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the button Unaccompanied Singers (82* d) RE: Unaccompanied Singers 20 Apr 08

What I'm reading on this thread (and keep in mind that I haven't been a regular session-attender for some years now) is not a debate about how to treat unaccompanied singers in a session. It's a discussion about how f***ing rude people are nowadays. Or perhaps have always been, but I never came across them.

Whichever, it saddens me.

I've played at informal sessions at folk festivals where the "celebs" have sat and listened and taken their turn to either do a song or take their turn leading a set of tunes -- as I'm sure others have.

Don't know where I'm going with this, really.

One part of me want to say, "If you're good enough, people will shut up and listen." The other part of me acknowledges that some of the great ballad singers (and who I'm thinking of as a I write this is Walter Pardon) aren't immediately attention-grabbing, you have to be willing to immerse yourself in what they're doing before you can listen properly.

It's like -- you know you get those people that you have conversations with, and all they're doing is waiting for you to stop talking, so that they can say what they want to say? It's not proper listening, I reckon.

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