I think it's too bad that one person has turned this thread into a debate on whether performers should get paid for doing the work at which they make their living. (Yeah, Fortunato!)
House concerts CAN be good for both performers and audiences. I think this thread was started with a serious request for advice on HOW to do house concerts, not for diatribes on WHETHER they're legitimate. Perhaps Conrad should start a new thread on "Should Folksingers Be Paid?" Rick, rev up that Rolls!
As for me, I'd like to hear from more folks who have good ideas on the original request! -- Kathy (who's always interested in learning new stuff and hearing other people's ideas, even about things she knows how to do)