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teller Devon & S.W. Folk - Floor Singers. (21) RE: Devon & S.W. Folk - Floor Singers. 05 Aug 99

I know that there are any number of people in and around the town who are more than a little interested in listening to/performing folk. For example: we recently had a visit from Phil Beer and his band at the local community hall, which was very well attended - over 100 people. Phil kindly plugged the folk night and, to date, I've yet to see ONE person who was at his gig actually put their faces round the door, let alone stop and listen or play! As to format, on the nights we have a C.A.Y., obviously, anyone who turns up can play - and depending upon how many people there are, we'll either sit round in the proverbial circle, or get up and entertain in turn. When we have guests, if there are any floor singers, they 'n' me'll open up, then the guests do their stuff, have a break ( time for more floor spots ), then the guests will finish off. We only have the evening twice a month, on the second and fourth Sundays, it clashes with no other clubs, locally, of which I am aware, and it costs absolutley NOTHING to get in, being as it's subsidised by the landlord, who pays for the guests every other folk night and gives me pretty free reign in terms of who I book - all I do is check that the price is okay! SO - you tell me!!! The content is varied, within the folk field ( and here we could get into a whole different ball game as to various peoples interpretation of 'what is folk' ), but we've had guests who play the more contemporary stuff ( Cohen, McTell, Bragg et al ) to the real traditionalists that I mentioned in my original posting. That being said, the few who do turn up always seem to have a good time and people usually tell, one way or the other, about the guests. Keep the help coming, or drop in and see us, I've no doubt I shall still there, massaging my forehead with the bricks around the charmingly quaint 13th Century fireplace! Cheers! Teller.

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