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Posted By: Folkiedave
28-Jan-09 - 11:00 AM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying
You aren't comparing like with like and therefore the figures would be meaningless IMHO.

In the "glory days" when I was involved in running a club the pubs opened at 7.00 pm and there would be a queue outside for popular guests.

It held about 100. There were loads of clubs like that. Thre were two in that pub for example.

The law was different indeed as someone has pointed out - it is where the name folk club came from - you needed to be a "club". I have not been to a folk club with an attendance around 100 in years and I go to a lot of folk clubs.

What would be more meaningful would be the number of people who have atteneded folk "events" - clubs, sessions, festivals etc.

And you would find a vast expansion in numbers. (There were no sessions and apart from Sidmouth and Keele hardly any festivals in 1966.) Loads of folk clubs though.