time and again in the course of runninmg and visiting folk clubs I wonder how we manage to keep any traditions alive. The majority of clubs are either very good or very BAD, little wonder folk has such a poor rep in musical circles. How to strike a balance between being accessible to all levels and also provide a good atmosphere without putting off the more able singers / musicians or descending into a club which is packed with performers of a less able nature seems impossible. many new singers seem to attach so much reverence to the material that they end up virually reciting the song instead of giving it life - something some of these performers would fail to recognise if it hit them in the face.
How do you deal with this and other concerns when trying to promote maintain your folk club?