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Thread #119969   Message #2700495
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
14-Aug-09 - 06:09 PM
Thread Name: love the young people writing folk
Subject: RE: love the young people writing folk
"Apologies for the slight rant but it really does bug me that performers like myself tend to get a pretty raw deal in a lot of folk circles where as some tone-deaf old git doing a hackneyed Fields of Athenry is being 'folk'.
I fear that a lot of younger performers genuinely are put off by the stuffy and sometimes deeply critical side of the folk scene and because of that they are on youtube playing instead of down in the sessions and clubs ... "

I really, really don't recognise this picture at all. Most young, first-timer singers are usually greeted with enthusiasm in the venues which I attend (unless they're really, really awful of course - in which case a muted ripple of polite applause is the usual response - which is also the common response to the 'Fields of Athenry', I might add!). Nevertheless, I have in the past, seen a young person, or a group of young people, turn up hoping to get a booking, do their wildly inappropriate, rock-based floorspot and then piss off leaving the 'stuffy old gits' to it (not really a good way to 'win friends and influence people!).

And 'critism' is not (or should not be) a dirty word. Good, thoughtfull, supportive critism can lead to an enhanced experience for both performer and audience.