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GUEST,Eliza Carthy BBC4 Cambridge Folk Festival (28) RE: BBC4 Cambridge Folk Festival 20 Aug 02

Hiya. Don't want to go on about the coverage as it would be a bit biased of me, but I thought folk music was as well-represented at that festival as it could be, given the format. I have always thought it's very hard to have a folk festival in that sort of "rock" format: big stages, big PAs, that sort of thing. I think Salsa Celtica really covered the Scots side of things (and of course, a Scot is half of Kate Rusby's musical arrangement), though you may think of them as a "fusion" band they do know their stuff and have represented in the lineup some of Scotland's finest traditional musicians...and surely World music is folk music? Iris Dement is a singer-songwriter, isn't she? She doesn't sing traditional music, anyway. I wouldn't include her or John Prine in the "folk" element of the bill myself, but now I am becoming confusing and should stop!! It's that old hoary question again, isn't it, what is it?? What do you include and what do you exclude? One person's indigenous social commentary is another's World music-kack? I think what I wanted to say is that a festival of Cambridge's format could never present traditional music in its simplest form, if that is what you think folk music is: big and electric bands work best on big stages. I suppose coverage of same would have the same limitations and more. Need to cover all the festivals to get the best impression of what a wonderfully eclectic thing folk music is. Horses (!) for courses. I really am going now. xx

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