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Posted By: punkfolkrocker
18-Aug-18 - 07:31 AM
Thread Name: UK Folk Revival 2018
Subject: RE: UK Folk Revival 2018
Mr Red - somehow we get the impression you might not be that keen on Barking Billy
or his musical abilities and politics...???

Live and let live I'd say... my big gripe is that after his conversion to folk,
the media and BBC in particular
have elevated him to the staus of grey beared authority and spokesman of folk...

No he aint, and neither does he deserve to be so feted... yet...

But this aint entirely Billy's fault,
even though he was not so slow in oportunistically making most
of this middle aged/class 2nd career boost...

..surely the high tories of Brit folk should applaud him for such brazen grasping 'me-firstism'...???

Though, it's not that far fetched to posit that the 1970s punk generation
were the true heirs and evolution of authentic amateurish working class trad folk spirit...

btw.. his main punk guitar was a Burns Steer... can't really get more trad patriotic British than that...
and still retain credibility as a good socialist internationalist electric punkfolk guitarist,
without a single taint of xenophobic petty Englander brexiteer in his character...