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Thread #109916   Message #2302402
Posted By: Banjiman
31-Mar-08 - 04:07 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Apologies for thread drift.....but:

"My advice to Gene Burton and other disillusioned performers - of whatever age - is not to let the buggers grind you down."

So why not invest some of that creative energy in running your own club/ acoustic night/ event......? Agree it would be difficult for a full time pro musician, but we will do 40-50 gigs/festivals (mainly the other half) this year and run a monthly club night which gives 3 other performers (usually) a chance to perform each month.

We are in Ruth's "difficult" years (35-45) have 2 young children and 1 full time job and a home based business between us. We don't watch much TV anymore........but you get out what you put in.

My point here is not how clever we are (we're not!) but just if you are not getting what you want out of your music....don't moan, just do something about it!! (and we're definitely not too proud to ask for gigs........with my club organisers hat on I expect people to ask me, how else would I know that they want a gig?)

We started doing gigs and running the club last year aged 40 and 42....I think the elevator analogy is correct.

Paul