Mudcat Café message #2317030 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #110427   Message #2317030
Posted By: Folkiedave
16-Apr-08 - 04:28 AM
Thread Name: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
Subject: RE: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
I've been to very well-publicised gigs by Roy Bailey, Martin Carthy, Pete Coe, Brian Peters and other luminaries that have been attended by handfuls and it's very sad. The average person on the street had access and didn't want it.

I have been going to classical concerts for many years and for about twenty years my wife and I were season ticket holders at the Sheffield City Hall for the classical series. Season tickets numbers have been in decline for the last twenty years. My wife sings with the Philharmonic Chorus who struggle for younger (especially male) to join.

When I first arrived in Sheffield people queued around the block for tickets to some concerts - notably the Messiah - but other popular choral and orchestral works too. This never happens now.

I have been to well publicised classical concerts by major orchestras like the Halle - that whilst not empty have hardly been only part full. Around Christmas the Halle's Christmas concert was not a sell out for the first time in years.

A few days later Christy Moore and Declan Sinnot sold out the same venue at 30.00 a ticket.

So let's get rid of this myth you keep perpetuating Steve that people do not want folk. Folk is enjoying a boom at the moment with new festivals each year and new venues and a new audiences. And loads of young people. NB Folk, not folk clubs. The Times recently published (23/03) an article saying exactly the same thing about the USA.

If the major broadcasting organisation allowed people to perpetuate stupid myths about classical music and devoted one hour a week to a poor representaton of the genre on national radio and closed down a lot of the programmes without aking any notice of protests do you think it would last? Do you think it would get subsidised?

Well that's how the traditional music of this country is treated. So let's not knock those who are trying to alter that treatment.

Dave Eyre