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Thread #150726   Message #3513506
Posted By: Phil Edwards
09-May-13 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: Clapping along at trad sessions
Subject: RE: Clapping along at trad sessions
"Australians clap on the beat turning everything into a march."

They're not alone! I once saw a folkie encouraging the audience to clap, then scolding them for clapping on the beat - which was fair enough, given that about two-thirds of the audience were musicians themselves. But a lot of punters aren't very comfortable with the off-beat.

The State Fair marquee reads
Inside a thousand people with yellow ribbons sing
And clap on 1 and 3

- Yo La Tengo