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Thread #116964   Message #2554834
Posted By: Tootler
01-Feb-09 - 06:44 PM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying
Whether you think folk clubs are dying or not depends on whether you see the pot as half full or half empty and it is possible to put most of the regular posters on this thread - and on the many other threads that discuss folk clubs - into one of these two categories.

In fact there are certainly good clubs and bad clubs and a lot in between. If you find a good one, stick with it.

On the other hand what you think of as a good or bad club depends on what you are looking for - and your expectations. I have heard almost diametrically opposed views on one local club - which seems to be quite successful, btw - and they were both from people whose opinions I respect.

In discussing singers, I have seen no mention of choruses. I mention this because I was at a session last night where the chorus singing was fantastic and somehow I think that helped to raise the overall standard of the individual singing.

If a club has good and enthusiastic chorus singing, it will compensate for the variability of the individual singers and also give the weaker ones something of a helping hand.

There is something special about joining in the choruses. Certainly last night I felt the proverbial tingle up the spine.