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Folkie Theme Nights

Mikey joe 30 Jan 01 - 11:26 AM
sophocleese 30 Jan 01 - 11:33 AM
Mikey joe 30 Jan 01 - 11:36 AM
Dave the Gnome 30 Jan 01 - 11:38 AM
Mikey joe 30 Jan 01 - 11:41 AM
Sarah2 30 Jan 01 - 11:46 AM
Mikey joe 30 Jan 01 - 11:47 AM
Dave the Gnome 30 Jan 01 - 11:50 AM
Ella who is Sooze 30 Jan 01 - 12:00 PM
Sarah2 30 Jan 01 - 12:01 PM
Ella who is Sooze 30 Jan 01 - 12:03 PM
Sarah2 30 Jan 01 - 12:17 PM
Clinton Hammond 30 Jan 01 - 12:22 PM
GUEST,Jaze 30 Jan 01 - 01:50 PM
Morticia 30 Jan 01 - 01:52 PM
McGrath of Harlow 30 Jan 01 - 01:55 PM
Richard Bridge 30 Jan 01 - 02:23 PM
GUEST,Ickle dorritt 30 Jan 01 - 05:26 PM
GUEST,Martin Rich 30 Jan 01 - 05:54 PM
GUEST,Martin Rich 30 Jan 01 - 05:56 PM
Susan of DT 30 Jan 01 - 07:43 PM
GUEST,mg 31 Jan 01 - 12:24 AM
GUEST,sooze (at work) 31 Jan 01 - 03:32 AM
Dave the Gnome 31 Jan 01 - 04:52 AM
JennieG 31 Jan 01 - 05:04 AM
English Jon 31 Jan 01 - 05:06 AM
bill\sables 31 Jan 01 - 06:42 AM
GUEST,Mikey joe 31 Jan 01 - 06:44 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 31 Jan 01 - 06:52 AM
mkebenn 31 Jan 01 - 07:36 AM
McGrath of Harlow 31 Jan 01 - 08:03 AM
Mikey joe 31 Jan 01 - 08:22 AM
Mikey joe 31 Jan 01 - 08:23 AM
GUEST,Russ 31 Jan 01 - 04:17 PM
Bert 31 Jan 01 - 04:46 PM
ray bucknell 31 Jan 01 - 08:04 PM
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Subject: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Mikey joe
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 11:26 AM

Can anyone think of a good theme for folk sessions. Sometimes we try to narrow down stuff by singing songs on a particular topic, For example songs that have to do with travelling, or alphabet nights where first song begins with A and so on.

I'm looking for original ideas but abviously with enough materials to cover a 2 1/2 hour set.

Cheers

Mj


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: sophocleese
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 11:33 AM

The sea, ghosts, animals, unnatural/supernatural beings, Songs that start "As I walked out one morning in May", houses, songs that use light, weather(its snowing outside at the moment). How's that for starters?


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Mikey joe
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 11:36 AM

We've used the sea recently as well Sophocleese, Weather too I'm afraid. unatural/supernatural being folk songs for 2.5 hours. Nowthat I would like to hear. Thanks for the help

Mj


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 11:38 AM

Naked singers only???


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Mikey joe
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 11:41 AM

Nice one Dave. One small problem, We are all guys and none of us are particularly aesthetically pleasing.

Mj


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Sarah2
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 11:46 AM

The Worst Songs Ever Written Night

Obscure Songs Night (originals by self or friends)

War Songs Night

Anti-war Songs Night

Tribute to (your favorite songwriter here) Night

The Brotherhood of Man Night

Songs I Wish I'd Written Night

Sick Songs We Love Night

Scots, Irish, Peruvian, Lithuanian (or whatever) Culture Night

...ad nauseum...:>)

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Mikey joe
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 11:47 AM

Now we're sucking diesel. That's the job keep 'em coming

Mj


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 11:50 AM

Big guitars and piano accordians could save a lot of embarrasment. Pity the poor tin whistle player!

Serious suggestion - We tried a singers session where the singer nominated the next singer and, possibly, song. Worked very well but you realy find out who your friends are! Or how about a fancy dress night where everyone turns up as a character from one of their songs?

Let us know what you come up with and, better still, what works best - I am always one to learn from others mistakes;-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 12:00 PM

songs with the girls name Nancy - they always seem to be called Nancy - WHY!

sucking diesel lol Mikey... havn't heard that in ages!

dirge night

comedy songs

highway men

Drunken bums night

Oh no, the fella in the story is in trouble again night

Potato famine night

Whisky songs

Songs about boats and ships

Sea shanty night

Lurve songs

being sent to prison/hanged etc night

Songs with girls names in

songs with boys names in

and so on....

Ella


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Sarah2
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 12:01 PM

Sucking diesel? Must be Trucking Songs Night...

Somebody STOP ME....!!!!!

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 12:03 PM

oh and... going to Amerikay to make me fortune night

getting deported to Australia night

lost me lurve night - see dirge night...

Ella


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Sarah2
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 12:17 PM

Ya know, Mickey joe, you could probably get some good ideas from Thread Titles here, too...

Who Wrote That Night

Serious Questions Night

Bushwackers' Night (Robbers and thieves, not politicos...)

Political Humor (Humour?) Night

etc.

Oh, and Murder Songs Night might be fun...as long as nobody starts "acting out."

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 12:22 PM

We do a bit in one of our sets... a collection of songs called The Ugly Guy Set... starts with Red River Rising by James Keelaghan, into You ain't Goin' Nowhere by Dylan, then Me And Bobby Mcgee by Kris Kristoffersson, then Mary Ellen Carter and Barrettes by Stan Rogers...

How's THAT for a weak connection!

LOL!!


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,Jaze
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 01:50 PM

Train songs would probably be good for a couple of sessions. Songs about fallen women/men-hookers and such. Songs about parents/or children.


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Morticia
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 01:52 PM

if you've got a well-established group, you could try everyone do one of someones else's songs.....in the manner of that person,it's a hoot!Also transvestite songs (where the maid is actually a man, or a very few the other way round), dress appropriately.....


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 01:55 PM

Songs you have never sung in this club before Night.


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 02:23 PM

Faversham (UK) used to do one a year for "Willy" songs - from "me -WillyO" to worse.

ANd another could be "Nancy-0"


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,Ickle dorritt
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 05:26 PM

Songs with the word Valparaiso in ,

songs where men dress up as women/songs where women dress up as men,

Songs of incest (sorry I know dozens!!)


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,Martin Rich
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 05:54 PM


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,Martin Rich
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 05:56 PM

Songs of retribution and com-uppance or getting your own back


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Susan of DT
Date: 30 Jan 01 - 07:43 PM

there are certainly 2.5 hours of supernatural songs. Start with @myth in the digital tradition - my copy gave me 63 songs and the an error. I'd love to be there for those 2.5 hours.


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 12:24 AM

Best one I went to was Fare well to _______ . It was really good. you don't want to be too obsessive about this though. p.s. please see urgent plea for mac help asap. mg


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,sooze (at work)
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 03:32 AM

I like the idea of "songs you haven't sung before". We must give that one a go. Last week we had a "body count" at our club but some one cheated with "Shoals of Herring" and claimed ten million fishes. We should have specified that the bodies must have legs! Another good one was "William and Nancy" night where points were scored for those names cropping up in songs. Many names were changed to incriminate the innocent!


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 04:52 AM

Only songs off the Mudcat night?

Suck 'em all night (So come all you brisk young fellows..)

Timmy night (To me, blow the man down bullies...)

Getting silly enough yet???


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: JennieG
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 05:04 AM

Years ago my folk club used to run monthly theme nights - they were called "Folk-us Nights"! (Really original hey) We had songs about politicians, parodies, gold rushes, bushrangers (well we are in Oz), sailors, the weather, life in the city, you name it we probably had it. Sometimes the song's connection to the theme was a bit tenuous but that was all part of the fun.
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: English Jon
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 05:06 AM

Theres an awful lot of songs that have, over the years, gained and lost so many verses that they no longer have any sort of logical plot (at least, not that can be discerned without some degree of research)

Therefore, I suggest:

"Songs that don't really mean anything" night.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: bill\sables
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 06:42 AM

How about a night or two singing songs that all have the tune "Come all you Tramps and Hawkers" I must have heard dozens of them.
Bill


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,Mikey joe
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 06:44 AM

Songs that deal with vices???? Gambling, drink, drugs, prostitution. Bopund to be something there that speaks to someone


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 06:52 AM

You suggested "travel" in the first thread. You could do a whole evening of "railway" songs: building them,travelling on them, lovers leaving on them,crashing them. (I suggested this to another thread but the skiffle repertoire has lots of train references!)>
Or Travellers: Rom, hobos,tramps,hawkers,etc.
RtS(But what do I know from folk?)


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: mkebenn
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 07:36 AM

How about "battle" night, war on land or sea. I could do a couple of sets. Or, "the LAST song you'd expect me to sing night" Mike


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 08:03 AM

Songs that deal with vices???? Gambling, drink, drugs, prostitution. You could include singing and revelry in there.


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Mikey joe
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 08:22 AM

True

McGrath

I was particularly looking forward to doing the THE BALL OF KERRIEMUIR (BALLYNORE)

Mj


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Mikey joe
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 08:23 AM

Sorry I've shagged up my clicky


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 04:17 PM

Try a tacky song contest.


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: Bert
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 04:46 PM

Buck County Folksong Society has many theme nights. Here's some past meetings.


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Subject: RE: Folkie Theme Nights
From: ray bucknell
Date: 31 Jan 01 - 08:04 PM

I run some very amateur sing alongs periodically - mostly attended by people with very little knowledge of folk music or the folk process. One theme that went over well (or at least garnered a fair amount of attention) was the "Dead Folksingers Society" night where I featured songs written by the likes of Phil Ochs, Bob Gibson, Steve Goodman, John Denver, Woody, et al.


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