Mudcat Café message #3667726 The Mudcat Café TM
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Posted By: GUEST,FloraG
10-Oct-14 - 04:10 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
Subject: RE: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
I've just come back from Terterden ( Kent festival) and it was really nice to see so many young singers actually singing in the tradition and not singing self penned teenage angst songs. They also hung around to hear we oldies warble a bit.
Anon - its very easy when there is a group of people you know to get them to perform in a session at the expense of new faces. Also some unorganised sessions tend to have a few people who dominate a group. I used to organise post dance sessions for a morris side. I would always try to include anyone in the pub who looked like they wanted to perform as well as making sure every performer on the side had a go, and play a few easy tunes for others to join in with as wellas some songs that everybody knew. It was more difficult than it sounds as you would try to put an experienced performer after a less experienced one and often you would have someone in mind and find they had gone out to have a fag. However, I did my best and the side had a number of young singers and dancers.
Please don't give up on us.