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GUEST,Tom Bliss Is traditional song finished? (621* d) RE: Is traditional song finished? 12 Mar 10

"I have never heard Tom Bliss's songs, nor have I EVER suggested that he should not sing his songs alongside traditional ones - perhaps you could point out where I have."

You told Paul only today that it is wrong to mix traditional songs with non-folk songs. I do that, therefore I am wrong. ("Does it really matter if all of D - X above are sung alongside traditional songs as long as the traditional songs are being sung," Yes it does - it robs it of its uniqueness.")

You have told me, often, that my songs are not folk songs.

You have said, often, that only songs as 'approved' by the 54 definition can be called folk. My songs cannot be approved by the 54, therefore they cannot be folk songs.

You have told us, often, that it is wrong to sing not-folk songs in folk clubs. That is something I did for 10 years, therefore I am guilty as charged.

You have told me, in so many words, that I am cheating my audience by implying (by accepting a booking in a folk clubs) that I will sing only folk songs.

You have said that clubs (who use the word folk, only) who book me are cheating their audiences by implying that I will sing only folk songs when I don't.

I'm not going to waste my time looking for the references. Everyone here knows you have said all these things.

Given the way you have laid into club organisers and artists in the past, I think you have a duty to answer the questions above properly, and not just seize on the one mention of Pardon to blow smoke from your Illustrious CV at us.

It may make you a respected collector, but it won't make you a respected person.

I repeat.

If contemporary songs, outwith the 54, are acceptable in Folk clubs after all, where are club organisers and artists to draw the line?

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