Mudcat Café message #1840282 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94811   Message #1840282
Posted By: GUEST,Mike Miller
21-Sep-06 - 04:57 PM
Thread Name: Professional Folksinger, and Proud of It
Subject: RE: Professional Folksinger, and Proud of It
Honest to Betsy, weelittle, it's not so bad as all that. While nursing homes are not the most lucrative of venues (typically in the $85- $150 range), the shows are not the trials you make them out to be. Some audiences are more responsive than others but, as I have learned, an inability to applaud does not mean an inability to enjoy and appreciate. Besides, senior doesn't have to mean senile. I play at many retirement communities where the audience is older, to be sure, but as alert and open as any folk audience I have seen.
It is true I do other kinds of venues but, when I am available, I am glad sing for the altes. Hell, I'm one of them.

               Mike