The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #98450   Message #1960877
Posted By: Scrump
08-Feb-07 - 05:05 AM
Thread Name: Ron Trueman Border
Subject: RE: Ron Trueman Border
Those comments seem very reasoned and fair, GUEST. I hope RTB doesn't take any kind of offence, I'm sure I wouldn't.

I have a varied repertoire myself and I tend to ring the changes, including 'serious' and 'comic' songs, 'traditional' and 'contemporary' material, as I find most people seem to like a bit of variety in a set. But I try to judge the mood of the audience, and sometimes even ask them if they want a funny song, a chorus song or whatever.

Some artists (I'm not saying RTB is one of them, having never seen him) will just sing their own material, and never include any chorus songs, which in some venues can be boring for the audience, however good the songs are. In some clubs, people like to sing, so I try to give them a chance to do that. In other clubs, it's not so important, and the audience would rather listen than sing. It's not always easy to get the balance right, but GUEST's advice to have a few different types of songs handy is sound, IMO.

As for RTB I hope to get to see him one day before too long and I'll look out for him.