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Thread #116964   Message #2554288
Posted By: Jack Campin
01-Feb-09 - 06:24 AM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying
Or sometimes hearing themselves as they were thirty years ago.

One of the least entertaining phenomena on the folk scene is the performer from a previous generation who used to be good once but has learnt no new songs in the present millennium and hasn't changed their approach to anything in their repertoire for longer than that (except maybe forgetting some words). They can impress a new audience for a couple of minutes because they're extremely self-confident; anything beyond that and they're a freak show.

Hearing a beginner fumble a bit is nowhere near as scary for a newcomer in the audience as thinking, "my god, if I stick around here long enough will I turn into that?

If you aren't still learning, pack it in.