Sometimes we get together for a really big night (or afternoon) of music at the Newport Bowls Club.
Our Theme Nights have become increasingly popular - we choose a theme in advance, e.g. "Songs of love and hate" or "Elvis" and put out an invitation to rehearse and perform a song or two that fits the theme. The result is a night of unique combinations and interpretations, ranging from the highly original to the downright bizarre!
We run occasional Singalong nights too. The lyrics are on the projection screen, we choose songs that most people will know, and everyone gets to sing along. Singalongs have been suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic but we hope to bring them back soon.
Sometimes we book a performer or band as a special treat. Past performers have included Shane Howard, Braemar, Harmaniax, Nick Charles and Paul Wookey.
Newport Bowls Club
4 Market St Newport
Entry is $12 or $8 for members.
Meals are available, drinks at bar prices.
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Resources for performers
In keeping with our aim to build our members' performance skills, here are some resources.
Guidelines for performers
Rehearse, engage, support yourself and others - a short summary of the practicalities and philosophy of being a performer.
Advice on performing from Happy Traum
A detailed article by folk legend Happy Traum. Lots of practical tips and some deeper thoughts on what it means to be a performer.
Read/download article on Homespun music website.
At the last few Live@Newport events we've used the single 'bluegrass' microphone setup (Technically, a large-diaphragm condenser mike, the "Edwina" from Ear Trumpet Labs.)
It's a different technique from the usual 'one mike each' setup and some performers are still not getting the best out of it.
We took this video of UK bluegrass band Flats and Sharps at the National Folk Festival in 2017. These guys have the single-mike technique down to a fine art. Check it out!