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Thread #142469 Message #3294421
Posted By: Vic Smith
22-Jan-12 - 10:17 AM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Little Hawk wrote:-
"A change of name is very common in the performing arts"
Indeed, a change of name has been forced on many performers in the UK if they want to get their all important Equity card from the trade union that caters for "singers, actors, designers, stage managers, stunt performers and variety artists amongst a wide range of performers." You can read this at their website at http://www.equity.org.uk/about-us/join-us/how-can-i-join/your-professional-name/ where it also explains why they restrict members' use of names to "avoid duplication of names amongst our members".
I believe that is why Jo Fraser had to change her performing name to Jo Freya.
Still, at least it would eliminate all those, "Which Ian Anderson/Rod Stradling/Chris Bartram are you talking about?" conversations that you get.
Aren't there two dance callers - both called Vic Smith - that get booked at English folk festivals?