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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 04 Dec 19

'the big difference is that Ireland hasn't had a far right government in power for the last 10 years who have driven education and public services into the ground -'

What would make you think that? The squeeze of austerity was well felt here.

The thing is: the development of traditional music isn't necessarily down to the education system, some school do it, some don't, some schools do it very well, some school will do it very poorly. It's completely dependent on the teachers or management of a particular school.

My son, for example, went through the Irish education system without being taught anything about traditional music, even if the schools were happy enough to wheel him out with his concertina to show off their cultural credentials. Tuition or encouragement was not forthcoming though, not from the schools anyway.

Parents have the option of sending their children to classes to learn music, often private teachers or community based efforts.

Don't delude yourself that if the UK government starts throwing money at folk music based activities, it will be taken up like there's no tomorrow. These things only thrive if there's an interest. Music doesn't operate in a vacuum, there needs to be context and recognition in the community to motivate (new) players. And in Ireland, for now, there is.

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