Mudcat Café message #3885880 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162917   Message #3885880
Posted By: Steve Shaw
31-Oct-17 - 05:03 AM
Thread Name: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
Subject: RE: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
As an erstwhile denizen of folk clubs and an active participant in music-making in the spirit of traditional music for several decades, I was interested in joining in this thread. I don't generally take much interest in discussions which argue about the definition of folk music, and, until this thread, I didn't even know there was a 1954 definition. I've reproduced it once and just checked it again. As far as I can see the definition is an attempt at description, not a prescription, there is nothing fossilising in it and I can only conclude that anyone thinking that it condemns folk to its death throes either hasn't read it or is so blinded by some agenda or other that the thing eludes them completely. If you happen to be a gentleman of the right and think that folk is infested by worthless commies such as Ewan MacColl, for example. It's actually a fairly anodyne piece of writing. It changes nothing and seems unimportant to me. It doesn't deserve to be misrepresented, however.