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Why do you go to a concert?

Johnny J 15 Apr 10 - 08:04 AM
Johnny J 15 Apr 10 - 08:08 AM
Rob Naylor 15 Apr 10 - 08:26 AM
buddhuu 15 Apr 10 - 10:59 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 15 Apr 10 - 11:12 AM
Johnny J 15 Apr 10 - 11:13 AM
Johnny J 15 Apr 10 - 11:44 AM
Tattie Bogle 15 Apr 10 - 12:56 PM
The Smiler 15 Apr 10 - 01:12 PM
Seamus Kennedy 15 Apr 10 - 01:38 PM
buddhuu 15 Apr 10 - 06:32 PM
GUEST,Janet 15 Apr 10 - 07:42 PM
GUEST,999 15 Apr 10 - 07:46 PM
Murray MacLeod 15 Apr 10 - 07:50 PM
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Subject: Why do you go to a concert?
From: Johnny J
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 08:04 AM

I was interested to here what you enjoy most about the experience of a live gig at a folk club or concert.

Perhaps, you like to meet up with old friends to socialise and chat...even when the performer is on stage, or have a few pints/drams.
Of course, there's also the raffle and a chance to heckle the MC.

Concerts and gigs are also a great place for "networking" for many keen "social climbers" and aspiring performers. It's not what you know but who you know after all.

The hobbyists among you might like to take photographs all night and brighten up the venue with continual flashes and make your presence known as you wander around the room, even in front of the stage.
Or you may wish to record the event on camera for You Tube so that people will see the performances for free and not need to bother go to see the band live next time around?
Of course, there's also a chance to practice your journalism and write the odd review or record the proceedings for your very own Internet Radio station.

Perhaps, there might even be a very few extremely sad people out there who have come along just to listen to and enjoy the music. Who knows? It would be great if there were.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: Johnny J
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 08:08 AM

Oops.... "interested to HEAR", I meant to say.   :-)

By the way, the above is intended to be in good humour and I've no real objection to most of these activities as long as they are not carried out to excess.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 08:26 AM

I very rarely go to a "concert".

I go to gigs and to sessions and singarounds.

At a gig I expect to listen to the performers.

At sessions and singarounds I expect to listen to others when they perform and that people will listen to me on the infrequent occasions when I perform.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: buddhuu
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 10:59 AM

I just enjoy the whole thing.

I love to watch musicians as well as hear them. Especially fiddlers and mandolin and 'zouk players. I live in hope of picking up tips that will improve my own feeble playing.

I like to chat with the musicians. I like to chat with other people at the gig.

I like a Guinness or several.

At a pub gig I like to watch how many of the pub's regular punters know any of the songs being performed and seeing if they sing along.

I like to watch how different performers interact with their audience.

The whole thing is fun. :-)


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 11:12 AM

I saw Christy Moore in Lisdoonvarna at the weekend. Really, if you have to ask you won't get it anyway.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: Johnny J
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 11:13 AM

Believe it or not, I like to do these things too especially the "people watching" although my prime reason for being there is to listen.

Basically, I don't really mind what folk do as long as they are not disruptive or create too many distractions.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: Johnny J
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 11:44 AM

"Really, if you have to ask you won't get it anyway."

The reason I asked is that listening to the music often seems to be of secondary importance for many people or, at least, they give that impression by some of their antics.

Of course, they'll never admit it. :-))


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 12:56 PM

Some of the worst offenders at talking during gigs should know better; they are usually the friends of the band who have got in for free on the guest list, and are often performers themselves (tho' not on that night).
Oh and I hate it when folk talk all the way through the overture for a theatrical show: the music is part of the performance, not wallpaper for talking to!
As for Christy Moore: my enjoyment of his performance in Edinburgh was near ruined by the folk next to me who spent the entire concert on their silent but brilliantly luminous blue screen mobile phone, sending and receiving texts.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: The Smiler
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 01:12 PM

If you are going to a concert, one would assume you are paying money to see whoever is on and listen to them. Certainly it's not to listen to some gobby inconsiderate twat who seems to think that everybody is there to listen to them.
Most organisers try to ensure that the audience get to listen to the performer(s) and most of the audience are very respectful to whom they have come to see.
The intervals are for socialising if that's all you go for.
The Pub gigs are there for people who want to get pissed and talk through the complete gig (or that seems to be the trend these days).

Folk Clubs don't tolerate people talking whilst somebody is singing or playing a tune.

Best I have ever heard from the person (female)onstage is "If your (private part) is as big as your gob, you can have me tonight"


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 01:38 PM

Why do you go to a concert?

It's my job.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: buddhuu
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 06:32 PM

Hmm... In light of some comments above, I should probably make it clear that I didn't mean that I like to chat during the performance instead of listening!


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: GUEST,Janet
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 07:42 PM

I go to folk concerts to hear performers I like or ones with whom I am not familiar. Sometimes I see performers whose music is in a genre I don't particularly like, but I figure I am supporting the venue. (Most concerts I go to are in nonprofit "coffeehouses" in church basements.) I listen. I only take photos when the publicity person for the venue has forgotten hers. (I am not a volunteer but one of the most frequent audience members, so the volunteers know I will not use the photos in any "bad" way.) In good weather months I go to folk concerts in the region. There, I listen but sometimes talk, too. I sit way in the back, and most people around me are talking. I do try to be alert to any glares in my direction. If I see them, I stop talking. I was reprimanded once by another audience member. I apologized and stopped talking.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 07:46 PM

`Why do you go to a concert?`

To watch the conductor.


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Subject: RE: Why do you go to a concert?
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 07:50 PM

There is a whole different dynamic to listening to a performer live, than watching a Youtube video or listening to a CD.

I doubt, for example, whether I would be tempted to attend a David Bromberg gig simply by having listened to his CD's (or even by watching the numerous Youtube videos) but having seen the man live on stage before, I would move heaven and earth to attend one of his concerts if he were ever to play the UK again.

Other performers off the top of my head whose concert performances far outshine their recorded works (however brilliant) would include Alasdair Fraser, Emmylou Harris (in her heyday) and Richard Thompson.

It's all about what Leo Kottke once described as "making the connection".


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