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Thread #171205   Message #4140479
Posted By: GUEST,Steve Shaw
28-Apr-22 - 04:06 PM
Thread Name: audience singing along in concert
Subject: RE: audience singing along in concert
I think there's a difference between going to something informal like a singaround-type thing or a folk club do and a concert which you've paid very likely big mazumas to attend. At the latter I wouldn't really want to sit next to someone who was rustling sweet wrappers/crunching crisps/humming or singing along. The last time I clapped eyes on Eliza was thirty years ago (in Bude, if she reads this) and I probably wouldn't know it was her if she plonked herself down next to me these days. If I realised it was her maybe I'd be dead chuffed if she harmonised a bit with the stage act, but quite possibly not for the whole gig...?

There's a common disease among harmonica players (of which I'm one though I haven't got the disease) called gussing. You're in the audience when the harp player on stage plays something you're familiar with, so you whip out your blues harp and join in (not something you could do with a double bass...) It's not on!

On the whole, it all depends...