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Kent Gathering of Traditional Music

GUEST,Gadaffi 26 Mar 08 - 06:44 AM
Richard Bridge 26 Mar 08 - 09:03 AM
GUEST,Essex Girl 26 Mar 08 - 09:14 AM
Richard Bridge 26 Mar 08 - 09:20 AM
GUEST,synbyn 26 Mar 08 - 01:54 PM
Richard Bridge 26 Mar 08 - 02:52 PM
GUEST,Essex Girl 27 Mar 08 - 05:08 AM
melodeonboy 27 Mar 08 - 05:35 AM
GUEST,Gadaffi 27 Mar 08 - 10:28 AM
Surreysinger 27 Mar 08 - 11:47 AM
GUEST,Gadaffi 28 Mar 08 - 07:32 AM
Surreysinger 28 Mar 08 - 07:34 PM
GUEST,Mr Grumpy 29 Mar 08 - 10:33 PM
My guru always said 30 Mar 08 - 07:11 AM
Surreysinger 30 Mar 08 - 06:49 PM
GUEST,M Grumpy 30 Mar 08 - 09:44 PM
GUEST,Gadaffi 31 Mar 08 - 07:18 AM
Kev The Clogs 31 Mar 08 - 11:31 AM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 07 Apr 08 - 07:34 PM
Surreysinger 08 Apr 08 - 08:59 AM
Surreysinger 08 Apr 08 - 01:41 PM
melodeonboy 08 Apr 08 - 02:43 PM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 08 Apr 08 - 06:46 PM
GUEST, Mr Grumpy 09 Apr 08 - 03:40 AM
GUEST 09 Apr 08 - 04:48 AM
GUEST, Mr Grumpy 09 Apr 08 - 07:28 AM
GUEST 09 Apr 08 - 09:50 AM
Surreysinger 09 Apr 08 - 10:02 AM
GUEST 09 Apr 08 - 10:29 AM
GUEST 09 Apr 08 - 12:48 PM
My guru always said 09 Apr 08 - 02:35 PM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 09 Apr 08 - 03:13 PM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 09 Apr 08 - 04:36 PM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 09 Apr 08 - 04:53 PM
My guru always said 09 Apr 08 - 05:57 PM
Surreysinger 10 Apr 08 - 01:50 PM
Herga Kitty 10 Apr 08 - 03:43 PM
GUEST, Mr Grumpy 10 Apr 08 - 07:29 PM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 11 Apr 08 - 02:38 AM
Gavin Atkin 11 Apr 08 - 02:44 AM
GUEST, Mr Grumpy 11 Apr 08 - 07:22 AM
Surreysinger 11 Apr 08 - 08:18 AM
trayton 11 Apr 08 - 10:06 AM
Gavin Atkin 11 Apr 08 - 12:31 PM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 08 Dec 08 - 04:20 PM
Derby Ram 08 Dec 08 - 05:54 PM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 09 Dec 08 - 02:26 AM
GUEST,Essex Girl 09 Dec 08 - 08:39 AM
melodeonboy 09 Dec 08 - 09:07 AM
GUEST,Gavin Atkin 16 Dec 08 - 11:23 AM
Richard Bridge 16 Dec 08 - 11:32 AM
Richard Bridge 16 Dec 08 - 11:34 AM
melodeonboy 16 Dec 08 - 05:44 PM
GUEST,Gadaffi 17 Dec 08 - 05:42 AM
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Subject: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 06:44 AM

The Kent Gathering of Traditional Music will take place on Saturday 29th March in the village of Frittenden, ten miles south of Maidstone.

Timetable:
10.30 a.m. step-dancing workshop with Kerry Fletcher & Tim Brooks using steps from the south of England (Memorial Hall)
12 noon 'In the Tradition' session hosted by George Frampton & Paul Cowdell with Florida (Bell & Jorrocks PH)
3.30 p.m. concert with Kerry Fletcher, Millen Family, Den Giddens, Nigel Hobbins, Andy Turner, and the St. Nicholas at Wade Hoodeners
(Memorial Hall)
8 p.m. Barn dance with Florida (Caller Chris Pitt) with guests (Memorial Hall)

There will also be an informal session on Friady 28th. March at The Bull, Linton hosted by Gavin Atkin and Julie Arnott.

For further details visit http://kentgathering.com/


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 09:03 AM

Going on the Saturday. Undecided about Friday.

Blicky


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 09:14 AM

I'm coming with you Richard.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 09:20 AM

Are you? Dilligaf is collecting me Sat AM. I infer that you will be staying with her Fri nite, izzat so?

I have only just realised that the Fri nite ssn is a lot closer than the Sat one, which is defnitely in the local equivalent of Upper Dogsbottom. Don't stare at the banjo player!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,synbyn
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 01:54 PM

hope to be coming on sat, back playing up, no connection w Leatherhead! Graet to put Kent firmly on the map- there's so much ability all around...


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 02:52 PM

Those graets get everywhere too.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 27 Mar 08 - 05:08 AM

No Richard, I'm coming down to Vals Saturday morning and staying Saturday night for obvious reasons.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: melodeonboy
Date: 27 Mar 08 - 05:35 AM

I'm hoping to come on Friday. Saturday looks very tempting but I've got a gig in the evening and I'm sorely tempted to go and see Shirley Collins in London in the afternoon.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 27 Mar 08 - 10:28 AM

Bob, You're very welcome (as is everybody). We are holding a merchandise stall in the Hall if you want to bring along any of your CDs or cassettes. (Don't mention twanglesticks to Gavin. He's very sensitive!)


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Surreysinger
Date: 27 Mar 08 - 11:47 AM

Gadaffi - twanglesticks??? Care to explain???


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 28 Mar 08 - 07:32 AM

Irene. Of course I shall! Over a pint in the Bell & Jorrocks.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Surreysinger
Date: 28 Mar 08 - 07:34 PM

Maybe I ought to ask Gavin ... might be worth it to find out why he's sensitive!!!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Mr Grumpy
Date: 29 Mar 08 - 10:33 PM

I think I was seeing a lot of disappointed faces, partly, no doubt, because expectations were so high, but maybe partly because it did not seem to do what it said on the tin.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: My guru always said
Date: 30 Mar 08 - 07:11 AM

Well I thoroughly enjoyed it!! We managed to get across & socialise for a while in the pub before the concert. We didn't have majorly high expectations - it is after all a one pub village, so logistically it was never likely to be huge event. But it was exactly what I read on the tin!!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Surreysinger
Date: 30 Mar 08 - 06:49 PM

Well , I didn't make it at the end of the day as other things got in the way, but was speaking today to someone I know who went, and heard that they'd had a great day ... I suppose it just depends what you were expecting. What I heard about sounded like the sort of event I personally had been expecting it to be... just sad I wasn't able to make it after all.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,M Grumpy
Date: 30 Mar 08 - 09:44 PM

Well - no room in lunchtime sing, space mostly occupied by a Fender Twin reverb, a Fender telecaster, a bass amp, a Yamaha electric bass, people playing same, (oh yes, and a trumpet well played by one of Triality), a step-dancer's floor board and winsome children treading on same, an MC, and a man with a hamster on a stick recording everything without reference to performers' rights or copyright.

MC announcing that people should tell him if they want to sing because he "doesn't do superstars" - has the folk world not yet realised that many singers would rather not have to seem pushy about putting themselves forward?

Singaround less traddy than I was expecting with a distinct atmosphere of song-by-song mini-"concert" slots and no observable concentration of Kent songs (I was really hoping to "collect" some).

Superstars talking loudly when it wasn't their turn.

Expensive (but nice) beer £11 for 2 Black Sheep and 2 Harveys.

Madly expensive food.

EFTPOS only so far as the Post Office system permits (a foody pub that doesn't take plastic? Wow!)

No heating in concert venue. Shame, I'd have liked to see the Millen family.

On balance, ne merit pas un detour.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 31 Mar 08 - 07:18 AM

Let's get this right ... Grumpy drove all the way to a FREE pub session miles from anywhere and disappointed himself in not hearing songs from Kent (actually there were, but he/she was crying in his/her beer by then), and chose not not to stay the duration in the HEATED concert venue where, for a mere £4, would have heard the animation of 15 years of my own field work and research into traditional song? What a whinger!

Yes, and Den was superb throughout. As he told me during the concert, "the only problem is to stop me singing!" It must have been warm in the Hall as he took all his clothes off (again) when singing 'This Old Coat'.

Hope the rest of you who came enjoyed it. No Gathering planned for 2009 - although Florida are threatening to play some village halls in The Weald - possibly something in 2010.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 31 Mar 08 - 11:31 AM

Well, I have to say that it certain;y wasn't what I had expected it to be! Small pub - loads of electrical instruments, an MC who thought he was Timmy Mallet and the guy with Gordon The Gopher with a stick up it's ..... Sorry, this is a family website!

Things looked good as the concert started - the thronging crowds thinned out a little to let some of us session people in.

I agree with the bit about the Superstars making a hell of a noise whilst performers were trying to perform - I gave one of them a very public rollocking for doing just that!!

Beer prices were what you should expect from a local pub in a village in Kent.

We decided not to attend the concert after we had heard someone saying that the heating had just been switched on (approx ten mins before the start time).

Overall, nice to be able to sing with Charlie from Triality, Richard Bridge, Essex Girl and of course, Mr Collins. The gentleman form the Swan Pub at East Peckham was great with his pipes - I need to get in touch with him (please tell him to contact me if you know him). Our little session went on till about six in the bar by the toilets!

Big praise to the Landlord who was very helpful and very polite and apologetic when he asked us to move so that his locals could watch the footie on the large TV screen. No - probs, he was great about the whole day.

My plug now - ALL SINGERS AND MUSICIANS WELCOME on SATURDAY 28th JUNE in AYLESFORD, near Maidstone. Sessions in The Chequers ALL DAY and EVENING, Morris Dancers and other attractions and Concert With Megson and Hot Rats in the Evening. Visit www.aylesfordvillagefestival.co.uk for further details - shameless plug there I know, but, what the hell, you can then come and bitch about our event as well!!!

Hope the event continues to run and to grow - fair play to the organisers!!

Kev the clogs


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 07:34 PM

As chairman, I'm sorry to hear that not everyone was delighted with the KGTM, but I nevertheless believe there was much to celebrate and that the event had a lot of very happy punters.

I understand some were disappointed they couldn't get into the main session at lunchtime, but there was an excellent break-away session in the Post Office for those who wanted to be involved.

On stepping, it was good news that we were able to bring stepping back to a county that was once famous for it, and if young people were doing it as well as old, so much the better.

Photos of the concert can be found here www.kentgathering.com .

Thank you to all those who came and supported the event.

Gavin Atkin, chairman, Kent Gathering of Traditional Music gmatkin@gmail.com


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Surreysinger
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 08:59 AM

Maybe it's just me, but that link doesn't seem to work Gavin!!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Surreysinger
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 01:41 PM

Try here instead
Hopefully this works ?

Mind you there's one photo on there that makes me feel rather glad I didn't make it .... where's a "shock" emoticon when you need one ??


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: melodeonboy
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 02:43 PM

Gavin: Could you not change your mind and organise another one for next year? I was, due to unforeseen circumstances, unable to attend this year. Two years seems a long time to wait for the next one!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 06:46 PM

Soz about the link Surreysinger! I used the blue-clicky machine in the usual way, but it clearly wasn't playing ball.

Melodeonboy: in truth, nothing has been finally ruled in or out - the organising committee hasn't yet properly discussed the issue. You can be sure the matter will receive some serious thought in the next few months.

Gav

Gavin Atkin, chairman, Kent Gathering of Traditional Music


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST, Mr Grumpy
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 03:40 AM

I may well have looked critical above, but the basic idea is excellent - hence my remarks about high expectations - and should be persevered with.

Suggestions:

No amps in the sing/session.

If you must record the sing-session, stick a mic out from the corner of the bar canopy, and lose the man with the gopher on the stick - he was very intrusive. You could even stick up more than one directional mic, and take leads to an upstairs room for recording. NB recording without consent is an infringment of performers' rights, and if copyright material is performed, an infringment of copyright too. If mixing desk is used to facilitate recording, then there could be speakers relaying (not too loudly) the sing to the pavement and smoking area.

Less intrusive MC-ing. Just point out the next lead perfomer is all that is needed.

I am ambivalent about the secondary sing over the post office side. Particularly if it involves stepping it carries rather too well into the sing bar.

Pick up the stepping floor in the sing room when not needed.

Encourage people into the sing room into the space created by reducing electric/recording/MCing/stepping use of space.

Put any necessary heaters on at least 3 hours before event to be heated.

Is there anywhere to run an actual workshop on Kent local songs? Songsheets (with dots) of songs to be taught.

Is there space for any Kent Morris sides?

A more informative programme. Sell it to raise money.

If concert performers will consent, live CD of concert sold to raise funds. Pretty well any PC today is an adequate studio.

Is there any useful local parking space?

Patio heaters in smoking area on!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 04:48 AM

Thank you for your constructive points, and no doubt the committee will have views on many of the issues you have raised. For myself, I'm particularly interested in the idea of a Kent songs workshop.

However, I feel I must take up some points that seem to be misleading. I'm not speaking for the committee here, but for myself - no doubt they will have plenty to say either here or in other settings.

- You have made a large point about electric instruments. The session 'corner band' on this occasion was the well known and long estabished local band Florida, a group of people who as individuals have been playing regularly in the county for three decades. We use amplification to enable our two guitars to cope with the sound levels produced by Tim's melodeon, and Charlie and Richards' trumpet and saxophone - and no more. In fact, neither of us used a 'Twin Reverb' (135 watts) but instead used small practice amps rated at 10-20 watts. Listening to the initial cut of the recording, there's no suggestion they were too loud - if anything they're on the quiet side. If your point is that we should have banned non-traditional instruments, where would one stop? What about non-traditional acoustic guitars, or non-traditional bodhrans? Or English concertinas, which probably belong in the drawing room rather than the pub? Do you really want Charlie and Richard to put aside their horns and take up the tin whistle?

- The hall was cool before the stepping workshop began but not unfomfortably cold. In my observatuion, few people felt the need to put their coats on, though most wore a jacket of some kind. It was well heated by the time the concert began.

- If there are steppers in the room, I think it's essential they have a board, and it would be a nonsense to have to keep moving it. By the way, your earlier suggestion that there were several 'winsome' children step dancing is simply not true - there was but one all day, and if she hears you calling her winsome I think she might have something to say about it!

- I don't recall hearing a single modern song until after the chaired session was over - unless you count Den Giddens' self-penned masterpieces. On the question of how Kent-focussed the songs were, it doesn't seem right to insist on local songs in a session where people have come from far and wide - a rule of that kind would have excluded many of our visitors. Still, local songs were well represented by performances from Andy Turner, George Frampton, Paul Cowdell and myself. If you had gone to the concert, however, you would have heard many songs with strong local connections.

- Your remarks imply that the programme was not informative. With an event like this, the programme has to be written and produced pretty well at the last moment, and I think ours was useful, if not actually glossily saleable. See it here: Souvenir and appeal for photos post . If the blue-clicky machine fails me a second time, the programme is available on the home page at http://www.kentgathering.com .

- On Morris teams, this is certainly an issue for discussion. As it was, we had the St Nicholas at Wade Hoodeners, who clearly represent an important Kent tradition by any definition.

No doubt there's much more to say but I'd better go and do some work!

Gavin Atkin, representing himself and NOT the committee!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST, Mr Grumpy
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 07:28 AM

Well, my main point about the electric band was the amount of space it took up, so excluding many. But I don't really see the need for a corner band, certainly of that sort of size. On approach the bass could be heard before anything else. And no, I don't like trumpet or sax on folk music but that is a matter of taste, and I think the sound of electric instruments is usually wrong in character is a song-session. Fine for a stage band or an e-ceilidh band but the song-session is about people together. One of the problems of the session was that ingress to it was all but impossible, and unless you were right in it was difficult to hear.

I only saw one young stepper. I did hear more than one other attendee saying that personally they would strangle winsome child performers, for preference, which seemed a little extreme, but that led me to infer that there were other such performers, and if other attendees were saying that then there is a point of view to be considered.

Yes, I thought the photocopied handout was a little sparse.

Kev the Clogs relays above that he heard an apparent organiser say, about 10 minutes before the concert was due to start, that the hall heating had not been on but had then just been turned on.

But, I repeat, an excellent idea and something I would definitely try getting to again, the sooner the better.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 09:50 AM

Speaking for myself again, it sounds like there may have been a few misunderstandings along the way. My understanding was that the heating in the hall wasn't on until about ten minutes before the stepping workshop, but that obviously didn't apply to the concert, which was several hours later. I know some folks don't like kids, but I thought it was great to have a young stepper performing, both because she was so good and also because stepping should not be confined to older people.

It seems unfair to call us an electric band! Two of us play electric instruments with one of us switching to acoustic fiddle, and the other three play acoustic instruments. By my maths that makes us predominantly acoustic.

If your intention in calling us electric is to convey the idea that we're a noisy, ebullient outfit I would have to agree. I would also take the point that it might not be what some people would expect in a session - but I have no hesitation in saying that we've had many great singing and music sessions playing this way over nearly 20 years of working together.

I have one more point I would make in our defence.

We took great care to take up no more room than five musicians could be expected to occupy. My recollection is that none of us occupied more than one seat or chair, that Richard and Charlie were as cramped as they can be while still able to play, and that the band's gear didn't occupy a single seat that could have been filled by a person.

I spent the session perched on the end of a three-seat bench, with the other two seats occupied by other people. My small amp was perched on the floor in a space at the end of the bench, and my fiddle and Jeffries duet tina were tucked under the bench. I'd compare that with the common session situation where one geezer and his acoustic guitar takes up a space that could otherwise seat two or three!

Gavin Atkin, speaking for himself, and NOT the organising committee!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Surreysinger
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 10:02 AM

I'm intrigued to know what Mr Grumpy would make of the lunchtime sessions in the Volunteer at Sidmouth, since the band arrangement sounds to me (and admittedly I wasn't there at the Kent do - count me in for the next one ) very similar. Wonder what he would have made of Housewives' Choice and all their plumbing and percussion kit - there were six of them (not five), and I think that the brass section and percussion section (all one of him) took up a darn sight more space than you're describing, Gavin !! More to the point they are very noisy as well ... and the session wasn't any the worse for it (nor any of the others which involved bands with instruments like saxes or brass). Mixed music and song sessions, [provided they're handled properly) can be great fun.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 10:29 AM

Agreed Surreysinger! I'm also a huge fan of the Volunteer style of chaired session - intimate one minute, noisy the next, and with one or two acknolwedged leaders ensure a quick-fire succession of contrasting singers to maintain pace and entertainment value, and to call for order when it's needed.

What's more, it seems to be very close to what used to happen in singing pubs in past times, as shown by the wonderful Eel's Foot CD Veteran put out some time ago. Yep, I'm in favour, and I'm glad to know I'm not alone.

G


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 12:48 PM

There are some bizarre things going on here. Where are the replies I put up earlier, I wonder? Have they been deleted by some almighty power who can move electrons?

Gavin, speaking for himself, naturally...


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 02:35 PM

Please note that anonymous Guest postings are subject to deletion, especially at the moment while there have been some heated exchanges. If you identify yourself, they will not go astray!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 03:13 PM

But they had my name - my real name - at the bottom!

Can we have them back, do you think, if I promise to also put my name in the little field at the top please?

Gavin Atkin


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 04:36 PM

I write in my personal capacity, not in any way respresenting the Kent Gathering committee.

If anyone's reading this thread, and can't understand why Mr Grumpy and Surreysinger seem to be talking to themselves, it's because I've failed to include my name at the top of my posts. Many of the well-made points I contributed to the debate are lost.

In summary, they were:

- I thanked Mr Grumpy for his constructive comments and particularly liked the idea of a Kent song workshop. However, I felt someone should deal with some of Mr Grumpy's more misleading points.

- The session 'corner band' was Florida, a well known local dance band that has been playing music derived from traditional sources in the county for nearly 20 years, and whose members have individually been playing this music in the county for nearly three decades each.

- Two of the five of us use small 10-20 Watt practice amps, not 135 Watt 'Twin Reverbs'. The recordings reveal that the electric instruments were not very loud - in fact they erred on the quiet side. We took up no more space than five other musicians might - no seat was occupied by gear. We didn't take up a lot of space and we don't use a lot of electric instruments - we may have been noisy but by my arithmetic we were predominantly unamplified and acoustic.

- To be fair to those who had travelled to be at the event, songs from beyond Kent's borders were absolutely welcomed at the session. However, Kentish songs were well represented by George Frampton, Andy Turner, Paul Cowdell, Roger Resch, myself and others.

- There were several adult stepdancers and only one young stepdancer present, and she was excellent. If there are steppers around they should have a board, and it would be disruptive to keep moving it.

- The heating in the Memorial Hall was switched on ten minutes before the stepdancing workshop, however it was not uncomfortably cold for a dance workshop, and by the afternoon it was very adequately heated for the concert.

- Anyone who wishes to see the programme can do so at the Kent Gathering website. They may also find the photos interesting!

- The question of whether or not to invite Morris teams raises interesting issues, not least when one thinks how crowded the pub became! We were very pleased to have the St Nicholas at Wade Hoodeners, however.

- And I agree with Surreysinger that the Volunteer style of session is a good one. In fact, it's my favourite format for these things. Led well, it can be noisy one minute and intimate the next. Effective chairing keeps the pace up, makes the most entertaining use of the variety of performers available and calls for order when it's needed.

And now, believe it or not, I have more work to do!

Gavin, speaking entirely for himself!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 04:53 PM

Oh my heavens. All my original comments came back. Thanks whoever it was, and thanks to Guru for explaining!

Gavin Atkin


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 05:57 PM

You're welcome!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Surreysinger
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 01:50 PM

Nice to know that for once I wasn't talking to myself again !! LOL


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 03:43 PM

Gavin - it doesn't cost anything to join and post as yourself, not a guest!


Kitty


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST, Mr Grumpy
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 07:29 PM

But it may be wiser to use a distinguished soubriquet


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 11 Apr 08 - 02:38 AM

It might be wiser to use a name of some kind, but I'm not keen. I have no intention of saying anything that would require a pseudonym or that I wouldn't say in public generally.

Though of course I can work out who some of you are, Surreysinger and Herga Kitty!

Gav


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Gavin Atkin
Date: 11 Apr 08 - 02:44 AM

OK, I've signed up. But I'm still me! Gav


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST, Mr Grumpy
Date: 11 Apr 08 - 07:22 AM

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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Surreysinger
Date: 11 Apr 08 - 08:18 AM

Legitimate at last, eh ??

Despite the soubriquets I think you get to know who many of the people on here are after a while .... but having signed on here under a nom de plume a long while ago, I've never really seen the need to change - strange thing is on the three or four boards I post to, I either use this name, or my real one.

Regards and welcome to the madhouse,,
Irene


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: trayton
Date: 11 Apr 08 - 10:06 AM

A little late.

I got to the step-dancing workshop and the pub session and had a great time. Congratulations to the committee and especially Kerry and Tim for the step dancing workshop, more please. As for the pub it must be said that a pub that shape with that many people is always going to be difficult. I am sorry to have missed the concert but hopefully next time...... it would be a shame if there is not another Kent Gathering.
The butchers son from Speldhurst.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Gavin Atkin
Date: 11 Apr 08 - 12:31 PM

Thank you for those golden kind words Mr Trayton!

Gav


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Subject: Frittenden Festival
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 04:20 PM

A date for your diaries - this coming year we're planning to have another festival at Frittenden.

We're calling it the Frittenden Festival, and it's due to take place on the 4th April 2009.

We'll be publishing the full guest list a little later, but I can reveal that Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison will be headlining, and that Andy Turner has promised to sing for us and run a workshop on the songs of Kent, and of course Kerry Fletcher will be doing sterling service in the step-dancing department along with Rosie Davies.

Venue-wise, we have some really good news that will please many of you who came last year. By the time April comes around, the well known Bell & Jorrocks pub in Frittenden will have two more rooms than we had last year, which I'm sure will make the lunch-time sessions much pleasanter and more accessible.

If anyone needs to get in touch at this stage, please contact me at gmatkin (at) gmail.com .

Gavin


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Derby Ram
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 05:54 PM

If it's anything like last year, don't miss it. Sylvia and I managed to go and really enjoyed ourselves. Good one, Gavin.

Cheers

Keith


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 02:26 AM

Thanks for the vote of confidence Keith - I think it's shaping up to be a very nice event!

Gav


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 08:39 AM

I enjoyed the lunchtime session last time - despite the lack of space, and we did manage to continue through the afternoon. It will be nice to have more room next time - looking forward to it


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: melodeonboy
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 09:07 AM

That sounds good. I'll make an effort to get there this time.


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 11:23 AM

By the by... You on for a session at the Bell & Jorrocks, Frittenden on the evening of the 28th December, Melodeonboy?

Gav


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 11:32 AM

Oi! That's the same day as mine in Lower Stoke!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 11:34 AM

Actually, looking more closely, it should not be a problem - mine is afternoon and his evening, so subject to finding a sober driver, commuting can occur!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: melodeonboy
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 05:44 PM

Blimey! It's nice to be wanted!


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 05:42 AM

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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 01:43 PM

First I should say that the 28th session isn't a Kent Gathering-related event, though it is meant to be quite traddie -oriented. It's just something Julie and I thought would be fun, and might provide a welcome change after a few days around the house.

Second, I sorry f you've been feeling unwanted Melodeonboy! I could do with a way of contacting you if you could please let me have your email address. Pls email me at gmatkin@gmail.com or google for my facebook account.

Gav


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Subject: RE: Kent Gathering of Traditional Music
From: melodeonboy
Date: 18 Dec 08 - 10:47 AM

On the contrary, Gavin, I was expressing my delight at being asked to come! I'll be in touch by e-mail.


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