I have just got back from Sidmouth, where I played as part of the EFDSS Showcase on the Blackmore Gardens stage at the prestigious Sidmouth Folk Festival.
It was such a beautiful stage and location, and the people were incredibly friendly. I think we were all just pinching ourselves that we were at an actual festival, and able to really play real music to real people!
I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Christmas, calm, peaceful, loving. whether you are on your own or covered in people, or somewhere in between, just listen to as much music as you can, and know that music is one way we are always together. I will be doing that. Having a jazz period, so I’m going to be listening to a whole load of John Coltrane. Love and swing to you, Pol xx
The title of the essay is ‘”Me and Not-Me”: folk songs, narrative perspectives, and the gender imaginary in Angela Carter’s Shadow Dance‘, and in it I suggest that Carter observed ways in which folk singers don’t care if the persona of the song they are singing matches their gender, and how she learned a gender blindness from her participation in the folk movement which she came to express in her debut novel Shadow Dance.