This week's new ruling effectively means that folk clubs, as we know them, taking place in 95% of premises without a Public Entertainment Licence are a thing of the past.
The two performer exemption will now require it to be the same two individuals, so no subsequent performers or floor singers will be permitted. They must now also be some question to as to the legality of members of the audience joining in with chorus songs.
Some sensible local authorities may choose not to enforce this (although it would not be safe to now rely on it), but all such clubs are now at risk.
BBC Manchester's Rob Cave is very keen to hear from all establishments and folk clubs at risk. As we need all the help we can get, could I ask you to contact him and to ask others to do the same? The more response he receives, the bigger the story and the more chance we have of influencing and pressurising those in power.
His number is 0161 244 3148.