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Thread #162917   Message #3890119
Posted By: Steve Shaw
24-Nov-17 - 09:37 AM
Thread Name: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
Subject: RE: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
Well, you see, Snail, it's like this. I was a very enthusiastic member of John and Cheryl Maughan's Tree Inn folk club for years, and I rarely missed a Friday night and I played nearly time I went. I also got my two children playing (they were better than me for a long time). Without that club I would never have played music. Sadly, the club folded twenty years ago. I live near Bude, an hour's drive from the nearest folk club, which is (or was) very singing-centred. A number of the club's erstwhile members stayed at the Tree running our Friday nights as a pub session. Many of the folk club regulars came along to that, at least for a time, and we'd have occasional reunions in different venues. I've trodden reasonably carefully in this thread in commenting about clubs, but I've gleaned that not much seems to have changed in terms of what goes on in typical clubs and I haven't been challenged as yet for being outdated in my remarks. Feel free to change that. I've kept in touch with what goes on even though I no longer go to clubs. My motivation for going out and about to play music has vanished since I started to lose my hearing, several years ago now. I've gathered that you are a mighty folk club aficionado and I respect that. But I think I'm still just about in sufficient touch to be able to contribute to this thread. If things have evolved beyond my present state of knowledge I'm sure you'll be the first to let me know. Cheers.