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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


30 Mar 17 - 07:06 AM (#3847542)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

Been quite around here, I hope it's just us Mudcatter's conserving our energy for the big Event

Anyway 14 days to go.

Just booked the last accommodation for my trip and my Season Ticket for the Festival.


Bruce


30 Mar 17 - 10:08 AM (#3847578)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

hmmm, I really must sort out how I'm getting there - wanna drive to Sydney & collect me, Bruce?


30 Mar 17 - 04:30 PM (#3847657)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG

We're starting our drive next Wednesday, 5th.....taking our sweet time to get there with a couple of overnight stops. My first shift in the office is, as usual, the Sunday before Easter.


31 Mar 17 - 02:11 AM (#3847725)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

Sandra from Sydney ......hmmm, I really must sort out how I'm getting there - wanna drive to Sydney & collect me, Bruce?

Actually, I'm spending 3 day in Sydney before the national, and plan to drive down early Thursday Afternoon, (I Know the traffic will be terrible on the Hume). any good for you ?


Bruce D


31 Mar 17 - 04:46 AM (#3847736)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bugsy

It'll do me Bruce!

Just give me a pm when you get to Perth and I'll give you my steet adress.

ps do you have a tow hitch? I'd like to bring the caravan.... and Mrs Bugsy.

Cheers

Bugsy


31 Mar 17 - 10:22 AM (#3847812)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce from Bathurst

The Bruces rule OK!

Well, it would be a 'significant' detour from Bathurst to pick up a passenger in Perth on the way to Canberra, but the child bride and I have developed a fondness for Perth since our daughter and her fiddle violin moved to Perth a couple of years ago, so don't discount the possibility, Bugsy!

Our daughter escaped from the musical confines of "Dad's bush music" when she was about fifteen she studied fiddle violin at ANU in Canberra and I made sure she was exposed to the heady vibe of the session bar at the National Folk Festival back when there were traditional Australian / bluegrass / gypsy / klezmer / old timey / Euro-Celtic and any number of other musical styles intermingling in that amazingly vibrant space late into the night.

With the added bonus of a masters degree from the Uni of WA, she now earns a living teaching fiddle violin and playing in string quartets and the occasional orchestral gig.


31 Mar 17 - 10:46 AM (#3847815)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

Bruce from Melbourne

A ride in your excellent company would be lovely, but I always attend the Folklore conference, so need to travel on Wednesday.

Default plan was to catch a bus & one of my mates will be taking my bedding & warm clothes. I'm staying in Tent City.

Bruce from Bathurst -

That's an excellent idea to visit your fiddler daughter before Easter one year & bring Bugsy & Mrs Bugsy to Canberra with you! I've been waiting years to meet him.

sandra


31 Mar 17 - 04:52 PM (#3847891)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG

I met Bugsy in the session bar once, and Mrs Bugsy too......so I know they really do exist, they're not just our imaginary friends!


31 Mar 17 - 08:05 PM (#3847912)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

I too know they really exist, Margaret Walters met Bugsy at Top End FF a few years back.


31 Mar 17 - 10:35 PM (#3847924)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST,wellsy

Anybody want a lift from Brisbane ? I'm offering one for FREE !! Yes, that's right. But you have to help drive. Email me at smnwlls58@gmail.com

Also, can any Aussies tell me where is an obit ( on here or elsewhere online) to the recently dec'd John Fitzgerald RIP.


01 Apr 17 - 12:10 AM (#3847927)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

A road trip Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Canberra and might to doable one day, seeing I've done Sydney to Perth return nearly 30 times. unluckily lack of annual leave would prevent it for a few more years.

Bruce D


03 Apr 17 - 07:20 AM (#3848319)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

Just looked at the long range weather forecast for Easter, Low chance of rain for 14th and 15th, Fine on the 16th with a Medium chance on Monday 17th.


Bruce


03 Apr 17 - 09:25 AM (#3848338)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

I always pack my raincoat!

All my warm clothing & various other things like torches & tent lights are packed in my smaller shopping trolley, & along with 2 big bags - 80% down quilt + sheets/towels/woolly underblanket (very awkward load!) will be taken by peak hour train to a friend's place on Thursday morning as he is a volunteer & will be arriving in Canberra on Sunday.

Then Margaret W. & I get the 8am bus on Wed with 1 bag each & arrive in Canberra before lunch.

and it's on!

sandra


04 Apr 17 - 01:36 AM (#3848463)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: rich-joy

Whilst I hope you all have a great time at The Nash, I must confess I am somewhat surprised that I've been unable to find a thread detailing the recent Monster Cyclone Debbie and the resultant and extraordinary ongoing Floods of Qld-NSW - have I missed it? or what......

R-J (who is too tired to start one)


04 Apr 17 - 08:12 AM (#3848514)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Andrez

Hi Wellsy, the funeral was last friday as per the notice in the Herald Sun at http://tributes.heraldsun.com.au/notice/381832021/view. I can't find an online Obit but can report that about 5-600 people came to St Gabriels, musicians and family alike. As might be expected there was barely a dry eye in the house. The Eulogy by brother Joe was great as was the session music both inside and outside the church. If I come across an Obit or similar online I'll post a link.

Cheers,

Andrez


09 Apr 17 - 08:12 AM (#3849641)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Bruce D

well, I'm packed and ready to hit the road in the Morning.

Melbourne to Sydney tomorrow, Sydney to Canberra on Thurday.

Looking forward to the festival and catching up with everyone, BMC ozcatters specially.

Bruce d


09 Apr 17 - 07:18 PM (#3849730)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: JennieG

Right now Canberra is very very cold, the wind is coming from the alps. If you haven't already done so I would recommend packing a warm jacket, althiugh it will be milder again from tomorrow.


09 Apr 17 - 08:36 PM (#3849740)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

Canberra forecast to Sunday 16th!

Rainy today, not much chance of rain the rest of the week! (YAH!, but I'll still pack my raincoat.)

Nights 6-7C, days 20-21 - a normal Canberra Easter.

How's Ewen the wonder child?

sandra

all that driving, Bruce! I hope the roads are relatively clear on the first day of school holidays & traffic is not too heavy.


11 Apr 17 - 07:46 AM (#3849992)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: GUEST

The drive out of Melbourne was in Heavy Rain, and Now I'm sitting on North Head, and again Heavy Rain.

Cold nights in Camera, won't be a problem, I'm satying in a Hotel

Bruce D


11 Apr 17 - 09:12 AM (#3850006)
Subject: RE: Ozcatters @ 2017 National Folk Festival?
From: Sandra in Sydney

but before you get to your hotel, you'll be at the (cold) festival!