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Thread #109916   Message #2306368
Posted By: Dave the Gnome
04-Apr-08 - 08:46 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
The Snail -

Dave Polshaw doesn't seem to be doing a very good PR job for the Swinton Folk Club.

Maybe not, Brian, but I am being honest. Out of the 20+ performers that enter and exit our club as floor singers on a regular or occasional basis at the moment, the vast majority have the professional attitude that we are talking about. A high proportion of them are actualy professionals. There are, maybe, 4 or 5 who fall in the other category and of those only 1 or 2 will consistantly disappoint. The point is people do not remember the regular occurence of good performance, only the occasional bad ones. It is those that they talk about most and it is those that give the whole of folk music a bad name.

I must also point out that it is not just Swinton that I am talking about. I used to visit clubs all over the country as and when I was away on business. I am more home based now so that is curtailed somewhat but I can honestly state that I have not yet come across a club where, on a singers night, someone has not cocked it up. I would be very surprised, nay, amazed, if I was to vist Lewes a couple of times not to find someone forgeting words, fluffing the tune or cocking up in some other way.

If someone new to folk comes to our club on a singers night after, for instance, being impressed by John Tams and Barry Cope at Fylde then I am afraid they may be disappointed. At least if I set their expections to the correct level - Ie 'you will see some excelent stuff, but expect a bit of roough with it:-)' then they have nothing to complain about.

Oh, and by the way, you say I have been involved in running a folk club for 10+. years. Well, I have been runnning Swinton for nearer 30. 25 of which we have run an annual festival as well. And we are still going strong. Maybe the PR is pitched right after all.:-)