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Tour Notes: What the Audience is Drinking

Posted on April 6, 2010 with 0 comments

Small folk venues are one of those things that are the same but completely different between the US and the UK. In both places there are concert series run by dedicated volunteers in community spaces, featuring a mix of local artists and national touring acts. The audiences are attentive and passionate about acoustic music. The main difference is what the audience is drinking.

Acoustic Brew is on what they call the "folding chairs and lemon squares" circuit. These shows are often housed in church basements. The beverage of choice is coffee, often accompanied by home-made baked goods.

The corresponding venues in the UK are the folk clubs, which are mostly in the back rooms of pubs. The beverage of choice is Guiness or real ale.

Jacey Bedford told me about a gig that Artisan did - a festival concert with June Tabor. Due to a pub closure (this happens not infrequently) the concert was moved to the nearby Methodist church and was underattended.

“We would have come,” said an apologetic fan the next day, “but there was no beer.”