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highest calibre, presumably have to more difficult for some of our
accept bookings at reduced fees, tradition bearers to play a part?
that take them away from the main Sessions naturally get dominated
stage, and often out onto fringe or by instrumentalists, sharing tunes
workshop events. that can last for hours. At Orkney,
I noticed that some of the very
This doesn’t always happen, of finest Scots singers (they were
course. At Fareham, Roy Bailey over 40 but by no means old!)
held his audience captive, and couldn’t really get a foothold at
received a very warm encore sessions. The Song Club was
indeed. I saw master uilleann piper based in a different hotel, and many
Mick O’Brien hold an audience songs were enjoyed. But when
transfixed at Celtic Connections it came to joining the rest of the
a couple of years ago. Pete festival’s musicians after hours, the
Heywood was describing how he’s physical environment wasn’t really
seen musicians like Tom Paxton, conducive to singing – nobody’s
Finbar Fury, and Tony Hall holding fault really, but that’s how it turned
an audience captive to such an out. Doris Rougvie’s ‘House of
extent that they’ve received very Song’ at Celtic Connections is a
genuine requests for encores – the good example of how to provide a
audience has been so refreshed space within a festival club/session
and entertained by the stories environment for allowing singers to
and the music they’ve heard, do their thing. Set well back from
that they genuinely want to hear the main club stage, it provides an
more. I myself have found myself oasis for singers.
mesmerised by the likes of John
Renbourn, John Tams and Barry What’s the answer? More
Coope, Mary Smith or Margaret assertiveness generally? A bit
Stewart, enjoying their music so more standing up straight, looking
much that I haven’t wanted their set the competition square in the eye
to end. and saying: ‘Have a listen to us
for a change. We taught those
With the tendency to provide a musicians on your main stage
‘trendy festival stage’ environment, everything they know!’
with large, open-plan bars/rooms
set aside for sessions, is it getting Debbie Koritsas
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