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Thread #65238 Message #1072976
Posted By: Moses
15-Dec-03 - 12:09 PM
Thread Name: are folk clubs shite?
Subject: RE: are folk clubs shite?
Have I just been lucky in my choice of clubs?
My "local", a "traditionally based" singers club which also books guests on a regular basis, tries to encourage performers of all standards (we all have to start somewhere). We are blessed with several talented singer-songwriters and well known performers, so the evenings are often wide-ranging in abilities. Entrance fees are modest on open nights so as to try to encourage new talent. The club is run by committee and everyone has a say in how it is run. Some nights are magic but even the "poorer" ones have a value - even if it is just to "start someone off" in front of a friendly audience. Rremembering the first time I sang there myself - I don't think I would have done it if I hadn't been among such good friends.
A "concert" club I regularly visit is run differently. Supported by "regulars" who do the warm-up spots, it books well known artistes and charges significantly more for the privilage of seeing the "Big Names".
Yet another club, just started, is offering a "spotlight" to anyone who turns up regularly and performs.
As for being paid - no one except the "booked" guests gets paid. We perform because we want to. Perhaps this is different in other Countries, but in the UK this seems to be the norm.
It is the people who run the clubs who make them what they are, and as has been said many times, "there's nowt as queer as folks"!
You pays your money and takes your choice.
If you don't like what you find, try another club - or start one yourself. So no, they are not shite but they are certainly all different!