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GUEST,Surreysinger at work Folk Club Residents' Occupations (28) RE: Folk Club Residents' Occupations 17 Oct 08


Woodsie - you said "In the UK "Residents" at a folk club, are the people who are guaranteed a spot every week come what may. They usually include the organiser(s) and a small clique of people who are not neccessarily regular, but have had the craved "resident" title bestowed upon their blessed selves by the powers that be. They do not class themselves as mere "floor spots" and will be sure to get to perform when a famous guest appears at the club, thus adding to their CV "played support to ."

What???? I don't expect a guaranteed spot each week... and I never assume that I will get one. I _do_ class myself as a floor spot ... that's what I am when I perform at our club ... I am also the resident raffle ticket seller, hassling everyone from the start of the evening. It's an honour to be considered a resident singer, but to the best of my knowledge,unlike some other clubs, that doesn't get advertised anywhere... and as for "adding to my CV "played support" ... what rubbish. You can surely only do that if you've actually got a support role... in our case as a resident at max you get to sing 2 numbers. Hardly a support role. As to being able to sing "when a famous guest appears at the club" - that makes nary a difference as far as I'm concerned. I just feel privileged at the chance to be able to sing and share the music I enjoy with other people. It doesn't matter one jot tittle or iota who is singing that night - give me a singaround (which our club generally doesn't operate) or a guest night ... doesn't matter, I just want to share the music.

What Brian posted was just about the truth of it!!


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