Mudcat Café message #3423452 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #147580   Message #3423452
Posted By: GUEST
21-Oct-12 - 07:24 AM
Thread Name: Mark Radcliffe replaces Mike Harding-Radio 2 Folk
Subject: RE: Mark Radcliffe replaces Mike Harding-Radio 2 Folk
"Our 14 year old daughter loves folk music. She has grown up attending workshops at Sidmouth led by the likes of Jackie Oates, Emily Portman, Jim Causely. These are the people who gave folk music a relevance to her. She says we cannot ever stop going to Sidmouth - it is the centre of her universe and she adores her evenings in the Bulverton. She would never listen to Mike Harding - she has built her knowledge of folk music from her father and attending folk festivals since she was a babe in arms. (She learnt Parting Glass from Ed Sheeran's CD)"

One thing you overlook, though, is how the likes of Jackie Oates, Emily Portman and Jim Causley actually get to the position of playing those festivals in the first place. Or how a festival such as Sidmouth publicises itself. Or how Ed Sheeran gets to make a CD. Or how your daughter even knows who to look for on youTube. Whether she uses radio or not, the musicians she discovers at Sidmouth and on YouTube certainly do (and the organisers of Sidmouth) certainly do. She's a beneficiary of radio and other media without realizing it.