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Posted By: Will Fly
09-Dec-10 - 05:58 AM
Thread Name: Scottish Trad. Awards on T.V.
Subject: RE: Scottish Trad. Awards on T.V.
I kind of get what you saying but I'm not sure as to what you mean by major.

I suppose what I'm trying to say - and it's a mere quibble, really - is that there's a subtle difference between what exposure a particular art form gets on TV and radio, and how much that art form is actually embraced by the general public off-air. My hackles rise ever so slightly when I consider the huge amount of traditional music that's played down here in Sussex - with little exposure in the broadcast media - and then read that the English traditional music scene is "pitiful" by comparison with the Irish or Scottish scenes. All from measuring exposure on TV and radio?

I do acknowledge that there's more top-down, overt support given to traditional music in Ireland and Scotland than in England - and a lot more prominence in their respective broadcast media as well. English broadcasters continually ignore the grass roots stuff that's being played virtually every night of the week in pub sessions, singarounds and clubs all over England.