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Anne Neilson Performers' responsibilities/repertoire? (10) Performers' responsibilities/repertoire? 12 May 11

Just thinking about the kind of singing performance that would entice me out to a folk club nowadays, and wondering if I'm being overly optimistic.
Here are my requirements -- a well-balanced programme, varied for pace, mood, rhythm.
                                              -- some unfamiliar songs that the performer has made effort to
                                                    unearth (but good ones, not just obscure).
                                              -- a bit of humour somewhere (in a song or an intro.).
                                              -- true engagement with the audience, conveying the singer's real
                                                    passion for the material in a natural way.
                                              -- a personal performance rather than a "cover version".
                                              -- a sense that the singer has more songs in the repertoire than
                                                    just the 20 or so from the last two CDs.
                                              -- a programme that can adjust to the needs of the audience.

I have found such gigs in the past, but less frequently recently.

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