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Gwenzilla Getting gigs at Festivals / Clubs (66* d) RE: Getting gigs at Festivals / Clubs 11 Jul 06

Heck, even just getting local gigs here is difficult for me, and I come out of a US folk band that was judged one of the top pagan bands in the country, have three studio CDs and a live CD under my belt, and played festivals, coffeehouses/folk clubs and gatherings for years in the United States. None of it seems to matter here, and I'm a settled person with a husband and a teenage son who doesn't have the freedom to travel around a lot, nor am I Young & Beautiful (tm). I was told not to travel around looking for floor spots-- I was told this would make me look like a "visiting pro" who was only in it for the money. But I can't be a regular at sixteen different folk clubs (I can barely manage two), and well, I'm sure you've all heard the whinging more times than I've said it myself, and that's saying something. Even working in the folk world hasn't helped: most people who come to the place I work see me as an administrator only and are neither interested in or receptive to the fact that I had a long musical career elsewhere before moving here. Frustrating? Yes. End of the world? No, but I sure do miss it. I do not have any delusions of becoming Rich And Famous from doing what I do; I'd just like some acknowledgment (by people other than polite friends) that I do it well.

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