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Gig wear

Roger the Skiffler 28 Jan 05 - 09:38 AM
Vixen 28 Jan 05 - 09:23 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 28 Jan 05 - 06:16 AM
GUEST 28 Jan 05 - 04:07 AM
GUEST 28 Jan 05 - 04:06 AM
GUEST,folk trousers 27 Jan 05 - 11:56 PM
twoeyes 27 Jan 05 - 07:44 PM
Steve Parkes 30 Sep 04 - 05:19 AM
Roger the Skiffler 30 Sep 04 - 04:15 AM
The Fooles Troupe 30 Sep 04 - 01:17 AM
Blissfully Ignorant 29 Sep 04 - 07:55 PM
PoppaGator 29 Sep 04 - 07:18 PM
Vixen 29 Sep 04 - 11:29 AM
The Fooles Troupe 24 Sep 04 - 09:42 AM
M.Ted 23 Sep 04 - 03:13 PM
Uncle_DaveO 23 Sep 04 - 01:04 PM
Vixen 23 Sep 04 - 12:15 PM
Chris Green 23 Sep 04 - 11:31 AM
GUEST,ClaireBear 23 Sep 04 - 11:23 AM
TS 23 Sep 04 - 11:01 AM
GUEST 23 Sep 04 - 10:54 AM
Roger the Skiffler 23 Sep 04 - 09:40 AM
Rapparee 23 Sep 04 - 09:19 AM
Juan P-B 23 Sep 04 - 05:45 AM
Steve Parkes 23 Sep 04 - 04:14 AM
Roger the Skiffler 23 Sep 04 - 03:38 AM
Stephen L. Rich 23 Sep 04 - 02:43 AM
The Fooles Troupe 23 Sep 04 - 12:39 AM
Compton 22 Sep 04 - 05:32 PM
Blowzabella 22 Sep 04 - 05:03 PM
Terry Allan Hall 22 Sep 04 - 04:56 PM
The Unicorn Man 22 Sep 04 - 04:51 PM
wysiwyg 22 Sep 04 - 04:24 PM
treewind 22 Sep 04 - 04:00 PM
Don Firth 22 Sep 04 - 03:57 PM
Marje 22 Sep 04 - 03:49 PM
PoppaGator 22 Sep 04 - 03:38 PM
GUEST,John from, Tarneybackle 22 Sep 04 - 03:34 PM
wysiwyg 22 Sep 04 - 03:11 PM
Don Firth 22 Sep 04 - 03:00 PM
GUEST 22 Sep 04 - 02:48 PM
frogprince 22 Sep 04 - 02:47 PM
Chris Green 22 Sep 04 - 02:36 PM
John Robinson (aka Cittern) 22 Sep 04 - 02:21 PM
Leadfingers 22 Sep 04 - 02:16 PM
Fortunato 22 Sep 04 - 02:00 PM
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TS 22 Sep 04 - 01:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 09:38 AM

If I've learned one thing from 34 years of marriage, it is never to criticise what Herself wears or dare to suggest anything clothes-wise. If she does occasionally ask my opinion, she always ignores my suggestion! Probably as well, as I usually look as if I'm dressed by "Man at Milletts".
If she ever sked "Does my bum look big in this?" it's time to feign deafness!

RtS
(devout coward)


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Vixen
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 09:23 AM

Dear Two-Eyes--

Let your wife know you hear her anguish. She wants to look her very best for the performance. Let her know she is beautiful regardless of what she wears, that her music is phenomenal no matter how it is clothed. Then, with "big boots and cords" in mind--help her find a top she likes to wear. The other acts will wear what they will, and play what they play, but she should feel confident, comfortable, and stunning on stage!

Just my $0.02, fwiw, your mileage (and hers) may vary!

V (who wears flannel with big boots and cords... when that's the kind of music I'm playing!)


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 06:16 AM

I wear slacks, short sleeved shirts, trainers or similar, and the ubiquitous waistcoat for the same reasons as above (unpatterned fabric in a colour to suit the rest).

I try to ensure that I look fairly smart out of respect for the people I am trying to entertain.

Bottom line:- Neat, clean, professional. This makes me feel comfortable, which may enhance my performance.

Don T


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 04:07 AM

oops not a bs listing. sorry


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 04:06 AM

When I perform I wera a condom as it safer.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: GUEST,folk trousers
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 11:56 PM

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=75552&messages=47


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: twoeyes
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 07:44 PM

As usual my wife says she hasn't got a thing to wear and she's doing a gig tommorrow. Help me out guys. Thing is its in quite a big venue and she's the only folk act. Should she wear something more formal/glitzy (others are doing jazz, dancing, comedy) or go with a folky top that relates to the fundraiser its for? She wants to wear big boots and cords with it.

What do you think?

URGENT HELP!


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 05:19 AM

Roger, amateur drummers get very hot because they bash the drums so hard. Your anorak, on the other hand, is probably a drug addict, embarassed by the needle tracks in their arms. As for fans ... Ithink we can all think of appropriate comments!

Steve
(also inblack, apart from the grey dust on the shoulders!)


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 04:15 AM

Tuesday night I saw a band called Blues Express (not very bluesy: Beatles, Kinks & Wilson Picket numbers included-I left at the interval, reducing the audience to 8!). The singer wore a black tux, white shirt without a tie and a headscarf (he'd probably call it a bandana but it always reminds me of my ma & her generation doing the housework!).
I've noticed in pop/rock bands there is usually one member (lead singer or guitarist) who feels the cold, and however sweaty the venue needs to wear a parka or anorak and woolly hat. Conversly, another member, usually the drummer, can't stand the heat, so wears shorts and plays bare-chested or in a singlet. This summer I saw a couple of bands where the drummer actually had a fan mounted on his rig while the singer asked for the floor-mounted fan facing the stage to be turned off.

RtS
(still mostly wearing black)


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 01:17 AM

I find that I often need to wear some sort of eyeshade (even in the audience) because of the lighting angle from mainly overhead lights - a baseball style cap or even just a cap with a brim does the trick... The contact lenses seem to get upset sometimes.

I've *absorbed* that, Vixen... :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Blissfully Ignorant
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 07:55 PM

It depends on how i'm feeling- i might plan to wear something utterly outrageous, but usually resort to something i can hide in, or maybe just add a pair of sunglasses (i can't see them , they can't see me, i can't see them, they can't see me!). I probably shouldn't do that, but hey, i like to let my songs do the talking for me, not my appearance, which leaves a lot to be desired however i dress it up! Seriously, i think small children, when they see me in the street, say 'mummy, what happened to that ladys face?':)
So i usually wear jeans, a t-shirt, a shirt over it, and trainers. It confuses people when they see someone dressed like Kurt Cobain who sings folk, and i like to screw with pre-conceptions at any given oppertunity. And this way i don't feel like mutton dressed as lamb!


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: PoppaGator
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 07:18 PM

Guys -- what's with the hats? It seems to me that many "member photos" of male folkies in performance feature headgear. A distinctive topper probably *is* a way of making oneself stand out.

Of course, I was always taught that a gentleman never wears a hat indoors. And I know of at least one barroom, notable for its "redneck" clientele, where men *must* uncover their heads before entering, because (this is a quote, I'm not making this up), "Hats starts fights."

And yes, the bouncer in question was very clear in his pronunciation of that ungrammatical phrase, insofar as he left a long, significant pause after the first word:

"Hats
[deep breath/lifted eyebrow]
Starts Fights."


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Vixen
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:29 AM

Aye, indeed, Foolestroupe. *Bearing* that in mind, I'll be sure to drape my *chassis* in *gear* that won't *shock* the audience!

V (holding her nose and running for cover)


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 24 Sep 04 - 09:42 AM

I'd say, Vixen, after much cogitation, and allowing the others to rush in first, that the most likely thing to wear on a gig would be the axles, so lubricate them very well with lard.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: M.Ted
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 03:13 PM

When you need to be the center of attention, it really helps to wear something quirky, big, bright, and fun--I used to tell people that I dressed so I could be easily spotted from the air--

A number of years ago, when I didn't know any better,I used to take my old Gibson ES-295 to those Tuesday night Jazz Jams where fifty musicians hang around waiting for the chance to play three choruses with the band. As dumb as it sounds, I would wear sunglasses, and a bright yellow silk shirt with large black polka dots so people would recognize me--I got a lot of compliments afterwards, while people who played better didn't, because once they were off the stage, no one recognized them--


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 01:04 PM

I'm a solo folk-song act. My main approach (although I'm not always, for practical reasons, able to do it) is to wear dark pants, a white or colored but not patterned shirt, either short sleeved or with the sleeves rolled up, and WIDE red suspenders (braces, to you UKers). Playing outdoors, but sometimes indoors too, I wear a somewhat floppy cloth hat that I have. Shoes? Well, I guess anything except dress shoes.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Vixen
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 12:15 PM

Thanks for all the insight, folks! And thanks to Foolstroupe for posting the link to the previous threads. I'm getting the sense that most all of us consider our appearance to be important to our performance, regardless of "genre". I'm also getting a sense that a performer's appearance is important to the audience also.

Fascinating to find out what-all you're wearing to play in these days!

V


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Chris Green
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 11:31 AM

I used to play in a punk band when I was 16. Our singer was a thalidomide kid with half his arm missing - to which he used to attach a silver hook.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 11:23 AM

The most visually memorable band concert I ever attended was Malicorne's visit to San Francisco. This would've been, oh, 22 years ago or so. There was no uniform STYLE of dress -- everything from full ethnic garb to muscle tee-shirts was on stage that night -- but there was a unifying color: everything they wore was white.

It was very effective. And the concert was utterly memorable.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: TS
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 11:01 AM

dammit..that last post was me...stupid computer..grrrr.....Slainte!


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 10:54 AM

Here's a Question for the lot of ye on this one....should a band dress similar?..(not the same, but follow the same concept..)..example...I go with kilt/black tshirt/combat boots/spiked hair...our fiddle player wears the nice "come hither boots" a nice tight skirt, and a ..ummm...very nice top usually..hehehe.....but our guitarist goes with shoes, a pair of slacks, and usually some sort of button up shirt....does this jive or should he go for more of the same wave as the rest of us???...thoughts????.....Slainte!


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 09:40 AM

DOH!
I've just seen another RtS CRS Boo-Boo. The tailor in Brum in the '50s was Zissmans! Zellers did our double glazing in Stanmore in 1970s! (and very good they were,too, not like A****n Windows....). I'm definitely a few camels short of a caravan these days!

RtS


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 09:19 AM

Thong underwear, support hose, ski boots, and a cowboy hat.







I don't get many gigs....


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Juan P-B
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 05:45 AM

When it comes to sartorial stage elegance I always find that you can't beat the open-toed flannel trousers and a bowler hat with long sleeves

Juan


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 04:14 AM

Who needs an excuse, Roger? In my Music hall days (that's the 1970s!) I used to wear a topper with a tail coat over a scarlet waistcoat, black cummerbund and black trousers, along with a plain blue ex-RAF shirt (that didn't show anyway) with a detachable stand-up collar (and I've still got the studs) with a big fluffy blue hand-tied bow tie. These days the coat is far too small, the top hat is literally falling apart, and I can't do my bally bottom button up on the waistcoat. The tie still fits, though.

I miss the days wen I trod the boards with Stonnall Players, when I had the perfect excuse to dress up in all manner of outrageous costumes. I only wore drag once, but I like to think I've got the legs for it (if nothing else).

Funnily enough, those doyens of the Music Hall Cosmotheka (Dave & Al Sealey) never wore costume on stage, except in Panto.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 03:38 AM

PS to Steve Parkes, ever since I saw a gold lame suit in the window of Zeller's in Birmingham c 195-, I always yearned to own one....sadly there has never been an excuse...
RtS


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 02:43 AM

What I wear on stage is very important. I've been honing that stage persona for a long time. Soon I'll get my picture posted in the member pictures section here. Meanwhile, suffice to say that if I didn't dress as I do on stage about two thirds of the whole thing wouldn't work.

Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 12:39 AM

But have any of you experienced Wardrobe failures during Folk Music?


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Compton
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 05:32 PM

Thirty years ago, like every english folkie, I wore the obligitory fairisle sweater, the beard and the tankard fixed onto the belt...then I got better...now owt goes, except ties !!


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Blowzabella
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 05:03 PM

I remember seeing a group performing, of whom I am a fan. They were generally very well-dressed, but had got ready for the gig in a rush. The concertina player (who spent a lot of time, with one leg crossed over another) displayed a lot of bare leg and the WRONG coloured socks. And I found it distracting. (okay - lets not go into the reasons I found it distracting but I'll bet I wasn't the only one). Chaps - consider wearing longer socks - and of the right colour for the rest of your outfit.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Terry Allan Hall
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 04:56 PM

Like this: Me at work


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: The Unicorn Man
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 04:51 PM

I wear tye dye Mystical T shirts and tye dye cloud like jeans, with a big pair of Cat boots. If it is cold I wear an Army over coat and a weed woolie hat, I bought in Amsterdam. What a dude I am. I was walking to a folk club one day and a women stopped me and asked me my name. She said "You look just like the sort of person I would like to listen to" If only I SOUNDED like the sort of person she would like to listen to I thought. I think it's important to dress as you feel and not to worry about what you think people are thinking about you. Stay true to yourself and you can't go wrong.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 04:24 PM

Email arrived in my inbox just in time for this thread.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: treewind
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 04:00 PM

WYSIWYG - thanks for that list, most enlightening.... I'm just off the the boot sale now to get rid of a few things I won't be needing anymore......


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 03:57 PM

Slightly off the subject, but somewhat in line with Susan's post above:

I often attended the annual Norwescons (science fiction conventions) a few years back, and many of the people in attendance wore costumes of one sort or another. One year there were about a dozen Darth Vaders (tall ones, short ones, etc.). There were always a lot of Enterprise crew members there (TOS and TNG), not to mention the occasional Klingon and plenty of folks with soup-bowl haircuts and pointy ears.

One young woman in particular:   I think she was shooting for the Red Sonja look. Now, although on a well-muscled and athletic young Amazon, it might make quite a nice picture for the average red-blooded male to look upon, I have never quite understood the practicality of a warrior woman wearing a chain mail bikini. But, be that as it may. This young woman wore a sort of tiara, a plastic broadsword hung on a baldric, thong sandals, and a bikini made of simulated chain mail. And that was it, except for, perhaps, a wrist watch. The young woman was very well-endowed indeed. But the problem was that, rather that being well-endowed just in the usual locations, she was well-endowed all over. I mean, like, ALL over!

But what the hell? It was a weekend for fantasy, and she was thoroughly enjoying hers.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Marje
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 03:49 PM

Looking at it from a punter's point of view, I appreciate it when the performer(s) look as if they've made a bit of an effort and haven't just thrown on the first thing that came to hand. This doesn't mean it has to be formal, but it should look deliberate. So when there's more than one performer, it looks good if there's some evidence of collusion, so that you get the impression they did at least discuss what they'd wear (and even better if they end up with a pleasing combination of colours and styles, not just 7 shades of black).

The appearance of the act/band is part of the enjoyment of a live gig, and it seeom odd to me when a band take endless trouble over sound-checks etc but look as if they couldn't care less about the visual aspects of the performance.

I'll endorse what Anahata says about black - quite often the background is black, and all you can see of the black-clad performer is the hands and face. Anyway, black seems to say, "I'm not really here, I'm anonymous, don't look at me" (one reason teenagers like it so much). Black is for the sound-crew and the stage-hands. To me, performers come across better with a bit of colour and brightness and individuality.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: PoppaGator
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 03:38 PM

Wizzy:

Thongs and Depends -- why not? LOL


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: GUEST,John from, Tarneybackle
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 03:34 PM

Depends -

Hogmanay at a fourstar hotel - kilt and Jacobite shirt.

Usual gigs - jeans, cool shoes (for me hot feet) and often a light cotton collarless shirt over my waist band from Skye Batiks - wacky colours and designs. I wear the shirt out so that belt buckles and studs on the jeans don't damage the guitar. I loke collarless shirts because they don't get messed up when you change instruments during a performance.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 03:11 PM

Subject: Fashion Guidelines

Many of us "Old Folks" (those over 40, WAY over 40 or...... hovering near 40) are quite confused about how we should present ourselves. We're unsure about the kind of image we are projecting and whether or not we are correct as we try to be nice and conform to the fashions that the designers in NYC, California, and/or Paris inflict upon the world. So I made a sincere study of the situation and here are the results.

I don't want to burst your bubble, but despite what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations do not go together and thus should be avoided:

1. A nose ring and bifocals
2. Spiked hair and bald spots
3. A pierced tongue and dentures
4. Miniskirts and support hose
5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
6. Speedo's and cellulite
7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
8. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor
9. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
10. Bikinis and liver spots
11. Short shorts and varicose veins
12. In-line skates and a walker
13. Thongs and Depends

Please keep these basic guidelines foremost in your mind when you shop.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 03:00 PM

Personal thoughts on what to wear for a gig (at least what I wore):

It depends a lot on the gig. The first few actual paid gigs I had were for organizations such as the Overlake Friends of the Library. This particular one was at their annual fund-raising banquet. Since I sat at the head table with the VIPs and partook of the dinner, I dressed appropriately for the occasion:   dark suit, white dress shirt, and tie (uh—and shoes and socks).

On the first television series I did ("Ballads and Books," 1959, educational channel, now PBS affiliate) I wore a yellow cotton turtleneck and a pair of slacks (I also wore shoes, but the camera usually didn't get down that far). It was black-and-white TV, so the turtleneck looked like it was white. Patti McLaughlin, my lovely singing partner on the show (and probably the real reason a lot of people were watching the show), wore a light colored turtleneck and skirt (we were going for a "Bobbsey Twins" effect).

For concerts with Bob Nelson (Deckman), we tended to coordinate what we wore (usually shirt and slacks), but rarely exact matches like the Kingston Trio (button-down shirts with vertical stripes, etc.). In my solo concerts I sometimes wore a black silk shirt and black slacks. The idea here was for singing in theaters or auditoriums (auditoria?) with someone at work up in the lighting booth. For dramatic effect on some songs, the stage would be darkened and the spotlight narrowed so that all you could see from the audience were my face, my hands, and my guitar, sort of floating in space. Other times, I wore a navy blue blazer, white shirt with plaid tie, and grey flannel slacks (my Canadian brother-in-law suggested this—cuts across social lines and is generally acceptable both where formal wear is expected and where casual wear is the norm—but watch the tie-tack; it can gouge up the back of your guitar).

In my coffeehouse and club gigs, I usually wore a cotton turtleneck and a pair of slacks. I had a whole drawer full of cotton turtlenecks in various colors, mostly darkish. Sometimes I wore a sport shirt instead.

The point is to dress appropriately for the occasion and always look neat, even when informally dressed. I feel that this shows respect for the audience. Of course, if you are trying to project an image, that's another matter. Renaissance Faires probably call for a period costume. But I personally take a dim view of the folk singer who, wanting to project an image of being a member of "the folk" (even though urban-born and raise, and terrified of cows and barnyard fowl), appears on stage wearing bib overalls while the audience is in formal evening wear—although the New Lost City Ramblers could bring this off. But they were not just singing folk songs, they were performing a particular style of music and in a sense, they were putting on a show. That's a bit different.

Leadbelly, once he got away from the Lomaxes who wanted him to perform in prison stripes, was always nattily dressed in a nice looking suit, white dress shirt, and bow tie. Quite elegant. There's a photo of Leadbelly and Richard Dyer-Bennet (who usually performed in a tux or white tie and tails) singing a duet. Man, would I like to have heard that!!

If you want to walk out in front of an audience wearing your pajamas, make sure that the audience quickly catches on to why you're dressed this way (a program of lullabies, perhaps?).

Just a few ruminations, all subject to modification depending on circumstances.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 02:48 PM

I'm not a performer but do work front of house and a variety of events. The quality and smartness of my clothing is normally directly proportional to the ticket price.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: frogprince
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 02:47 PM

If you get booked for the Avalon Folk Festival, in West Virginia, the smile will do nicely.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Chris Green
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 02:36 PM

Nothing else!?


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: John Robinson (aka Cittern)
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 02:21 PM

A smile.


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 02:16 PM

The waistcoat bit is only for solo Folk gigs - The rest of the time I play in a 'Theme' costume group - Medieval , Pirate , Victorian Nautical , Western or whatever !


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Fortunato
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 02:00 PM

Hi Vixen, we going to see you at the getaway?

I believe that the performers should be imminently recognizable, clearly distinguishable. I would recommend that women wear dresses do their hair in an attractive fashion. Hats set me apart, not baseball caps, and vests work, but colorful shirts are better. If you wear t-shirts and other rather ordinary cloths you had better be one helluva player. Remember John Hartford, as good as he was, always wore a costume, understated perhaps, but unmistakeable.

chance


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: RichM
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 01:42 PM

I play in a bluegrass band; the lead singer is usually in black, and always wears a black cowboy hat.
As upright bass player, I go first for comfort; not too warm because I sweat a lot when I play, and it's not very attractive in a spotlight.
So, first go for comfort, then choose something appropriate to the venue. It should look classy and be comfortable.

Rich


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: TS
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 01:39 PM

I wear my kilt...a black tshirt usually advertising a sponsor..(ie..Guinness most times)..and a pair of combat boots with wool socks rolled down. Hair streaked blond and spikey..I like looking like a rocker and play the trad. stuff..its fun!...also helps us target a younger crowd that wants to have fun......Slàinte!


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Chris Green
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 01:32 PM

I generally wear whatever's clean (or least dirty!)


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Subject: RE: Gig wear
From: Mark Ross
Date: 22 Sep 04 - 01:24 PM

I have been known to appear in antique 2&3 piece suits. Sometimes a plaid shirt and a polka dot bow tie. I also remember one gig in Shelby, Montana 20 some years ago, where the word came down that I was not to show up looking like an unemployed logger(hickory shirt, black Frisco jeans with suspenders and logging boots).

Mark Ross


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