Dear Conrad, I have booked and worked with many professional folk singers over the years in a variety of settings : festivals,picnics,concerts and house concerts. It's my opinion that the majority of these individuals are very helpful , outgoing and down to earth. ( I have seen a small handful of the folk stars who act aloof or the festival security which prevent the audience from seeing or communicating with the artists at the larger festivals ). If you ever want to see the consumate performer/songwriter/teacher and folk musician , then , go see Rick Fielding , the person you have been communicating with in this thread. He is by far, one of the absolute greatest ambassadors of folk music today !!