Mudcat Café message #3885235 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162917   Message #3885235
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
28-Oct-17 - 05:35 AM
Thread Name: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
Subject: RE: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
i don't remember much about my physics lessons - but i do recall Newton saying something about every action having an equal and opposite reaction.

be honest Jim - you push just as much as you get shoved. if you want to stop the venom coming your way, stop spitting it out. its what these guys have done with their lives just as much as you did. you may not reckon much to their efforts as folksingers and club organisers, but they did it to the best of their own lights - and as such its worthy of respect, not condemnation.

it was a creative effort. ....if they'd decided to become serial killers and child molesters, perhaps your tone would be considered measured and commensurate.

being nice doesn't ensure you will be free from criticism - as you will gather from the number of times i have run away from character slurs on mudcat. i know its horrid to be accused unfairly, and i know you are a decent man who is trying to protect what you see as your contribution.

believe me, i understand. unlike Nick i can count the number of folk club bookings i have been offered on one hand - despite what i consider to be a life of artistic integrity. i have had to work as a jobbing musician outside the 'folk' world. perhaps thats why i don't expect or get angry any more at 'the folk scene'.

i understand rejection of your point of view. believe me. but nastiness doesn't do any good.