The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #121329 Message #2648723
Posted By: glueman
04-Jun-09 - 11:05 PM
Thread Name: To introduce songs, or not, and how?
Subject: RE: To introduce songs, or not, and how?
Introductions should be brief or better, non-existent. If a folk song is as different from everything else as people say, the audience will be able to tell - and not because someone spoke for ten minutes beforehand.
The best patter is by performers who get the audience on side by taking the mickey out the situation, not by buttering them up. Liza Carthy's recent intro went - I'm going to start with a really miserable song tonight, and it'll all go downhill from there. None of the audience were disappointed.