Mudcat Café message #923596 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58358   Message #923596
Posted By: Jeanie
01-Apr-03 - 11:03 AM
Thread Name: womens role in folk clubs
Subject: RE: womens role in folk clubs
If you are researching folk clubs of the 60s/70s, Fay, I am not surprised that the women you have interviewed remember the male performers/audience members more than the female ones. As Greg said: "While folk music was possibly the main topic of mutual interest, there were other activities that occupied us." As a for instance, (and this hardly ranks as academic research on my part),in a couple of reminiscing conversations I have had with two male Mudcatters who went to the Hornchurch Folk Club, Essex in the late 60s/early 70s, my abiding memory was of Dominic, the wonderfully handsome hunk who ran the club (he played guitar well too !), whereas the males' instant recall and waxing lyrical was on the subject of the leather hotpants worn by Dominic's girlfriend.

Nor am I surprised that the women that you interviewed, recalling attending folk clubs at that time, "didn't notice a male/female imbalance" and "said there weren't any issues surrounding it". My memory of folk clubs at this time (when I was teenage/early twenties)is that there *were* more males there than females, both as performers and audience. This may or may not be numerically correct ! I was the only girl in a mob of lads who went to Brentwood Folk Club every week in the late 1960's - and I certainly didn't "have any issues" about that - on the contrary !

In the early to mid 1970s in the part of Cornwall I moved to, I think it is true that there were far more male performers than female, both the guest artists and the folk club resident performers and floor singers. Again, as a female singer, I would have been daft to have any "issue" about that !

- jeanie