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Deni Unfriendly folk musicians in pubs (124* d) RE: UNFRIENDLY FOLK MUSICIAN IN PUBS 16 Aug 01

Hello all, Interesting this. I heard a guy at small, but not-so-sleepy South Zeal, Nr Okehampton, Devon, remark upon the fact that there were 25 musicians all playing along happily during the Dartmoor Folk Festival.

HOWEVER (and I must shout that) there were a couple of unpleasant incidents I heard about too. One where a second bar was taken over by another group of musicians and one where the bar designated for singers was taken over, in the second pub. In both incidents there was abuse and in one case violence.

The singaround we went to was in the Oxenham Arms, and we ended up singing is this ancient manor-house-type hallway. The session was wonderful and the acoustics gorgeous, even if we had to make the staff, (who were dodging around us with trays laden with coffee and meals.) cross.
When we counted around 50 unaccompanied singers, Ned & I wouldn't even take our interuments out. Luckily we do have quite a bit of unaccompanied material.
Folk music is no bed of roses!!!! Cheers Deni


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