I joined Mudcat about 6 months ago when I started thinking about playing some music as a retirement hobby and needed some lyrics and other information. I got some encourgement from Kat and Peace and Don Firth and especially Will Fly and some of his friends. I wasn't planning to be doing anything this soon but some friends convinced me to try performing at an open-mike last Friday night. Now, to be clear, I'm not strictly a folkie or anything else. I do some folk, some jazz and some classical guitar and I sing some. For what it's worth, there is my report on my first performance since 1962 at
http://frontporch.freephpbb3.com/the-open-mike-report-vt53.html . First timers may find it interesting. IF you care to see what the songs mentioned were supposed to sound like, my practice videos are at www.youtube.com/user/bamfiles
Thanks to those of you who encouraged me to try. I may never forgive you.