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GUEST,Captainswing An important notice on folk club website-Amberley (93* d) RE: An important notice on folk club website-Amberley 30 Jan 13

I formed a club in 1985, it became a vibrant, lively and entertaining place. Singers nights were as popular as guest nights (if not more so). Performers worked hard to communicate with the audience and present their material as well as they could. There was as significant number of people who were not performers - they came because they found the evening entertaining. Initially nobody used crib sheets or music stands.

My mistake was in not being assertive enough when the ring files started to creep in. By 1994 at least 50% of the floor singers used crib sheets. The vibrancy was gone and the audience was made up largely of people who wanted to perform though the quality of performance had deteriorated greatly. The quality performers who new their stuff had largely disappeared.

In my experience, people who use crib sheets do not present as communicators and are poor entertainers. Very few develop as performers and seldom wean themselves away from the crib sheets. Their shoddy performances contribute to the commonly held view that folk clubs are are not 'cool'.

On the few occasions I've been to a club since 1994 it's been clear that standards have fallen even further.

It certainly is true that there were no music stands or crib sheets in the 1970s. Why do people have the arrogance to use them now?

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