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Thread #155773   Message #3668285
Posted By: Mr Red
12-Oct-14 - 05:22 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
Subject: RE: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
I agree that it seems it seems unusual to see anyone at a folk festival between the ages of 20-40 who is there purely as a punter
You ainta been ta Towersey obviously. Mind you it is THE dancers festival on that Bank Holiday. Most of the Yoof are dancing.
FWIW I have noticed (as a sessioneer) that sessions in the last 20 years have not been as prolific or populous. Even in Bromyard where there used to be sessions in at least 7 or 8 pubs. But the 4/5 that remain are pretty good there.
It must be a sign of the times. I would have thought in times of austerity (or did I mean recession? - er make that depression) that making ones own music would have been more popular. But then the rise of dancing may be the expression of that. Witness the amount of dancing offered at Sidmouth. I don't have enough T-Shirts to change into if I danced every one. I have 63!
Though I have to say that there are festivals that can no longer support a ceilidh as well as concerts and that must be a result of the straightened times.

Now if you are a singist you are always gonna have to agree to the format. It is more formal. Turn up early, make it known you are a performer, and wait until it comes round to you. If the music stops for an erudite discussion it can deflate a "singers" impression of the worth of a session, but it enhances it for those that were here last year, and the year before, and the year before.
Was it ever the divide between old and young? The subjects they choose to discourse on.

Of course what some enterprising folkies do is say "sod this I am going to start my own festival, and it will look like I want it to". & sometimes that goes on to greater things.