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Moira Cameron The demise of Folk Music (101* d) RE: The demise of Folk Music 08 Mar 98

Whether folk music has demised or not depends very much on where you're living, I think. In Canada, the oral tradition has never died in parts of the East Coast. Right now, the east of Canada seems to be working its influence throughout the rest of Canada. Our National CBC television station regularly brodcasts specials on folk music festivals and performers. There seems to be a real revival in the past 10 years of what I consider "mainstream" folk with weekly programs like the Rita McNeil Show, and specials featuring the Rankins, Natalie McMaster and others. Celtic Music definitely seems to be 'in' right now. There's a show coming on CBC television soon called "Celtic Electric." I don't get the feeling up here that folk music has demised. However, the music that is always highlighted on our television and radio programs is always by the performers who have a "mainstream" sound. I doubt I'd ever see performers like Paddy Tutty, Ian Robb, the Friends of Fiddler's Green, etc. on National Television.

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