Folking in Tough Times

Folk Club

It’s been devastating watching the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our little community. Watching the festival, event, tour and gig cancellations roll in over the last week is breaking our hearts, but we know ultimately that these are the right decisions. The folk community is made up of so many diverse and wonderful people and we need to make sure our safety is top priority.

Right now is peak folk festival season and the cancellation of so many shows is going to have a deep and lasting impact on so many in the industry who rely on gigs for their income. However we think there’s a real opportunity for folk community to come together and soften that impact, if by just a little.

If you’re a lover of music and you were planning on attending a gig that has been (or probably will be) cancelled, let’s think about the ways in which we can redirect that money and energy towards the community. Some thoughts:

  • Sign up to the Patreon of your favourite artists
  • Buy artists’ albums and EPs on Bandcamp or iTunes or wherever you can
  • Order physical copies of artists’ music or their merchandise online
  • If you stream music, stream all you can. Create and share playlists of the artists you would have seen live and have music constantly in your life. Streaming doesn’t pay much but it pays something.
  • If a cancelled festival or event is offering to transfer your ticket to next year’s event, take them up on that offer rather than asking for a refund. They’d appreciate the money in the bank
  • And when we get through this go and see every gig you can!

If you’re and artist and you have links to ways fans can support you during this time (Patreon, merch stores, downloads, social pages, streaming, etc) head over to our Facebook post and drop them in the comments so we can share the love.

Stay safe friends and keep folking!

T&S

2 Comments

  1. Rose McDonald said,

    March 20, 2020 at 12:15

    Thanks Gareth, I hope you are both well and sometime soonish we can come out of this and play, see , and support live music together again. Watching the virtual space is really interesting as the creative musician make good of a bad situation. cheers Rosie ________________________________

  2. March 20, 2020 at 16:49

    […] “Right now is peak folk festival season and the cancellation of so many shows is going to have a deep and lasting impact on so many in the industry who rely on gigs for their income. However we think there’s a real opportunity for folk community to come together and soften that impact, if by just a little” – Gareth Hugh Evans on the little ways we can help our community in these trying times. Blog post here […]


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