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Thread #58358   Message #925246
Posted By: Dave Bryant
03-Apr-03 - 10:09 AM
Thread Name: womens role in folk clubs
Subject: RE: womens role in folk clubs
Possibly one factor that used to make some difference in the past, was that less women had their own transport and so getting to some of the more out of the way clubs could be tricky without a lift. Many women also don't like going into pubs on their own, and in the UK at least most folk clubs tend to run on licensed premises. Mind you for some women, folk clubs were attractive because it provided them with an excuse to go into pubs.

When I ran Blackheath Folk Club in SE London, I was always keen both to book female guests and would always try and make sure that any ladies got a floor spot.

BTW Breezy - Sheila used to go to the very early London Folk Clubs in the Folk & Skiffle days, and used to collect the money on the door of clubs like "The Enterprise". Her sister Simone, used to do the same at Catford Folk Club (Phoebus Awakes) which we both have happy memories of.

The 'big' women in folk are of the sexy pop variety, not real folk singers. Few if any of the ladies on the list which I gave, could be described in those terms (please don't take any offence girls). Several of them are/were source singers and many of their songs could rank as definitive versions.