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Subject: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: NY Pinewoods
Date: 03 May 08 - 06:36 AM

Is there any interest in having a Mudcat Gathering at the 2008 Eisteddfod New York Festival of Traditional Music? The dates are November 14-16, and the venue is the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City.

If so, arrangements can be made to set aside time and space on Saturday-Sunday, November 15-16. Please chime in!

In any case, 2008 Eisteddfod New York performers so far include:

Tony Barrand
Norris Bennett
Colleen Cleveland
Pat Conte
Discanto (traditional music from Italy)
Jerry Epstein
Len Graham
Jodee James
David Jones
Dan Milner
John Roberts
Dave Ruch
George Ward
Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman
Heather Wood
...plus many more

More information is available from the festival website.

So please let us know how you feel. The Gathering will happen if enough people say yes! You have our word.

The Eisteddfod New York is sponsored by the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club (Folk Music Society of New York, Inc.).


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 03 May 08 - 11:49 AM

I'm interested if I can make it. I keep trying to make this festival & something keeps getting in the way around that time of the year, usually money, music kitty is mostly gone by then, hopefull that won't be as much of a problem this yr.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 03 May 08 - 01:31 PM

sure.Susan and I will be there anyway.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 May 08 - 04:50 PM

LOL
I lived two blocks from there before moving to Maine. Not likely I can make it down for this.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Jerry Epstein
Date: 04 May 08 - 09:16 PM

Just a personal comment that it would be quite cool to see Barry Finn there. . . so if the MUdcat Gathering enables it, then I am for it.

Some other folks, well known to Barry from Mystic and other places, are very likely to be there, but I can't put names up quite yet. . . Watch this space. . . or the festival website. . . .

The group coming from Italy are truly a knockout, with a great bagpipe player (I think it is called something like the zamponi). They are coming to do an event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and emailed us. . . what a great break. .
JE


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 05 May 08 - 01:00 AM

I will thank you for your kind words Jerry, this coming weekend, Thanks Kindly
Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 07 May 08 - 11:22 PM

Regarding the cost of the festival, Eisteddfod-NY is offering free admission to any responsible person who can volunteer for 6 hours, free admission for one day for volunteering for 3 hours. We will be putting up the performers in people's homes, and will seek places for volunteers to stay too.
I would love to see a Mudcat gathering and meet some of you face to face. If Mudcatters in the city can put up Mudcatters from out of town, it would make life a lot easier for the Eisteddfod committee, the volunteers who put on the festival.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 08 May 08 - 09:19 AM

I too would love to meet some of the names I have been seeing and interacting with for the past several years. Looking forward to this great weekend.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Jassplayer
Date: 08 May 08 - 09:23 AM

Our festival (Oct. 10-13) is another offshnoot of Howard Glasser's original Eisteddfod that was held on the campus of UMass Dartmouth -- known to many of you as "Buck Rogers University" because of its forcefully futuristic architecture. Many of us recall fondly the great gatherings in the early 70s -- and it's nice to see John and Tony representing that earliest contingent.
Other notables at early Eisteddfods were Utah Phillips, Michael Cooney, Paul Geremia and Andy Cohen -- to mention a few who are still among us -- and the late Margaret MacArthur, Helen Schneyer and Barbara Carns.
It was definitely a "festival" then, with more emphasis on song-swapping and socializing than on performing -- which made the performances all the more memorable and connected.
We will post the info for the festival on our links page, and hope to join Mudcat group for a short stint in Queens. I believe NERFA is same weekend in Monticello, so it sort of works out.
Jack@tauntonfest.org

www.tauntonfest.org


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 08 May 08 - 09:43 AM

NERFA is not in Monticello this year, it has been moved to Kerhonkson, NY.   A busy weekend!

Jack, your link to the fest does not seem to be working.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 08 May 08 - 10:36 AM

Howard Glasser's original Eisteddfods at UMass Dartmouth was a hell of a festival, a standard that should still stand today.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 08 May 08 - 12:26 PM

For better or worse, times have changed since Howard's amazing Eisteddfods in Massachusetts.   However he is director emeritus of Eisteddfod-NY and has expressed pleasure at the present incarnation.   
   A Mudcat gathering would add to the informal music sharing aspect of Eisteddfod-NY, a chance for jamming, songswaps, chatting face to face.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca
Date: 08 May 08 - 03:15 PM

I just signed myself up to volunteer at Eisteddfod this year.
I've been wanting to go for ages, and have decided to just make
it happen this year. Especially since so many friends are on the program.

Maybe they'll let me sing, too.

In any case, it would be great to have a Mudcat gathering.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Jassplayer
Date: 10 May 08 - 08:47 AM

Fixing the link to Taunton River Folk festival. Thanks, Ron, for pointing it out. First I'd heard of FA Northeast moving, btw. I'd gotten to like some of the mold at Kutsher's.
The Taunton River Folk Festival, Oct. 10-13, 2008

Jack Radcliffe


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 10 May 08 - 07:45 PM

Well, Jack, looks like you will have to miss the mold since the Kutsher family picked up a 2.5 million dollar non-refundable deposit on the place. A developer is planning to incorporate it--Grossingers and the former Concord into a destination area without gambling (aside from slots at the raceway) in the area---along the lines of the Berkshires. If it works out they get a lot more---if not they suffer through getting the 2.5 million and keeping their mold and leaky hotel.

You may have to pay extra if you want a room with mold. Part of the charm---that and the waves on the mighty Lake Kutsher in a storm. Never forget the ski-slope---where are the Olympians that wanted to ski there now?

On a serious note. There was a time when great athletes appeared there--tennis, basketball, etc; Time takes its toll and while I never cared for the ambience it was a mecca in its prime. Having built all those passages so you never had to go outdoors (on your way to more food) prompted me to coin the slogan (when I MCd a NERFA show there)---"...Kutshers---be in the country and never be in it."

The new venue for NERFA is a truly beautiful place which I had seen a few years back and recommended to them. Sort of like going from your basement entertainment room (Kutshers) to The Palace Theater. Unfortunately--no mold, dead bugs, broken a/c or heaters, broken windows, and the other Kutsher ammenities.

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST
Date: 12 May 08 - 04:59 PM

Does Eisteddfod-NY have any mold? dead bugs? natural outdoor areas? or just music?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 12 May 08 - 05:07 PM

Eisteddfod-NY has plenty of natural city outdoor areas outside of the building, and they have just great music!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: irishenglish
Date: 12 May 08 - 05:14 PM

I can definitely recommend Discanto. When I was an employee at Tower Records here in NYC, I got into all sorts of regional Italian traditional music, which I can heartily recommend. Some of it has obvious Celtic undertones, but it is a very lively and dramatic music. I would only know closer to the date if I could make it, but as my wife is part Welsh, I might be able to convince her!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Suffet
Date: 12 May 08 - 05:34 PM

Greetings:

The Eisteddfod takes place in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the most richly diverse communities in New York City, New York State, and the United States of America. The immediate area around the Renaissance Charter School tends to be Latino (mostly Cuban, Colombian, and Argentinian), but walk seven short blocks to the west and you are in the very heart of New York City's most vibrant Indian, Pakistani, and Bengladeshi community. But Jackson Heights is in no way a segregated neighborhood. In it you will find native born Americans living side by side with immigrants, old and new, from Ireland, the UK, the Philippines, China, Korea, Thailand, West Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, etc., as well as from the Carribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Indian subcontinent.

I suggest that anyone visiting the festival spends some time exploring Jackson Heights, and the surrounding communities of Corona (where Louis Armstrong lived), East Elmhurst (where Malcolm X lived), Elmhurst, and Woodside. You will have a wonderful experience.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Heather Wood
Date: 27 May 08 - 05:48 PM

One of the truly great things about Jackson Heights is the amazing assortment of restaurants. Carnivores, if you haven't tried the various South American cuisines, you haven't lived. They have MEAT in vast quantities.

Oh, and the festival ... among other delights, we have a FREE family concert on Saturday 16 November, 12:30-1:30 pm. Bring the Mudkittens!

This year, we've lowered the all-festival early-bird rate to a mere $60 for non-members (members $50 - check with your organization to see if they're a supporting org). See Eisteddfod-NY
for ongoing details.

Hope to see y'all there.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Suffet
Date: 28 May 08 - 12:14 AM

Greetings:

The place for New York carnivores is a Brazilian barbecue restaurant just a little over a mile from the site of the Eisteddfod. It's called Greenfield, and it's located on Northern Boulevard at 108th Street in Corona -- as in Rosie, the Queen of Corona, made famous in Paul Simon's Me and Julio. Greenfield is a pay-one-price all-you-can-eat establishment. Once you are seated, the waiter gives you a small wooden block, painted green on one side and red on the other. As long as you leave the block on your table with the green side facing up, waiters bring you skewer after skewer of various meats, including beef steak, chunks of pork, sausage, chicken, turkey wrapped in bacon, and so forth. When you have had enough for a while, you turn the block over so the red side faces up. That signals the waiters to bypass your table.

I would say this is not the place for vegetarians, but that's not necessarily true, because Greenfield has the most enormous and varied salad bar I have ever seen.

So if you're going to the Eisteddfod, make a short detour to Greenfield. And if that isn't enough, go the other way instead, and a little less than half a mile from the festival site you will find the Jackson Diner, New York's premier Indian restaurant. It's on 74th Street in Jackson Heights, just about 50 feet north of the subway and elevated railway station at Roosevelt Avenue. Their all-you-can eat buffet is generally only at lunchtime, and it is always both vegetarian and carnivore friendly.

Bottom line: the Jackson Heights - Corona area is no place for dieters.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 May 08 - 02:11 AM

We have one of these types of Brazilian resturants near us in Manchester NH. Same exact set up. For meat eaters it has no close seconds. There are 24 or 5 types of meats served aside from the sides. The cost where we are is $25 per person, you need to go hunrgy just to sample all the servings & you need to stay all night.
I'd like to save a seat please.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Alyssa
Date: 28 May 08 - 12:05 PM

The only problem with Jackson Heights is that parking is horrendous. There are plenty of on-street parking spots, but they are always taken. That's because it's a neighborhood of old high density apartment house built before World War II when no one thought of including parking lots or garages. There is a public parking garage about a block from the festival school, but it's expensive, something like $18 a day. If possible, take public transportation.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: NY Pinewoods
Date: 29 May 08 - 08:28 AM

The Eisteddfod New York will set aside a room Saturday-Sunday for Mudcatters to gather. The only time it will be closed is when the main Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts take place. All Mudcatters, even lurkers, are welcome, as are their families, friends, fans, groupies, lovers, hangers-on, wannabees, don't wannabees, critics, and mere curiosity seekers.

So step right up, ladies and gents, and take charge. The ball is now in your proverbial court.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: glen197
Date: 31 May 08 - 01:35 AM

I am looking forward to attending the festival. This will be the third time as a volunteer. It is a wonderful feeling to not ony enjoy the terrific music but also to know you helped make it happen.

Glen


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST
Date: 31 May 08 - 09:53 AM

This is shaping up as a very good festival. Look forward to seeing some M'catters there.
All the best,
Dan Milner


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: JJ
Date: 31 May 08 - 11:25 AM

Wow, I might even lurk my way over from Morningside Heights!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: NY Pinewoods
Date: 02 Jun 08 - 11:12 PM

JJ: We hope to see you ath the Eisteddfod, since it's a very easy trip from Morningside Heights. Tahe the #1 train at West 116th Street and Broadway south to Times Square. Walk downstairs and take the #7 Flushing Line Local to 82nd Street in Jackson Heights. Get off and go downstairs to the street. Walk one long block north to 37th Avenue, cross the street, turn left, and walk one short block to 81st Street. Turn right and the entrance to the Renaissance Charter School will be a few feet from the corner.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: JJ
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 08:47 AM

I figured it was something like that, but thanks for the lovely, clear directions! (These, as you know, can be rare in this town...)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: glen197
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 03:59 AM

Eistedfodd is easy to reach via public transportation from all directions Come, listen, sing and enjoy.

Glen


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jul 08 - 09:51 PM

HereWhat a fabulous festival Eisteddfod-NY is going to be. Here's an updated list of performers:
•        Atl-Tlachinolli
Tony Barrand
•        Basket Landing
•        Norris Bennett
•        Colleen Cleveland
•        Pat Conte
•        DisCanto
•        Jerry Epstein
•        Howard Glasser
•        Len Graham
•        Jodee James
•        David Jones
•        Dan Milner
•        Barry O'Neill
•        John Roberts
•        Dave Ruch
•        George Ward
•        Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman
•        Toby Weinberg
•        Heather Wood

•        Ken Sweeney (tentative)
•        Bill & Livia Vanaver (tentative)



•        Ken Sweeney (tentative)
•        Bill & Livia Vanaver (tentative)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jul 08 - 10:03 PM

Info on Eisteddfod performers at http://www.eisteddfod-ny.org
There are still places for responsible volunteers (free festival admission for 6 hours help) and vendors. See web site above for details.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Jul 08 - 10:49 PM

Do not miss a meal at the Jackson Diner - a very strange name for the best Indian food in the USA. Wish I could be there.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: NY Pinewoods
Date: 06 Jul 08 - 07:39 AM

While we cannot officially recommend any particular commercial establishment, we can point out that many of our club members agree with Sinsull. The Jackson Diner was originally a North American style diner. After changing over to an Indian menu two decades ago, it became such a hit that it had to move to new and more spacious quarters down the block. It's located on 74th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens, just north of the 74th Street elevated train station on the No. 7 Flushing Line local. At lunchtime the diner serves an all-you-can-eat buffet.

If you are attending the Eisteddfod, the Jackson Diner, situated in the heart of New York's biggest Indian community, is about a 10 minute walk. It's also about a 3 or 4 minute ride on the Q32 bus, once the bus arrives.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: glen197
Date: 06 Jul 08 - 11:03 PM

All are recommende dto attend. it is a terrfiic efent


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Jerry Epstein
Date: 07 Jul 08 - 11:21 AM

Since the discussion has hit on INdian restaurants, I would add that there at least two others of top quality. The Delhi Palace is a couple of doors down from the Jackson Diner, and the only one with a dinner buffet is the Indian Taj. . . both are excellent quality, and the buffet is astonishingly cheap for all you can eat. Both are on 74th St. a few steps from the Jackson Diner.
In the neighborhood there is also first class Italian, Argentinian, Peruvian, Korean, Thai, and more. Jackson Heights is one of the world's
truly spectacular neighborhoods to eat.

On two other fronts: The performing staff is almost complete, check in at the website for the latest developments: www.eisteddfod-ny.org
And we are looking into making an arrangement with a local motel for discounted rooms if we get enough interest to allow group booking of 10 or 20 rooms. IF THIS IS OF INTEREST TO YOU, PLEASE LET US KNOW. No commitment is required at this point, but knowing of your interest will be a big plus.
Some of the performers will not be so familiar. At a later date, I will post some more detailed info on the names who are not known around the US. Or anyone can email me off list if you wish:
jerepst@att.net

Jerry Epstein (festival director, bottle washer, etc. . . )


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Rosalie Friend
Date: 07 Jul 08 - 09:05 PM

Jerry is right about the food in Jackson Heights, but his message has given the wrong e-mail address to contact about motel arrangements. E-mail should be sent to info@eisteddfod-ny.org.
I'll do what I can to help you enjoy this fabulous festival if you send e-mail to info@eistddfod-ny.org.
Rosalie


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Peg
Date: 07 Jul 08 - 10:21 PM

I have a pal in north Manhattan I could stay with, might be fun to come to this...


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Jerry Epstein
Date: 08 Jul 08 - 12:07 AM

Rosalie Friend (posting above) is correct that I gave the wrong email address for those who want to inquire about discount on motel rooms in the area of the Eisteddfod festival. Anyone interested can use the info@eisteddfod-ny.org address given by Rosalie, or you can email me at jerepst@att.net. (Please don't copy and paste the address given above, it is missing one letter).

My apologies for the error.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 08 Jul 08 - 10:23 PM

Sure the restaurants in Jackson Heights are outstanding, but the Eisteddfod performers are the reason to come. When I look at the list above, I don't know who to rave about first. I guess Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman: They were at Pinewoods Camp in 2006, and they were terrific. They are good singers and have good stage presence, but they are also very very knowledgable, and they are friendly. They don't get to the U.S. too often, so the Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY is a good chance to hear them.
    Who would you pick to rave about?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: glen197
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 05:42 AM

I have an unusual opportunity to add to Eistedfodd. How do i reach the progrsm chair?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: NY Pinewoods
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:43 AM

Jerry Epstein is the festival director. All suggestions concerning program should be sent to him at jerepst@att.net with Eisteddfod in the subject line.

Please be aware that the program for 2008 is nearly complete. There will, however, be an area set aside for Mudcatters to gather and do their own thing, so to speak.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: glen197
Date: 12 Jul 08 - 10:07 AM

How can i reach the program chair for Mudcat. I have an opportunity for performers that might be of interest.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 11:59 PM

Have you seen the new festival performers listed at http://www.eisteddfod-ny.org ? The Wreck Room String Band consists of Jerry Devokaitis, Dave Howard, Dave Kiphuth, Neil Rossi, & Phil Zimmerman, very good musicians. Should be fun at the Mudcat Gathering.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Deborah Rubin
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 11:16 AM

Re: Eisteddfod in New York November 14-16:
In addition to the Wreck Room String Band, who are terrific, John Roberts and Tony Barrand will be there to received the Eisteddfod lifetime award for their contribution to traditional music.   It will be a great chance to see them in an intimate setting.   Other great musicians, too! AND IT IS POSSIBLE TO PARK near the concert--so don't stay away because it's in the city.   (It's in Queens.)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 12:46 PM

Anyone for company to share driving & travel expenses. I'm in the Southern NH area. My timing is flexible.
PM or e-mail me at finfam41(at)verizon.net

Thanks
Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 10:06 PM

Glad to hear you're thinking of coming.   I'm in NYC, but I'm looking forward to meeting some Mudcatters in person.   
Deborah


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Deborah Rubin
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 09:47 AM

Check our other thread, "Eisteddfod 2008," for more comments and information.   It seems likely there will be a "Mudcatters Hello" session on Saturday (early afternoon).   Who's thinking of coming to that? How are you doing, Barry, at finding people to share the drive from New Hampshire?   You might contact some of the performers, who will be coming from Vermont or New Hampshire.   
Deborah


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Suffet
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 11:28 AM

A "Mudcatters Hello" session is a great idea. I'll try my best to be there, so please put my name down.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 08:56 PM

Hi Deborah
I didn't know there was anyone performing that's near to the southern NH area. Hopefully some one that's going will spot this thread.
Thanks for bringing attention to my looking for a ride.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Pedant
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:19 PM

Had to check, three occurrences of "Eisteddfods"

As any flue kno the plural is Eisteddfodau


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 06:39 AM

We still need volunteers for the festival. If you can help with logistics for 6 hours, you get a free ticket for the whole weekend, breakfast & lunch, and participation in the post-festival party with the performers. Volunteer for 3 hours for one day's admissions, meals, etc. We need help with hospitality, venue monitoring, setting up and clearing away, and the numerous little tasks of running a fine festival. We MAY be able to provide lodging.
    If you can help, contact info@eisteddfod-ny.org.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Julia
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 03:24 PM

sorry to miss it this year. There has been great music in the past. Did you ask for volunteers amoung the morris dancers?

(Mom or Eileen, the two people that were willing to prep the food were morris dancers- Anna and Ian)
Julia


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: NY Pinewoods
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 01:27 PM

We have set aside a room at the Eisteddfod New York for a Mudcat gathering. Please feel free to use it accordingly.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 02:04 PM

I'm really sorry that I won't be able to be there this year. I plan on doing a "preview" this Sunday on my radio show, probably in the 5pm hour. I hope everyone enjoys the festival and I hope I can be there in 2009! This is a superb festival that should not be missed!!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 01 Nov 08 - 01:11 PM

The tentative festival schedule is now on the website at http://www.eisteddfod-ny.org


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 02 Nov 08 - 03:05 PM

Barry,
Did you find someone to carpool? Can you match up with the Massachusetts people or recruit someone from Maine?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Suffet
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 05:05 PM

Greetings:

I just learned that I will be MC'ing the Open Stage at the Eisteddfod from 3:30 to 5:30 PM on Saturday, November 15. Last year we had 13 people sign up, and each got to do two songs. I expect that we will get at least as many participants this year, so please sign up as soon as you get there. If we have too many -- say more than 25 -- we will have to stop taking additional names.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 10:44 PM

Hi Booklynrose
No, I'm having no luck at all finding any one from my area that's looking to carpool. It's not looking good I'm afraid

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Heather Wood
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 03:56 PM

We've organized a special Mudcat Meet and Greet session for 10 a.m. Saturday morning in Room 210; thereafter, Room 309 is reserved for Mudcatters. There will be a message board in that room.

We look forward to meeting you!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Suffet
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 08:22 PM

Greetings:

I'll try my best to make it to the Mudcat Meet and Greet session at 10:00 AM this coming Saturday. However, my niece Lisa from Israel and her new husband are scheduled to land at JFK that morning at 6:10. If the plane is on time and US Immigration and Customs isn't too backed up, they should be at my house by 8:30 at the latest, probably sooner. That should give me enough time to let them in and get to the Renaissance Charter School by 10:00. It's under one hour by walking, which is my preferred mode of transportation these days. I figure 15 minutes by car or 20 by bus.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 10:41 AM

Thank you Ron Olesko for broadcasting an "Eisteddfod Preview" on WFDU. We will miss you at the festival.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 03:10 PM

If anyone wishes to purchase a Mudcat Teeshirt or a Mudcat sew-on patch, please let me know. Susan and I will be there, but we don't generally haul shirts and patches around unless they're ordered in advance.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Susan of DT
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 07:58 AM

So no one wants us to bring tee shirts? I'll probably have some patches in my backpack.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 12:23 PM

Hopefully all you who are going will be back here with reports to share. Have a great time (sniff) maybe I'll make next year's event.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 17 Nov 08 - 11:30 AM

Fabulous festival. Beyond my wildest dreams!
Can you-all fill in some description?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 17 Nov 08 - 07:00 PM

Me again. I was tired, but exhilarated after Eisteddfod. Here's a link to a review of Friday night's concert with photos.
http://queensbuzz.com/news.php?viewStory=196
Of course Pat Conte's name got changed, but his music is as superb as ever.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Suffet
Date: 17 Nov 08 - 09:57 PM

Fantastic festival! Every Eisteddfod New York has been great, but this was the best of them to date.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 03:50 PM

Details?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Guest, Marnie
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 05:09 PM

Here's a highlight from Sunday:
A harmony workshop with John Roberts and Tony Barrand; Anni Fentiman and Dave Webber; and Michele and Sara members of DisCanto [www.discanto.net], a band featuring music from Abruzzo, Italy. The walls vibrated with the harmonies as each duo took its turn. There were plenty of seats....unfortunately. Make plans now for next year.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Suffet
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 06:37 PM

Greetings:

I agree with Marnie about the harmony workshop on Sunday. But everything without exception was wonderful.

By the way, the full names of the two members of Discanto are Michele Avolio and Sara Ciancone.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Booklynrose
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 10:37 PM

I really enjoyed a workshop on songs of New York State with Colleen Cleveland, Jeff Davis, Barry O'Neill, Dave Ruch, & George Ward. Many of them have performed together in other venues. What depth of knowledge they shared: low key presentations, very very good singing, and a range of types of songs.
    A very interesting workshop featured Pat Conte, Norris Bennett, and Bill and Livia Vanaver; these people had not appeared with one another before. They began trading ideas and built into a really sizzling exchange of music and exposition of ideas, including some discussion of why they played certain songs in certain ways.
    Anni Fentiman and Dave Webber had been at Pinewoods Camp, and I believe will direct Folk Music Week in 2009. They sing wonderful harmonies, know zillions of traditional songs and create songs that are becoming part of our tradition.
    If you have not heard Colleen Cleveland sing, run, do not walk, to her next performance. She is a really really superlative singer.
    Norris Bennett is also an amazing singer & instrumentalist.
    I did not mention John Roberts & Tony Barrand. You know how good they are.
    Because Eisteddfod is so small, even intimate, we had the opportunity to interact with the performers, and all of those I just mentioned seem to be very nice people.
      This was an amazing festival.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Jessica
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 11:04 PM

Pat and I enjoyed ourselves immensely at Eisteddfod-NY yesterday. I was so honored to be a part of such a distinguished class of people. I
felt part of a wonderful community. I will support this community for years to
come. Music like this must stay alive, and the only way it can, is by people who
are passionate and who truly love this music. But it also stays alive by more
people being exposed to it.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Derby Ram
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 11:32 PM

Damn! I very nearly made it this year too!
Have a good one Jerry and everybody!
K


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 09:28 AM

I have a fairly good recording of the Songs of New York State concert, which I also thought was outstanding. I'm going to check in with the other performers, and the festival, and if everyone gives their blessing, I'll post it at archive.org so others can hear it.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 12:55 PM

Saw quite a few Catters at the Eisteddfod, including Science Geek, Susan of the DT, Dick Greenhaus, Suffet, David Ruch, Liam's Brother, Heather Wood, Glen197, and Booklynrose herself, and possibly more, but I didn't make the connection.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 02:16 PM

Dave, it would be wonderful and stunning if you can put the
Songs of NY concert on line for a listen! Let me know when and I'm all ears.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,georgeward
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 07:47 PM

What a labor of love Eisteddfod is (and there's plenty of labor for the few devoted hands who pull it off) ! Wonderful vibe this year, and more great moments and artists than One should try to squeeze into a single post.

Discanto, a terrific Italian group from Abruzzo, was a revelation. And in the aforementioned NYS concert, listening to Dave Ruch and Jeff Davis channelling William Sidney Mount's Long Island fiddle repertoire was an immediate delight and a historical revelation all at once.

Ballads ? New Songs in the Tradition? Harmony ? Traditional singers as compelling as Colleen Cleveland ? It had 'em all. And then there was Len Graham, whose lifetime of collecting and singing the songs of Northern Ireland (or perhaps collecting the singers of those songs as friends and mentors) enables him to set every one so you can imagine yourself in the community in which the song really lived.

Oh, and if you had stringband joneses,the festival ended with the Wreck Room Stringband. No you haven't heard of them, Yes, you should regret that, but it's not really your fault. These guys - who get together about once a year and then vanish like the wee folk under the hill - have been doing what they do for over thirty years.And they can put to shame most of the professional stringbands and bluegrass groups you'll ever hear.

They have taste and heart, those few who put the Eisteddfod together. And its originator and guiding spirit, Howard Glasser, is still around to remind us what joy there is in the music and the bond we share in it.

So it's in Queens. People go there every day (most of them were on whatever street I chose to be on). It's worth it. It is one of those labors of love that deserves our support and repays it with interest.

It is why I do this stuff at all.

- George


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: RTim
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 07:52 PM

Why oh Why was I not At Eisteddddddod this year - I know - Too lazy to drive off Cape - what a tosser! Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 12:22 AM

Next year I'll improve on my plans to be there (sigh) sounds to true to be good

Thanks Brooklynrose for all your attemps to help me.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 11:58 AM

I've got everyone's "OK" to post the NYS songs session except for George, who I haven't heard from yet (and who did a great "Boatin' on a Bullhead" and "Johnny Troy" at that very workshop).

George, are you out there?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 06:14 PM

OK, all have consented and the Songs of New York State set is now up at archive.org. It's actually NOT an ideal recording at all, as the recorder was right at my feet and consequently picks up twice as much of me as anything else (mandolin on the first tune for instance), and the archive.org site squished it down a little bit so the resolution isn't great, but I think the value in the songs and how they were presented comes through loud and clear.

I'll try to get the "official" recording of the set from the festival, which should sound lots better and more professional, but in the meantime, here it is....

http://www.archive.org/details/Songs_of_New_York_State_at_Eisteddfod_NY_2008


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 23 Nov 08 - 12:08 AM

It is heartening to read a lot of the posts above from people who were there both musicians and audience. It is, however, discouraging that so many who would have been wild for it did not get there. Taking into account that I am obviously prejudiced, I don't remember when I have ever seen such an event for people who are really into the traditional material done in the old way and for the old reasons.

I always try to put together people in a session who will bounce off each other in a way to make sparks fly. When the musicians are really really turned on and blown away. . . . well you get it. Obviously I could not see all the sessions, or even parts of them, so I welcome any who will post about sessions not yet mentioned.
Before I give some of my own highlights, I will say that we do have digital recordings of all of the main concerts and of all the workshop sessions that took place in the auditorium. Don Wade of course has no time to do much with this, but if there is a particular session that lots of folks ask for (like "I Love New York"), I can prod him to do something toward making it available online. I will certainly try.

I will take the liberty at the bottom of this to say something of the frustration at the staggering difficulty of getting people to attend such a truly incredible event.

By a wide margin, the music that got the most raves (and damned near everything got raves from both performers and audience) was Discanto. People kept asking "Where did you find them?" Actually, they found us, since they were coming to the East coast of the US anyway. They were absolutely stunning, instrumentally, vocally, and folklorically (is that a word?). Just brought down the house at every session from an audience that is very highly sophisticated and has no interest in glitz. From the East coast of Italy, a lot of the material from shepherds, a fabulous double-chanter bagpipe (the Zampogna), powerful vocals (their American contact checked with me because they were a little worried that their singing might not be polished or refined enough. . . . . "Oy vay, have I got a festival for you", said I). A tremendous thing to have gotten them, a once in a lifetime experience, some said.
Only George has mentioned so far Len Graham. I have no doubt that he is among the finest or perhaps the finest Irish traditional singer of the current generation. I first heard Len on a recording in 1979 in my first UK tour from a host of mine in Birmingham. I said "This is a young Joe Heaney".
Pat Conte is indeed a treasure. He asked me after his Friday night concert set, "Was it too esoteric?". . . Oy vay, have I got a festival for you. . . . I thought it was spot on. . . Well ok, it was not easy to understand the words. . . just like his sources. . . . .
The session that I think BrooklynRose mentioned, which I called "Black and White in Color", was exactly what I had wanted when I put together three acts that had never met and never heard each other. Norris Bennet is a black singer and instrumentalist, born in Florida, but the bulk of his material is Southern Mountain (white) ballad and string band stuff. Pat Conte, white boy that he is, most of his material is from Black traditions which he has soaked himself in inside and out, and Bill and Livia Vanaver do a bunch of similar type things (but different) from the Georgia Sea Islands and other places. How can it lose? It was nothing short of magic.
We had two big ballad sessions, one on North America and one on over the ocean. I was in the first, but not in great shape since I managed about 2 hours sleep Friday night. But the second was a complete knock out. Too many performers for the stage, and all of it fabulous.
A session that I really regretted missing was "Irish at Home and Away", with stuff as diverse is Len Graham and Barry O'Neill. widely divergent repertoires but I knew it couldn't be anything but great. I would be happy to see a comment from any that saw that session.
The "Voices in Harmony" session that someone mentioned above, with Michele and Sara from Discanto, Dave and Anni, and John and Tony was also fabulous, and what was so moving about it (this always gets me) was how much the performers were totally loving what they were hearing from the other performers. Just the "wow" look on people's faces -- well ok, I admit a lot of the 'wows' were for the pair from Discanto.
And finally I have to mention that giving the Eisteddfod Award to John and Tony was I think quite moving at the concert on Saturday night. I think I handled this one well, which has not always been the case, and it had a good touch of humor (some from the fact that the first making of the plaque had "Tony Barrano" -- like big Tony with the concrete shoes. . . . ), and also I think a special warmth from the amount of dedication to the real tradition and the amount of inspiration provided to so many, especially the next generation.

Now the frustration and the future. We know there will be a festival next year; we do not know where. The problems of bringing people to New York are simply insurmountable. The amount of feedback from so many people trying to tell their friends saying that as soon as people hear that it is in NEw York, they simply flatly refuse to consider coming. This really stabs me in the gut, first because it is so utterly stupid, and second because it is in my city where I was born and that I think is a fabulous place. I tried this year (as did others) to strongly make the point wherever I could that it was not necessary to drive into the center city at all to get there, and when you left the Interstate from any direction you were 5 minutes from the school. No effect as far as I could see. Jackson Heights is easy to get to, relatively easy to park (vastly easier than say Cambridge), has as fabulous an array of restaurants as can be found anywhere. . . OK The motels are a bit more expensive than in rural areas. . . . (but a lot cheaper than Manhattan). It just makes no sense to me that people find NY so terrifying that they wom't even think about it. But we cannot pretend that this is not the case.

But it is real rough when at the Friday night concert, with George Ward, Dave Ruch, Pat Conte, and David Jones, we had an audience, after subtracting the other performers and volunteers, of maybe 40 tops. Blows me away.

There is no point in my being negative, it is what it is. I think this problem is unlikely to improve to any significant degree, and we are beginning discussions on what to do for the future. . . yes, there will definitely be a festival. . . . somewhere. . . .

But it was a truly fabulous, memorable event. . . . And that part is amazingly gratifying. I know the committee will welcome any communication from those who care about this stuff, either via this board or directly by email. Dave Ruch has already volunteered to be helpful in any way he can.
My email address is    jerepst@att.net
Jerry Epstein


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Rich (Hummingbird) Neuman
Date: 23 Nov 08 - 02:17 AM

Where is the Mudcat Gathering?
What part(s) of NY?

Thank you!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: Suffet
Date: 23 Nov 08 - 07:11 PM

Rich,

The gathering took place at the 2008 Eisteddfod New York Traditional Music Festival in Jackson Heights, Queens, the weekend of November 14-16. Sorry you missed it this year.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: sciencegeek
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 06:02 AM

Thanks to the "computer from hell", I'm only now really back on line to comment on the really fun weekend we had.

It's always a blast to be at a folk event and suddenly realize that the person net to me is a fellow mudcatter.... at a past Mystic Sea Music festival it turned out that three quarters of the gang sitting there at the Seaman's Inn were all mudcatters.

Since I had volunteer duties, I didn't get as much time to spend with the mudcat gathering as I would have liked - but what I did get to share was fun and we got to share songs and stories.

This is a hidden gem of a festival and Mike & I drive in from western New York to partake of the varied workshops and concerts. This year we stayed with friends who live near the school were it was held and that was a real boon. Carpooling is definitely the way to go, given the need to find a parking space.

I hope we can arrange another get together next year.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: maeve
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 06:59 AM

Jerry and all-

I would have loved to be there. The location didn't keep me away; finding a way to get there from Maine and back home again was a problem. Leaving in the middle of harvest was the most significant difficulty for me. A not-to-be-missed very special house concert complicated the issue in a delightful way.

It all sounds wonderful and I hope one day to join you. Thank you all for the hard work and inspiration that go into this extraordinary festival. I appreciate being able to read the posts in this thread.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering at Eisteddfod-NY
From: GUEST,Anne Price
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 09:14 PM

Eisteddfod was indeed a wonderful festival this year. I have been to all of them since they started in New York, and this was the best for me. I felt the glow for days after it.

It is hard to find a time and place that's good for everyone. The first few years it was at Brooklyn Polytech in the summer. Jackson Heights in Queens at the Renaissance School in November is much better. I feel we have been building up an audience there. The Friday night concert audience may have been small, but Saturday night was much better attended. Many local people came for part of the festival. I'd like to see us build more of an audience of people who live in New York. And if more people from out of town can overcome their fear of the Big City, I think they'd find that Jackson Heights is easier to get to than they think. There is a parking garage a block from the festival which cost me only around $25 for all of Saturday (cheap by New York standards) and on Sunday it was easy to park on the street for free.

Hope to see more of you next year.


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