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|Well rules are a bit too strong but the guidlines are:|
1) I list predictable events based on
a) week/mth frequency eg 1st & 3rd or only alt mths
b) week frequency (every 3 weeks has been known)
c) day of week (or days)
d) or even the day number (eg Wawickshire singers circle)
e) mth & part of mth if yearly.
f) Ceilidhs, Barn Dances, French, Cajun etc - tell me- you never know I might turn up.
2) I list frequent events not normally one-offs (except dances). Unless I have a particular interest then I may compose the page for it but it usually is instigated by me and has only failed when I was asked to do it (and then had my hard work squandered by the asker). As a result, if asked, I may play the House Rules card - details on request.
3) I can list entertainment - (ie there is more than a nominal a charge)
a) Folk Clubs, (as far as I know Country, Western, Rock, Blues, or Jazz clubs are not listed.)
b) Concerts - got to be Folky and regular
c) Festivals - great - tell me about them, but gotta have that folk entertainer &/or sessions on the programme.
5) Open sessions - (no apreciable cover charge) -
a) Open mike/ open stage I am happy to list these as long as any unaccompanied folk singer/songwriter would be happy to have a go. And people are listening.
b) I favour the unamplified, and eschew volume, if I would have to wear earplugs you don't get a plug - that's my rule - as an electronic engineer I know about the relationship between aural accuity and volume & I will be just as unyielding as the volume knob. Though not as unpleasant!
c) Sessions unamplified - any folky musical genre is acceptable but I would prefer to know the style to guide the users of my lists. If Joe Public can turn up with a bodhran and people wait to see if he can try to blend then no problem. If the venue doesn't like bodhrans tell me, it will guide the user. & I most likely won't be there either!
d) If it is cliquey and Joe Public can be excluded by policy rather than for good musical excuse then I may choose to not list. (banjo's and bodhrans are not an excuse - loud players are!)
e) SAR or come-all-ye (by default unamplified) are what I set-up the lists for.
f) Story-telling - no problem
g) Poetry - needs a bit of singing or musicianship to qualify as folk as opposed to art with a capital "F" (I am a poet).
h) Casual dancing is fine (I dance cajun, French & ceilidhs ) & ceilidhs, barn, dances, squares and contra etc tell me about them please.
5) Workshops - fine as long as a folkie can join in. But see frequency rules.
6) Geographical area - for logistic reasons even this is too big - so thus far and no further.
a) Gloucestershire (hub of area)
d) Gwent (near parts of )
e) Powys (near parts)
f) Shropshire (southern)
i) Devon (eastern parts thereof)
j) Warwickshire (South & west)
k) Oxfordshire (North and west)
l) West Midlands (South western enclaves thereto)
7) Links - gotta be to folky sites.
a) Links to other sites that list venues adjacent to my area can be added - I prefer a return link to my site as a courtesy.
b) Links further a-field - I have a page for "others" and can add as and when asked.
c) Links to sites that don't list venues - I have a page for "others" and can add as and when asked.
d) If you use Flash movies Mr Red reserves the right to warn surfers on 56K dial-up that they are going to wait a long time and may not see anything while the bulkware downloads. Moral - give them an option to avoid the eye-candy and cut to the information. Add a Skip button.
8) Images - logos, photos, animations, music, JAVA etc.
b) only my own
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