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Posted By: GUEST,Fred McCormick
26-Aug-14 - 05:47 AM
Thread Name: Whitby. Was it always in August?
Subject: RE: Whitby. Was it always in August?
I too left in disgust over over the House fiasco. (In fact that wasn't the first time. I'd previously joined purely so that I could buy the members only EFDSS LPs of traditional singers. In those days, if you lived in the North West, there was absolutely nothing for song buffs, so there was no point in stopping, but that's another story.)

In those days, I regarded EFDSS as a very fusty organisation, full of little grey haired old ladies of both sexes, Ewan McColl once put it.

Anyway, I rejoined several years ago and found it had turned into a completely different organisation. It's now much more efficient, pro-active and professional, with loads of important initiatives like the Full English and the Roud Index. And of course it's got a first class library. Where some of the old guard looked to me like they couldn't preserve a pot of jam, EFDSS nowadays does a first class job of both preserving and propagating folk tradition.

If you left in disgust in the 2oth century, then I'd seriously consider rejoining in the 21st.