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Where have you played recently?(Survey)

greg stephens 27 Nov 07 - 04:30 PM
Mr Happy 27 Nov 07 - 07:09 PM
Charley Noble 27 Nov 07 - 08:35 PM
The Villan 28 Nov 07 - 03:02 AM
greg stephens 28 Nov 07 - 03:11 AM
Leadfingers 28 Nov 07 - 06:45 AM
Leadfingers 28 Nov 07 - 06:46 AM
Lowden Jameswright 28 Nov 07 - 09:48 AM
Big Al Whittle 28 Nov 07 - 09:58 AM
johnadams 28 Nov 07 - 10:07 AM
Mr Happy 28 Nov 07 - 10:24 AM
Mitch the Bass 28 Nov 07 - 10:38 AM
The Villan 28 Nov 07 - 11:28 AM
IanC 28 Nov 07 - 11:28 AM
GUEST,guest fidjit, in Norway 28 Nov 07 - 11:52 AM
GUEST,leeneia 28 Nov 07 - 12:18 PM
Darowyn 28 Nov 07 - 12:20 PM
GUEST,Jonny Sunshine 28 Nov 07 - 03:21 PM
Charley Noble 28 Nov 07 - 10:23 PM
GUEST,Texas Guest 28 Nov 07 - 11:13 PM
Fossil 29 Nov 07 - 03:39 AM
iancarterb 30 Nov 07 - 01:04 AM
greg stephens 30 Nov 07 - 05:38 PM
coldjam 30 Nov 07 - 06:09 PM
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Bobert 01 Dec 07 - 08:20 AM
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treewind 02 Dec 07 - 04:46 AM
Banjiman 02 Dec 07 - 07:44 AM
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Grab 03 Dec 07 - 09:55 AM
Mo the caller 04 Dec 07 - 07:13 AM
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Subject: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: greg stephens
Date: 27 Nov 07 - 04:30 PM

On a recent thread on the future of folk clubs, the conversation turned to the many outlets available nowadays for folk music, not all of them part of the folk scene in any sense.The thread diverted after a while, so I though I would generate a little discussion about this in its own thread.
There are many active musicians on this forum, amateur and pro and points in between. I'd just like to ask people to have a litle poke about in their diaries, wallcharts, calendars etc, and come up with a list of places you've played recently. And, for that matter, places you've listened to folk music, if you don't play. I've done the last 25 gigs I've played with the Boat Band; I could have added a few social sessions interleaved with those, but I don't kep a record of those.
   The clssification I leave up to you, I made it up as I went along: a folk club in a pub I've called "folk club", for example, but a pub gig payed by the landlord I've called "pub". A dance at a wedding I've put under "private function", but a dance for the public I've called a dance.A dance in a village hall I've called a dance, but a concert in a village hall I've described as a concert. It doesn't matter if the classifications overlap, or don't make total sense. It will give the general idea: what I am looking for is where can folk music be found at the moment.
And a geographical location would help. My 25 were all in the UK.

4 pubs
4 village halls(concerts)
4 Private functions(birthdays/weddings)
3 Community events
3 Folk festivals
2 Other festivals
2 dances
2 Unclassifiable arts events
1 Folk club

The point of the initial discussion, by the by, was the importance and the future of the folk club. I was pointing out that in terms of my own life, folk clubs were a tiny percentage of the folk activites I was aware of. I look forward to hearing about other people's experiences recently.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Nov 07 - 07:09 PM

Royal Oak, Hoole, Chester - Every Wednesday

The Carlton, Handbridge, Chester - Each 2nd Fri of month

The Boars Head, Middlewich - 2nd Sat of month

West Cheshire Sailing Club, New Brighton - 1st Fri of month

Y Glan y Rafon, Holywell, Flintshire - 1st Fri of month

All above are sinarounds.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Nov 07 - 08:35 PM

Not sure what you mean by "recently." Last week? Last month? Last year? Last eon?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: The Villan
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 03:02 AM

>>All above are sinarounds<< No wonder you are happy, Mr Happy. Do you play whilst you are sinning LOL.

So to classify what Greg is asking for Mr Happy (I don't think he is asking you to reveal the actual venues, just clasify the type of location)
Yours would appear to be on a monthly basis

6 times in a pub
1 time in a Village Hall or similar place
and once at "Y Glan y Rafon" whatever that might be.

I'll get me coat and get off to the sinners arms :-)


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: greg stephens
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 03:11 AM

Interpret your own "recently". I picked thew last twenty five gigs. Could be anywhere you've been in the last six months, the last ten times you've played a gig, whatever. Just enough to get an overall picture of what kind of places and events that folk music can be found at.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 06:45 AM

Over the last three months , apart from regular local Folk Clubs , I seem to have done A number of Private Functions and Corporate events in the following venues :-

2 X Schools , 2 X Sports Clubs , 4 X Hotels , 2 X Pubs , 2 x Village halls , 1 X Casino , 1 X small Stately Home and 1 X University !!


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 06:46 AM

Ooops ! Forgot the Freshers Ball at the Royal College of Music !


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Lowden Jameswright
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 09:48 AM

4 Folk Festivals:
Whitby
Staithes
Gainsborough
Sheffield

9 Folk Clubs/Pubs (Sheffield):
Wortley Folk (Black Bull, Ecclesfield)
Rivelin Hotel (Stannington)
Royal Folk - Royal Inn (Dungworth)
Castle Inn (Bradway)
Booit Straps (Commercial Inn Chapletown)
The Moon
University Arms
Hollybush Inn (Stannington)
Three Merry Lads


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 09:58 AM

Since I got ill I don't do proper gigs any more - just floorspots.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: johnadams
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 10:07 AM

This year

1 Folk Day dance
1 World Music Festival
3 Folk Festivals
2 regular ceilidhs
8 Folk Club residencies
75+ sessions

Quiet year really!

:-)


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 10:24 AM

Mr Villan,

Thanks for your concern as to clarification of the survey q's.

I actually had taken the opportunity to 'plug'/ publicise some events I regularly attend.

If stats needed, they work out as:

4 pubs

1 private members club


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Mitch the Bass
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 10:38 AM

This year -

7 Private Dances
8 Public Dances
2 Formal Scottish Dances
2 Major Morris Events
5 Festivals, over 30 workshops and dances
6 Playing with an informal band at local ceilidh club
6 Floor spots at local folk club
1 Arts Festival showcase
1 Regular weekly music session
1 Regular monthly music session
1 Teaching at a musicians day

Mitch in Derby


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: The Villan
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 11:28 AM

>>I actually had taken the opportunity to 'plug'/ publicise some events I regularly attend.
<<

LOL I guessed that :-)


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: IanC
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 11:28 AM

Last 25 would be

12 pub sessions
2 pub "tours" (5 pubs each)
4 concerts (village hall, church, pub back room, British Legion hall)
1 theatre production ("musical director")
2 Folk Club "singarounds" (not a formal folk club)
2 garden parties
1 birthday party (village hall)
1 busking outside the village butchers

:-)


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: GUEST,guest fidjit, in Norway
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 11:52 AM

Since the summer. end of August

Private party, Stockholm, Sweden x1
Local festivals x4
Local dancers practice nights x6
Concert house Dancers performance x1
Local pub x2
Dubliner pub session Oslo, Norway x4
Melodeons at Witney, session x2
Half moon session, Bishop's Stortford x1
Private party. Bishop's Stortford x1
Culture cafe x1
Library presentation x1

Chas


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 12:18 PM

'what I am looking for is where can folk music be found at the moment.'

With that in mind, my responses are

played at home with friends - monthly early and Celtic session

played at Elderhostel early music workshop in California, 1000 miles away

played in church - tunes from the shape-note tradition

attended Irish band Chulrua. Missouri valley folklife society concert. Kansas City

attended Alisdair Fraser and Natalie [forget last name] in Lawrence Kansas a couple months ago

may go to a folk duo tomorrow in the 'parlor' at the Mountain Music Shoppe in suburban Johnson County, Kansas

So, a lot of places, but none of them a pub! I guess my monthly group counts as a club, but I don't think that's what you mean by a 'folkclub.'


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Darowyn
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 12:20 PM

Rock Festival
Pub (Same one three times)
Another Pub (same town)
Folk Festival (local)
Wine bar/Bistro
Recording Studio (too often to count.)
School Hall (tomorrow actually)
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 03:21 PM

so far this year,

6 festivals (in venues including marquees, concert halls, and a bookshop)
6 arts centres
5 pub / cafes
3 ceilidh/ dance gigs in village halls and a school
4 concerts in music venue/ village hall
4 folk clubs
2 house concerts in private homes.

plus sessions, rehearsals at home, work in studio, teaching.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 10:23 PM

I sing in my van at least once a week
Prtactice with my band one a week
Participate in a Shanty/Forebitter sing at a tavern once a month
Participate an open-mic once a month
Coordinated a workshop and performed at a concert in Australia
Had a featured spot at a folk club in Australia
Had a featured spot aboard the tall-ship James Craig in Australia
Performed as part of a 6-person band at 3 festivals, 4 special events and a pub or two

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 28 Nov 07 - 11:13 PM

Well, let's see...since September I have played the following:

3 Celtic festivals
1 (specifically)Scottish festival
1 3-day Irish music retreat
0 coffeehouses
0 house concerts
0 pubs
4 AFM downtown street gigs
3 restaurant gigs
60 retirement community gigs...

...earn my keep from it, I do; and 2008 is looking pretty good.
Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Fossil
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 03:39 AM

At Finn's (the new version of the Paekakariki pub). (Probably only New Zealanders will know about this, but it's an interesting story). Incidentally, in the unlikely event of any Kiwis reading this, the new pub does an open-mic session every other Wednesday and would love to get some talent in!

Pukurua Bay folk club

....sung in Church choir every Sunday

.... rehearsing "Messiah" by G.F. Handel for 09/12/07 performance.

(Last two may not count as "folk music", but why not? Where else do lots of people who wouldn't know a folk-song if it bit them on the ankle - sing two-hundred year old words and tunes on a regular basis? And what else is that, but folk music?)


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: iancarterb
Date: 30 Nov 07 - 01:04 AM

Well, if we go 25, it's a neighborhood (James Bay) coffee house Friday night folk clubby regular session in Victoria, BC, and then morning and evening commutes on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle ferry back 12 work days in August. That would come to 24 plus 1!


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: greg stephens
Date: 30 Nov 07 - 05:38 PM

This is all great stuff, and good evidence for the great range of outlets there are. More please. Keep counting in your diaries.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: coldjam
Date: 30 Nov 07 - 06:09 PM

1-library
2 specifically acoustic music concert venues
3 festival
2 restaurant
2 church
1 open mic
1 Cafe
1 Church coffee house concert series event
5 actual coffeehouse
2 private "corporate" events
3 Music in the park
1 Senior Center special event
2 Farmers Market
3 Pub
1 50+ Club
2 Nursing home
1 RV rally

The coffee houses seem to be the least satisfying. Low turn out pathetic compensation for the most part.There are exceptions of course.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 30 Nov 07 - 06:16 PM

2 Festivals
7 Pubs
4 Medieval Banquets
3 HMS Warrior
2 Old Folks Homes
3 Folk Clubs
6 Song/Tune sessions


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Bobert
Date: 01 Dec 07 - 08:20 AM

Ski Lodge 2
Outfitters 2
Camp grounds 2
Farm Market 6
Festivals 6
Private Parties 10 to 12
Wineries 1
High School 1
Beer Joints 3

B~


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: greg stephens
Date: 01 Dec 07 - 01:11 PM

It would be good to know what country you are replying from.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: jimmyt
Date: 01 Dec 07 - 09:26 PM

I played a wake last week. Walked in the blues bar where folks were celebrating as requested of a friend wqho had died last week of a massive heart attack (age 44) Best collection of musicians I have ever played with ( in the blues idiom) Felt like I was blessed to get to share a stage with them.   Got to play my brand new bass, ( a blonde UB Hawkes SUperswing ala the old Kay Swingmaster of the 50s and 60s.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: treewind
Date: 02 Dec 07 - 04:46 AM

Totals for this year:

19 folk clubs (1 in in a theatre, 7 in club, community or village hall type venues, that leaves 11 in pubs)
1 "folk night" (I woudn't call it a club) at a village community centre
1 retirement community
1 x 1-day folk event (workshops,concert, ceilidh)
3 theatres (CHARM show with Craig; Morgan; Robson not including festival performances)
7 festivals of assorted sizes (workshops, concerts, ceilidhs, sessions)
29 ceilidhs, including 2 public, the rest wedding, birthday parties etc. in a variety of venues ranging from Oxford and Cambridge colleges to working barns.
Over 60 sessions...

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Banjiman
Date: 02 Dec 07 - 07:44 AM

Me & the talented one either together or individually, UK (except the one noted) in 2007:

Paid/ billed stuff

6 gigs in pubs
4 Folk Clubs
1 Acoustic Club
2 Village Halls
5 Festivals/ Folk Days
1 garden Party (for charity)
2 Sheltered accom/ old folks
1 Restaurant/Bar in Sweden

Informal stuff/ floor spots that I can remember (probably more!):

16 sessions/ floor spots (Gainsborough, Foggy Furze(2), Globe-Guisborough, Swaledale (2), Pot House, Redditch, Bacca Pipes, Brit-Darlington, Black Swan-York (2), Thirsk, Grove-Leeds, Uisge Beatha-Glasgow(2), Dog & Bone-Lincoln) + 3 festivals

Plus at least once a fortnight singaround at Burneston Folk Club (approx 25).

3 Songwriting comps
1 Hiring Fair
2 Private Houses (Front Room Folk)

Punters at a couple of gigs + recorded and released an album (well the talented on) and managed a full time job (well me).

Next year looks even busier!

Paul


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 02 Dec 07 - 01:34 PM

Types of venue played in 07:
York Castle Museum
Winebar
Church Hall
A boat - 'GRAND TURK' in Whitby Harbour
Village Hall
Pubs - open access room
Folk Clubs (pub, but seperate room for the purpose)
Festivals x7 – multiple appearances at various types of venue at each fest (not included as separate entries)
Church
Radio Station studio 'live' broadcast
Art College
Converted cinema

Just for fun:
Local folk club - Wed every week in 07(almost without fail)
Various other folk clubs, just for a support/singaround/fun x15 or more


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Grab
Date: 03 Dec 07 - 09:55 AM

Since I started my desk job (that'd be the desk with sliders and control knobs) earlier this year, there have been:

5 pub gigs
3 church halls
2 university halls
1 community centre
1 hotel function

All either paid or for charities, although the pay doesn't even approach minimum-wage when you consider the time spent - I'm averaging somewhere between £3 and £5 an hour. Still, it lets me legitimately claim acquisition of PA gear and guitars as a business expense, which is very useful tax-wise. :-)

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Mo the caller
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 07:13 AM

Starting at Whitby
2 festivals where I've played in sessions, heard concerts and danced.
3 or 4 pub sessions a month where I've joined in with a few wrong notes.
Danced to live music at
1 Irish set dance festival
1 ceilidh
1 private party
3 dances organised by EFDDS clubs
Called for dances to live music at
2 private parties
1 school fundraiser
1 church harvest dance


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Mo the caller
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 07:22 AM

What did I do? That posted before I'd finished.
1 concert (Time Bandits, worth hearing)

Twice a week dancing (and sometimes caling) to recorded music at EFDSS clubs. And before you all jump on me, these clubs also organise public dances with live music, train the dancers who dance at them, buy the CDs and pay our PLA fees.

Once a month band workshop (organised by the Lancashire EFDDS group) where we practise playing dance tunes, and twice a year some of them (more confident than me) play for dance clubs.


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Fidjit
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 11:27 AM

Greg.
I think they all know that I live in Sweden by now.
Just that last week I was on a visit to Norway (just up the road -250km) So was a visitor to the mudcat.

Would be nice to know the others county refference though.

Wot Ya Fink ?

Chas


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: GUEST,sinky
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 04:04 PM

4 pubs,3 clubs,1 hotel


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Subject: RE: Where have you played recently?(Survey)
From: Genie
Date: 05 Dec 07 - 02:30 PM

Since May, I've played folk music in the following settings:

Northwest Folklife Festival (Band Scrambles, Jams, and Sing-Alongs)
Girl Scout Meeting (sing-along)*
Coffee House Jam Session (4)
Balboa Park Jam Session (2 or 3)
Song Circles and Jam Sessions in private homes (15 to 20)
Church Service ( about 7 times in choir* and once as soloist)
My dad's memorial service (celebration of his life) - composed and sang a song
Retirement, Assisted Living, or Nursing/Convalescent/Rehab Residences (about 150)*

The last category is the only one I've been paid for. That one pays the bills so I can afford to do the unpaid gigs and jams.






*mixed-genre music, some of it being "folk"


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