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.