This past spring I was asked by a regional festival to send in an application to perform at the 2015 festival. Generally speaking when an artist is told something like this the booking is a bit like shooting fishing in a barrel. Not guaranteed, but highly likely. Why ask if you don’t like what the artist does?
So today I got notice that they’re very excited that I sent in my application and look forward to my performance, with this one codicil; “because we want to keep the traditional music feel to (unnamed Festival), we insist that at least 50% of the material presented be traditional rather than just recently composed material. I assume that won’t be a problem for you.” They assumed wrong. I was incredibly offended by this. Either you like what I do or you don’t and you can book me or not. But to tell me what I can and can’t play. Well, go fuck yourself. As far as I’m concerned that’s bullshit, and totally un-American. And it’s also short-sighted. Continue reading