whose skill level is phenominal nowadays) do not sell CD's or dowloads, do not get any air play, or show some booking agent at the opposite end of the country what is happening in the distance between Orkney and Lands end, do not stimulate us all to look at folk music in a different way or think, I am determined to improve even just a little.


07 Apr 17 - 08:06 PM (#3849371)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Joe G

Well said. As mentioned earlier the Topic in Bradford has a similarly diverse booking policy and that has ensured the club has continued to thrive and encourage new talent - some of whom have gone on to be short listed for, or won, awards.


07 Apr 17 - 08:33 PM (#3849374)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

I disagree with this statement
"If there is no commercialisation to a degree then the artists ( whose skill level is phenominal nowadays) do not sell CD's or dowloads, do not get any air play, or show some booking agent at the opposite end of the country what is happening in the distance between Orkney and Lands end, do not stimulate us all to look at folk music in a different way or think, I am determined to improve even just a little."
people can improve these days by going on to you tube, and getting lessons for free
many of us have been looking at folk music in diffrent ways but making money has not been the motive, it is because we are interested in the music and been determined to improve not because it means more money but through a pride in the job.
I could have made a lot more money if I had decided to sing popular music, i deliberately chose not to, because I WANTED TO SING MUSIC THAT I LIKED, AND THAT HAD SOME SOCIAL COMMENT .BEING COMMERCIAL DOES NOT STIMULATE ME TO THINK.
Ican think plenty and take on new ideas without being commercial, furthermore if i never had another gig again I would still play the music i love, that is why i chose folk music in the first place,it was not to make loads of money


08 Apr 17 - 04:27 AM (#3849404)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST

"I WANTED TO SING MUSIC THAT I LIKED, AND THAT HAD SOME SOCIAL COMMENT .BEING COMMERCIAL DOES NOT STIMULATE ME TO THINK".
THAT'S YOU - DOESN'T HAVE TO APPLY TO EVERYBODY.
AND YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH A CAPS LOCK.


08 Apr 17 - 04:35 AM (#3849406)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Allan Conn

The idea that people performing at the Folk Awards do not play the music for their own pleasure too is surely off. My wife is friends with Eryn Rae's mother and Eryn has been playing fiddle since she was a tiny girl. Delighting audiences here in the Borders and obviously really enjoying herself at the same time. The idea that because she is then nominated for an award then it means she is somehow not grass roots is plainly absurd.


08 Apr 17 - 05:19 AM (#3849411)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,padgett

From what I have seen of nominees and the current folk scene, the Albert

Hall awards tended to be those who are singing playing and entertaining

for a living hence are professionals ~ travelling up and down the UK and

beyond and making, recording and arranging both traditional songs and

writing and rewriting songs and tunes classed as being in the

traditional style (not always my definition ~ whatever it is!)

The standards of musicianship are beyond belief and concert style ~

far removed from the folk club norms (still exist some brilliant folk

club guests btw) attitudes can be professional (make a living) and

others who simply enjoy learning songs, making songs, playing learning

an instrument entertaining at the club, and joining in and having a pint

All these factors are embraced in the current scene, it does mean that those currently being booked are being nominated for awards and basically good luck to them in their careers Kris Drever, Daoiri Farrell et al ~ good on yer all

Ray


08 Apr 17 - 05:21 AM (#3849412)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

GSS, despite or perhaps because of many decades in his personal folk bubble actually knows very little of the folk scene and how it has developed, and continues to develop, to suit changing times, attitudes, technology and audience.

He is entitled to think what he wants, he is entitled to belittle or insult others who hold contrary views but he should not surprised that no one takes him seriously and sees him as the slightly eccentric uncle that sits in an armchair arguing with himself about the youth of today.


08 Apr 17 - 05:44 AM (#3849415)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

"The idea that people performing at the Folk Awards do not play the music for their own pleasure too is surely off."
I never said that.
"Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Morris-ey - PM
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 05:21 AM

GSS, despite or perhaps because of many decades in his personal folk bubble actually knows very little of the folk scene and how it has developed, and continues to develop, to suit changing times, attitudes, technology and audience.

He is entitled to think what he wants, he is entitled to belittle or insult others who hold contrary views but he should not surprised that no one takes him seriously and sees him as the slightly eccentric uncle that sits in an armchair arguing with himself about the youth of today."
    The only person being belittled or insulted here is me, by GUEST Morriss-ey.


08 Apr 17 - 06:59 AM (#3849424)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

Commercalisation, in my experience is not an incentive for good artistic creativity.
I will provide you now with a couple of examples of artistic innovation that had nothing to do with commercialisation, Davy Graham and his use of dadgad,charlie parker and his innovation of be bop.
here is a you tube interview with a relative of mine Nat Peck, explaining how the glenn miller band improved MUSICALLY after Miller died as it became less commercial.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FxGVtTdxAo Anyone that argues that comercialism encourages artistic creativity, is in my opinion misguided


08 Apr 17 - 12:14 PM (#3849477)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,kenny

Sunday 9th April - BBC Four, 10.00pm :
"For the first time The Radio 2 Folk Awards are being televised with an hour long highlights package, a sign of the increased popularity of the once-maligned genre"
Enjoy !


08 Apr 17 - 12:48 PM (#3849482)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

I don't what experience you could have regarding the commercialism of folk music because you have no chance of the opportunity of benefiting form it.

As for Glenn Miller - in what way was he a bastion of folk music 70 years ago when playing big band swing?

Let it go. You are the past. Enjoy what you do and let others enjoy what they do.


08 Apr 17 - 12:50 PM (#3849484)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

edit:
I don't know what experience you could have regarding the commercialism of folk music because you have no chance of the opportunity of benefiting from it.


08 Apr 17 - 01:34 PM (#3849491)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: doc.tom

Come on, GUEST without a name (but with a caps lock!) - as always, please stop hiding behind anonymity.


08 Apr 17 - 04:59 PM (#3849522)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

Guest Morriss_ey, you continue to insult me, what is your real name, and what have you done.
Here is what I am doing.
I am and have been running a festival for the last six years, I am working as a professional singer and musician AND HAVE BEEN DOING SO SINCE 1976. yet you claim I have limited knowledge of the uk folk scene.
I am no more the past than any other full time singer[ whether they be any age... 20 50 70 90]
Guest Morriss-ey you are a coward who hides behind anonymity and cannot engage in a discussion without insults
yet your comment here
"GSS, despite or perhaps because of many decades in his personal folk bubble actually knows very little of the folk scene and how it has developed, and continues to develop, to suit changing times, attitudes, technology and audience."
this is so wide of the mark, that your comment could be about yourself.


08 Apr 17 - 05:55 PM (#3849535)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Big Al Whittle

I think you're getting steamed up over nowt, GSS. And you know I respect your musicianship and creative endeavour.

Folk is no different from any other music.

Do you really think Gary Glitter and Suzie Quatro were the most talented people of the seventies? No of course not , but that's what the BBC ran with. Did you really think Carla lane's gentle comedies (i.e. totally unfunny) were cutting edge writing?

The BBC does its thing. Render unto Caeser what is Caeser's.

It has nothing to do with us.


08 Apr 17 - 06:06 PM (#3849539)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

yes, intersting that the bbc, had Saville a paedophile, as a dj, and they promoted another paedophile, gary glitter.
the commercial world of pop, bend over, let me abuse, and we will make you a star., talk about prostitution


08 Apr 17 - 06:34 PM (#3849546)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

On the uk folk scene we have a different scenario, a certain degree of nepotism.
I am digressing now from the BBC folk awards, I do not know of any nepotism there, but the awards could lend themselves open to this if Agents were allowed too much influence,
I am not saying it has happened yet, but there could be a danger there which would undermine the credibility of these awards.
here are a few quotes that are worth remembering
Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
"Music can save people, but it can't in the commercial way it's being used. It's just too much. It's pollution."
Bob Dylan


08 Apr 17 - 07:26 PM (#3849567)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Eric the Viking

Man, you sure get hot n bothered over something which you have no control over. I can not be arsed to get into the normal diatribe that seems to inhabit the British threads so often. I only added my two penneth as I was passing. I do not give a shite whether you agree or not.


08 Apr 17 - 07:26 PM (#3849568)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

I told you my name in the other thread.

As to paedophiles at the BBC, what the fuck has that to do with folk awards?

Bod Dylan? Is that the bloke who accepted 250,000 for a Nobel Prize the other day; who made millions from selling millions of records commercially?


09 Apr 17 - 05:13 AM (#3849621)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Big Al Whittle

Bob Dylan - they cover him in the first year of Folk Music 101. It comes in the unit , which finger should one stick in one's lughole.

I doubt you uneducated oiks what hang around folk clubs could understand Dylan's profound lyrics.
We don't need the likes of you sodding up the BBC awards for being very nice.
you're obviously racist and vote for Brexit.


09 Apr 17 - 06:53 AM (#3849636)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

Guest Morriss _ey,
you are a liar as well as a coward, you have not said your real name, furthermore you insult people other than me who have done far more than you will ever do,here for example
Subject: RE: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
From: GUEST,Morris-ey - PM
Date: 10 Feb 17 - 12:29 PM

Shirley Collins will win both categories she is in not least because she has done nothing for 30 years and is still alive, has produced a subtle return to almost unproduced sound, but also because old school, imho, is often better than new skool...


09 Apr 17 - 08:36 AM (#3849644)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Bignige

Have a day off lads, get back to the original text. My point was that the Folk Awards seem to represent more the festival scene, whereas Folk Clubs are more a platform for anyone who thinks they have something to offer. Usually singers singing to singers!


09 Apr 17 - 08:36 AM (#3849645)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Bignige

Have a day off lads, get back to the original text. My point was that the Folk Awards seem to represent more the festival scene, whereas Folk Clubs are more a platform for anyone who thinks they have something to offer. Usually singers singing to singers!


09 Apr 17 - 10:06 AM (#3849652)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST

Good Soldier Schweik said : Shirley Collins will win both categories she is in not least because she has done nothing for 30 years and is still alive, has produced a subtle return to almost unproduced sound, but also because old school, imho, is often better than new skool...

It's nailbiting waiting to find out if she did win both categories, isn't it? But I guess we won't know until after the awards have happened.

(nobody tell him...)


09 Apr 17 - 10:45 AM (#3849656)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST

I think it is a real shame that a few of the same people get on these music threads and repeat the same mantra over and over. It certainly discourages open and civil discussion. Frankly, I wish that one or two of these pompous asses would just bugger off. Sorry, but I am a bit tired of it.


09 Apr 17 - 11:08 AM (#3849662)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

MORRISEY SAID THAT, not me for god sake read
Subject: RE: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
From: GUEST,Morris-ey - PM
Date: 10 Feb 17 - 12:29 PM

Shirley Collins will win both categories she is in not least because she has done nothing for 30 years and is still alive, has produced a subtle return to almost unproduced sound, but also because old school, imho, is often better than new skool...


09 Apr 17 - 01:30 PM (#3849680)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

Guest Morriss _ey,
you are a liar as well as a coward, you have not said your real name, furthermore you insult people other than me who have done far more than you will ever do,here for example
Subject: RE: Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Nominations
From: GUEST,Morris-ey - PM
Date: 10 Feb 17 - 12:29 PM

Shirley Collins will win both categories she is in not least because she has done nothing for 30 years and is still alive, has produced a subtle return to almost unproduced sound, but also because old school, imho, is often better than new skool...

GSS

I did give you my real name in the other thread. If that was not my real name, what is my real name since you know what it is not?

You also seem to have no conception of sarcasm. Shirley Collins MBE should be a Dame if there were any justice in the world. She is certainly more deserving than you will ever be.


09 Apr 17 - 02:11 PM (#3849691)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST

Well, you have both proven my point....numbtys, the pair of ya !


09 Apr 17 - 04:16 PM (#3849702)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Big Al Whittle

what the heck is this thread about.

its about people arguing.

as the ISB wrote - Be glad for the song has no ending...

as old Toilets himself said - a tedious argument of insidious intent....


10 Apr 17 - 01:33 PM (#3849876)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

Mooriss _ey
who are you, and what have you done, have you run a festival for six years, have you run folk clubs, have you earned a living as a musician for 41 years?
you expect me to believe you saying you are being sarcastic,
please allow others to have different opinions without indulging in personal attacks.
I am not interested in your opinion that you think Shirley deserves the award more than me, let me make it clear I totally agree with you,
let me make it also clear I would not allow myself to be nominated for this feckin tupid competition
IT IS NOT IN MY OPINION WHAT THE FOLK SCENE NEEDS AS ITS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.


10 Apr 17 - 04:48 PM (#3849910)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Joe Offer

Dick Miles, this thread is about the National Folk Awards. Take your bruised ego and go to your room. Your self-defending rants are tiresome. Did you ever happen to notice that nobody else acts like that? Please stick to talking about the subject of discussion, and leave the other stuff at home. Nobody's interested in that, and it just serves to ruin the discussion. You may well have been wronged by various people, but fighting your battles here is of no help to anyone, including yourself. I value your opinions on folk music matters, I really do. I just wish you could present your ideas in a less combative manner and not take disagreement so personally - even when people who disagree express themselves in a combative manner. Fighting back doesn't do you any good, and it doesn't do Mudcat any good.
-Joe Offer-


10 Apr 17 - 06:13 PM (#3849924)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Steve Shaw

Ahem.

I watched the show on catch-up this evening. The big-band stuff, typified by Jim Moray at the end, does nothing for me whatsoever. I thought he was straining. I've been a Shirley Collins completist for decades and her dignified and sensitive performance brought a tear to my eye. Ry Cooder was absolute genius, as was Billy Bragg on Woody. Daoiri Farrell, amazing singer, again blighted by big-band syndrome. Al Stewart, fantastic. I've just typed this and I've realised what my theme has accidentally been. Old stagers with nothing to prove carrying the day. Young bucks, a bit earnest, a bit future-career-minded, possibly a tad forced at times. Anyway, that's what I thought. Shoot me down. Don't give a monkey's mickey!


10 Apr 17 - 06:18 PM (#3849925)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Joe Offer

OK, so what I was wondering about, is whether the National Folk Awards and the BBC Folk Awards are the same thing. If not, can somebody tell us the difference between the two, and why at times they seem to be so controversial?
thanks.
-Joe-


10 Apr 17 - 06:28 PM (#3849928)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Joe G

I think people are talking about the same Awards Joe


11 Apr 17 - 04:18 AM (#3849959)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Howard Jones

I caught the highlights show, which suffered from being badly edited to squeeze too much into too little. A more serious failure was that the vocals were too far back in the sound mix - a modern fashion which is completely inappropriate for folk music where the lyrics are everything. Despite being familiar with the ballad Jim Moray closed the show with I found it difficult to follow the story, and it was nothing to do with either his singing or the arrangement, it was simply that the vocals weren't given enough prominence in the mix. That was by no means the only example. The BBC used to have sound engineers who understood folk music, apparently no longer.


11 Apr 17 - 04:32 AM (#3849963)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: punkfolkrocker

I just watched it on catch up... imho probably the most cack show so far...

Previous years have been variable quality, but 2017 is a drab dreary botched turn off...

Next year.. new presenters and more sympathetic editing please...

oh.. and maybe some more interesting and engaging performers... that might help.. ????


Having said that.. Shirley Collins was the only 'highlight' and deserves all the awards and her own BBC4 in performance show..

..and call me a masochist.. but was the entire full length TV broadcast live on red button this year. and if so.. any links please..???
I can't find it on youtube...


11 Apr 17 - 04:48 AM (#3849966)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: punkfolkrocker

..oh yeah.. and that overlong extract from the transported children musical..
with the interview samples, urchin kiddie choir, and deputy headmistress narrator..

that was effin dire.. 😣

Ok enough for school and community halls, but not the Albert Hall and nationwide broadcast TV...!!!!


11 Apr 17 - 06:34 AM (#3849979)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,henryp

You can still find the broadcast on BBC iPlayerRadio;
Wednesday 5 April
17:05 Simon Mayo Drivetime Live from the Radio 2 Folk Awards!
Live from backstage at the Royal Albert Hall with special guests and live performances.
19:30 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017
Ry Cooder, Al Stewart, Billy Bragg and Shirley Collins perform at the annual celebration.


11 Apr 17 - 06:45 AM (#3849983)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: punkfolkrocker

I could only find the extended radio broadcast on iplayer..

Was even screened in full on red button this year...???


11 Apr 17 - 06:54 AM (#3849984)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Steve Shaw

I agree about the urchins. My buttocks have never been so tightly clenched. Their mums and dads would've been proud.


11 Apr 17 - 06:54 AM (#3849985)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Hootennanny

Why didn't Billy Bragg use the tune that Woody used for "I Ain't Got No Home"? Far more interesting than the one he used. I can only guess.


11 Apr 17 - 08:27 AM (#3850000)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Big Al Whittle

Billy's got a nice home on the cliffs at Burton Bradstock. A millionaire's pad reflecting the successful musician and songwriter that he is.

I suppose he would feel a bit stupid singing he's wife's took ill and died upon the cabin floor, etc.


11 Apr 17 - 09:57 AM (#3850015)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,padgett

Yes the BBC Radio 2 folk programme is aired on Wednesdays at 7pm and the

National Folk Awards being part of the BBC are broadcast on Radio 2 and

concurrently nowadays on BBC Television on the "Red Button" ~ this year

Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis were Mcees/Presenters and the whole of

the UK (as it still is!!) had artists receiving awards!

The Scottish contingent did very well again ~ superb musicianship as usual ~ but a good spread geographically speaking!!

Ray


11 Apr 17 - 10:29 AM (#3850018)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: FreddyHeadey

Joe Offer -
Date: 10 Apr 17 - 06:18 PM
".. whether the National Folk Awards and the BBC Folk Awards
are the same thing"

"National Folk Awards" is not really the correct title.
BBC usually refer to them as "BBC Folk Awards"/"BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards".
imho they could be called the Smooth Operations(7digital) Folk Awards
This is a BBC page which mentions the Red Button & gives other links
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/949ded7a-3da0-4369-ac7c-ac989cafce5a

As well as producing BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Smooth Operations(7digital) produce the BBC Radio 2 weekly folk show
http://www.bbc.co.uk/search? filter=programmes&q=The%20Folk%20Show%20with%20Mark%20Radcliffe

Radcliffe and Maconie's daily show on BBC Radio 6 Music
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0100rp6

"... long-running associations with the Cambridge Folk Festival "| Cambridge Live
https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival
& "...Radio Festival and the Radio Academy's prestigious award ceremony."

~~~~~~~~~
"Joe Offer -
Date: 10 Apr 17 - 06:18 PM
...so controversial?"

imho... because lots of mudcat people are at the local, non profit making end whilst Panellists "...must have a professional or semi-professional connection to folk music and be reliably exposed to a wide range of folk, roots and acoustic music. "
thread.cfm?threadid=161498%26%2365533%3B#3838252

Mudcatters interests are more esoteric while Smooth Operations(7digital) have shareholders to look after and the BBC have viewer and listener numbers in mind.

And it is easier to write on the mudcat forum than it is to find the Smooth Operations or BBC email address and write to them.

~~~~~~~~~~~
R2 Folk Show & Smooth Operations contact details
Email folkshow@bbc.co.uk
Twitter @bbcradio2 - add #folkshow to your tweet
Sms 88291 - text during show times only
[Texts will be charged at your standard message rate. Cheack with your network provider for exact costs.]
Other
Write to
The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, c/o Smooth Operations, PO Box 18, Dobcross, Oldham, OL3 5FS

folkawardspanel@smoothoperations.com

http://about.7digital.com/company/smooth-operations


11 Apr 17 - 11:17 AM (#3850020)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: punkfolkrocker

As far as I heard the presenters didn't even credit any of the adults involved in that end of term school play musical excerpt..

How's that.. are they complete unknowns.. perhaps stage struck teachers from that school..

..or seriously well known brit folk stalwarts who were are all expected to recognise on sight....???? 🙄


11 Apr 17 - 01:11 PM (#3850034)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,padgett

Yes yes Smooth Operations was set up by John Leonard who had connections with BBC Radio Sheffield ~ Tony Capstick, Dave Burland and others ~ as a producer and of course Mike Harding who preceded Mark Radcliffe

Smooth Ops prog comes from BBC at Salford I believe ~ there has been a folk programme many years with Jim Lloyd (years ago) and Country meets Folk which included Wally Whyton

Julie Fowlis is a Gaelic speaking singer and whistle player ~ absolutely brilliant pity I can't speak Gaelic and has mceed the Awards for a year or two now!

Ray


11 Apr 17 - 01:12 PM (#3850035)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

" Smooth Operations(7digital) have shareholders to look after and the BBC have viewer and listener numbers in mind."
Correct.


12 Apr 17 - 03:24 AM (#3850113)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,padgett

Quite so Dick and ~~?

Ray


12 Apr 17 - 09:34 AM (#3850182)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

Ray, Make of this what you want ,here is their spin about themselves
Smooth Operations is an award-winning production company which delivers the highest quality live events and programming across every platform, including radio, television and online.

Specialising in content and event production, our portfolio of work encompasses daily, weekly and one-off radio programmes, outside broadcasts, concert coverage, stage management, podcasts and our own record label, Delphonic.


12 Apr 17 - 12:35 PM (#3850200)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,padgett

Are they not?

Ray


12 Apr 17 - 01:08 PM (#3850204)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

They organise an event which some people take seriously, what do you think of it Raymond ?
Do you think it is as an important priority as the need to improve standards of singing in folk clubs, something that Alex Campbell was talking about at the Jon Snow pub 50 years ago, along with Ewan MacColl, Bob Davenport, A L Lloyd.
I met you at Whitby festival 50 years ago, you appeared to be there for the love of the music not for financial gain, God bless you Raymond Padgett.


12 Apr 17 - 01:28 PM (#3850215)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

"Awards shows mainly publicise the people giving the awards" AlanAlda


12 Apr 17 - 03:33 PM (#3850243)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

Dick

Given that you despise folk awards shows, would never be invited to appear on one and, if invited, would no doubt rudely decline the invitation, why do you waste your and everyone else's time in continuing to post so vitriolically about them?

Repetition does not strengthen your argument it makes you look envious, bitter and foolish.


12 Apr 17 - 03:47 PM (#3850247)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST

.... and Alan Alda could well be wrong.


12 Apr 17 - 04:17 PM (#3850251)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

God bless you Morriss-ey, may you enjoy Easter.
Easter was the time Jesus rose from the dead.
Have you ever tried to carry out Christian principles Morriss_ey. Jesus forgives Cowards, he forgives his enemies.
Morriss_ey, I am a christian I forgive you for many your faults,and your unpleasant behaviour on this forum


12 Apr 17 - 04:19 PM (#3850252)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: Long Firm Freddie

Another quote, via BrainyQuote, form 6 time Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Alan Alda:

Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are. Alan Alda
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/alanalda597637.html

LFF


12 Apr 17 - 04:33 PM (#3850254)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Cj

Alan Alda wasn't really a folk musician, although he did have terribly greasy hair and seemed easily irritated, so maybe he was.


13 Apr 17 - 04:14 AM (#3850294)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,padgett

Yes I have been interested in songs and collecting them for a long time Dick ~ started at Barnsley Civic Centenary rooms listening to the booked acts of the day! All stars of time who must have had summat to entertain people with in whatever they did likes of Tony Capstick, Tony Rose, Pete Coe, Nick Jones had done their research, and like others started to gleen the details of what they were singing from the sleeve notes ~ then Whitby ff and EFDSS buying the song books ~ still can't really read music ~ joining in with songs in the bar ~ Social History ~ of all sorts of course and leading on to eventually the instrumental side in music sessions

But without those fore runners Dick to provide inspiration and show others the way I think I and others would be in a different place!

I have been able to sift through masses of songs in order to select and sing songs which have some sort of appeal or attraction, an Art form I believe ~ which expresses all of the human emotions ~ the scene is full of people who have many different reasons for being there ~ a living, a pastime, a semi professional source of income and those who have spent many years perfecting their playing of fiddles, melodeons, whistles etc ~ not to mention the dancers!!

So awards well anything to bring to the attention the fact that all this work is going on and people are out there every day to do what they do ~ a credit to those singing and playing where ever and to those who just do it for the love!!

Ray ~ me lud


13 Apr 17 - 06:01 AM (#3850312)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: punkfolkrocker

padgett - in the context of what you have just posted...

The BBC / Smooth Fops annual folk awards is a trite embarrassment
of corporate bourgeois folk elite back slapping & scratching, arse licking, and hollow vanity...

...even more meaningless and much less fun and entertainment than the Eurovision Song Contest or Crufts.... 😜


13 Apr 17 - 08:41 AM (#3850336)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,padgett

Well I did watch the full thing on the Red button and later on the shorter version ~ surely artists should have the recognition they deserve?

Yes it probably does fall into the category of the usual Awards type ceremonies ~ not sure it does yet come under the category of full Concert style affairs ~ someone would have to pay for the acts to perform!!

Ray


13 Apr 17 - 09:01 AM (#3850340)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: punkfolkrocker

oops... I posted this in the wrong thread yesterday...
it was meant to be in here...
               
                     ====================


whoever was responsible for editing the highlights show needs to rethink his/her career...

piss poor shoddy work...

school kids doing education video projects would hand in a better finished production..


13 Apr 17 - 01:12 PM (#3850364)
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: The Sandman

"Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
From: GUEST,Hootennanny - PM
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 06:54 AM

Why didn't Billy Bragg use the tune that Woody used for "I Ain't Got No Home"? Far more interesting than the one he used. I can only guess."         
Woody genuinely wanted to change society,I am not sure what are the motives of Billy Bragg, however songwriters sometimes change things so that they can get copyright and make money, dont know if this is the case with Bragg, IF it is it is an example of commercialism to the detriment of artistic merit. I agree with the politics he espouses however he is[imo] a shit singer, I would rather listen to Joan Baez or Pete Coe