Live music

dshaw

Message 2575 · 7 Oct 1995 22:27:51 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Andrew Dewdney said:

> Dance to a band like that and you don't feel tired (until afterwards!!)
> Many dancers though don't listen to the music. There is a band in London
> that exploits this effect, by playing in an 'of hand' fashion, but he still
> gets a god-like following, apart from those who do listen!
> we're always going to need you!

I confess, I don't understand this paragraph. What does "playing in an 'of
hand' fashion" mean? I'd also be interested to know, who is Sandy Nixon?

We'd love to dance to live music, and on the one or two occasions we've
managed it over the past decade have been VERY tolerant and appreciative
of any musicians willing to play. However, live music is a unaffordable
luxury for class or a small (three-four sets is normal) dance.

There are some fantastic contra musicians here, who know lots of reels and
jigs, but no strathspeys - and have no interest in learning strathspeys.
They're used to playing for 200+ people, not 24-32 and not a class, and
being well compensated. It's hard to attract crossover contra dancers,
too; those who try SCD usually give up after one or two classes - and "no
live music" is generally the primary reason given. (Others are "too hard
to learn" and "too much teaching - not enough dancing.")

So, how does a *small group* encourage affordable live music?

Deborah Shaw
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
xxxxx@xxxxx.xxx

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