The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65238   Message #1076136
Posted By: Grab
19-Dec-03 - 09:04 AM
Thread Name: are folk clubs shite?
Subject: RE: are folk clubs shite?
El Greko, maybe I should clarify. If the folk club is paying to listen to pro or semi-pro musicians (or at least people of some kind of quality), then count me in for sure! If there's some filler of less good musicians to make up numbers, then OK as well.

But if the folk club is just a pure open-mic, in other words a bunch of people paying for the privilege of being listened to (and in some cases using their "captive audience" as a wailing wall for their latest navel-gazing), that's not filling any need that you couldn't get from a pub session elsewhere. I see it as the difference between paying to listen and paying to perform.

BTW, in my case I know damn well that I'm not up to quality, and I wouldn't expect anyone to pay to listen to me! ;-)