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What do you wear when you perform?

X 27 Jul 02 - 05:14 PM
GUEST,Venthony 27 Jul 02 - 02:38 PM
Genie 27 Jul 02 - 02:17 PM
X 26 Jul 02 - 07:54 PM
GUEST,Barracuda d'Morte 26 Jul 02 - 06:32 PM
Genie 26 Jul 02 - 04:43 PM
open mike 26 Jul 02 - 04:14 PM
Genie 26 Jul 02 - 03:56 PM
Genie 26 Jul 02 - 03:38 PM
GUEST,mg 26 Jul 02 - 12:33 PM
ozmacca 26 Jul 02 - 05:53 AM
Genie 26 Jul 02 - 03:59 AM
Shonagh 25 Jul 02 - 06:05 PM
fogie 25 Jul 02 - 09:24 AM
An Pluiméir Ceolmhar 25 Jul 02 - 04:26 AM
Kaleea 25 Jul 02 - 01:13 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 25 Jul 02 - 12:45 AM
Catherine Jayne 24 Jul 02 - 02:15 PM
greg stephens 24 Jul 02 - 01:42 PM
Catherine Jayne 24 Jul 02 - 01:23 PM
GUEST,nobby 24 Jul 02 - 01:05 PM
Mr Happy 24 Jul 02 - 12:48 PM
buster 02 Feb 00 - 05:59 PM
GUEST,Joe 01 Feb 00 - 11:33 PM
Wesley S 25 Jan 00 - 04:17 PM
shep 25 Jan 00 - 03:19 PM
kendall 25 Jan 00 - 03:13 PM
Peg 25 Jan 00 - 03:09 PM
Áine 25 Jan 00 - 03:05 PM
Peg 25 Jan 00 - 02:13 PM
Clinton Hammond2 25 Jan 00 - 10:09 AM
kendall 25 Jan 00 - 08:52 AM
GUEST,Mbo 25 Jan 00 - 07:54 AM
Liz the Squeak 25 Jan 00 - 06:47 AM
Banjer 25 Jan 00 - 06:38 AM
Roger in Baltimore 25 Jan 00 - 06:26 AM
GUEST,Benjamin 25 Jan 00 - 01:35 AM
JamesJim 24 Jan 00 - 11:26 PM
Kristi H 24 Jan 00 - 10:56 PM
GUEST,Caitrin 24 Jan 00 - 10:42 PM
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Alan of Australia 24 Jan 00 - 08:18 PM
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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: X
Date: 27 Jul 02 - 05:14 PM

Hi Genie:

When I perform bluegrass my band wears a suit and tie. It looks neat and clean and helps deflate the 'Hick Myth.' I can't stand seeing a bluegrass band in overalls and straw hats. 'Suit and tie', as far as I am concerned, is required in Southern California Bluegrass. ;0)


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Venthony
Date: 27 Jul 02 - 02:38 PM

For many of the events that a lot of us play, period costuming is expected and even encouraged. When this is the case, I think it's worth spending a bit of money and time in order to err on the side of authenticity. Nothing is tackier than a chintzy costume -- Nogahide "mountain man shirts" with curtain fringe come to mind. And for Pete's sake, take off your wristwatch and plastic glasses!

For just regular shows I figured a long time ago that it's best to copy the style of the masters. There's a reason Bill Monroe put his guys in suits. Enough people think we're all just a bunch of crackers as it is.

Doc Watson, from a player's standpoint, is about as clean and pure and genuine and brilliant as it gets, and Doc always has a neat haircut, nice looking slacks and a quiet, conservative open collared shirt.

He plays like God and he looks like a professional. My own playing is a ways off from that sort of apotheosis, but I figure I owe it to the audience to at least look like I'm proud they showed up.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Genie
Date: 27 Jul 02 - 02:17 PM

Banjoest, is "suit and tie" the statutory requirement for bluegrass attire in southern California, or is that a local San Diego County ordinance? *G*


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: X
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 07:54 PM

When I pick bluegrass I wear a suit and tie. When it's top 40 country, something cowboy.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Barracuda d'Morte
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 06:32 PM

I always have on my pirate gear. strip pants, natural shirt with laced up front, bucket boots, hat with lots of feathers and pins, and a chest with treaure for the kids.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Genie
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 04:43 PM

mike, that's the Republican bluegrass attire. The commie, pinko, llllibbberal bluegrass folks wear jeans and t-shirts. *G*


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: open mike
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 04:14 PM

i thought the legal dress code for bluegrass was string ties, suits and a ca-boy hat--for the guys any way... whaite hats of course--the good guys, you know... its those bad boy country singers who don the black hats..ha!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Genie
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 03:56 PM

Er... that's "doing bluegrass..."

Ozmacca, That last sentence of mine (the post above yours) about not flashing the audience was NOT meant to be connected to the paragraph about the nude beaches!   It was in response to comments -- which must have been in another thread -- someone made about a female folk singer who appeared wearing a see-through blouse with no bra and then sat on a stool above the audience allowing everyone to "see London and see France" throughout the performance.  I was just agreeing, that wearing provocative attire* is mainly a distraction from your music.

Putting that sentence right after the paragraph about Sauvie Island and Rooster Rock DOES make it take on a whole new--and quite unintended-- meaning, doesn't it?!  Blushing at my faux pas.
 

Genie

*BTW, nudity at a nude beach is not "provocative attire."  A bikini, however, may be.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Genie
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 03:38 PM

If I'm dong bluegrass, it's jeans and a T-shirt (or some other plain cotton shirt), of course. It's the law, isn't it?

Genie


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 12:33 PM

hot pink and orange spandex and lots of sequins...sometimes feather boas...mg


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: ozmacca
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 05:53 AM

I believe the dress must be appropriate for the occasion - regardless what kind of performance is being considered (ahem) I've worked with a couple of trios who do different stuff, so we dress differently.

One group does predominantly traditional scots material, usually mixed in with a light-hearted theme - so I (bodhran and chat) usually wear the kilt, either the phila-beag or phila-mhor ('scuse spelling), and the other bloke (guitar) wears basic black waistcoat and trousers with white shirt, while our female dulcimerist wears long tartan skirt and blouse.

The other group is more Cape Breton and trad/modern Canadian/Irish - there's a mix for you! - and the girls (fiddle/leader and keyboard) go on looking smart and dressy in long gowns, while I stick to dark trousers and a fancy coloured shirt.

Photos of both line-ups look good, and both groups feel that our outfits "fit" the presentations. Dingy sneakers and run-down jeans just don't measure up if the audience has paid good money to be entertained, unless it's done deliberately to make a point - but it had better be a good one!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Genie
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 03:59 AM

Well, Ted, My first thought was that the kind of attire you described is exactly what I see on Saturday Night Live every time they have a young rock band on as their special musical guests!  Or what you see whenever Willie Nelson and his pals perform.
 

Mst of my gigs are for senior facilities, and many are theme programs.  For themes, I dress in character (as LTS said)-- Baviarian style for Oktoberfest; Mexican for Cinco de Mayo; green for St. Patrick's; red and green for Christmas; red-white-and-blue for July 4th; red for Valentine's Day; a black dress with a witch hat for Hallowe'en; jeans, boots, and a cowboy shirt for "Western Days," etc.  It it's not a theme but it's a more formal program -- like a candlelight dinner-- I usually wear a long, colorful skirt (usually a lightweight cotton) with a solid color tank top [most often black, and colorful earrings.  If it's casual, it's the same kind of tank top with lightweight cotton or rayon slacks.  Wherever I perform, it's always sandals, Birkenstocks,  or some other flat shoe -- seldom tennies, and NEVER high heels, since I perform standing up, and I value my feet.  I seldom wear a really formal kind of outfit because suits are way too hot when I'm moving around and I don't own any cocktail dresses--and they look stupid with Birkenstocks, anyway!

I usually dress in layers, since I never know what the temperature is going to be.  I tend to incorporate vivid colors into my attire because--well, because I LIKE vivid colors (as opposed to mini-prints and pastels and beiges)--and because it wakes up your audience.  But I do like to wear something that I can mover around in comfortably.  (You can see my typical layered casual performance outfit in the personal photos section under my name.  I'm the one without the beard.  The pic from JenEllen's Mudcat gathering --in that thread --this July shows my 'dressier' outfit--i.e, salmon colored pants instead of gray.)

One more thing that I learned from my earlier life as a drama student:  if I'm going to be under spotlights, I wear more make-up than usual.  If you don't, you'll end up having no face when that spotlight hits you, unless your features have very strong natural definition (like Brooke Shields's eyebrows).  If I'm singing in a small, casual, venue, I may not wear any at all, except maybe lipstick.   [I'm not suggesting you guys follow suit.  But  you probably know that a lot of performers on stage, screen, and TV are heavily made up, so they'll look "normal" under the lights.]

Moonchild, I used to take my guitar out to the nude beaches at Rooster Rock and Sauvie Island near Portland, OR, and play with nothing on but the guitar.  Problem is, the damned guitar sticks to you!  (So, actually, I usually had a towel between me and the guitar.  (Then I developed a malignant melanoma... .)
One thing I do try to avoid is flashing the audience (cleavage, crotch, etc.)  You want folks to watch your hands or your lips, after all!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Shonagh
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 06:05 PM

Well, in our band, we have 3 rules! if its a really big gig, no chewing gum, no jeans and no trainers!! apart from that we almost always wear long tartan skirts (the girls!) and a coloured top to match, and the lads wear their kilts. it looks really smart, and we are usually playing for tourists so its nice to give a good impression. it looks like we've made the effort! if im performing on my own,i usually wear a gipsy kinda top (usually black) and a pair of smart trousers. If im at a folk club, usually jeans and a top! To be honest, I try and wear whatever i think will match the occasion. I dont want 2 look 2 dressed up, but not scruffy. I sumtimes find it a problem tryin 2 guess what 2 wear!! anyone else have this problem?!?


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: fogie
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 09:24 AM

I like to relax and dress down to perform. I like a casual Tweed jacket, riding cavalry twill breeches, and a deerstalker, and shooting stick. Hey wait a minute what performance are we talking about??


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 04:26 AM

Deodorant.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Kaleea
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 01:13 AM

I came up playing in band & orchestra in school, and in grade school, we were usually told to wear black skirts/pants & white blouse/shirt. By high school, we were normally told to wear (unless in marching band dress) black. When in college bands/orchestras/choirs, you guessed it, "performance noir." When I play in the ceoli band, I usually wear black, and on St. Pat's day I wear some green, but green is definately not my color, and does not flatter the women of my family. I still have the habit of wearing black for most performances. However, when I am performing at a local museum (quite often) I wear the dress of a lady of the late 1800's. When I play in my bluegrass band, we dress as gals from the sticks--way, way back in the sticks! Don't worry, we never forget the jug!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 12:45 AM


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 24 Jul 02 - 02:15 PM

In some church choirs the choristers took exams with the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) if the chorister passes the exam they are presented with a certificate and a medal on different coloured ribbons depending on the level. I got my Deans Award, the Archbishops Award and then the St Cecilia Award (Boys do the St Nicolas Award) The St Nicolas and the St Cecilia are the highest they award.

Sorry about the repeat posts the computer kept saying "this page cannot be displayed" annoying huh!!

cat


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Jul 02 - 01:42 PM

what were the medals for?


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 24 Jul 02 - 01:23 PM

When I was performing with various orchestras I would wear a long black (floor length) dress and black socks...no shoes. I didnt feel comfortable wearing something that reminded me of a burnt merangue and when you perform you have to be comfortable so I didn't wear shoes. The socks and my feet were clean.

When I was in the church choir I had to wear a Red Cassok (sp?) a ruff and a white surplice along with my medals. It didn't matter what I was wearing underneath because nobody could see. I HAD to wear black shoes but hey you can't win 'em all!!

cat


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,nobby
Date: 24 Jul 02 - 01:05 PM

clothes


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 24 Jul 02 - 12:48 PM

depends on the season & heating/cooling in the venue.

usually i wear what's comfortable- shirt, jogging bottoms [no flies on me!].

lots of venues have spotlights & these can make you overheat. sometimes, esp. in winter, when i've been all togged up against the elements, we've gone on stage only for me, usually after the 1st number, to be removing layers of clothing, often to the extre entertainment of the audience!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: buster
Date: 02 Feb 00 - 05:59 PM

I wear glitter shoes. I make them myself from old running shoes, covered with glitter glue. Also, I prefer wild shirts. I'm not that good a musician; I get more comments on my shoes than on my music (P.S., I'm a drummer--bodhran--in an Irish band.) buSter


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Joe
Date: 01 Feb 00 - 11:33 PM

I perform best when I wear nothing @ all


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Wesley S
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 04:17 PM

Whenever possible I'll wear a suede vest with pockets for a capo and extra picks. I tend to wear darker color shirts to contrast against the light color of my guitar and mandolin. Not to mention my cleanest jeans and boots or suede wingtips. In church I'll wear a suit with the jacket on - the other guys tend to want to perform in their shirtsleeves. And I try to wear one of my Jerry Garcia ties if I'm going to wear a tie.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: shep
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 03:19 PM

I ware anything I feel comfortable in.

You should be seen for your music, not what you ware. Most folkies dont care what they ware. They are not that superficial.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 03:13 PM

Hey Peg, how do I get to be a Paegan?


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Peg
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 03:09 PM

thanks Aine; I think I used dashes where I should have used slashes...i am no whiz at the blue clicky thing, that's for sure...

now that I look at that picture again it is not that clear what I am wearing--but it is a lace-up brown suede vest/bodice over a black lace slip...with the afore-mentioned foot gear...the original picture has me holding up a silver goblet and at least three other leather-clad lads in it...

I have trouble using the scanner I have at work; it does not let me save things as jpeg images..anyone have any advice on that? (personal reply is fine)

peg


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Áine
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 03:05 PM

Dear peg,

Your link didn't work, so I made this blue clicky thing here.

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Peg
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 02:13 PM

hi all;

I collect vintage clothing so I like to wear something unusual, colorful (unless I am opting for all black) and, if possible, confortable...

re: Peter mentioned being invited to perform at a clothing-optional site...LOL...I have been performing at pagan gatherings for years and have never once seen anyone in the band go onstage nude or even partially...it is usually just too cold at night which is when most concerts take place...personally I do not walk around naked even on hot days except at my own campsite among friends; refilling tiki torches is much easier without clothes on...besides a sarong is lightweight enough to feel like almost nothing...

one group I perform with often at these gatherings, Green Crown, have a rather psychedelic bent to their songs, so they often wear outlandish trippy clothes onstage; the upright bass player, Violet, makes crocheted hats and mushroom pendants so she has made some very colorful headgear (including one that looks like a giant fairy toadstool...)

anyway, for a look at what I might typically wear to perform at one of these "clothing optional but cold at night" venues(from the shoulders up, only, sorry but you can imagine the rest--long sheer black skirt over black tights and black engineer boots!) try this...

http://www.witchvox.com-twv-twv_images_jmg_peg.jpg

peg


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 10:09 AM

Thanks fer the offer Liz! hehehehehe

I'll be right there...

;-)

It's folks like you, are very good for my ego... Maybe I'll finally get around to filling out my bio and sending a pic in to Mudcat.. that way you can actually see me and realise how misguided you are!! LOL!!!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 08:52 AM

It depends on the venue. I once did a performance at the Union League Club on Park Ave, in NY City, and, I was expected to wear a Tuxedo!! I said, "No way, I dont own one, and I'll be damned if I will rent one." I wound up wearing a 3 piece suite (Navy blue) and, I was UNDERDRESSED! The worst part was, they didnt want subtle Maine humor, they wanted raunchy jokes. I earned my pay that night, but, never again.

Usually, I wear chinos and a striped dress shirt for after dinner gigs, but, at bluegrass festivals or folk festivals I wear CLEAN WHOLE jeans. Out of respect for both myself and my audience, I would never appear looking like I cleaned porta Johns for a living.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Mbo
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 07:54 AM

Benjamin--from one young classical guitarist to another--cheers! (And long live Villa-Lobos!)

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 06:47 AM

Clinton, my house, now!!!

BTW, do you have any leather trousers............ (slurp)

Seriously, would you pay to see someone looking like a gargabe heap? Well, unless it is a punk band.... SO wears a selection of disgustingly bright and scary waistcoats when playing, a lot of which, I'm responsible for.....

In church I try to be a bit smart, but for big occasions I try to dress in the same colour as the church dressings - white for Easter, red or gold for Christmas, purple for Holy Week, and black for Good Friday. If we have a big do, midweek, like a dedication, we have tried to co-ordinate with all in blue.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Banjer
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 06:38 AM

Since I do not perform publicly (having a voice that could curdle milk) most of my singing is limited to the shower. Therefore I can honestly say I wear nothing whilst performing!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 06:26 AM

Refresh.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Benjamin
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 01:35 AM

That depends on the gig.

I haven't done a lot of performing at my young age, but I plan to do a lot more.

The last time I performed, I was part of a 40 peice guitar orchastra. I had planned to wear a white shirt and black pants along with dress shoes. Forgot to change when I got out the door and wound up wearing a thick blue cotton shirt for the army surplus store, jeans, a pair of Filas (shoes) and a Santa Clause hat (it was a Christmas concert). Would of worked had I been up there playing old blues tunes and what not. I was playing Classical guitar (with 39 other guitarists) though.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: JamesJim
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 11:26 PM

At least be clean and smell good. Jeans and a long-sleeve or short-sleeve sport shirt (depending on the season) works for me. Once sung with a trio and we did a lot of Kingston Trio stuff. I have some nice striped shirts that helped set the mood. Jim


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Kristi H
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 10:56 PM

In our old time string band, us girls have discovered a truly unique tye die artist and in the past two years, we have only worn his dresses on stage. The fellows always end up wearing blue jeans and some type of blue shirt(between button down and ragged muscle t shirts). That wasn't planned, but they always end up playing in blue shirts. Us girls coordinate our dresses so our color scheme matches. Since our band mates are out of town, our new members have managed to coordinate the dress and blue shirts. It wasn't planned but tie dye(please help me with the correct spelling)dresses and blue shirts seems to be our standard dress. It must work, because even though our band mates have been out of town for over a month, we keep getting asked to play at events.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Caitrin
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 10:42 PM

Well, with my choral group it's the regulation long black dress, black hose, black flats, no perfume, no jewelry, etc. My conductor is apparently much like _gargoyle's; I have no wish whatsoever to face her wrath.
On the few occasions when I've performed less formally, it's been clean jeans and a decent shirt. For casual performances, I figure it's mostly a matter of personal taste and the audience one is playing for.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,_gargoyle
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 10:15 PM

Sure, worn a "costume" when hackin' at a wash-tub bass....and playing around and it was expected.

However, if it is not a recording session (where you can wear only your underwear ... if you dare....as long as you are good, are punctual, and stick to union-scale)

A professional attire is required, black shoes, black socks, black pants, black shirt/white shirt-black-tie(depending upon the local prefernce....but black seems to have won out lately)

If you want to SCORCHED!!!! were white socks....the wrath of a conductor makes my own MC tirads seem small.


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: JedMarum
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 10:03 PM

whatever's clean and comfortable!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Victoria
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:26 PM

Fashion meets tradition...what a great thread! :-) I agree with several of the folks who posted, when they said what a performer wears should reflect themselves. Wearing something that is not "you" can only be uncomfortable, and who needs more distractions on stage? I favor a purely eclectic mix of vintage-style clothing with the occasional trendy or hip addition... (and who would have thought green combat boots would go so well with full length vintage velvet?) It may be my years in theatre beginning to tell, but I seem to opt for a whole "look", and match lots of (handmade or vintage)accessories to whatever I am wearing... that and my trademark hats. Definitely an exercise in personal style! But then again, so is life! :-)


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:18 PM

G'day,
Click here to see the Beat Around The Bush Band dressed as for a gig. The band includes Alison & Alan of Oz.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Mikal
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:15 PM

Emily Rain:

The line is "My beard grows, down to my toes, I doesn't wear no clothes. I wraps my hair around my bare, and down the road I goes."

Myself? Long sleeves, either plaid lumberjack or dunim, (chambray for summer.) Good, but faded jeans or fairly new work pants, suspenders, Natural color mule-hide cowboy boots that have been around.

Then I can wear the leather wheel hat or the black hiker and look okay. Much of what I would like to wear does not come in the "Oh My God It Is Alive And Comming My Way" size.

Then I just make sure that the beard and hair are clean and nice, and try to seem awake.

Of course, doing the "other stuff" I am in full dress Norse, circa 900 AD.

Mikal


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: Áine
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:07 PM

I just wish I had the guts to follow moonchild's example . . . ah well, not all of us have her fortitude! The last time I performed I followed my mother's advice: 'Cover yourself from your neck to your knees, girl. They're there to hear the song, not to see your dress!' Of course, I was singing at the local KoC hall . . .

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:52 PM

This was all just a set up for you, Spaw--thank you for delivering!!!!


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: InOBU
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:42 PM

To see what I wear when I perform, see the photo of me performing in bbc s photo colection. It also happens to be what I wear all day long, most days. I kind of think Irish music in a tie and formal jacket would be just too wierd. Though,I must admitt to going through a thin tie and waistcoat period every once and a while, when I also find myself drawn to collars, which I seem to have sworn off somewhere or another
All the best
Larry


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:37 PM

Oh.................perform..................... music....................I get it .......... See, I was thinking like, you know..."PERFORM!!!"........but,uh.........skip it...................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: What do you wear when you perform?
From: GUEST,Sorcha
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:34 PM

Depends on where we're playing, and what...I play in an Old Time String Band, and we do lots of different things. When we play historical re-enactments, of course we are in period clothes, @1879. For ordinary stuff, like town Summerfests, we all usually wear decent jeans, and usually some sort of light denim blue tops. We don't try to co-ordinate, but usually end up wearing the same type stuff. For the Eastern Star ladies, we will submit to long denim skirts and silk shirts, and for stage gigs, we tend to dress up a little more than for the Hay Bale Float in the parade. We once did an "I Hate Winter" Hawaiian theme party, and we all wore shorts and wild shirts ( it was only 20F that nite!) I think clean and neat is more important than exactly what performers have on. I too, tend to be put off by the severe "grunge" look and think that looking at performers clothing detracts from the music aspect of a performance, but the clothing definitely needs to sort of blend with the style of music. Can you see Grandpa Jones in a tux????


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