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Posted By: Gervase
31-Jan-09 - 05:14 PM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying
I just want to know, what on earth do they get out of it?
For many folk club regulars I do believe that it's a form of therapy. Folk clubs attract an odd bunch; the average audience is by no means typical of the top deck of the Clapham omnibus. Many are drawn to folk music because of its inclusivity - folk club audiences will clap and smile broadly at almost anyone, to be honest. Thus you can get up and murder a song and still be rewarded with the sound of clapping, and no-one's going to come up to you afterwards and say, "You know, that really wasn't very good. "
And, at the same time, singing a song unaccompanied or with three guitar chords, is perceived as easy. Why, anyone can sing...
It's something you don't tend to get in other musical genres.
As a result, the performer ends the evening on a bit of a high - there's been the burst of adrenalin in getting up to perform, and the welcome ripple of applause at the end; all in all the performance has been validated.
To be honest, in that sense some clubs do have something of a 'care in the community' function.