Mudcat Café message #3667776 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #155773   Message #3667776
Posted By: Mr Red
10-Oct-14 - 07:35 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
Subject: RE: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
When the Irish in the Anchor was in full swing the musos were intent on playing, and not so much talking. But nobody made me & my Bodhran feel uncomfortable. Maybe me and my Bodhran have a thicker skin. The same with the Bedford & the Radway. Not a great deal of talking, but plenty of music. And only by horming-in with a joke did they demonstrably acknowledge my presence. But I wasn't seeking any. Just glad to bash my instrument.
Singarounds - well you just have to like the atmosphere, it is more reverent. And they may engage in an erudite discussion. The Volunteer is IMNSHO less inviting, but that is due to the format. It is a singaround with invited guests. And in my experience you have to let the "peepsincharge" know that you are a performer and wait until there is time for you. If they don't know you that, the wait can be long. But they are protecting the format and they need to know you are doing the same.
There was a session in the Bedford back room and I got the feeling that the likes of me would not be "invited" and it was populated by young performers and maybe friends.
Personally I find Shrewsbury un-inviting. Horses for course, and the going can be tough, particularly if it rains at Shrewsbury!