The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2302348
Posted By: TheSnail
31-Mar-08 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Harmonium Hero

My advice to Gene Burton and other disillusioned performers - of whatever age - is not to let the buggers grind you down. I made a mistake dropping out before; they are not going to get the better of me this time.

By "buggers" do you mean people like me and the rest of the committee who spend quite a lot of their time running a folk club for no financial reward? The majority of clubs are run by amateurs. Our prime motivation is love of the music and our responsibility to our audiences, not to give the professionals a means of earning a living. That's not to say we won't do our best to give you the best deal we can, after all, we want you to come back. Try and remember that we have limited resources; both in money and time. There are only 52 Saturday evenings a year; we have to make choices. You and Gene Burton have acknowledged that nobody owes you a living but a less combative attitude would help. We are your friends.