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Postby Gmajor » Mon May 19, 2008 10:26 pm

Can anyone help me does Folk mix with gypsy jazz?
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Postby Ganondorf » Tue May 20, 2008 12:26 am

I think the looks of disgust on their faces at the local folk club said it all the other night (Django who?). I tried to break the ice a bit and introduce a bit of george formby but one of the guys threatened to smash my face in.

Has anybody else on the forum had any 'run ins' with folk guitarists? :D
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Postby Jono » Tue May 20, 2008 1:23 pm

I play various folk styles as well as attempting to play this stuff. I've never had any problems with folk clubs, but then I used to run one for five years, so maybe I would say that. Most of the regulars at my local one love Hot Club stuff and I've played jazz and classical pieces there.

That said, I know there are other folk clubs around where all sorts of stuff is frowned upon, for all sorts of ridiculous reasons. One person I know can't abide brass instruments on folk songs because it 'isn't traditional' (which it often is if you come from a North of England mining/steel community), but happily sings sea-shanties accompanying himself on bouzouki.
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Postby Ricardo » Thu May 22, 2008 12:09 pm

I was thrown to the lions so to speak once -three of us were invited to a folk jam in a pub. The older folkies looked on in horror as we launched into a number, but several of the younger ones joined in on fiddles and concertinas etc. We received raptuous applause afterwards from the rest of the pub, which put out some of the staunch folkies. I think there is some interest from folk players but in the main -stay well clear.
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Postby Rene » Thu May 22, 2008 12:10 pm

I know and play with lots of folkies. They just don't understand soloing etiquette, and all play solos at the same time. They're so used to playing in unison all the time. :evil: I'm often playing trad tunes as a starting point for improvisation, using the tune as a head arrangement sort of thing. Fun.
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Postby lnb » Sun May 25, 2008 8:43 am

Folk clubs are ok, we play in one regular and they love it.
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Postby lnb » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:32 pm

hey Rene, when it says your location ''the river'' is that your boat on the pic, do you live on it.
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Postby Rene » Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:14 pm

Yes and yes.
And you?
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Postby lnb » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:21 am

indeed i do .
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Postby Ricardo » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:26 am

aaah the romance. I'm extraordinarily jealous. I can just see you jamming away on a warm summers evening as Juliette Binoche dips her truffles in the galley.
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Postby lnb » Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:21 am

it is very nice, now the suns out anyway. heres a pic i just took of my neighbours.
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Postby Rene » Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:55 pm

Yes, it's the best !
As it happens I've left the river for the cut instead. Too much flooding and mud. Where do you hang about, then ?

And since this topic's gone boating, I'll add that I'm looking for a butty now I've got a son, so I can move my studio and instruments out of the main boat, and have some space for myself.

There's often sessions on the towpath down our way, some good musicians and an eccentric repertoire.
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Postby lnb » Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:19 pm

moored on the cut in Aldridge on the daw end branch.
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Postby Captain Swing » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:56 pm

Folk music! Gah! It induces rapid aging, followed by death if you don't escape quickly enough.
Last time i went in a folk club, i only lasted for as long as it took me to drink a pint as fast i could, & i still came out feeling 30yrs older. Another 5mins & i would've pegged it.
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Postby Djazznomad » Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:10 pm

Rene wrote: They just don't understand soloing etiquette, and all play solos at the same time. They're so used to playing in unison all the time. :evil:


This is SO true! I also live on a riverbank, the Rio Guadiana, in a house.
There are a few English folkies here and over the last ten years I've tried and failed to either play with them or inculcate them into any style that is jazz-based. Lo peor es, (the worst is), they don't swing! :cry:
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