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Posted By: Vic Smith
10-Aug-19 - 08:15 AM
Thread Name: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019
Subject: RE: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019
we would be just as well to do away with the competitive side of things and call it a "Show Case" as they really just represent the needs and whims of the media, commercial interested organisations and so on.

Well said Johnny! A showcase is what they are. The nominees all come from vested interests and many valued contributors young and old do not find themselves ever mentioned. Have people like Martyn Wyndham-Read and Sara Grey who have been brilliant performers in folk clubs for over a half a century ever been mentioned?

I forget the number of times that - as a club organiser - I was contacted by young award winners who wanted a first appearance at our club at a massive fee and I had to point out that the awards had no significance in putting bums of seats in a town where they had never appeared before.
They seemed to find that puzzling; the award entitled them to big fees. I suggested that if there were so popular, why did they not just come for 80% of the door take and they would make a pile of money? Some agents would go for this (they were on a %age) but the young artists booking for themselves never did.
I have always regarded the Folk Awards as worthless; a sham. I didn't come into folk music wanting to know that Packie Byrne was a better singer than Margaret Barry; that Lizzie Higgins would be an award winner and that Belle Stewart wasn't. I was just glad that I was able to book all of them and many more great singers at our club.