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KosmoT

Glasgow University Folk Club

Hello, I'm going to be starting the GUFC this september, if anyone is interested in the club, has any pointers or just fancies a chat that'd be great.

Thanks
Kosmo
Jim King

Doubtless Catskinner can offer some advice, he has direct, long term experience. If I can help at all just ask.
Catskinner

Oh doubtless.
Onny

Whaddye think? Should we tell Kosmo?
East Coaster

You could check out what the "East Coast" crowd do

http://www.eufolksoc.org.uk/

but it depends what sort of organisation you want to run. The Edinburgh Folk Society is less concert oriented than they used to be in the old "Crown days" when they had regular club nights with visiting guest artists.

Onny will remember that there were a few attractive ladies involved back then.   colors
Rid Sonja

What kind of club do you envisage?  Are you thinking of a concert based club, or somewhere that encourages 'non professional' performers*.  Will it have a PA or will it be acoustic?  You could always see in the Star in Saints could give you any pointers coz they've been running a FC in Glasgow for the past 30 years so there's people there with current hands-on experience.

I'd be interested in how your format develops because of its location.



*and before anyone thinks that I'm taking a swipe at people who play for fun and pleasure might equate in some way with ability, may I say that nothing could be further from the truth.  There are many, many excellent performers who don't make performing their occupation.  There are some who I think are better than some 'professional' people earning a living in music.
renfrewshire radical

Hi KosmoT,

Welcome, to the forum.

As Catskinner and I are not too far from the West End, we could meet for a chat sometime. I ran the Glasgow Uni FC for a while in the 80's and 'skinner, was custodian of the Star FC for many years.

Mick West's Partick FC, last friday of each month, should also be close to hand. Should have it's own thread up next week.

KosmoT was also looking for Glasgow session details when we met elswhere on the web, so pass on times and venues guys.
Onny

Ben Nevis. Argyle Street at Corunna Street, Thursday and Sunday. Officially 8.30pm onwards but sometimes a wee bit later.
Onny

Re: Glasgow University Folk Club

KosmoT wrote:
Hello, I'm going to be starting the GUFC this september, if anyone is interested in the club, has any pointers or just fancies a chat that'd be great.

Thanks
Kosmo


Is there still folkie type stuff in the Research Club on Sunday evenings?
Onny

I suppose we should include the Pensioner's Session. Babbity Bowster. Saturday. 4pm till whenever.
East Coaster

Onny, you didn't rise to the bait.  
I thought the "good looking sister" of a certain Edinburgh musician would get a mention as she used to be the treasurer there.  bigsmurf
Onny

East Coaster wrote:
Onny, you didn't rise to the bait.  
I thought the "good looking sister" of a certain Edinburgh musician would get a mention as she used to be the treasurer there.  bigsmurf


I'm being well behaved for a few days. The "good looking daughter" of a certain (former) Edinburgh musician is involved there still Smilie_PDT
KosmoT

I'm planning on running a non concert based folk club to begin with, then when people have formed a repertoire and maybe we have more backing behind the club I can find new young talent to have, but currently I think that non professionals (unless professionals want to join in of course) playing whatever they like will be welcome - I have created a facebook group which explains a lot.

I'd be happy to meet with anyone who is interested in joining or helping out, though I will be running it and organising all that goes on for the first year at least I will probably let other people run certain nights, I want to steer the club away somewhat from just Scottish music and just singer/songwriter types, although any music will be welcome I hope the majority isn't all one type. (Phew that sentence was in desperate need of punctuation).

Anyway, thank you again.

Kosmo
Rid Sonja

I think you'll find, if you go along to some of the sessions and, of course, the Star, that the music on offer is very diverse across a range of styles and performing professionalism.

From what you're describing it sounds like your thinking of a musicians/singers session.  There's quite a few of them around Glasgow..I go to Morrison's on a Wednesday and sometimes down to Si Laurie's place in King St on a Monday as these two places are easy for me to get to and they are mainly (though not entirely) song sessions, which are my preference.  I believe there are others here who could tell you of other venues on other nights...and of course, do you have an age-range of people that you'd like to come along?

One of the real problems with folk clubs up and down the country is the age group of the audiences.  Young people seem to prefer festivals to a club - maybe because they think that a club has nothing to teach them, which is a pity really because where do they think that the music comes from?  

The folk scene is such a huge diaspora of tastes and influences that I can hardly imagine any music that doesn't have some sort of connection with it...but then some of the folk police would like to keep music hide-bound within their prescibed preferences, and this is not a good way to include and involve a younger audience.  And yet there's a wonderful feeling to be in a group of people playing and singing - some songs you'll know, others you've never heard before but which make you want to know more.  The directions in music that some songs have taken me because I just happened to hear them one time..I would never have learned so much if I had stayed at home or gone to a concert listening to bands/people sing songs that I already knew existed.  That, for me, is the real wonder of live music.
Bruce

Kosmo - Can you let us (Celtic Music Radio) know how this project is progressing - we'll promote the event on our "what's on" programmes, and maybe arrange for you to come into the studio sometime for an on-air chat.

Send any "what's on" info to Adele at "whatson@celticmusicradio.net"

Bruce.
bruce@celticmusicradio.net
renfrewshire radical

Your model sounds good, 'Skinner and I  have long believed that a benign dictatorship is the best way to run a folk club, that way you get things done, and don't get let down.

Our days of club running are behind us and firmly staying there, but we're willing to support any new venture all the more when it's someone new and young who's doing it.

I had concluded that you were new to Glasgow from your Mudcat post and that was why I suggested you came here to get more local info.

The reason I suggested having a chat was to give youe local insight which can be acomplished much easier over a pint than over the internet.

John.
KosmoT

A pint does sound good ... I'm fairly newish to glasgow (only been here two years) and I've found folk clubs, but no students seem to appear at them, if anyone does fancy a bevvie and a chat I'd love to come a long, maybe brign the other "leaders" of the club with me and we can be pointed in the right direction, next week I'm having the first trial session, hopefully people will turn up and listen to what I have to say.

I really want it to be for everyone who likes folk music, whether they're traddys or singer/songwriters.

K
Rid Sonja

Sounds good.  When and where? (or did I miss that?)
KosmoT

1st night!


the secretary, the treasurer and myself want to promote the folk club, also, we'd love it if any of you would like to come along to the 1st night, which will be on the Thursday evening (7 onwards).

I'm still working on a venue, for more information please come to the Freshers fair at the uni.


Please get back to me with any helpful advice Smilie_PDT

Thanks
Kosmo
xxx
Catskinner

Is that this coming Thursday the 17th?

I'm committed to the Star Club that night to cover sound.

I hope everything goes well.
Jim King

I can't make it on Thursday either, even if I knew where you were going to be. drunken

However, you may wish to pop along to the Clark and King concert at Uisge Beatha on Friday (18th) where you could meet me, Catskinner and possibly a few other helpful and useful contacts.
KosmoT

Actually I meant thursday the 24th, because the 17th is during Freshers week! sorry for the confusion, but now, I've changed it to the 23rd, due to too many things going on on the Thursday, and us not having a room.

I've got in touch with the necessary people, but still no reply from the ones that can actually help.

If anyone knows of a pub or venue that's either free or cheap or won't mind a bunch of students playing music (we'll bring revenue!) then that'd be great, so far it's in the queen margaret union.

Thanks.

Kosmo
Jim King

KosmoT wrote:
Actually I meant thursday the 24th, because the 17th is during Freshers week! sorry for the confusion, but now, I've changed it to the 23rd, due to too many things going on on the Thursday, and us not having a room.


You realise that if you intend to make it a regular Thursday event it conflicts with The Star Folk club in Glasgow (at SAInTS)?

Quote:
I've got in touch with the necessary people, but still no reply from the ones that can actually help.


??? who are they?

Quote:
If anyone knows of a pub or venue that's either free or cheap or won't mind a bunch of students playing music (we'll bring revenue!) then that'd be great, so far it's in the queen margaret union.

Thanks.

Kosmo


If it's to be in the west end, drop into Uisge Beatha on a Sunday or Wintersgills on a Tuesday (folky sessions). You'll meet people who will be able to advise you about venues.

Sorry if I'm not someone who can actually help. scratch
KosmoT

It's on Wednesday hopefully will be regular, I've found a venue.

All is well.
Jim King

Is it a secret then?
KosmoT

Sorry, my apologies - it's the queen margaret union in the west end.
KosmoT

The first night went really really well!!!!

The next glasgow university folk club night will be on Sunday the 4th of October.

Everyone is welcome really. Though the union has certain policies about letting people into the building

But I'll be around to let people know where to go.

We also have the odd jam session on a Wednesday, where we just kick back and have fun.

Thanks
The email to contact is glasgow_university_folk_club@hotmail.com

Kosmo
Rid Sonja

I see that clashes with th uiskie session.  Do you have an act booked so that people listen or can they join in?
KosmoT

We had a room change to the Three Judges, which was really good.

We don't book people as we're all singers/musicians, so it's really for us to have a singaround and a wee jam.

The turnout so far isn't vast, but we get a regular bunch of us (or have for the past two weeks) which is nice.

Kosmo
Redlornie

Glad its going so well Kosmo, keep at it!
Rid Sonja

So, is it every Sunday in the 3 Judges?  

Pity the subway is off.
Onny

Rid Sonja wrote:
So, is it every Sunday in the 3 Judges?  

Pity the subway is off.


It give the rest of some respite from Sou Siders.


PS. There's always the 9 bus
KosmoT

I wasn't there this weekend, due to a Dream Theatre gig, which was fabulous.

But apparantly some of you went and met Calum, who's sort of next in command. Or at least he was last night.

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed it, we're going back to the three Judges again next week, then the week after. Then after that We'll have affiliated with the necessary student bodies and we'll be able to get a slightly more enclosed bigger venue. The Three Judges has the problem of being very noisy sometimes, plus I don't want to disturb the footie fans ... for fear of ending up with a broken flute ...
Rid Sonja

Onny wrote:
Rid Sonja wrote:
So, is it every Sunday in the 3 Judges?  

Pity the subway is off.


It give the rest of some respite from Sou Siders.


PS. There's always the 9 bus


Whit use is that tae me?  Ah hiv nae need tae go tae Paisley Road West and beyond...
Rid Sonja

KosmoT wrote:
I wasn't there this weekend, due to a Dream Theatre gig, which was fabulous.

But apparantly some of you went and met Calum, who's sort of next in command. Or at least he was last night.

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed it, we're going back to the three Judges again next week, then the week after. Then after that We'll have affiliated with the necessary student bodies and we'll be able to get a slightly more enclosed bigger venue. The Three Judges has the problem of being very noisy sometimes, plus I don't want to disturb the footie fans ... for fear of ending up with a broken flute ...


Went along.  Met Calum. The pub was a bit noisy but singing in the middle of the bar was perhaps not the best place to be.  I would have rather sat in a corner where the sound would reflect off the walls a bit and allow at least the others in the group hear what was going on.  Calum didn't have that problem though.. cheers
Onny

The Three Judges

Does The Three Judges still have the mankiest gents bog of any Glasgow pub?
Onny

Rid Sonja wrote:
Onny wrote:
Rid Sonja wrote:
So, is it every Sunday in the 3 Judges?  

Pity the subway is off.


It give the rest of some respite from Sou Siders.


PS. There's always the 9 bus


Whit use is that tae me?  Ah hiv nae need tae go tae Paisley Road West and beyond...


Well you know what happened the last (only!) time ah tried tae go tae Govan (Linthouse) on a bus.
KosmoT

Ahh, glad you met Calum, nearly as noisy as me he is!

I hope you enjoyed yourselves, but the place we usually play is up on a raised platform.
KosmoT

Glasgow university folk club is on again this Coming Sunday at 8 o clock at the three judges Smilie_PDT
Onny

KosmoT wrote:
Glasgow university folk club is on again this Coming Sunday at 8 o clock at the three judges Smilie_PDT


A Coming Sunday sounds very like one of my kind of days.
Jim King

Maybe, Onny, but it's at the Three Judges, not the Semen's Mission.
KosmoT

Hi guys,

Tonights gig is on at 8 at my place, if you need the address text on 07758328817

Thanks

Kosmo

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