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GUEST,Peter Laban The current state of folk music in UK (2105* d) RE: The current state of folk music in UK 27 Nov 19

DeValera became Taoiseach in 1932. Which means the single most destructive and suppressive act with regards to Traditional Music, The Dance Hall Act of 1935, was put in place on his watch.

I agree this line of discussion should not extend much further but it was a necessary sideline to counter the point that music in the UK would have been fine, if only it had been treated as DeValera treated Irish music and traditional arts.

It could also be argued that one of Ireland's most important musicians and collectors, Sťamus Ennis, could no longer find employment in his job for the Irish Folklore Commission after 1945, there was no funding for him to stay on. Instead he had to decamp to the UK, first continuing his collecting work in the Hebrides and later for the BBC, resulting in the highly influential 'As I roved out' radio program. Which was at the cradle of the 'folk boom' in the UK. If there's any question where things were supported more, ponder that one.

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