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The times they HAVE a'changed?

GUEST,Guest 10 Apr 10 - 11:36 AM
jacqui.c 10 Apr 10 - 11:40 AM
Rob Naylor 10 Apr 10 - 11:57 AM
TheSnail 10 Apr 10 - 12:22 PM
GUEST,PeterC 11 Apr 10 - 10:59 AM
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Subject: The times they HAVE a'changed?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 11:36 AM

Hi,

A question from afar.

I have not lived in UK for many years.

I hear from a friend of mine, a man with a beautiful voice and a fine sense of tradition and a skilled sense of music and community, that UK Folk Clubs are not as i remember them.....

By its very nature, I have to generalise, but without going into great detail, I wondered what your contributors had to say.....

He reckons that the clubs are not as they used to be and he didn't like the changes.

He tells me that...... "Most performers turn up to do 'their thing'.... and show little or no attention to, or show interest in, other performers........, concentrating instead on their own intended performance. "They do their spot, and then leave." He tells me.

Perhaps i have a romantic notion, a romantic memory, but that to me is not what folklore is all about.

Is this the way that it is???

BS


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Subject: RE: The times they HAVE a'changed?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 11:40 AM

De[ends on the club. I think I've visited one or two where some people do that but, for the main part, there is a lot of interest in the music.


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Subject: RE: The times they HAVE a'changed?
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 11:57 AM

I don't recognise that from any of the sessions I've recently started to attend.

If there's a guest on, then a lot of people will be there specifically for the guest, but on the normal singarounds that I go to, everyone is interested in what everyone else is playing or singing. With the exception of one place I went to one time where there seemed to be a rift between accompanied and unaccompanied, the two "sides" barely tolerating one another. I only went once.


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Subject: RE: The times they HAVE a'changed?
From: TheSnail
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 12:22 PM

Troll alert.


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Subject: RE: The times they HAVE a'changed?
From: GUEST,PeterC
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 10:59 AM

I would assume that the OP is referring to the guest plus floor spot format or a formal open stage. It wouldn't be less likely in a session as the format is totally different. I don't remember coming across any other format for my first ten years in the folk scene then bar sessions and singarounds started becomming popular.

I have come across people who come in, do a floor spot and leave but that has never been frequent and is nothing new. I can recall it happening at clubs 25 years ago. I haven't observed any sort of trend in that direction. In some urban clubs where people rely on public transport there can be an exodus before the official finish which could be misinterpreted.


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