only a guide --- only
. ish.--- approximately,
sort of, _____ I think!.
Folk club ---
formal, sit and listen (or else), entrance fee, paid performers, OR the organiser
want it to be called a "folk club"!
sess --- is / has been reported
as / is mostly / or otherwise - a jam session. ie mostly music, anyone who can
find a seat and doesn't play too loudly can play all night.
beg sess --- beginners session,
where some of us started.
w/s --- workshop, beginners
and experienced swap ideas. Learning as well as playing.
dance --- dancing is part of
it, or the only part of it sometimes.
acc sess, acoustic --- not
purely folk, may include storytelling, pop & poetry. May also be slightly
SAR --- is a singaround or
come-all-ye. ie one person (or collective) is invited to contribute a spot usually
in some sort of rotation around the room with a leader organising it.
spots --- organisers allow
individuals 3 - 9 minutes in the spotlight (on stage), usually in the first half.
open stage --- spots (in an
open mic.--- amplified spots
(in a Yankee accent).
bar music --- paid performers,
usually there are no spots or open mic or that kind of thing but you can try!
w/e --- week end, Friday, Saturday,
Sunday. OR a small festival.
fest --- festival.
day --- all day event.
alt --- every other week, or
some unreported formula of monthly nature which people thought was alternate.
alt... with other --- look
for a nearby same night alt venue and they will probably be co-operating with
occ... occasional - erratic
or unspecified frequency - definitely not predictable by my informants.
2/4 --- 2nd and 4th week of
the month (etc)
fantastic! --- I thought so
farmhouse cider --- nectar!
Irish, English, French, Storytelling, blues, not a sess!
--- the dominant style of the leading players,
often the only preference!
b/grass --- bluegrass
cajun / zydeco.--- "creole"
music from Louisiana. Americano-French or Franco-American perhaps!
trad --- this actually means
"sounds traditional" and implies "do not even think about an electric instrument",
in fact unless the event is specifically amplified, electrics are a pain to everyone
and that goes for most of my lists!