Dear Mother Maple: house concert conundrum
Welcome to the first instalment of Dear Mother Maple, where there are no stupid questions. There are only stupid people with questions. I’m just kidding you, my dears!
The lovely young boys behind Roots Music Canada have asked me to put down my dulcimer and take up my pen to help answer some questions that are plaguing the rootsy folk of Canada and the world, on this Whirligig Web thingamabob.
Here’s our first question:
Dear Mother Maple:
“Last night at our Local Folk Society meeting we were discussing house concerts and creating a policy or guideline around reimbursing our hosts. With the rising cost of food and the like we felt that there should be some remuneration for individuals who are opening their homes for our performers especially when the audience reaches numbers over 50 – do you have an expert available on your website that could help advise on this matter?
Andrea: Don’t be anxious, dear. It will ruin the show for everyone! And yes, of course we have an expert: it’s ME.
Instead of paying the presenter, perhaps you could arrive early and clean their house or make a piping hot Apple Brown Betty for them. Surely their car could use a vacuuming, or the chrome on their mic stand a shining?
I know when I host a house concert, my bunions act up something awful. Rather than a couple of sweaty, crumpled $20 bills, why not take a page from that lovely young Corin Raymond and offer to give the host a foot rub? Her bunions will thank you for it. Oh, I’m awful!
More to your point, dear, I think that if someone is together enough invite you to their house and exert enough friendly persuasion to see 50 warm bodies waiting patiently for you to get the bunion smell off your hands and start playing music, they probably are together enough to deal with the food issue.
Mother Maple loves potlucks! Especially when someone stays behind to help the hostess with the dishes…
Do you have a question for Mother Maple? She’d be tickled to help. Just ask, dears!
Mother Maple’s home-made advice is also available on The Twitters.