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Steve Benbows protege Folk Clubs- We need them! (74* d) RE: Folk Clubs- We need them! 20 Mar 03

El greko i live on the west london triangle. I play with steve (During interval time) down at the Brewery tap on a Friday and Sunday. If you feel like coming down then please do. Leadfingers is a regular.
I find the folk clubs round here too stuffy for my liking. The Cabbage patch is too cliquey and the railway at Teddington the same.   
   I went to the railway with Johnny joyce a couple of years back and we were refused permission to play because we were not regulars. The standard of musicianship was to say the least; bad. I can't understand how people can play for thirty years (plus) and still be crap.
But that is one of the reasons why young people get put off. Folk clubs are cliquey and the proficiency of the artist they self promote is bad.
That is why I stay out of them or go to an acoustic session. I do go however, if there is a high calibre artist who challenges my thought of performance and mainly presentation. By presentation I mean the way the song is arranged, sung, performed etc.
However, that is my personal view.
   With regards.

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