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Floor singers at Gatherings

GUEST,Andiliqueur 25 Sep 14 - 04:40 AM
Hesk 25 Sep 14 - 05:06 AM
GUEST,pete from seven stars link 25 Sep 14 - 06:19 AM
GUEST 25 Sep 14 - 09:25 AM
GUEST,john 25 Sep 14 - 09:47 AM
JHW 25 Sep 14 - 02:56 PM
Teribus 26 Sep 14 - 05:34 AM
GUEST,Andiliqueur 26 Sep 14 - 07:46 AM
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Subject: Floor singers at Gatherings
From: GUEST,Andiliqueur
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 04:40 AM

I have attended several Folk Gatherings this year. Some provide plenty of opportunity for floor singers others do not. Sometimes the quality of floor singers is better than the booked acts and it seems a shame when they don't get a chance to display their talents. Isn't the point of a Gathering as opposed to a Festival to give newer talent a chance to perform?


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Subject: RE: Floor singers at Gatherings
From: Hesk
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 05:06 AM

It depends what you mean by a folk gathering. If you pay to see booked performer/s, and you know what to expect,I fail to see the problem.
It is disappointing, however, if you are lead to believe that there will be singing, but this turns out not to be the case.
Like you, I often prefer the floor singers to the acts, but this is more to do with their poor presentation, and monotonous programming, than actual talent.


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Subject: RE: Floor singers at Gatherings
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 06:19 AM

have to agree with hesk. if people have paid to see an advertised act and that act is cut short too much, there may be objection by the punters. on the other hand , if you go to sessions in order to sing rather than listen to a main act, you might want to give it a miss and do something else. I tend to prefer the singaround or open mic and have the variety.


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Subject: RE: Floor singers at Gatherings
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 09:25 AM

Thanks both. I suppose I need to choose my Gatherings more carefully. I just prefer a mixture of booked acts as well as the opportunity to sing and not all provide this. A matter of personal taste.


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Subject: RE: Floor singers at Gatherings
From: GUEST,john
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 09:47 AM

Providing space where people can listen to an individual sing at some events is very difficult. This is the aspect that I would specifically check out before going to any event. I have to say that it is very disappointing to find very limited singing opportunities when you are expecting plenty.


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Subject: RE: Floor singers at Gatherings
From: JHW
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 02:56 PM

I would have thought a 'gathering' implied something more laid back and homespun than a 'festival' so DIY music would be the mainstay?


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Subject: RE: Floor singers at Gatherings
From: Teribus
Date: 26 Sep 14 - 05:34 AM

Don't think we have "Folk Gatherings" over on the east side of the pond.


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Subject: RE: Floor singers at Gatherings
From: GUEST,Andiliqueur
Date: 26 Sep 14 - 07:46 AM

Well this raises the question "What is the difference between a Gathering and a Festival."I suppose it'a matter of size but just what the cut off number is I don't know. Under 200 people? So Teribus you may have Folk Gatherings on the east side of the pond without even knowing it. Like JHW says, I think Gatherings do lend themselves to DIY music.


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