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Posted By: GUEST,Blowzabella sans cookie
02-Jun-12 - 12:37 PM
Thread Name: Hull Shanty Festival 2012
Subject: RE: Hull Shanty Festival 2012
This is beginning to sound very like what happened at Lancaster - after having a very successful festival for years - popular and with integrity - they dropped it, then along came someone else - a music promoter - who thought that simply by booking a few maritime singers, he would tap into the crowd who had previously attended. He did no liaison with the pubs, no marketing to the folk audience and the performers found themselves in venues where the clientele were primarily simply there for a night out - no to listen to sea songs or shanties. In one case, I know the artist never got paid, because it was unclear whether their contract was with the festival promoter or the pub - and in another (the Maritime Museum) all performances had to be pulled at very short notice because neither the festival or the museum had considered the need for a TEN.

The organisers of the old Lancaster Maritime Festival very much wanted to disassociate themselves with this 'shadow' of what had been a great event, and I suspect that Shanty Jack feels much the same about Hull. Sometimes it's best to let things go, rather than have them become sad shadows of what had been great events