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Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?

17 Mar 17 - 05:15 AM (#3845318)
Subject: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

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


17 Mar 17 - 05:51 AM (#3845321)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

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


17 Mar 17 - 09:09 AM (#3845343)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

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)


17 Mar 17 - 10:00 PM (#3845459)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

rise again ...


18 Mar 17 - 03:56 AM (#3845468)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG

And again......


18 Mar 17 - 07:22 AM (#3845491)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Liberty Boy

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.


19 Mar 17 - 12:59 AM (#3845604)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST

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

CHeers

Bugsy


19 Mar 17 - 06:00 AM (#3845633)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

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


19 Mar 17 - 06:19 AM (#3845636)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

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.


19 Mar 17 - 09:43 AM (#3845657)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

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.


20 Mar 17 - 02:13 AM (#3845760)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

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

Bruce


20 Mar 17 - 06:08 AM (#3845780)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,Gerry

Teresa & I expect to be there, as usual.


20 Mar 17 - 06:14 AM (#3845783)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez

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

Cheers,

Andrez


20 Mar 17 - 10:44 AM (#3845824)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

Gerry - great!

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


20 Mar 17 - 10:46 AM (#3845826)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

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


20 Mar 17 - 05:16 PM (#3845874)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG

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

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


20 Mar 17 - 10:09 PM (#3845903)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce from Bathurst

I'll be there with the mighty Seņor 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


20 Mar 17 - 10:18 PM (#3845905)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

my favourite expletive GRRRRRR


21 Mar 17 - 07:36 AM (#3845947)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez

Can anybody Trump that?

Cheers,

Andrez


21 Mar 17 - 05:14 PM (#3846028)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Ian Hayden

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 :)


21 Mar 17 - 06:23 PM (#3846048)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

YAH!

BMC & members gigs @ NFF


21 Mar 17 - 08:50 PM (#3846072)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: DaveJohnson

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!


22 Mar 17 - 05:20 AM (#3846099)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,Guest

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?


22 Mar 17 - 05:57 AM (#3846102)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST

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


23 Mar 17 - 05:40 AM (#3846238)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

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


23 Mar 17 - 07:41 AM (#3846262)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,Curious guest

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.


23 Mar 17 - 09:02 AM (#3846290)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST

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....


23 Mar 17 - 07:31 PM (#3846381)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG

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.


23 Mar 17 - 09:27 PM (#3846403)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,curious Guest

Well done JennieG.

Exactly the point I was trying to make!


24 Mar 17 - 05:33 AM (#3846424)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST

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....


24 Mar 17 - 07:35 AM (#3846440)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,Curious guest

No agenda I can assure you.

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

Pedantry rules!


24 Mar 17 - 10:58 PM (#3846530)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez

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


24 Mar 17 - 11:03 PM (#3846532)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez

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

Cheers,

Andrez