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Thread #110427   Message #2317048
Posted By: Ruth Archer
16-Apr-08 - 05:28 AM
Thread Name: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
Subject: RE: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
With the greatest respect to Eliza, Shimrod, I think English traditional music would be in a pretty parlous state if its future rested on a single pair of shoulders. Billy Bragg notwithstanding, there are a host of young(ish) performers who are making positive contributions to the future of the music (and dance). Yes, Eliza takes risks and is innovative while remaining true to the tradition, which is not an easy feat to pull off, but she had some pretty good teachers in the previous generation of her family (not least in Lal Waterson).

But let's not forget about the rest of the young English folk scene. If the music has a future, it is going to rely on a critical mass of solid young performers, and from what I observe at festivals and events around the country, the scene is in rude good health. There are many of them whom I'd be happy to see as ambassadors for English folk music.