Saturday, July 20, 2019

Folk hero to folk devil?

Is Meic Stevens - the man regularly referred to as the Welsh Bob Dylan - in danger of becoming the Welsh Morrissey? Observations that the folk singer made about the ethnicity of inhabitants of parts of Cardiff (including my own) while performing in Caernarfon recently have been condemned as racist and resulted in him getting the boot from this year's Green Man bill. Given his stature, it can't have been a decision that the organisers took lightly.

Rather than doing the decent thing and simply apologising, Stevens' response has been childishly petulant: declaring that he doesn't want to play in Caernarfon again and is contemplating giving up singing in Welsh. In light of his grumpy, pessimistic comments about the Welsh-language music scene in Huw Stevens' documentary Anorac, that doesn't come as too much of a surprise.

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