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Thread #164711   Message #3945127
Posted By: Jim Carroll
20-Aug-18 - 07:37 AM
Thread Name: UK Folk Revival 2018
Subject: RE: UK Folk Revival 2018
"Does it not also require people who can use it and, most important of all, people who want to listen to it?
That is an objective, not a requirement
You can sit in your bath and sing to your rubber duck
The most important audience you will ever have is yourself - please 'im ad you can please anybody
Home is where you practice your skills and make your songs part of yourself
Too many people use an audience to practice on

If there is plenty of traditional singing going on, where is it happening?
You can hear some of those who made it on the media
The open sessions I read up come with the deaded - "no talent required or no restriction on what you sing" logo
The festivals I've been to are usually impersonal, overcrowded (sort-of) organised affairs where you go to watch
I read recently somebody griping at a song-swap venue being taken over by the organisers as an official event

The clubs, for all their problems democratised our music - it was a break from being given our music to making it ourselves.
Nothing has ever replaced that with anything remotely succesful
Jim Carroll