My ticket has arrived at the same time as my renewed membership of FOAOTMAD - good value at £15.
Last week, at our local session I secured an in depth exclusive interview with Dave Proctor. He was able to reveal his plans for the festival and gave me this detailed lowdown on the "All-Stars" and "Antidote". Looks as though we're in for good time!
Hen House All-Stars arose out of regular meetings at FOATMAD Summer and Spring Camps between Dave Proctor (fidd), Colm Daly(guitar) and Stain(Banjo)and have appeared previously at 2 Gainsborough Festivals.
In 2003, line up was supplemented with Dave Young (Mandolin) and Tim Zielonko (Double Bass) to play A1 Festival of Music and Dance
Because of the widespread location of the 5 band members, they are 'virtual' practising by CD and internet prior to final rehearsals closer to the Festival!
They appear on Saturday night at Gainsborough.
Doc Proctor's Antidote brings together Dave Proctor (Fiddle,mandolin,guitar), Jock Tyldesley (Banjo/Fiddle/Banjo Uke) and Vera Van Heeringen (Guitar,Mandolin/fiddle)
Dave and Jock played together for many years in The Bearcats – on of UK's best loved Cajun bands, where they were renowned for their inspired twin fiddling. Jock and Vera are in the current line up of another great Cajun band – The Flatville Aces.
Jocks new found love of old-time banjo and old time music has enabled him and Dave once again to 'hook up' to exploit their great musical understanding.
Look out for some unusual old time tunes, songs and even the occasional novelty tune at their Gainsborough concert spot on Friday night.