On 6th January 2005 at 14:03 Anonymous 3684 wrote...
Dear reviewer, your piece on Mr Gomm contains the following....'How does one go about analysing and discussing something they struggle to even comprehend?'.......YOUR words.
How then can you justify the vitriol you've poured out regarding the folk music you witnessed?
End of story on that account.
However, for your information, Mr Barber's accent is quite distinctly Norfolk in origin, the other members of his band all hail from Yorkshire.
Strange then you feel compelled to offer the world naive and factually incorrect comments about a form of music you profess to have no knowledge or interest in.
I am not 'related to' or 'friends' of the Demon Barber Roadshow people, merely have made their acquaintance along the way, being very much part of the West Yorkshire folk scene myself.
I am also aware that one of the Roadshow's aims is to provide an opportunity for new and young artists, from a variety of backgrounds, to perform to a new and mixed audience.
Most of us are acutely aware of the problems folk music has had due to stereotyping. Your apparent lack of knowledge merely exacerbates this.
I sincerely hope your future reviews will stem from a far more informed standpoint rather than display ignorance and a certain lack of maturity.
Does that sound harsh? Well, certainly no more damning an effect than your negativity could possibly have.
Good luck to you, D. McFarlane