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Thread #155773   Message #3667720
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
10-Oct-14 - 03:42 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
Subject: RE: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
I suspect that what you mistook for unfriendliness was probably mainly boredom. To this old folkie, at least, the contemporary folk scene is all a bit stale. 'Heard-it-all-before' syndrome may well have set in with many of the oldies (although I doubt whether any of them would admit it). There's also, in my opinion, too much 'diddly diddly' and not enough attention paid to singing.

In my day there were lots of different factions in conflict with each other - and it was often these conflicts that kept things interesting. There were twee EFDSSers who were mainly interested in country dancing, guitar heroes, people who wanted to sound like Americans (particularly like Bob Dylan), 'folk choirs' who sang in harmony (for some strange reason) and folk rockers. And towering over them all, kicking ass and keeping order, was the giant figure of Ewan MacColl - one of the few geniuses that I have ever met. Ewan, with his great artistic talent and creativity - and his other talent for generating controversy) was the person who truly made folk interesting for me. Sadly, I suspect, we will never see his like again.