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Thread #65238   Message #1074671
Posted By: treewind
17-Dec-03 - 01:56 PM
Thread Name: are folk clubs shite?
Subject: RE: are folk clubs shite?
... But DG's another Scot!

Anyway, back to the point... where are those Folkworks and Shooting Roots musicians and singers doing their stuff around here? What can be done to promote and encourage more of the same?

I'm seriously open to suggestions here.
The Mayflower Folk club was the place for traditional music in Cambridge. It's reduced to once-in-a-blue-moon events and there's nothing planned for the future right now. Mary and I have considered taking it over and reviving it (I already maintain the web site) but we aren't sure that we have enough time, nor whether it's the best thing to do. There are pub sessions and vaguely folk "acoustic" venues. There are tiny and crumbling clubs further away (St Neots, Stortfolk) and there are thriving larger clubs at Saxmundham and Sutton, but they are miles away and once a month, and we do go when we can. And there's Ely - we're off there tonight.

What about Cambridge though? Where are all those talented young folkies? Are they all diddley-diddling away in the Irish music session olympics? Where are the singers? (I know where the dancers are - The Round and Gog Magog Molly, many of them).

What or who should we support? Start a new folk club, revive an old one, or do something else?