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Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?

Sandra in Sydney 17 Mar 17 - 05:15 AM
Bruce D 17 Mar 17 - 05:51 AM
Sandra in Sydney 17 Mar 17 - 09:09 AM
Sandra in Sydney 17 Mar 17 - 10:00 PM
JennieG 18 Mar 17 - 03:56 AM
Liberty Boy 18 Mar 17 - 07:22 AM
GUEST 19 Mar 17 - 12:59 AM
Sandra in Sydney 19 Mar 17 - 06:00 AM
Bruce D 19 Mar 17 - 06:19 AM
Sandra in Sydney 19 Mar 17 - 09:43 AM
Bruce D 20 Mar 17 - 02:13 AM
GUEST,Gerry 20 Mar 17 - 06:08 AM
Andrez 20 Mar 17 - 06:14 AM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Mar 17 - 10:44 AM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Mar 17 - 10:46 AM
JennieG 20 Mar 17 - 05:16 PM
Bruce from Bathurst 20 Mar 17 - 10:09 PM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Mar 17 - 10:18 PM
Andrez 21 Mar 17 - 07:36 AM
Ian Hayden 21 Mar 17 - 05:14 PM
Sandra in Sydney 21 Mar 17 - 06:23 PM
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GUEST,Guest 22 Mar 17 - 05:20 AM
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Subject: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 05:15 AM

as JennieG said recently it must be time to start my annual thread, so here it is. 4 weeks to go according to the NFF newsletter which arrived today.

JennieG & I will be there along with Hrothgar, & BruceD hopes to be there too.

Who else will be there? Any overseas Catters booked?

It will be a cold festival as Easter is late this year, so the shops selling vintage clothes & South American woolly jumpers will do well! And the mulled wine & hot spiced orange juice will go down a treat, too on a cool night.

National Folk Festival site - check out the program!

sandra


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 05:51 AM

looking forward to the National, there will be a big hole in the ranks of shanty singers with the death of Danny Sponner, but the plus side for this year the Hymn session is back in a decent venue.

Bruce D


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 09:09 AM

Danny was programmed after the hymn session one year so I made a bee-line to him & he joined us (led us?) in Amazing Grace.

Community Hymn Singing with Hrothgar & his Beautiful Assistants, his beautiful wife Anne, the equally beautiful JennieG & Sandra in Sydney! Sunday 10-11.30, The Terrace.

Danny Spooner Tribute Concert, 12.10 to 1.30 Budawong, Saturday 15th April.

I've just noticed both of BMC's gigs are on at the same time as this - the Saplings sessions for young musicians 8-16 years (Billy Moran Tent, 12.40 to 1.40) + Australian songs (Session Bar, 12.30 to 2.40)


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 10:00 PM

rise again ...


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 03:56 AM

And again......


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Liberty Boy
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 07:22 AM

I'll be there, giving a talk on Songs of Emigration and Exile and Early Ballads in Ireland and hosting a song session on Sunday evening on the terrace.


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 12:59 AM

Have fun everyone. We'll get back there ONE DAY!

CHeers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 06:00 AM

Bugsy - one day we will meet up! If only my sister was still living in Freemantle, unfortunately they became Queenslanders after getting back from their postings overseas.

Liberty Boy - I'd already marked your gigs on my program printout!

places to meet up - Liberty Boy's gigs - Friday 2pm Spiegel, Sunday 6pm Terrace, Singing Session 9.30-11.30 Terrace

Community Hymn Singing with Hrothgar & his Beautiful Assistants, his beautiful wife Anne, the equally beautiful JennieG & Sandra in Sydney! Sunday 10-11.30, Terrace.

I'm also involved with the lunchtime Australian Songs sessions (Session bar 12-30-2.30 every day) - see you there?

any other places?

sandra


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 06:19 AM

Accommodation Booked, for 5 nights. All that I have to do is buy my ticket.

My only problem with this year national is that the carpark in Flemington Road is not avaliable, and i don't qualify for disable parking.


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 09:43 AM

only solution is to arrive very, very early each day so you get a good parking spot near the entrance, not at the far end of the only parking lot.


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 02:13 AM

I'm normally through the gates before Coffee Pete has open Up.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 06:08 AM

Teresa & I expect to be there, as usual.


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 06:14 AM

No chance of making it this year, work is taking me to the NT either before or just after Easter :-(

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 10:44 AM

Gerry - great!

Andrez, it's good to have a job, but they do get in the way of festivilling!


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 10:46 AM

or even festivaling! (hmmm, spellchcek doesn't like that, either but I do)


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 05:16 PM

Spellcheck can't even spell its own name, Sandra!

The young are just not well educated these days, are they?


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce from Bathurst
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 10:09 PM

I'll be there with the mighty Señor Cabrales band of renown. We have performances on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Come and hear Asturian, Galician, Breton and some more predictable Scottish and Irish material. Give it a go! You'll love it.

Plus ...

I *facilitate* a Broadcasters Forum at the National each year for radio presenters, listeners, performers, record producers and anyone else interested in the folk music we hear on radio and, increasingly, on line. This year we'll meet in the Billy Moran Tent at 10.00am on Monday. Usually, the focus tends to be on the community broadcasting sector, but I suspect we'll also have a bit to say about ABC Radio National's recent scuppering of almost all it's music programming. (Insert expletive here!)

I hope to see lots of Catters at Easter.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 10:18 PM

my favourite expletive GRRRRRR


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 07:36 AM

Can anybody Trump that?

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Ian Hayden
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 05:14 PM

I'll be there, and this year will be our grandson's first Nash.
You'll find me at Old Empire Band gigs, the Sally Sloane tunes workshop on Monday arvo, Settlers sessions in the mornings, the session bar anytime, and probably a late-night singing session upstairs when I'm too buggered to play any more tunes.

I'm exhausted just thinking about it ... but I love it :)


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 06:23 PM

YAH!

BMC & members gigs @ NFF


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: DaveJohnson
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 08:50 PM

I'll be having fun running the Festival Bush Orchestra. A set of old bush tunes, plus a ring-in or two, arranged in 4 parts. Musos from all over are welcome to join in. Dots are provided and a quick ear player can have a go too. 4 sessions 3.20 each day of the weekend and a concert on the last day. Participation.... that's what a real folk festival is about!


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 22 Mar 17 - 05:20 AM

Reading some blurb on the Oz National, I see they claim to have 50 THOUSAND attendees.

Think that could be a slight or even massive exaggeration for am event with the largest venue holding 3 thousand.

Bit of creative counting going on?


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 17 - 05:57 AM

Some 12,000 each day, Friday through Monday. Sounds about right, give or take a couple of thousand....


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D
Date: 23 Mar 17 - 05:40 AM

Dave, I won't be taking lots of photos this Festival, I'm going to spend more time listening.


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,Curious guest
Date: 23 Mar 17 - 07:41 AM

The other guest is not a mathematician then.

4 x 12000 EACH DAY does not mean c 50000 - I suspect most of those attending are there for the duration and should only be counted once!

As I said - creative counting - useful when you are looking for sponsorship.


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Mar 17 - 09:02 AM

Creative (ac)counting? Remember, we are talking about Canberra, Australia's home of creative accounting :-)

But seriously, I would imagine that they have to set a "maximum expected attendance" number for licensing, insurance and legal purposes, which is probably the reason for that figure. If all the planets align, that number is possibly achievable and justified.

Perhaps the claim in the publicity blurb could have been better written; maybe "up to 50,000 attendees" may have been a better way of phrasing it.

I doubt it has much to do with sponsorship. If numbers were to be vastly inflated, then there is a high risk that such sponsors would not come on board in future years, a situation which could spell the end of the festival as we know it....

If your concern is more than curious, then maybe a call or email to the office might get you some answers....


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG
Date: 23 Mar 17 - 07:31 PM

But don't ring the office when I'm working there.

Several years ago I was told that the attendance for each day - season ticket holders, and day tickets through the turnstile - are tallied, and at the end of the weekend the total of these figures is reckoned to be the numbers in attendance.

I know people who buy a season ticket but don't spend all day every day at the festival; while in Canberra they might go to the NGA or the War Memorial, or any other of Canberra's galleries and museums. To them, perhaps, the folk festival is "just another of Canberra's many attractions", as the blurbs say. To each his own.


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,curious Guest
Date: 23 Mar 17 - 09:27 PM

Well done JennieG.

Exactly the point I was trying to make!


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Mar 17 - 05:33 AM

To what end, may I ask? At the risk of feeding a troll, I feel that there is perhaps an agenda here. C'mon, do tell....


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,Curious guest
Date: 24 Mar 17 - 07:35 AM

No agenda I can assure you.

Having visited the event in the past (2013) the claimed numbers seemed at least misleading.

Pedantry rules!


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez
Date: 24 Mar 17 - 10:58 PM

Hi folks, sad news for those who knew him, have just heard that John Fitzgerald or Johnny Fitz as many also knew him has passed away. Last saw him at the Dan O'Connell reunion in 2014 I think it was. He played with the Colonials, the Bushwackers and many more over the years. Vale Fitzy, we all miss those halcyon days of the past at the Dan, the National and around.

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez
Date: 24 Mar 17 - 11:03 PM

Whoops forgot to mention the unforgettably great trio of Fitzy, Tony Lavin and Louie McManus as well.

Cheers,

Andrez


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