Mudcat Café message #3805186 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #160393   Message #3805186
Posted By: peregrina
15-Aug-16 - 03:35 AM
Thread Name: Ways not to introduce your song
Subject: RE: Ways not to introduce your song
I'd be happy to hear fewer banjo jokes and fewer body-count/misery jokes about the ballads.

Chances are, a folk audience is there because they like banjos and ballads, maybe even like them very much, and already know something about them.

The banjo is a wonderful instrument well-played.

The long survival of the ballads hows that the dark ones need no apologies or special pleading.

The jokes about both fall into the deprecating category--deprecating the tradition.