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Thread #138645   Message #3175006
Posted By: ossonflags
23-Jun-11 - 01:48 AM
Thread Name: Beverley - PVFF ten years
Subject: RE: Beverley - PVFF ten years
I don't see were the fringe was "marginalised" at Beverley Festival.

When was anyone needed to be approached by the festival to run a free session?
Put a poster in your pub window saying " Folk Friendly" and people will get in there.

I have run sessions for years in Beverley and Hull.This did include two free maritime festivals. I sorted them out meself without any recourse to "officials" or any one else for that matter, apart from getting of me arse and contacting people to come along. A lot of work but it was successful..

I don't often see eye to eye with events and people in Beverley but a bit of clarity is needed here I think.

Coupla of years ago there was an open meeting held at the Tiger pub in Beverley were Chris Wade and her team were available for peoples comments.

Me and others from the fringe went and expressed our views (in no uncertain terms by the way) on the way the Festival should go be run; A lot of our comments, including the camping issue were taken on board by her. As a result of negotiating by me a lot of free spaces were provided for the fringe that year.

This year there were at least five free fringe sessions in Hodgesons,

Friday and Sunday nights Les and Maggies sessions Saturday night run by me. Dereck Waudby running singer songwriter stuff and singarounds.Harry watts band on Sunday afternoon.

Three in the Sun, three in the Tiger and the Two sessions on the festival village sessions run by me were all free and available to all.

This was apart from some late night stuff in the session tent all free..

As far as the Oddfellows was concerned some mates of mine were in there and had a great time.
For the rest I am not in a position to comment.

Although supportive of a reunion I feel it would be more of an idea for Comrades to get together and find ways of making the fringe events - including the camping arrangements better.