The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #158212 Message #3739614
Posted By: GUEST,Peter
24-Sep-15 - 08:18 PM
Thread Name: Need input on youth in folk music
Subject: RE: Need input on youth in folk music
Over here young people generally don't go to the old school folk clubs. There are exceptions - lots of people will probably say I am wrong because they have a token youngster at their club but you don't get gangs of people in their late teens the way you did 40 years ago.
Younger people go to festivals, ceilidhs and dances but as listeners or performers tend, in major cities at least, towards a totally separate circuit of venues.
The first thing that you need to do is identify some younger gigging musicians locally and check out where they play.
For your own club, however, your best prospects for new members are probably the "empty nesters" whose kids have left home and who suddenly have room for a more extensive social life rather than trying to drop down two generations.