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GUEST,Anne Croucher BBC4 Folk Related Documentaries (9) RE: BBC4 Folk Related Documentaries 11 Jul 04


I listened to the Radio 4 program - will have to wait for the TV to come to BBC 2 and hope that I notice they are on. TV reception is bad in my kitchen - maybe I ought to chop down some trees, but it always makes me feel guilty to kill such harmless things.

I found the attitude of Bob Copper, that singing is something they did at home as a family not as a performance, rather interesting.

When I went to Portsmouth Poly and was taken to folk clubs I was rather surprised that people performed songs and music for money/ fame/acclaim, but since then I have got used to it - it was odd to be reminded of how it was on the radio. I do find it unsettling, even after so many decades, that music sets me apart somehow - it should be something which causes a gathering together, not a singling out - I feel thankful I am not good enough to attract too much attention. When they are and do people often don't cope well - but then people with ordinary quiet lives aften don't do any better.

It surprises people that I don't play folk music cds and tapes as in car entertainment - I prefer Status Quo - but I don't have folk music on playable media, I just have blowable and strumable access plus I am writing down songs so that as I get older and forget more I won't lose them, as long as I write in large clear letters.


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