Hi All

I am presently compiling a new set list after being absent for a few years, its being drawn from Christy Moore, Dubliners Fury's, Johnny McEvoy, Pogues, and a scatter of other fine troubadors. I would like to create a bit of  "freshness" "uniqueness" and not murder all the old favourites, but still not an obscure list that no one other than ourselfs would know. Hope Im explaining it. So if anyone would like to throw out a few pointers , if you feel you have the pulse of todays listener, I would really  like to hear your views.   Been to a few gigs in town but most of the lads there seemed like they were  nonplussed about the whole thing and were just banging out a few songs for the tourists. Wont be involved in that scene anyway, as not gigging professionally.  Anyone any thoughts , or whats working for you.

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A few I think are definitely worth including are Raglan Road, Dark horse on the wind and Night visiting song. I love singing them anyway!!

The Shores of Loch Bran, Bunclody, The Fields of Athenrye, Dirty Old Town, The Town I loved so well, the hills of Ardmorn, Parcel of Rogues, Mingulay Boat Song, Ladies go dancing at Whitsun,  and for a good laugh "the Sick Note"...

God man, there are so many songs, can't name 'm all, but I personally like to sing the lesser known songs, don't go for the obvious. The audience does not necessarily have to sing along with each and every song, sometimes they should just shut up and listen. Only nag is, when you're in a session with instruments, the players want to play along, and if they don't know any of the songs you sing, they get frustrated, so there you have to seek the balance between well known, or less well known but easy melody line....At least , that's my experience.....

cheers, Kees



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