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BB To introduce songs, or not, and how? (114* d) To introduce songs, or not, and how? 03 Jun 09


In another thread that got rather bogged down, the subject of introducing songs came up, and it was suggested that a new thread should be started, so I've taken my life in my hands and done it!

Someone said that they never use more than ten words to introduce a song. I said: "I find that very sad. I'm not suggesting lectures, but conversationally toned intros. just putting songs in context is surely going to enhance an audience's enjoyment of the songs. Obviously too one picks where one does that - i.e. it needs to be somewhere where the audience is actually quiet enough to listen to the intros. - a (folk) club, concert or village hall - not a pub gig or anywhere where the audience couldn't give a damn.

And this doesn't just apply to 'folkie' audiences - it's been my experience in village hall gigs with not a folk enthusiast in sight. In fact, those are the very people who sometimes need the songs put in context, because they're not used to the genre, and it helps them to understand where these 'strange' songs are coming from.

And how do I know what they think? - because they've come and told me afterwards how much they've enjoyed the fact that we do tell them something about the songs - sometimes with the words, 'I didn't think I liked folk music, but ...'

No, introductions are not for all people, circumstances or venues, but they have their place, and with skilled introductions can make a real difference to people's perceptions."

So what does anyone else think? What are the pros and cons? Should they be introduced, how, to what extent, why, in what circumstances?

Barbara


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