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How many folk clubs have reopened? /covid recovery

GUEST,curious 01 Sep 21 - 06:24 AM
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GUEST,matt milton 01 Sep 21 - 06:57 AM
Daniel Kelly 01 Sep 21 - 08:02 AM
GUEST,matt milton 01 Sep 21 - 08:55 AM
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Subject: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,curious
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 06:24 AM

Just what it says.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 06:25 AM

PS - in the UK, as of today, 1st Sept. 2021.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 06:57 AM

Here in London it has been very recent.

For instance, this weekend (September 4 and 5) sees the return of monthlies Tooting Folk Club (with the excellent old-time group The Rigmarollers) and Dulwich Folk (with the excellent fiddler Ben Paley).
And actually Tooting has had a few outdoor sessions over the summer.

Folk of the Round Table is relatively new among London's folk clubs - sprang up about 6 months before the pandemic hit - but that has been back and running since July at New Cross's Matchstick Piehouse. It's a great singaround club, though with tunes as well as songs. The youngest audience of any trad folk club I've ever known, almost all attendees are in their 20s and 30s.

The Goose Is Out, another great south london folk club has restarted.

The long running Cellar Upstairs has restarted. Orpington Folk and Blues has restarted. Croydon Folk Club has restarted.

Musical Traditions hasn't (which slightly surprises me given how much it overlaps with Cellar Upstairs in terms of regulars). Islington Folk Club hasn't.

So reasonably robust in London then, all told.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Daniel Kelly
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 08:02 AM

In Australia they have re-closed. :(


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 08:55 AM

Daniel, you can console yourself with these sobering figures: Oz has a recent 7-day average of 1099 new Covid cases per day; for the UK that figure is 33,483.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Daniel Kelly
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 09:06 AM

This is true Matt, also compared to 160k cases a day in the US, and a rising rate of 1000+ deaths a day, despite the vaccines.

We did have to cancel our local September Irish festival, and also another September festival I was due to play at. So it is back to online concerts and the Covideo Facebook group.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 09:13 AM

Daniel - at risk of sending this thread off on a tangent, do you have the Clubhouse app? You might enjoy the Weds and Thursday evening (7-8pm UK time) folk chats/singarounds on Clubhouse. Audio only. Good fun, even if I can rarely make them as that's normally when I'm doing family stuff.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 09:25 AM

I've just sidestepped two and I know another local is about to reopen indoors. There are so very many clubs and festivals that I cannot go to anymore, some venues don't exist; so why worry about missing a few more nights out. Stay as safe as poss.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 09:59 AM

Stockton Heath Folk Dance club is planning to reopen on the 13th, we have a meeting with the school planned for friday to discuss cleaning they want us to do.
I was a Whitby not-Folk-Festival and a couple of us arranged impromptu dances - rather word of mouth and last minute. A couple of us agreed that being double jabbed (and in my case already past my 3 score and ten) life was for living, while our knees, hips, breath etc still let us. I'm not going into crowds to do anything much else, but I do want to do the things that make life worth living.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Johnny J
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 10:18 AM

Here in Scotland, quite a few are re-opening although after looking at the gig list for my local club I'm not sure if I've missed as much as I thought over the 18 months.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 10:33 AM

I realise that you are asking about folk clubs, but my experience this weekend might give an idea of what sort of uptake there will be, even if the clubs are open.

A folk weekend, 'FolkLincs', was held at the North Lincolnshire Museum in Scunthorpe on Saturday And Sunday of the bank holiday weekend. Oudoor concerts were held each day under an open sided tent and workshops, a music session and a singaround were organised for inside the museum. The event was free but entry was by ticket which could be booked on-line.

The session never took place as I was the only person who I had booked a ticket. Similarly, I attended a workshop where a presentation of the FolkLincs folk map was made. I found myself in an audience of one. The singaround was, apparently, fully booked but only about half of those turned up.

I chatted with a couple of people at the outside events. I would expected to have seen them both at the session but each of them, independently, said that they were not ready for indoor sessions just yet.

It was a superb weekend and so good to hear live performances after all this time. It was not the organisers' fault that people were too nervous to attend the indoor events. I suspect that it will be the same with folk clubs. Those that are open could find themselves with just a few brave souls for some time yet.

DC


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Allan Conn
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 10:44 AM

Here in Kelso we have our Folk Festival this weekend. Then our regular early Friday night floor spots start up again next Friday 10th Sept. Pub sessions in the Cobbles not starting until at least Oct mainly down early closing because of staff shortages. Though with the ever rising cases here in Scotland who knows what will happen. Word is there is likely to be vaccine passes introduced for night-clubs from sometime in Oct - but pubs not mentioned as such.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 10:47 AM

I must admit, while I'm planning on attending one local folk club when it returns on Sunday I am actually counting on it being a lot less busy than it normally is.
Pre-pandemic it was regularly packed - which is great - but I'm not interested in that kind of density of people in an upstairs pub function room at this particular juncture. I think that's highly unlikely - as the post directly above this one suggests - but if it should be the case I won't stick around.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 12:12 PM

Faversham folk ckubFAVERSHAM FOLK CLUB IS BACK
From next Wednesday, 1st September, we will be back at the Limes
every week.

The evening will be a singers’ night until we have built up the numbers sufficiently to pay for guests.

Admission is still only £2.00

For those concerned about coming out and mixing: the room will be ventilated with windows open on both sides. So bring warm clothing for later!
Also, there are screens in the club room for people to get behind if they like, particularly when singing.

Lauren, the pub manager, is very proud of the fact that none of her staff have gone down with Covid throughout the pandemic. She also has a vacancy for a barmaid/man if anybody is interested in working in an all female run pub!


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: cujimmy
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 06:46 PM

Folk at The Grove in Leeds is back on this Friday 4th September.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Ged Fox
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 07:06 PM

Broadside in Portsmouth and Forest Folk in Boarhunt, Hampshire are running again.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 01 Sep 21 - 10:25 PM

I live in California (originally from UK and lived there when I was still very young) I did spend a lot of time in UK,in the 1980's,mostly in London and went to tons of great folk clubs. I was over in UK for my vacations from work in California at that time.

I was looking over these recent posts about folk clubs reopening. I was just curious if most of these clubs shoot video's and if they are posted on the club's website or on Youtube? I would really enjoy being able to watch videos from these clubs of folk singers that normally I would not be familiar with unless they were well known world wide folksingers.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Sep 21 - 01:37 AM

Arnside Maritime Singing Festival (Cumbria) took place on Saturday with local groups and singers. Music nights are resuming at the Sailing Club.

The Willows Folk Club returns to the Willows Club in Kirkham (Lancashire) on Wednesday 8 August with fortnightly meetings. First up; Anthony John Clarke.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Acorn4
Date: 02 Sep 21 - 04:25 AM

White Horse Folk, Seagrave, Leics has now run two singarouond/sessions on last Thursday, the New Inn, Peggs Green will hold it's second singaround/session on second Monday.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 02 Sep 21 - 05:30 AM

Tunstall (N.Yorks, there are many Tunstalls) has an airy Village Hall with good acoustics but the organiser has yet to get enough performers to make a go of it. 'just a few brave souls for some time yet'

OR Someone above said life is short so go for it, fair enough, a neighbour has said the same.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,curious
Date: 02 Sep 21 - 05:33 AM

Thanks for the replies so far. Very heartening to hear that at least some clubs are opening up again. A follow on question occurs to me - how do the audience numbers compare with pre-pandemic ? I would expect a possible reduction in numbers, maybe significantly so at this stage, but is this the case ?


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 02 Sep 21 - 06:20 AM

Tigerfolk (formerly Traditions at the Tiger) will re-open on Tuesday 14th September.
However it will re-open on a different night from the last 30 years as it will now be every second Tuesday in the month.
Also we will be in a different venue as we leave Long Eaton, Notts to operate out of The Falcon Inn, Long Whatton, Leics.
More news on our Facebook page.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Allan Conn
Date: 02 Sep 21 - 11:53 AM

Lin as per the post from me above we start up on Sep 10th. We have been Zooming for a year and a half and had people from the US, from Switzerland and from Spain listening every week. So the thought is we might see if live streaming the event is an option for those who can't make it in person. If you are FB message me on the Kelso Folk Club Group - or I run the FB Kelso Folk&Live Music Club page. Or email me on kflmc@gmail.com and if it happens you could certainly get the log in details. Full name is Allan Connochie.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 02 Sep 21 - 07:11 PM

One club I am involved with is starting live performances again at the end of September, but 2 others are just continuing on Zoom meetings pro tem: the one hoping to start later in the autumn, the other deferring until January at least: and this is barring any further lockdowns, which still remain a possibility.
As for continuing some sort of online presence, we have also had enthusiastic new followers from far afield so are considering for the future maybe having one live session per month, and one Zoom session per month.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: r.padgett
Date: 03 Sep 21 - 02:55 AM

Barnsley 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Trades club, Racecommon Rd met

twice already (8pm)and Polka Hop, Wakefield 1st and third Sunday from

1.30pm met twice also

Ray


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 03 Sep 21 - 05:26 AM

The trio dropped in at the Hungry Horse Folk Club in Ellesmere last night. Everyone looking happy to be back live. Interesting that a couple of attendees were ones who were new to the club having found them by joining their zoom sessions.
A good night was had by all.

Robin


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 03 Sep 21 - 05:42 AM

Re audience nos query I'm told there is much space as folks like me are scared to return. Crowded rooms was how folk clubs were.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 03 Sep 21 - 07:07 PM

The Black Swan Folk Club has reopened in York. I won't be going there, or any other venue, for a while though as I still feel very uncomfortable being in a confined space - especially with rates of Covid being very high at the moment. I am hoping to feel more confident by October when the superb Musicport Festival will be taking place in Whitby


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 04 Sep 21 - 06:00 AM

Fol at the Barlow at Edgworth was back in action for the singaround last night and was well attended. We also had a trial of streaming it as a zoom session to a single tester. The main worry was that the wi-fi would not be up to scratch but it seemed to work OK.
With a bit more tweaking it looks like we can have hybrid sessions.

Robin


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 Sep 21 - 07:00 AM

Swinton has re-opened on Mondays but only for singers nights and now closing around 10PM. Guest nights are now on at Westhoughton Conservative Club on a Friday - Looks to be the second Friday of the month.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: SussexCarole
Date: 04 Sep 21 - 03:00 PM

Swansea Copper Folk boat sessions are back in action. We have reduced numbers by half to gain more personal space and all windows are open wide throughout the trip. September/October will be our last session of 2021, we'll resume in January 2022 if circumstances allow.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Felipa
Date: 04 Sep 21 - 05:09 PM

An Góilín in Dublin is starting in-person meets next Friday. Seating capacity will be reduced and vaccination certificates required for entry, I heard. There are plans to have at least 6 Zoom meetings over the club season, to keep the connection with those of us who have been attending on line during the pandemic but are too far away to attend in person.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 05 Sep 21 - 05:51 AM

Houston folk club has reopened. Stonehaven is still using Zoom.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Sep 21 - 02:46 PM

Bedford (UK) restarts this Thursday, but is going to be supplemented by a Zoom on a Friday so we don't lose contact with our further away members who joined us in our lockdown Zooms, and so that those who are vulnerable still have an opportunity to sing/play/audient safely.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Sep 21 - 04:16 AM

Bacca Pipes in Keighley is returning to live music this week, but in a different venue with more space and better ventilation.
The Waveney Folk Club (Lowestoft) has also been active for a few weeks now.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Sep 21 - 04:57 AM

Premises problems may delay the re-start of some sessions or clubs.
In one case, the pub used to let us have the room free before lockdown, knowing that there would be good takings over the bar on what might otherwise be a quiet night. Now they want an unaffordable fee for the room.
In the other place, there has been a change of management , so we don’t know if our club will be welcomed back: also some doubts from members re inadequate ventilation in said room.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 08 Sep 21 - 05:13 AM

Noticed a Facebook message saying Colindale folk club was reopening.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: Johnny J
Date: 08 Sep 21 - 05:15 AM

In the eighties, The Edinburgh Folk Club met at The (old) Pleasance Cabaret Bar for a few months. That was even before the one which preceded the recent version.

The room charge was quite high but there was an arrangement that we would get a refund or even have the charges waived if the bar takings justified it.
So, we were in a position where we had to encourage everyone to use the bar and drink..   While this suited me at the time, most members drank in moderation or just bought one or two soft drinks.

Suffice to say, we very rarely qualified for a refund. :-(


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened ?
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 08 Sep 21 - 05:24 AM

Good tale about The Pleasance. Richmond (NYorks) Outdoor Club was long used as a folk venue.
The Outdoor Club claimed the bar takings but the Folk Club staffed the bar!


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Subject: uk folk club covid recovery
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Oct 21 - 03:59 AM

I would be interested to hear how the scene is doing at this moment in time, are audiences slowly coming back?
I was booked at a folk festival last weekend[ which was very enjoyable] but affected to a small degree by the fuel crisis and confidence about covid


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Subject: RE: uk folk club covid recovery
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 06 Oct 21 - 04:21 AM

I don't know about folk clubs but the session scene seems to be back to normal. I've seen quite a few posts about folk clubs reopening and even some new ones.


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Subject: RE: uk folk club covid recovery
From: matt milton
Date: 06 Oct 21 - 04:40 AM

There is already a very long thread about this, with plenty of specific detail from across the country. Would be worth reviving it rather than starting all over again.


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Subject: RE: uk folk club covid recovery
From: Rain Dog
Date: 06 Oct 21 - 04:49 AM

I tried to link to the previous thread but for some reason it would not let me make a clicky.

https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=170304&messages=39


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Subject: RE: uk folk club covid recovery
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Oct 21 - 02:50 PM

here's that thread, on a clicky,,,
thread.cfm?threadid=170304

Freddy
    Threads combined. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened? /covid recovery
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 06 Oct 21 - 04:41 PM

Cryer Folk started in Carshalton Surrey just before the great lockdown but has been continuing whenever possible. It takes place every second Tuesday of the month (next one on Tues 12th October). It is in a community theatre with proper stage and some simple amplification (because we want to keep it mostly acoustic). Audience numbers 70 - 120 (had to be kept to 70 in times of restriction). Well ventilated, air conditioning, choice of 2 bars.
The format is 12 acts each doing 10-15min slot followed by come all ye playing session at the end which continues in the bar after 10.30pm until we get chucked out.
More details on Facebook page
Cryer Folk Club


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened? /covid recovery
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 06 Oct 21 - 06:43 PM

I Understand that Stonehaven Folk Club is starting live sessions again as of this coming Friday, 8th October, initially in the Bowling Club.

Balerno Folk Club started again on 28th September: a reasonable turnout though not totally full, so everyone was fairly well spaced. They have a Folk Concert in Balerno Music Festival coming up this Friday, but it is sold out: numbers will be fewere than in previous pre-Covid years, however.

Almond Valley Folk Club has decided to continue on Zoom every fortnight, probably until January: by then, most, if not all of us, should have had their flu jabs and 3rd Covid vaccinations! (But just don't get me started on the total mayhem that is this year's Scottish non-system of getting such jabs!)


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened? /covid recovery
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 06 Oct 21 - 06:47 PM

Oh, and should have said: Edinburgh Folk Club is back in full swing, with a mixture of guest nights, and occasional Singers' Nights.

And Nitten (Newtongrange) Folk Club had their first live session last week; great turnout. A big room so everyone well spaced, and an exclusive door for entry/exit, and our own bar, so no need to walk through the main bar as we used to do in the past.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened? /covid recovery
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Oct 21 - 05:31 AM

Here in the Land of Oz, we in Greater Sydney are almost out of lockdown with 70% of eligible people double vaccinated - in the words of the Venues Manager of my local council - Monday 11th, the day we start coming out of our shells is (quote) now euphemistically being called "Freedom Day" (ps. under 16s have not been eligible until recently)

Hirers were contacted about coming back under covid plans & Govt regulations that include double vaccinations & NO SINGING INDOORS.

So maybe when we get to 80% double vacc rate singing might be back, anyway the world is supposed to be fully open by 1st Dec when non-vacc will be allowed out. Not that some of them will need permission to wander about beforehand ...

Hall has been booked for next year & some of the acts to be programmed will be 3rd-time lucky as they had been originally booked for 2020 & lost out again this year when we went into lockdown in June.


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened? /covid recovery
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Oct 21 - 05:51 AM

slightly off subject , but I was booked at a festival last weekend, despite the fuel crisis the festival was very enjoyable and successful perhaps a little quieter than normal, but morris sides seemed to do badly with collections down because of antipathy towards using cash and the habit of too much use of cards, some artists thought this had also affected cd sales


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Subject: RE: How many folk clubs have reopened? /covid recovery
From: Rain Dog
Date: 07 Oct 21 - 10:51 AM

Passing the hat will gather less than it did pre covid. As you say, people have got used to using their cards and phones instead of cash. Artists selling their cds will need to think about accepting card payments for future sales.

I continued using cash at the pub between lockdowns. I did use my card at the shops but have now gone back to using cash. Must be my age


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