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KosmoT



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:58 pm    Post subject: Glasgow University Folk Club  Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doubtless Catskinner can offer some advice, he has direct, long term experience. If I can help at all just ask.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh doubtless.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whaddye think? Should we tell Kosmo?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben Nevis. Argyle Street at Corunna Street, Thursday and Sunday. Officially 8.30pm onwards but sometimes a wee bit later.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Glasgow University Folk Club Reply with quote

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?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose we should include the Pensioner's Session. Babbity Bowster. Saturday. 4pm till whenever.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good.  When and where? (or did I miss that?)
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that this coming Thursday the 17th?

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

I hope everything goes well.

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