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Thread #109916   Message #2305691
Posted By: henryclem
03-Apr-08 - 02:19 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
There are noticeable differences between the clubs I visit frequently -
at least one of them has a number of older regulars who always "have a go" often with the aid of a page or book; yet this is a club which deserves its popularity and definitely benefits from the community it provides for, however "amateur" some of its members may appear.

From my point of view, I practised at home but I learnt to sing in public. I wouldn't say my preparation was professional; it's the experience gained from singing, and choosing the right songs, which makes performance acceptable (or better). If I hadn't written my own songs, I doubt if I'd ever got up to sing in the first place because that would have meant offering inferior renditions of other people's songs.

And mostly, the people I see singing and playing around our local clubs maintain a pretty good standard; some are exceptional - yet they have full-time jobs, families, travel a fair distance to share their music ...

Got to go - off to Corsham (always brilliant).

Henry