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Blog: Live Recording – How To Construct A Set List

How do you construct your set list?

What songs do you want on your album?

First of all, think about your very last song – the album you want to end on.

This is the one gig where you will be 100% certain to get an encore.

Do you want your audience to sing along? A lot depends on your style – do you want a big finish?

Now chose the song before your encore – your last song of the set. The song you sing before your encore. 

Chose one of your best songs to finish.

Then, choose your first song of the gig. It is important to start off with a strong song – it will be your first song on your album.

Think about the rest of the songs you want on the album… check out the speed of the songs – try and not put 2 songs together that sound very similar … also check what keys the songs are in –  alternate a fast song with a slow one maybe –  … and fit them into your set.

Blog: House Gigs – A Perfect Place To Record

After a folk club gig, I was having a chat with a friend of mine who asked me if I would play a gig at their house one Sunday evening and how much would I charge.

“I won’t charge you anything”, I said, “but get everyone who comes to the gig to donate £10 I will record my live album at the gig – and in return, I will make sure everyone in the room gets a free signed CD when it comes out”

Blog: Crowd Funding And The Art Of Asking

“You know what’s really cool? Wake up every morning, decide what you feel like doing, and do it.” 
― Amanda Palmer

One way of financing your live CD is by using a crowdfunding scheme like Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding is a scheme where in return for money given to you by “patrons”,  they receive, for example, something in return from you.

So for donating money to your new live CD project,  they could get in return downloads of your music, hard copy CD’s, a free house gig for themselves,

Blog: Grow Your Own Gig

Steve Knightley is a Singer Songwriter based in the South West of the UK and performs both as a solo artist and as part of the duo Show Of Hands with super musician Phil Beer.

If you haven’t heard of Steve Knightley, Show Of Hands or Phil Beer I can safely say they are massive in the folk world.

In 2014 Steve Knightley came up with the “Grow Your Own Gig” concept, which involved individual fans organising Steve Knightley gigs in village halls as part of a tour throughout the UK. Their fans actually organised over 75 gigs – a phenomenal amount of concerts.