The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123446   Message #2718716
Posted By: Mr Happy
08-Sep-09 - 06:35 AM
Thread Name: The Ol Boys Folk Club & Festival Network
Subject: RE: The Ol Boys Folk Club & Festival Network
Mr Happy & the Gloom Band [& our larger enhanced lineup Mr Happy & the Misericords] have attended over a dozen fests & gatherings this year, as we do most years.

I agree with you Lizzie that there's a certain sameyness about the guest lineups, but since we're attending fests as 'fringers' for the various impromptu seshes which occur both within the main fest & on the periphery in pubs & other venues, we seldom if ever go to concerts, preferring to join with & listen to other fringers.

We run our own informal weekly sesh in the local area for allcomers, no paid guests, & its proved very popular.

In addition, for the last 5/6 years have organised a DIY event in the Peak District on the Easter Bank Holiday, based on a real ale pub + camping, though this time proved far too popular numberswise in that the pub was too small to accommodate the many visiting singers, musicians & audients!

We've now negotiated a new larger premises & campsite for next Easter.

What I'd suggest to you, Lizzie, is that if you're unhappy with what's currently on offer - get out there & do your own thing!!