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BB The Ol Boys Folk Club & Festival Network (83* d) RE: The Ol Boys Folk Club & Festival Network 09 Sep 09

Don't think Paul Sartin could have got on in the folk world through Bonny Sartin - unless I'm much mistaken, they didn't even know each other, and it's only recently come to light that they are distant relations.

Personally, I don't see how so many of the younger generation could have risen to the top, as they undoubtedly have, if the folk world was made up of an old boys' (or girls') network - most of them simply wouldn't have had a way into it, with a few exceptions.

I agree with Lizzie in one respect - I think there is quite a large number of performers who have been around for years who deserve to be higher up the ladder than they are. They do fairly well in the general run of folk clubs (probably because they don't cost too much!), but they are not so much in evidence at festivals. I think that one of the reasons is that festival organisers spend vast amounts of money getting the top bands in for perhaps one concert, because their names on the bills bring in the punters (or at least, the organisers think they do), so there isn't so much money around for the others, and festival organisers have, I think, a tendency to then fill in with local (and cheap) performers who actually make their living in a different way. Whether this set-up is value for money for the audiences is debateable.


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