By Michael Moll
First of all another apology for being very late once again with FolkWorld's new issue. This time I did have an excuse - somehow wedding and honeymoon had higher priority than FolkWorld! Of course there was some excellent folk music for the wedding - Flook played for out wedding, their first ever wedding they played at, but what a gig it was!
During honeymoon in Scotland, I came across two concerts of folk music students - one with students of Plockton High School, which has become "Centre Of Excellence For Traditional Music", the other with students of the folk music & Gaelic course of Lews Castle College on the Outer Hebrides. Each of the courses has a completely different approach to music education - a short introduction can be found in this issue. A bit later in the year I saw during Tonder Festival a concert of the students of the Carl Nielsen Music Academy in Odense, who are doing a 5 year long masters course on Danish Folk Music.
This has given FolkWorld the idea to start a series on folk music courses throughout Europe, which we hopefully will start in the next issue. The series would look at diverse long time folk music courses, taking a critical view of pros and cons of each course.
Folkmusik students and teachers are very welcome to report about their experiences in folk courses.
Whiel you had to wait long for this FolkWorld issues, it is therefore bigger than ever - a total of 30 articles and more than 200 CD reviews! Enjoy!
Michael, FolkWorld Editor
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