The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #116526   Message #2502733
Posted By: Faye Roche
27-Nov-08 - 05:58 AM
Thread Name: Originality of song choice
Subject: Originality of song choice
Here's one that I hope will prove less contentious than my previous thread.

What do we all think on the topic of how original a performer should be in choice of songs? If you pay to see a guest in a folk club would you expect to hear a wholly original selection of songs that have been collected by that person/band? Or is it better for the artist to include some well-known material on the basis that the audience needs something familiar, as a whole night of obscure never-before-heard songs is a bit much to inflict on anyone?

I'm thinking here of new performers (yes, including myself), rather than established singers who are known for what they do.