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Sidmouth Folkweek

Acorn4 16 Apr 08 - 01:49 PM
the lemonade lady 16 Apr 08 - 01:05 PM
GUEST,LTS pretending to work 16 Apr 08 - 07:53 AM
mattkeen 16 Apr 08 - 06:52 AM
Rumncoke 15 Apr 08 - 10:00 PM
Bonecruncher 15 Apr 08 - 08:23 PM
Leadfingers 15 Apr 08 - 10:12 AM
fiddler 15 Apr 08 - 08:42 AM
Dick The Box 12 Apr 08 - 06:04 AM
cujimmy 11 Apr 08 - 01:08 PM
Steve in Sidmouth 11 Apr 08 - 12:55 PM
Herga Kitty 09 Apr 08 - 07:24 PM
Suegorgeous 09 Apr 08 - 07:17 PM
Richard Bridge 09 Apr 08 - 07:07 PM
Fidjit 09 Apr 08 - 06:12 PM
Fidjit 09 Apr 08 - 06:06 PM
Fidjit 09 Apr 08 - 06:05 PM
The Barden of England 09 Apr 08 - 05:54 PM
Surreysinger 09 Apr 08 - 03:28 PM
Leadfingers 09 Apr 08 - 02:55 PM
Marilyn 09 Apr 08 - 02:04 PM
Mr Red 09 Apr 08 - 01:29 PM
melodeonboy 09 Apr 08 - 12:54 PM
the lemonade lady 09 Apr 08 - 12:45 PM
Fidjit 09 Apr 08 - 12:25 PM
Marilyn 09 Apr 08 - 11:44 AM
Leadfingers 09 Apr 08 - 10:57 AM
Phot 09 Apr 08 - 10:04 AM
Dave Earl 09 Apr 08 - 09:45 AM
Fidjit 09 Apr 08 - 09:38 AM
Dave Earl 09 Apr 08 - 06:06 AM
Mr Red 09 Apr 08 - 02:47 AM
bubblyrat 08 Apr 08 - 07:05 PM
mattkeen 08 Apr 08 - 09:26 AM
the lemonade lady 07 Apr 08 - 09:05 PM
GUEST,Surreysinger at work 07 Apr 08 - 10:47 AM
mattkeen 07 Apr 08 - 07:38 AM
Dave Earl 07 Apr 08 - 06:52 AM
Surreysinger 07 Apr 08 - 06:18 AM
cujimmy 07 Apr 08 - 06:10 AM
John J 07 Apr 08 - 03:50 AM
GUEST,Essex Girl 03 Apr 08 - 09:13 AM
Sue the Borderer 03 Apr 08 - 02:58 AM
Herga Kitty 03 Apr 08 - 02:32 AM
GUEST,Lynn Noel 03 Apr 08 - 12:19 AM
GUEST,steve harris 02 Apr 08 - 09:32 PM
Richard Bridge 02 Apr 08 - 01:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Acorn4
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 01:49 PM

On the question of the campsite - you can become a member of "Friends of Sidmouth" for £20 pa. This enables you to use the campsite without buying a festival ticket.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 01:05 PM

'There is a lot of discussion at the moment about 'rogue traders' along the Esplanade....'

I think the traders really add to the atmosphere and isn't it traditional as in folk? The only thing I have been a bit bothered about, is young kids setting up on the front selling lemonade. Excellent idea and should be encouraged and it isn't competition for me at all, but I have to spend a lot of money on getting my trailer up to scratch for the Environmental Health inspectors, and rightly so. I have to gain a certificate so that I can prove I know how not to poison my customers. If someone does get contaminated by the lemonade sold on the front I might get the blame.

ok that's my 2p's worth.

See you in the Blackmore Gardens, I hope.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: GUEST,LTS pretending to work
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 07:53 AM

As opposed to the overpriced tat and sh*te sold in craft tents at many festivals up and down the country?

One year, I visited 5 festivals including one in Europe and was unlucky enough to meet up with the same overpriced t&S at 4 of them!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: mattkeen
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 06:52 AM

My problem with the traders on the esplanade in the last couple of years has also been that they are selling tat and sh#te


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Rumncoke
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 10:00 PM

I have found that the traders and street entertainers have driven away the more casual get togethers on the esplanade during the afternoons - they are just too agressive in their take over of the area, and make it obvious that it is their pitch for making money from.

I used to enjoy being able to wander into a quiet spot and start playing, but it really isn't worth the effort so I haven't bothered for some years now.

What really took the biscuit was having someone come up and try to extract money from people standing round where I was playing.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 08:23 PM

All forms of trading should be done from the Trader's Tent only.
The pedlars and street merchants should be made to pay the Festival for their properly authorised pitch in the Traders Tent.
There aer clear signs along the promenade banning street trading and this rule should be enforced.
Either that or make them trade only during the hours of darkness.
Colyn.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Leadfingers
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 10:12 AM

The Festival Fringe would not be there if there wasnt a Festival in the first place ! Both are Mutually supporting in my opinion !


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: fiddler
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 08:42 AM

So here we are again, is Sidmouth a Fringe event or is it a Festival with a programme offering all sorts of opportunities to take part in workshops, attend concerts, spend money, drink to excess or not....

At the end of the day they both feed off each other. The atmosphere is great, the events top class.

A dedicated bunch of people plan the event and an even larger band staff the event as volunteers, as stewards, many of these never use their hard earned ticket other than for the camp site and late nite extra, spending the rest of the time at fringe events.

Lets not start splitting the festival up again it is one organic entity.

I would highly reccomend volunteering that way you get chance to look around the festival, camp etc. at no financial risk for around 4 hours work per day. Ther are many different roles.

You can argue forever about what is good folk and where roots music fits, where the fringe starts and stops and ..... but at the end of the day it is all enjoyable. I've been there (volunteering) since 1980's and I keep going back, it is different now, not better not worse different as it is different to its humble beginings in the 1950s.

I would say volunteer or buy a ticket it is a worthwhile experience. If you do I'll see you there, along with many old friends and aquaintences, some I only see at Sidmouth once a year, it is great.

Andy


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Dick The Box
Date: 12 Apr 08 - 06:04 AM

I did not find the traders too much of a nuisance although they often left no room for musicians to play. However, you could always accidently kick their stall over while executing a perfect hook leg or galley ;-)

Call me an old cynic about EDDC consents but I suspect that they would take the money off those who would pay then conveniently not police the rest. More money for them and nothing would change on the seafront. They could police it under existing arrangements but they don't.

More of a nuisance were the street entertainers and musicians. The ever present pan pipers drowned out everything with their amplified music. The jugglers etc milked the crowds and were hard to dislodge for official festival displays (some of them got quite aggressive when asked to move on). Sadly, the general public saw them all as part of the festival when really they were just riding on the festival's back for financial reasons.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: cujimmy
Date: 11 Apr 08 - 01:08 PM

Is Oakdown caravan park at Weston far from the town, is it walking distance.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Steve in Sidmouth
Date: 11 Apr 08 - 12:55 PM

There is a lot of discussion at the moment about 'rogue traders' along the Esplanade. EDDC are seeking views - maybe only from readers of the local newspaper?! However, the coverage is here for anyone interested. If EDDC charge for 'consents' it's a business opportunity for them - if you're cynical.....

The EDDC phone number is 01395 516551

previous coverage

latest article and questionnaire from EDDC


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 07:24 PM

Suegorgeous

Last year I think it was possible to use the festival campsite without a festival season ticket, but not this year. Here's a link to the options where
Bubblyrat and Ms Lemon have said they'll be staying.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 07:17 PM

Is there a list of campsites somewhere? I don't necessarily want to get a season ticket...

S


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 07:07 PM

You can readily spot Melodeonboy by checking police records. He is the only person ever to be refused entry to Saudi Arabia for carrying a suspected terrorist impliment. They asked him what it was. He played it. They arrested him. That melodeon...

The details have been changed to protect the guilty...


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Fidjit
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 06:12 PM

here are some more

Ah I play a Saltarelle too.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Fidjit
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 06:06 PM

try this

Chas


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Fidjit
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 06:05 PM

My pics are here.

There's a new blue clicky thing now that I don't much care for. so this might not work.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: The Barden of England
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 05:54 PM

And I'm the bearded, long haired ageing lout that's to be found at the 'The Bedford', also sometimes in the garden at 'The Swan' and from time to time on the patio in front of the flats at The Fort (just alond from the Bedford Lawns Car Park). You'll find a very friendly welcome there whichever one you feel like joining in with.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Surreysinger
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 03:28 PM

Marilyn - Sal's lemonade is well worth searching out !!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 02:55 PM

And I am the Hairy One with the hat (NOT the Cap - Thats Gerry) in the New Tavern !


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Marilyn
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 02:04 PM

Chas (Fidjit) - I found the members photos but couldn't find one for you. Should it be there?

Sal (Ms Lemon) - I like the sound of the lemonade so will make a point of finding you

melodeonboy - you sound easy to spot so I'll say hello if I see you. I play melodeon too (a Saltarelle with a Welsh dragon on the front. I didn't put him there, he came with the box, but I like him so he stays. He makes me easy to pick out as there aren't too many Irish Bouebes with a green dragon on the front! I also play a small 3-row box - a Castagnari Matti so that makes me even easier to avoi... er. find!!).

Mr Red - if I promise not to look too hard will you say hello?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Mr Red
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 01:29 PM

well I am shy, modest and retiring but you might just see me if you look hard.

And if you look hard I may just run away!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: melodeonboy
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 12:54 PM

Well, I'm about 6'3", I wear loud shirts, I play a Delicia melodeon, can often be found in the Middle Bar, Bedford, Newt, York & Faulkner etc. and I sing in a raucous voice; especially "Spotted Dick".

Come and say hello to me. If you get the wrong bloke, there's no harm done; you might make a new friend!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 12:45 PM

If you can prove you are a mudcat member, not only can you 'sign in' at my trailer in the Blackmore Gardens, you can also have a lemonade at half price. Honest... half price.

Sal (my view from my little house on the hill)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Fidjit
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 12:25 PM

Well I had a Mudcat badge, but I lost that at the dance at Cheltenham.

Theres also some photos on here somewhere.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Marilyn
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 11:44 AM

We'll be there this year (our first time) sharing a flat with some friends who are Sidmouth regulars.

How do Mudcatters recognize fellow catters? How will I know I've met you if I don't know who you are? if you see what I mean...


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 10:57 AM

Any Middle Bar Singers who fancy the odd spot using an Instrument , the Newt is just round the corner !!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Phot
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 10:04 AM

I should be in the country this year! Yippee!!

Hope to see you all there with the beautiful Fiona!

Wassail!!! Chris


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Dave Earl
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 09:45 AM

Yes Chas that's where we'll be (You ,me and a number of others from around here)

Dave


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Fidjit
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 09:38 AM

Anchor Middle Bar it is then.

See most of you there I expect.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Dave Earl
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 06:06 AM

I'll be there - Stewarding again

As it's included in my Stewards ticket I'll be on the main festival campsite.

I expect I will be found in the Anchor Middle (Upstairs)Bar for a lot of the time.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Mr Red
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 02:47 AM

I never went until the present management.

It is difficult to assess the organisation when you only do one kind of paying event. But from my perspective - instead of one man trying to squeeze money from anyone and everyone you have a bunch of enthusiasts trying not to loose money. That sounds like Folk to me. Sessions are free (for the price of a pint) and the Anchor ceilidh is free but if you don't contribute don't go - it has to be funded.

And I have never done a whole week at any festival - yet. Joy did 2 days in 2006 and we stayed 2.5. Last year we pencilled-in 3 days and stayed 4. This year we pencil-in the week. And that is for a workaholic gardener in high season. Says it all really. If it runs like clockwork and is is sickly slick - that's entertainment. If it runs effectively with minor rough edges and loads of Joe public entertaing themselves - thats Folk. And if it ain't Folk what's the point?

We stay out of the mellee - quiet and no seagulls - commute in and cruse. Pay for the events we want, do as many days as we wish, total outlay would be the same for a season ticket - probably. Though there are a lot of folkies who revel in the social aspect of the official campsite and the bus and "people".

Do the week but take a chill pill.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: bubblyrat
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 07:05 PM

WFD and I have booked in to Salcombe Regis campsite for the week----Any other "catters" going there ?? And I am hoping to be able to use my Bus Pass ( a South Oxfordshire one ) in Devon ,now they've gone national !!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: mattkeen
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 09:26 AM

As i sight the sun (in between the snow showers) i can feel the excitement

I love the Sidmouth Festival


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 09:05 PM

My little lot and I will be staying at King's Down Tail this year. I might actually get some sleep after a day's work in the Blackmore Gardens this year!

Sal


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: GUEST,Surreysinger at work
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 10:47 AM

Try this address for bus timetables for the area.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: mattkeen
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 07:38 AM

Its East Devon, not Siberia, busses are pretty good


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Dave Earl
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 06:52 AM

cujimmy

The Bus service to and from Exeter is pretty good but I would double check the last bus back time it may not be as late as it has been in the past ( when Stagecoach were providing the Festival circular bus service).

I hope you've got your B&B sorted out because there will be very little accommodation that is not booked in Sidmouth itself.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Surreysinger
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 06:18 AM

Don't know about Exeter, but I used the train from Honiton to get back to the London area last year - no problem with using a bus from Sidders for that. You can actually access the bus timetable on line (or at least you could last year).


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: cujimmy
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 06:10 AM

Is it easy enough to get buses to and from Exeter, I am planning to travel down by train from Leeds and stay B&B, I've never been to Sidmouth FF before and I'm looking forward to it. I understand bus services down that end of the country are not so good at times though.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: John J
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 03:50 AM

Bibby (is that you Geoff?):

It's a great festival, but we don't buy season tickets as we seem to spend most of our time in the Anchor Middle Bar or just wandering up and down the prom watching & listening to the street performers. If there's an artist or band that we particularly want to see we'll buy a ticket for their concert.

Whilst I regard myself as a dyed-in-the-wool folkie, 7 days of concerts and events is too much for me. It is however wonderful to be able to drop into the sessions, have a sing or a play, stop at a pub for a pint, sing songs in the sea, NOT dance in the Ceilidh In The Ford (it's been cancelled you know), and so on.

As Kitty, and Sue have said earlier in this thread you can carry on to Dartmoor Festival (wonderful!) and then Bideford....I really WILL try to get to Bideford this year Sue...honest!

Hope to see you at Sidmouth in the Middle Bar.

John


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 09:13 AM

Lyn, you will have no difficulty meeting up with like-minded people at Sidmouth, given your interests. See you in the Middle Bar/Newt or Bedford.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 02:58 AM

And the Dartmoor Festival is followed immediately by Bideford Folk Festival up in the north of Devon (where I live)
We'd love to see you there. Like Sidmouth it's a full week - Monday 11th- Sun 17th August but you can easily dip in for a day or two.

I'll e-mail you in a few days since I won't be on line for a bit.

And I'll see you in the Middle Bar too. It really is a great place to sing (all unaccompanied)

Sue


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 02:32 AM

See you in the Anchor Lynn! - does your tour of Devon and Cornwall take in the Dartmoor festival
at South Zeal?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: GUEST,Lynn Noel
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 12:19 AM

I'm coming from Boston for the first time EVER to Sidmouth, especially to sing with the Middle Bar Singers. I'd love to meet up with other Catters who might be willing to hang about with a New England chanteysinger, mummer, morris and sword dancer (retired/bad knees), historic reenactor, onetime park naturalist, and general-purpose Fool. I'm staying on a week to tour Devon and Cornwall and would love to hook up with likeminded folk during my trip. Any Sidmouth-going Catters care to contact me off-list, I'd love to meet you!

Lynn Noel

lynnoel@lynnoel.com
http://www.lynnoel.com/crosscurrents


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: GUEST,steve harris
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 09:32 PM

.. and it's one of the best festivals for dancing


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 01:09 PM

Careful, Shirt murderer, you've just committed a GEFF, and the better-sort-of-people's committee for excellence in something that isn't allowed to be called folk music any more will be calling you in for the third degree any time now.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Rumncoke
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 10:23 AM

I'm sure you could send twenty people to the folk week and they would all experience different festivals - I find it impossible to remenisce with another visitor, because there are so many different things to do that we have rarely been to the same things, seen the same people or even the same dance teams.

I get to only about half the things I'd like to attend because there is something else on at the same time, or I meet someone and start to talk and maybe sing a bit and that's the schedule shot.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: melodeonboy
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 10:23 AM

I've been for the last two years and had a great time. I never go to see any of the concerts, despite the fact that they get really good people there, 'cos there are so many singarounds/sessions on that I'm able to sing and play all day, which is a rare treat (well, it is for me; not necessarily for those listening!).

So, to get to the point, if you haven't been before, I'd recommend giving it a try. There's a lot of good quality music about; the atmosphere is very friendly; and there's music on all day, giving you the choice of sessions/singarounds (structured and non-structured), street performers or concerts. And Sidmouth's such a lovely place to be anyway.

(I ain't over-iced the cake, have I?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folkweek
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 09:25 AM

the food in the Bedford is highly recommended. We ate there every night last year, and weren't disappointed once.


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