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Posted By: Bernard
02-Apr-03 - 06:32 PM
Thread Name: womens role in folk clubs
Subject: RE: womens role in folk clubs
Open Mike: We tend to refer to any singer who is not the booked 'guest' or a club 'resident' as a 'floor singer' - a singer from the floor (because they often sound that way - miaow!).

Anyway, what about:
Jane and Amanda Threlfall
Emily Slade
Judy Dinning
Elizabeth van de Waal (sings with Anthony John Clarke)
Cathryn Craig
Sara Grey
Marie Little

The list goes on and on... we've plenty of fine singers (and instrumentalists) among the ladies. These days women aren't prepared to 'take a back seat' as they tended to in the past!

That said, folk club audiences do tend to be skewed more towards the single male, at least up here around Manchester UK. It's relatively rare to find women at a folk club who have no 'significant other'. In the 60s and early 70s the folk club was a place to go 'on the pull'. Not these days... and I should know... :-(