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sinpelo Derek Brimstone (67* d) RE: Derek Brimstone 21 Feb 06

Apart from one or two "purist" clubs at which only traditional music was acceptable, I seem to remember folk clubs covering a very wide range of musical genre (you're right, Del. It IS a word). Folk clubs were the substance of the folk scene... not the recording industry. Artists like Derek, doing the circuite and, like a juggler spinning plates, managing to keep more or less everyone happy were the mainstay of clubs. The chances of getting artists who had been absorbed into the mainstream record industry (Donvan and suchlike) back into folk clubs was pretty slim. I'm not saying they were wrong or that they owed some form of alleigance with clubs but they were portrayed as much more pivotal figures than I think they were. The people who really kept the plates spinning were the Dransfields, Derek, Nic Jones, Rosie Hardman and a whole list of people who have managed to earn fame without the pretentions of celebrity. Not to mention an even longer list of people the majority of us have never heard of.

The BBC seem to have a penchant for coming up with good ideas..... then buggering them up. Well done, Aunty. You've done it again!

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