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Sam Pirt What songs are banned in your folk club? (54* d) RE: What songs are banned in your folk club? 12 Dec 99

Hold on a second, let me stop you here. To ban a song is a serious action, whether it be for serious reasons or jokey reasons. In effect banning something is a form of censorship or to put it a bit firmer, DICTATORSHIP. Don't you decide personally what song is suitable and besides arn't songs a form of personal expression, you can't censor personal expression, you can ignore it but you should never BAN it. I may have taken a serious stand here but if it wern't for 'The Wild Rover' would folk music be as popular as it is today? I my self can't stand it but people do like it and so why sensor it? If you ban something for being popular how do you expect you tradition to be passed on to the youth like me? I didn't grow up with the wild rover (thankfully!!!) and so it is still as fresh as it was to the older generation when they were my age, THATS FOLK MUSIC!! The song or tune that is being sensored here is not the point, the point is that a club has decidied band the performance of music in their club. By Banning somthing you give it a label and you create hirachy which then steps on the feet of the people who's music folk music is. Folk music is music made by the people for the people. I have said enough, what do you think?

Cheers, Sam

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