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Thread #66217   Message #1140061
Posted By: The Villan
18-Mar-04 - 11:33 AM
Thread Name: Auditions for new Folk club in Barnsley
Subject: RE: Auditions for new Folk club in Barnsley
Blimey Anahata, I coudn't have put it better myself.
The truth is that a club organiser has conflicting requirements:
- to encourage new performers
- to keep the regulars coming back
- to keep standards of music or entertainment reasonably high, especially for those who come to listen but don't perform (and pay for it)
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With setting up the Market Rasen Folk Club, that is exactly the criteria I am having to apply. I am a listener with dead enthusiastic desire to make a success of it. Its a chicken and egg situation.

I am not auditioning, but recomendations are critical for me. I don't want my listeners walking away after the first night. They are the people who will provide me with the extra money to bring in guests. I want them to have a nice experience and a desire to come back again and again.

Having said that, without the enthusiasm of the Artists supporting me, there woudn't be a club. That is one of the reasons I am allocating floor spots so that whoever performs knows where they stand and roughly how much time they will have. I am very grateful for such wonderful support.

At the same time I am involved in talking to music teachers in the hope that I can give a couple of floor spots each club meeting for youngsters to perform (under 21). This is at an advanced stage.

I am hoping that new talent will start to come through the door, and I will be the first to help and encourage them.

Finally, I still want to encourage people who are not able or don't want floor spots to have a jamming session with other same like musicians.

I will make mistakes and I will have artists possibly having a whinge at times, but I will always try to be honest and up front and always try to think of the artist and the listener.

I have listened to a lot of very helpful artists and listeners and have hopefully taken on board their ideas and recomendations.

At the end of the day, I know everybody will be giving their best shot to make it succesful. What more can I ask.