We're expecting to find completely different crowds at our two St.Pat's gigs this year. The first venue is an intimate irish/english restaurant with excellent acoustics and reputation for hosting traditional music, and the audience usually seems to be very serious about listening to the tunes. The cavernous second venue is a trendy but relatively tasteful yuppie meat market, and often packs the house on weekends with blues or rock cover bands.
Given such potentially different crowds, how would that affect your set lists? At the moment, we're hedging towards melodic and intricate celtic arrangements for the first gig, and traditional if somewhat schmaltzy irish ballads for the second.
Would you try to keep everything uptempo because of the crowds and particular occasion? For other shows we usually try to build some continuity of topics and varition of rythms between the songs.