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Posted By: Big Al Whittle
16-Aug-14 - 06:01 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth Folk Festival 2014
Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folk Festival 2014
i was so uncomfortable in the tin chair and very overcrowded tent, that i didn't stop for the Ralph McTell concert - despite having paid as much as i would have to have seen him in a nice comfortable theatre.

Pity! i hear he was very good.

Sidmouth has changed. i think there was atime when you had to be a bit of a folklorist to enjoy it fully. in latter years - there seems a lot more of the open mic crowd -they've definitely invaded the bailliewick of the traddies.

i'm sort of strangely in sympathy with traddies.

Sidmouth was their thing originally. other folk festivals were always less conservative.

Ithink maybe Sidmouth has lost its way. perhaps it needs to regain some of its earnestness by booking drama groups at the theatre -giving it a more Edinburgh vibe. perhaps looking for for visual artists -painters, photographers -with folkie themes.