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What sort of venue do you prefer to play

GUEST,SteveT 28 Nov 11 - 11:59 AM
Alan Day 28 Nov 11 - 12:17 PM
Leadfingers 28 Nov 11 - 12:28 PM
The Sandman 28 Nov 11 - 12:30 PM
Bernard 28 Nov 11 - 12:32 PM
Tootler 28 Nov 11 - 03:53 PM
GutBucketeer 28 Nov 11 - 11:47 PM
GUEST,Don Wise 29 Nov 11 - 11:11 AM
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Subject: What sort of venue to you prefer to play
From: GUEST,SteveT
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 11:59 AM

What sort of venue do you prefer to play in and why?

I'm thinking in terms of singaround, folk club, open mic, concert etc.

I'd guess the answer will depend on your repertoire and location so:
I'm based in England and (attempt to) sing (and play) material that I'd think falls on the "traditional" side of the great Mudcat gulf, (although it ranges from Child ballads to modern things like Dougie Maclean and even some of my own stuff.)

Singarounds suit me best; I like the feeling of community, the way you can join in with some of the songs and the way that, sometimes, those joining in with you can lift your own material. The downside is that your choice of songs needs to be a bit reactive if you want the singaround to work (listen to what others are doing and make sure you complement it to vary and balance the evening etc.)
Folk clubs are next; a bit like a singaround but more formal and less "we're all in this together" with a slight barrier between you and the "audience".
Concerts allow you to develop your set of songs (quieter and more contemplative ones in there but still leaving them humming the choruses as they leave), which can be nice, but I don't like the idea that you are there to perform and entertain a largely passive audience (see the discussion as to whether others should join in with refrains) – I miss the "we're all in it together" feeling.
Open mic venues don't work for me at all; they have the division into performer and audience of a concert without long enough sets to carry the audience through a range of emotions. (And, although I may be wrong, I get a feeling many of the performers are only there to do their own spot and not to listen to anyone else.) I also don't think my songs would necessarily entertain the audience as other performers do more "contemporary", American and blues styles.

So that's me. I don't suggest any one is better than another (it's all live music after all) and some of my perceptions may be skewed by my reluctance to be an "entertainer" rather than someone who just gives the songs an outing from time to time - but I'd be interested to know what you prefer and why.


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Subject: RE: What sort of venue to you prefer to play
From: Alan Day
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 12:17 PM

I have always enjoyed Sessions and Sing arounds. Some Dance gigs I would have paid to play there, others I have looked at my watch and thought that "I have another three hours of this".
Weddings are normally a nightmare for dance gigs, small children running as fast as they can and sliding the last two thirds of the floor on their back, only to smash into a couple dancing. One dance and the audience has had it for the night. Out of breath, heart attacks or suspected etc.
Corperate playing is not for me, lovely money, but no reaction, no clapping, a miserable evening.
A nice welcoming Folk Club is normally a lovely evening.
Al


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Subject: RE: What sort of venue to you prefer to play
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 12:28 PM

I can get just as much enjoyment out of a small folk Club gig as out of a well paid Corporate bash , OR an informal 'Free' session or singaround ! Its the Music that is what matters , though I DO enjoy getting paid for enjoying myself .


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Subject: RE: What sort of venue to you prefer to play
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 12:30 PM

the ones where the audience throw tenners., and the girls trip naked. a sort of folk club equivalent to the big rock candy mountains


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Subject: RE: What sort of venue to you prefer to play
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 12:32 PM

I'll drink to that, Dick!!

;o)


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Subject: RE: What sort of venue to you prefer to play
From: Tootler
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 03:53 PM

Dick,

If you must fantasise, do it in private. It's not good for my heart :-)


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Subject: RE: What sort of venue do you prefer to play
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 11:47 PM

My favorite by far is on the street with a large crowd gathered around clapping and joining in on the fun. :-).

Next best is a folk or old time festival campground jam.

Gutbucketeer.


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Subject: RE: What sort of venue do you prefer to play
From: GUEST,Don Wise
Date: 29 Nov 11 - 11:11 AM

Where the audience is there for the music and....they RESPECT SMOKING BANS!


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