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danensis The end of 'Folkwaves' on BBC (288* d) RE: The end of Folkwaves 10 Dec 10


I just mailed this. Thanks to those whose notes above I have pilfered!

I have just heard the news about the plans to scrap the Folkwaves programme on BBC Radio Derby, Leicester and Lincoln.

This is one of the finest folk music programmes on the radio.

I have listened to folk programmes on Merseyside, West Yorkshire and Humberside, but for depth of content and the knowledge of the presenters, there is nothing to match Folkwaves.

I do hope you will reverse this decision. At the BBC's annual Frank Gillard awards in 2009 the judges called BBC Radio Derby an "out and about station that feels well connected to its audience and its area with likeable presenters and good touches of humour". Folkwaves represents all this and more.

At a time when more and more young people are attending folk clubs, playing folk music, and joining in folk dance, it does seem a rather poor time to be axing this show, which fits so well with the BBC's remit to "provide opportunities for new and emerging musicians from the local area and support local arts and music events by providing event information".

The diaries are a key factor with Folkwaves and there are many events I have attended that I would not have known about had it not been for Folkwaves.


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