Mudcat Café message #1953328 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #98509   Message #1953328
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
31-Jan-07 - 06:41 AM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
All this whingeing about presevation and protocol is all very well, but there is an inherent cruelty in turning away from the needs of the community to express itself, just preserve a load of old songs.

It is hard to know what many of these songs are about. The modes of expression demanded are strangely reminiscent of Michael Palin's public school tradition's in Ripping Yarns ('How I longed to be a fourth year and have one leg untied on Tuesdays')

i think the writing was on the wall thirty years ago when Ian Campbell's kids became reggae singers. Presumably they went to folk club, heard what Dad was up to and were put off by this tidal wave of hogwash. the English obsession with pre first world war values found resonances amongst the geriatrics who voted for Thatcher.

It was said the C of E is the middle class at prayer. I suppose we are the middle classes on camping holiday or something.