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OZcatters to 2009 National?

Rowan 24 Feb 09 - 10:48 PM
JennieG 24 Feb 09 - 11:46 PM
GUEST,Gerry 24 Feb 09 - 11:52 PM
Bob Bolton 24 Feb 09 - 11:56 PM
Bugsy 25 Feb 09 - 12:04 AM
Tangledwood 25 Feb 09 - 04:21 AM
Sandra in Sydney 25 Feb 09 - 07:32 AM
Andrez 25 Feb 09 - 03:06 PM
Rowan 25 Feb 09 - 04:12 PM
Bob Bolton 25 Feb 09 - 08:27 PM
Sandra in Sydney 26 Feb 09 - 12:17 AM
Rowan 26 Feb 09 - 04:22 PM
Bob Bolton 26 Feb 09 - 08:46 PM
freda underhill 27 Feb 09 - 09:53 AM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Mar 09 - 03:41 AM
JennieG 09 Mar 09 - 07:59 PM
Sandra in Sydney 09 Mar 09 - 08:16 PM
JennieG 10 Mar 09 - 12:31 AM
Sandra in Sydney 10 Mar 09 - 02:09 AM
Andrez 10 Mar 09 - 06:41 AM
Sandra in Sydney 10 Mar 09 - 07:59 AM
JennieG 10 Mar 09 - 08:25 PM
Sandra in Sydney 11 Mar 09 - 02:09 AM
cloudstreet 11 Mar 09 - 12:35 PM
Rowan 11 Mar 09 - 05:07 PM
Sandra in Sydney 11 Mar 09 - 05:51 PM
Rowan 11 Mar 09 - 06:37 PM
Andrez 12 Mar 09 - 05:01 AM
Bruce from Bathurst 14 Mar 09 - 11:52 PM
Chris Maltby 15 Mar 09 - 03:02 AM
Sandra in Sydney 15 Mar 09 - 10:28 AM
GUEST,Canberra Chris 15 Mar 09 - 07:18 PM
Rowan 15 Mar 09 - 11:58 PM
GUEST,Bruce D 16 Mar 09 - 06:29 AM
Bob Bolton 16 Mar 09 - 05:45 PM
Sandra in Sydney 22 Mar 09 - 04:38 AM
Rowan 22 Mar 09 - 05:29 PM
Sandra in Sydney 22 Mar 09 - 06:08 PM
GUEST,Gerry 22 Mar 09 - 09:50 PM
Sandra in Sydney 23 Mar 09 - 01:31 AM
Sandra in Sydney 28 Mar 09 - 04:41 AM
JennieG 28 Mar 09 - 07:41 PM
Sandra in Sydney 03 Apr 09 - 09:15 AM
JennieG 03 Apr 09 - 06:33 PM
Tangledwood 03 Apr 09 - 06:53 PM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Apr 09 - 01:29 AM
GUEST 04 Apr 09 - 07:46 AM
Tangledwood 04 Apr 09 - 05:18 PM
Charley Noble 04 Apr 09 - 08:09 PM
Bruce D 05 Apr 09 - 03:00 AM
Sandra in Sydney 05 Apr 09 - 08:13 AM
Andrez 05 Apr 09 - 06:43 PM
Andrez 05 Apr 09 - 06:44 PM
Sandra in Sydney 05 Apr 09 - 08:23 PM
SqueezeMe 05 Apr 09 - 11:49 PM
Andrez 06 Apr 09 - 08:43 AM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Apr 09 - 11:05 AM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Apr 09 - 11:34 AM
Rowan 06 Apr 09 - 06:12 PM
Andrez 06 Apr 09 - 07:11 PM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Apr 09 - 11:23 PM
Andrez 07 Apr 09 - 12:24 AM
Sandra in Sydney 07 Apr 09 - 01:58 AM
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Allen in Oz 07 Apr 09 - 02:38 AM
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Subject: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Rowan
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 10:48 PM

Well, it's not all that far away so I thought I'd cast the net. I'll be there (and in Comms for a couple of shifts) and looking out for y'all. I've already promised Sandra I'll be at Hrothgar's session on Sunday morning.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 11:46 PM

Heavens....it's not that far away is it!

I'll be there too, working in the office pre-festival as usual, and of course will be at Hrothgar's session. Rowan, do you reckon the Sally band will be at the session again?   They played very well last year.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 11:52 PM

I'll be there, with wife & daughter & maybe daughter's klezmer band.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 11:56 PM

G'day Rowan,

I'll be there ... starting with Warren Fahey's Masterclass pre- Festival ... probably for the 'gadfly factor' ... and trying to fit in with (or mould ... ) the new regime's views on NFF photography.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bugsy
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 12:04 AM

Can't see us making it this year (Unless we win lotto of course) Pension and p/t work just won't pay the airfares.

Have a wonderful time as I'm sure you all will.


Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Tangledwood
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 04:21 AM

Will be there for the first time. I'm driving down from Brizzy and plan to set up camp on site on Wednesday. There are quite a few from Brisbane going down I believe.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 07:32 AM

So now we start the Where Will We Meet conversation that goes on for weeks!

The place where some of us gather for the obligatory Ozcatters pic (Ozcatters 2007 & Ozcatters 2008) is Hrothgar's sunday morning Hymn session (the best singing session at the whole festival, well the late night stairwell session is also fantastic!) but other suggestions are welcome, especially from 'Catters who are performing.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 03:06 PM

Ahhhhhhhhh, I was wondering when this thread was going to start up. Yep I'll be there too 'cept I hate getting up early on Sundays, its against my religion you see :-) Will play it by ear ho, ho, ho!
Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Rowan
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 04:12 PM

And for those who are coming but don't yet have Bob's dinky little Mudcat insignias, let him know ahead of time. I'm making a huge assumption here, Bob, that you're both willing and able to "help out".

What's the story on the new regime's views on NFF photography? We haven't been inundated with yet more trainees from Canberra's bureaucracy, surely?

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 08:27 PM

G'day Rowan,

(A)
I reckon I can run off an update set of Mudcatter tags ... given reasonable notice. (I will be off to Canberra on Monday 6 April - so don't leave it too late!)

(B)
Not so much of a 'high level' change - but Jan Nary, the former NFF Publicist has gone off to see if she still has a life in the real world ... and the new incumbent is trying to establish tighter procedures and develop a procedure by which selected NFF photographers will only submit a selection of ~ 100 images for the whole event.

I can see why they want to have a solid pre-selection by the photogs ... and I have been outlining the approach I will be taking ... now I have been dragged into the digital fold ... all involving:


A/ Full backup of everything I take to my laptop (around midnight in the Press Room) with 'structured' date / event / photog / image #...

B/ Selection to a sub-directory for each event day ...

C/ Back-up of full file and selection file to my portable hard drive ...

D/ Drop off prime selections (either daily ... or morning after end of NFF) - and assuming they have a Mac that will talk to real world devices ...

It will be interesting to see how it all works out ... and how the selection and utilisation of images might change!

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 12:17 AM

Bob, what if you all take pics of the same events & other interesting stuff is missed?


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Rowan
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 04:22 PM

I suspect, Sandra, that the Publicity Coordinator (chief wally in charge of the photographers) will be giving each a schedule and list of tasks; Bob might just get lucky and be able to choose a large selections of the ones he's interested in at the cost of a few that he's not particularly keen on.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 08:46 PM

G'day Sandra & Rowan,

There was a definite shooting list issued by Jan, in the past and I'm sure that Jane Speechley will continue that practice. The changes will be in the way the NFF expects the photographers to make pre-selection and submit a small enough set of images that the NFF publicity people can quickly choose. If all the facities are as before ... it may work well.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: freda underhill
Date: 27 Feb 09 - 09:53 AM

Bob, I hope you get to take all the photos you want. This is a creative event - your images are our history.

I'll be there!


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 03:41 AM

refresh!


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 07:59 PM

Just keeping this going for a bit longer......

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 08:16 PM

Andrez, the hymn session starts 9 & finishes near 11 when the Ozcats photos are taken.

see ya there

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 12:31 AM

And if you aren't in good voice when you start singing....you certainly will be by the end!

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 02:09 AM

Roger supplies medicine! Very good for throats, I believe.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 06:41 AM

Okey Dokey Sandra, 9.00 am I can cope with, see yez there.

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 07:59 AM

& a dose of Roger's special medicine will help you with the early start!

Someone with better eyes than me needs to check the on-line program for the starting time. I found it almost impossible to read the tiny weeny font. Last year it started at the more civilized time of 10.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 08:25 PM

Sandra, the first link of the three has very easy to read font. But if my eyes don't deceive me, the time allocated is 10-11am - only 60 minutes - isn't it usually 90 minutes?

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 02:09 AM

according to the 2008 program we had 90 mins -

sandra (getting closer to her cataract operation - hooray!)


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: cloudstreet
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 12:35 PM

we'll be there.

Sunday morning!!!???

sheez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Rowan
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 05:07 PM

Sunday morning!!!???

sheez


When else are you going to get a bunch of confirmed atheists (and others) to sing hymns?

See you there!

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 05:51 PM

Both John Warner & John Dengate use hymn tunes in their parodies & serious songs! John D. & I were at a funeral recently where the soprano sang "Abide with me" & I was mentally singing John's words.

I was taken to my first Hymn session at my first National in 2000 by a nominally Jewish friend - he knew more than I did, but then he had been going to Festivals & singing sessions for decades & I hadn't been to Sunday School since I was 12.

One year a group of Evangelicals came from the Church service & complained that the hymn session was on at the same time. Some of them also preached when asked to lead a hymn! Not the usuall pattern as Roger reminded them. I was sharing my book with one of these latecomers who said "I'm a Baptist, we stand up to sing" so I said "I'm a folk-singer, we sit down to sing" causing my atheist friend sitting behind to get the giggles. The woman sharing my book also waved her right hand gracefully in the air as she sang. I'm accustomed to right fists in the air on occasion ...

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Rowan
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 06:37 PM

Ever so graciously put, Sandra, as ever.

For those 'not in the know', perhaps I should have paraphrased John Wesley's (?) words about not letting any one side monopolising all the good tunes?

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 12 Mar 09 - 05:01 AM

Yes but we all know where the best fiddle tunes are to be found........... hey its getting hotter 'round here isnt it?

:-)

Andrez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bruce from Bathurst
Date: 14 Mar 09 - 11:52 PM

Oops! As usual for this Mudcat lurker, I forgot to put up my hand on this thread (does that make sense?)

I'll be giving the Radio Training session as part of the National Folk School, then engaging in the annual Easter Folk Immersion. I really truly will try to catch up with other 'catters, but perhaps not early on Sunday morning.

Bob, if I can manage to cadge a grant to help deliver this radio training stuff (NB. not from the NFF!) surely we can find some way to find a few dollars to stage a long overdue 'NFF Bolton Photo Retrospective' in a year or two. Perhaps the "new regime" at the NFF needs a prod to recognise the archival value of what you have stored away.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Chris Maltby
Date: 15 Mar 09 - 03:02 AM

I shall be praising the lord and passing the medicine on Sunday morning no matter how late the stairwell session goes on Saturday... that is unless some wicked scheduler puts the Eeks on at the same time.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Mar 09 - 10:28 AM

very kind of you to pass the medicine! Do make sure you have a dose of your own, Chris!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST,Canberra Chris
Date: 15 Mar 09 - 07:18 PM

I missed this thread - sorry! Yes, I'll be there, and happy to provide any local resident support for guests to our fair city.

Re hymns - those who get twitchy about the idea will be heartened by the astonishing collection in the Hrothgar Hymnbook, which includes for example Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalposts of Life which to my recollection got sung last year. Those of opposing ideologies can of course mentally remove the commas and still sing it with equal gusto.

They might also check out Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band's hymn CDs, which illustrate the original intent, which was to have a bloody good sing. I suspect the early gatherings, however devout, sounded on approach more like a shanty session than an insipid reverent mumble drowned by an organ. That is certainly the impression you would get on approaching the Hrothgar Hymn Session.

Oh, re Rowan's 'confirmed atheists' are these late converts, or is there a confirmation ceremony I am unaware of?

Chris


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Rowan
Date: 15 Mar 09 - 11:58 PM

an insipid reverent mumble drowned by an organ. That is certainly the impression you would get on approaching the Hrothgar Hymn Session.

I must have missed a comma or two; Hrothgar's Hymn Sessions are certainly not insipid and "reverent" is not how I'd describe them. Vocal chords are "At the High Port" and are the only audible (or even visible) organs.

re Rowan's 'confirmed atheists' are these late converts, or is there a confirmation ceremony I am unaware of?

Like what "The Bosun" says; if I say it three times, it must be true! It's not just the people of the Book that do things by threes.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST,Bruce D
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 06:29 AM

I might even be able to make this year as well, It's been at least 5 to six years since I last went. It will be good to catch up with the friends from the BMC


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 05:45 PM

G'day Bruce from Bathurst,

I wasn't saying the NFF "new regime" was necessarily "wrong", "repressive" ... or any other negative - just 'new'. They are trying to pick up from Jan Nary's good work ... and to analyse how they work with what has become a flood of photography, in recent years. I'll be working on the best ways to deliver only a "selected" take of ~ 100 images from the whole event ... and it will be an interesting dicipline (and a a fiddly exercise in image file assessment and management on the fly ... and - maybe - good for my soul!).

Of course, the entire take will remain in my archive ... and ... one day ... may end up with take from some 27 NFFs (so far) in some coherent body of images!

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 04:38 AM

only 16 sleeps till I wake earlier than sparrows to catch the 8am bus to Canberra! (note to self - get to bed a tad earlier than the usual 2am the night before)

Bob will have left 2 sleeps earlier taking his extensive collection of button accordions & other musical stuff + my camping gear.

So far we only have 1 known Mudcatter performance - Ecopella save-the-world-music & maybe a performance by Gerry's daughter Sarah & friends Di Khupe Heybners

any other performances by Mudcatters?

Any other Mudcatter going to the National?

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Rowan
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 05:29 PM

I hope to get a 3am start for the drive to Canberra with daughter #2 and her mate (the latter is a folk newbie); daughter #1 and her mate (the latter also a newbie) are having HSC exams on the Thursday and are arriving by plane but will start their mug juggling the next day.

We have a new Ozcatter (Bodgie; I'll not blow his cover immediately) who will certainly be there and performing; his collection of songs and singers on Friday night may well rival Hrothgar's on Sunday morning.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 06:08 PM

Bodgie has blown his own cover in his posts! Bob can give him his badge on Monday

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 09:50 PM

I've offered to sing at Bodgie's Friday night session, but as he's looking for good Australian specimens of the genre and I've confessed to knowing only bad American ones I'm not sure he'll take me up on my offer. So mark me down as a guest Ozcatter who may or may not be performing.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 01:31 AM

Free concert @ The National Library -

Down the Lawson Track - A celebration in Song, Music, Poem and Story of the great Australian Poet and writer Henry Lawson 1867-1922

Wednesday, April 8, 2009          6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

National Library of Australia Theatre.

Devised and scripted by Martyn Wyndham-Read and presented In association with the National Folk Festival

Featuring Martin Wyndham-Reed, Warren Fahey, Clare O'Meara, Garry Steel and Professor Bill Gammage.

Cost: Free

Bookings: 02 6262 1271 or bookings@nla.gov.au

The concert will be recorded for broadcast on ABC Radio National.

------------

see ya there

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Mar 09 - 04:41 AM

here's the list so far

Rowan
Sandra in Sydney
JennieG
Guest, Gerry
Bob Bolton
Tangledwood
Andrez
freda underhill
Cloudstreet
Bruce from Bathurst
Chris Maltby
Canberra Chris
Hrothgar
Bodgie

any additions? Apart from Mark Gregory who I just remembered saying he'd be there.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Mar 09 - 07:41 PM

The NLA concert sounds good Sandra - we might give it some thought. We have friends in Canberra and usually meet up with them at least one night before the festival starts.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Apr 09 - 09:15 AM

If you get to the concert, you can meet my colleague & her husband who will also be there. They are owned by 4 cats & I'm sure you'll have a great time comparing cat stories!

Bob is arranging for the new Ozcatter labels to be printed (his preferred printer is not working) & he'll be able to hand them out.

Tangledwood - do you know Bob? If not keep an eye out for an official photographer wearing a new Akubra & a Mudcat fish & banjo label! Check out the Ozcatters pics I linked to in an earlier post. Will you be camping anywhere near the Mathiesons?

only 5 more sleeps!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 03 Apr 09 - 06:33 PM

Bob has a new Akubra??!!! well well......he will look very spiffy.

Only one more sleep for us Sandra! We were originally going today, but Kevin has spent much of this week at doctors having various tests and procedures (he's fine now) so we delayed it by a day. I will be starting work in the office on Monday.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Tangledwood
Date: 03 Apr 09 - 06:53 PM

Tangledwood - do you know Bob? If not keep an eye out for an official photographer wearing a new Akubra & a Mudcat fish & banjo label! Check out the Ozcatters pics I linked to in an earlier post. Will you be camping anywhere near the Mathiesons?

Thanks Sandra, I don't think that I know Bob but I'll certainly be keeping my eyes open. It's my first time at the Nationals so I don't know the camping layout. I'm hoping to catch up with I friend that I haven't seen for a year or so who says he'll be "near the trotting track opposite the session bar". The laptop will be coming along so we can update via here.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 01:29 AM

Jennie, I also have a (new) Akubra - I bought mine in Bendigo when Dot & I visited the famous Bendigo Hat Shop. Bob waited over 4 months to get his as a special order from the Hat Shop in the Strand arcade (who specialise in Akubras!)

Tangeledwood - I believe there are a contingent of Qlders on the other side of the arena from the session bar. My Vic friends will also be there near them.

If you print a copy of the previous Ozcatters pic you can use it to locate many of us! We tend to congregate in the Singing Sessions at night & afterwards in the stairwell (between the singing session room & the session bar!)

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 07:46 AM

here's the list so far

Rowan
Sandra in Sydney
JennieG
Guest, Gerry
Bob Bolton
Tangledwood
Andrez
freda underhill
Cloudstreet
Bruce from Bathurst
Chris Maltby
Canberra Chris
Hrothgar
Bodgie

any additions? Apart from Mark Gregory who I just remembered saying he'd be there.

Count me in, Bruce D from Melbourne, Its been a while since I was registered, but I know Bob quite well.

Bruce D


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Tangledwood
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 05:18 PM

Thanks Sandra, I'll keep my eyes open. Unfortunately I don't have a handy photo of myself to post you.
Look forward to meeting you
Mal


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 08:09 PM

Have fun, gang!

And don't stay up too late or you may get slogged in the foggy foggy dew.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, 10,000 miles away!


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bruce D
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 03:00 AM

I've re-registed with Mudcats so I'm now a a mudcatter again !!!!

Bruce D
from Melbourne


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:13 AM

welcome back, Bruce D - unfortunately you might be a bit late to get a proper badge as Bob is leaving for Canberra in the morning with the completed badges, tho he might have some blank ones. I'll pack my second & third badges & a pot of liquid paper in case they're useful!

Tangledwood - see ya somewhere.

I'll also be sitting behind the Folk Alliance/FolkFedNSW/APRA stall outside the Flute'n Fiddle 12-1 on Sunday & 1-2 on Monday - wearing my Akubra at all times!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 06:43 PM

In the immortal words of the late, grate Pauline H, could someone "Please explain" for those lesser mortals specifically where these locations actually are to be found?

> Hrothgar's sunday morning Hymn session (the best singing session at the whole festival, well the late night stairwell session is also fantastic! <

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 06:44 PM

P'raps also any other common or likely meeting venues as well.

Cheers again,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:23 PM

the hymn singing session is in the Restaurant (the Singing Room), Sunday 10-11. Usually we have an extra 30 mins & space between our session & the following, but THEY have programmed another lot to follow at 11, so we will have to stop before 11 - which means the Mudcat pic can't be the usual leisurely photo at the conclusion of teh singing.

The late night singing sessions are programmed in the Restaurant after 10 till about 2, then we just walk out the back door & join those who are already in the stairwell between the singing room & the session bar. The stairwell is a normal concrete fire escape type & is always packed with singers. An advance party of singers take over the stairwell during the earlier part of the Late night singing session so musos can't take it - they have the entire session bar! Stairwell sessions have been known to go till 6.30 - tho the latest I've stayed is 4.30.

Even if you can only stay fro a song or 2 or 3 it's worth it - the stairwell has the best acoustics & when packed solidly with singing bodies is a magic.

See the program on the National website & start marking Must Attend stuff!

oops, gotta chatch a bus, my physio is waiting!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: SqueezeMe
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 11:49 PM

Just made a last minute decision to go.

Accompanied by a few tasty button accordion for sale if any one interested :-)

Have toolkit: will travel!

See you all there....

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 08:43 AM

Thanx for elaborating Sandra.

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 11:05 AM

see ya, Malcolm!

Andrez, another good singing session is run by Dennis O'Keefe in the Session bar from 1-3 every day - theme - Australian songs (well, Dennis is the expert on Waltzing Matilda!) I usually get there most days.

The Traditional Australian tunes sessions is held in the same place from 11-1 each day.

I'll also be getting to Keith McKenry's workshop on Australia's Lost Folksongs (Fri 5.30, Trocadero)

The Stockcamp is another good place for traditional stuff.

Unprogrammed stuff from John Warner & Margaret Walters -

Friday 3-4.30pm   Stockcamp -- WALTERS & WARNER singing bush songs and John Warner's songs

Friday 7pm    Singing Room -- contributing a ballad or two in Jenny Fitzgibbon's BIG BALLAD BLAST

Saturday 12pm   Trocadero -- Marg doing a song in the Fagan's workshop, SINGING THE WEAVING

Saturday 4pm    Budawang -- joining Danny Spooner for 3 songs in the UNION CONCERT

Saturday 6.30pm Singing Room -- contributing to the PETER PAUL & MARY singalong

Sunday 8.30pm   Flute & Fiddle -- contributing to the PETER PAUL & MARY singalong

Monday 1.30pm   Singing Room -- Marg doing a song in Danny Spooner's event: INTERPRETING TRADITIONAL SONG

I hadn't put PPM on the Must Attend list, but the others were on my list

sandra (traditional stuff, who me?)


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 11:34 AM

just found this - gotta get there with my camera! It looks like it might visually challenge the Morris/Belly dancing event which has given me zillions of pics.

Bollywood Bush Band Dance - National Folk Festival
Sunday April 12, 2pm - 3.30pm at The Mallee

Dya Singh's daughters Jamel, Parvyn & Harsel (The Singh Sisters) join fiddler Ernie Gruner, percussionist Peter Vadiveloo (Jugularity) & his daughters Ruby and Bella, eclectic guitarist Harry Williamson, & Indian strings player Josh Bennett (of Dya's group)

to play and teach Bush dances, Bollywood dances and fun fusions thereof.

The Bollywood version of a Heel and Toe polka looks great, and makes me wonder if it is the original version !

Kick up your heels and hands at this world first....


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Rowan
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 06:12 PM

Only one more sleep 'til I start driving; see yuz there!

Andrez (and any other newcomers to the version of the National in EPIC), the printed version of the program available at the entrance gate has very explanatory maps and scheduling details for everything except the various Blackboard concert venues; their blackboards are very informative on the day in question.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 07:11 PM

Just a thought is there any chance of an early "meeting" get together or similar say on the Thursday? That way faces and names can be matched up and you can say hi etc to each other as you move around the festival to gigs, shows and events of interest and not have to wait until sunday? I know some know each other by sight but then thats not true for all. Just a thought anyway. No dramas if it cant happen but it kinda makes sense to me at least.

Cheers,

Andrez

PS: I do know you though Rowan, though I would imagine the beard is a little greyer now or is it perhaps bottle black? :-)


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 11:23 PM

Thursday some of us (me, Bob, Bruce, Bodgie & Mark) will be at the National Library Folklore conference (9-5), but there is a free concert in the foyer at lunchtime (12.30 - 1.30) if you want to pop over there & say hello.

JennieG will be working in the Information/Office area (in front of the Coorong)

When I get back from the NLA I'll have to set up camp (simple really, I'll just be moving bedding & other stuff into my tent in Tent City) so I could meet you somewhere after that. How about 8pm at the phone box near the session bar?

I don't usually attend the Opening concert, I normally wander round & spend time at Troubadour - but I'll be at the Singing Session from 10.30. Other Ozcatters likely to be there are Chris Maltby, freda, Canberra Chris, Gerry.

Chris Maltby sings with Ecopella, Cloudstreet is singing around the place, Canberra Chris is a member of the Shiny Bums (book launch Sat 5pm Merry Muse), Mark Gregory is also performing.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 12:24 AM

Great. My ETA will be sometime between 12.00 and 2.00 assuming the gods of the road are smiling. Will use the info above to make a connection on Thurs all going well. I gather that your mobile will be scratched on the wall on the phone box near the session bar? :-)

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 01:58 AM

I don't have a mobile, but I could invent a number! & message!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 02:27 AM

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN10035.shtml

Forecast for Wednesday
Fine and sunny with light and variable winds.

City Precis: Fine, sunny.                                 
City:       Min 5 Max 22
Tuggeranong: Min 5 Max 22

Chance of rainfall: 5%.
Winds on Lake: Variable 10-15 km/h.

UV Alert:    9:40 am to 2:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 5 [moderate]
Fire danger: Moderate to high

Thursday    Fine, sunny.                      Min 6    Max 23
Friday       Fine, mostly sunny.               Min 8    Max 25
Saturday    Fine, increasing cloud.          Min 8    Max 25
Sunday       Possible showers.                Min 7    Max 23
Monday       Showers.                         Min 11    Max 22
Tuesday      Showers.                         Min 11    Max 22


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 02:34 AM

Those are higher daytime temperatures than predicted for Sydney (but also lower nighttime lows). I won't get there until late afternoon Friday. I love to go to the singing sessions but I can't tear myself away from the concerts, e.g., Friday Colcannon are on from 10 to 11pm, and later there are a couple of bands I know nothing about, The Secret Lunch and The Wedded Bliss. I'm not complaining - it's good to know that no matter what you do you're almost certain to have a good time!


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 02:38 AM

Additional people going from the Bush Music Club

Bob Foggin
Allen Davis
Sigrid Marden


AD


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 06:11 AM

i'll be there!


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST,Callie
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 06:11 AM

that should have come from Callie!


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 06:38 AM

see ya somewhere, Callie

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: freda underhill
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 07:50 AM

glad to hear you're coming, Callie, see you round the festival!

and all youse others :-D

fredalina


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennyO
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 10:36 AM

My, how quickly they forget! Fancy leaving me off the list! Have I missed a single National any time in living memory? No! And of course I won't be missing this one. I may not have been around much on Mudcat lately, but I'm still around, and I'll be going down to Canberra on Thursday, and as usual, I'll be camping with Black Joak Morris in their usual spot past the Mallee and near the big portable shower truck.

Sandra mentioned the belly-off further back. I believe though it hasn't been programmed this time, it will be happening, some time, and possibly on the street. So watch out for it! A great photo opportunity as Sandra said.

I find a good place to bump into people on the Thursday night, is the session bar. That's where I usually gravitate to, and I'll try to remember to wear my badge. Other than that, there is a sort of loose arrangement that anyone who isn't doing anything else around lunchtime (say 1pm or so) could grab some lunch and wander into the session bar and bump into a few other Mudcatters. It's a very loose arrangement, because there's so much to do, it's easy to get sidetracked, but I try to make it in there on some days.

As some of you may know, I have plans to flee the country in a few months, so that I can start a new life in the UK with Rob, a Mudcatter who I met on Facebook (as a friend put it the other day - I downloaded someone from the internet :)) We are really hoping to make it back for a visit and time it so we can be at the National one year, but this year looks like being my last as an Australian resident, so I will be making the most of it!

See yez all there. Only 2 more sleeps for me!


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Andrez
Date: 08 Apr 09 - 05:07 AM

'course the downside of buying an earlybird ticket is that its not around when you need it the night before you leave isnt it?

AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrez


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 05:50 AM

eek, is that why we didn't meet, Andrez? Or maybe cos the phone box is no longer near the Restaurant?

my National -

Wed night, Martyn Wyndham-Read's Lawson concert @ The National Library after a quick visit to my colleagues in Head Office (well, ex-colleagues as I'm 2 years retired!) then dinner with one & her husband who accompanied me to the concert & loved it. Met an assortment of folkies & a few Mudcatters. Back to the the Festival & set up camp.

Thurs - Back to the National library for Folklore conference - Mudcatters Bodgie & Mark Gregory gave papers. A very interesting panel discussion by children's play researchers & the difficulties they have today in conducting that research. Then back to the Festival & into the festivities!

Concerts, sessions, workshops, conversations, meeting folks, rain, buying stuff, wandering round, taking pictures

highlights -

spending time at the Stockamn's Camp where I listened to a lot of good traditional music (including the duo MWR & Danny Spooner)
Martyn's concerts & conversations with him & Dan at various events
Danny's Seasongs workshop
Mark Gregory's AL Lloyd workshops which included several old film interviews from the 70s)
Dennis O'Keefe's lunchtime Australian song sessions each lunchtime in the Session bar
The Grand Parade at the Colonial Ball Sunday night (I took lotsa' pictures of the beautifully dressed dancers & had a great time talking to friends)
Jenny Fitzgibbon's ballad concerts
Keith McKenry's Lost Folksongs concert
Bodgie's Old Bush Songs & CD launch concerts


Grand highlight -
JennieG & I ran Hrothgar's Sunday morning Hymn session cos he couldn't make the Festival. JennieG, Rowan, Chris Maltby, Canberra Chris, & the others who led hymns might be used to singing in public but I'm not - I've never done it before, but there I was with Jennie in front of a room full of enthusiastic singers (those harmonies!!!) singing along with Jennie when she started the proceedings.
It was my voice that did most of the announcing & housekeeping & will be heard on the official archival recording of the session reminding folks we only have an hour instead of the usual 90 mins & that another session will be held as soon as we leave, & constantly reminding them to avail themselves of the excellent medicine provided by Dr Jamieson (thanks to Canberra Chris) & Dr Drambuie (thanks to another Mucatter, BruceD??)
We had enough medicine left to offer to the 3 coordinators of the next session who appreciated it.

The obligatory Ozcatter pic ((Bob Bolton, JennieG, Sandra in Sydney, Rowan, BruceD, Canberra Chris & Chris Maltby) was taken at the end of the session in the foyer - unfortunately a few Ozcatters escaped (freda & Callie with her 10 month old son who I still haven't met) & other Catters were photographed at various times in the festival & pics will be posted in due course.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Tangledwood
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 06:30 AM

What a festival! Can I book for next year yet? What I need is a reset button to go back to the end of last week and watch the acts and join sessions missed first time round. (and have another chance of winning the beautiful baritone guitar)

Unfortunately my laptop had power supply problems (and took out some fuses in the car) so I lost contact here and didn't meet any Ozcatters until just an hour before departing on Tuesday. Then it was a real pleasure to have a chat with JennieG and "Himself". Hopefully I'll catch up with the rest of you next time round - unless you come up to Brizzy before then.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 06:57 AM

see ya next year, Tangledwood

I forgot to say I also saw the very glamourous Hilda Fish & her partner Aging RS

back to the keyboard after a call from Hrothgar who was checking up on how the hymn session went.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bruce D
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 08:58 AM

Well, Made it home a few hours ago, a great drive over the mountains to the coast.

The Drambuie was in memory of old friend who always attended the Hymn session when he was alive, Dave Alexander who had one of the most powerful singing voices I've every heard.

Bruce D


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Tangledwood
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 05:02 PM

Sandra mentions Dya Singh in an earlier post. Did anybody else catch their morning concert in which Dya's grandchildren joined in? What an amazing performance by a six year old boy - perfectly in tune and obviously enjoying every minute.

Also, it would have to be the first concert I've been to where the audience sang to the performers before the performers even started. (OK, it was Happy Birthday)


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bugsy
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 09:20 PM

Sounds like ya all had a great time! I'm envious!


Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 11:52 PM

Sandra's National is a list of events I wish I had gone to but I couldn't because I was going to other events that I wanted to go to even more. I spent a lot of time enjoying the Central and Eastern European music of Vardos, Triplika, The Transylvaniacs, Xenos, and Mara. At Warren Fahey's bawdy songs workshop, I sang stuff I'd never sing at Sandra's folk club. Also enjoyed Colum Sands, Colcannon, The Fagans, Kate & Ruth, Bruce Watson, Eric Bogle & John Munro, April Verch, Martin Pearson, the PPM singalong, Andy Irvine and friends, the Spooky Men, Ami Williamson, and a couple of young'uns who were new to me, Ange Takats and CC.

We drove our daughter down on Friday and back on Monday and hardly saw her between. She camped out while we took the soft option of a local motel, and she was in the Sessions Bar until 7:30 each morning while we were generally in by 11pm. Oh, to be 21 again.

Ran into a couple whose daughter had been friends with ours when the girls were 11, a couple we hadn't seen since then. Also met a couple and found out the woman came from the same place as me (New York City), went to the same university as me, moved to Australia roughly the same year as me, and the man works at the same outfit as me in Sydney.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 09:04 PM

We (Himself and I) had a good festival, slightly low-key due to his recently diagnosed medical matter but good nevertheless. Highlights would have to be Warren's bawdy songs workshop - I haven't laughed so much for many years! - when I told friends about the fantastic time singing dirty songs they rolled their eyes and said "that'd be right, sounds like you!". Lyn and Evan Mathieson's CD launch of Harry Robertson material was terrific. We enjoyed The Hot Club of Cowtown, they were fun. This year we particularly sought out the Canadian performers as we have a family Canadian connection (our younger son is now more than four years into his 12-month trip to Canada and we have a lovely Canadian girl-in-law) - David Francey, Old Man Luedeke, April Verch - what a powerhouse that girl is.

And as Sandra has said, the Sunday morning hymn session was fantastic! I can see why Roger gets such a buzz doing it....standing in front of all those people with voices and harmonies in full flight gave me goose bumps. But we missed you, Roger! For the rest of the weekend total strangers came up to me and said what a good session it had been, which was unexpected but very nice.

And the best thing is the people; meeting up with folks that one only sees once a year, having dinner and chatting with Rowan in the volunteer's dining room, meeting Tangledwood on Tuesday morning, catching up with Bruce D again after several years, seeing Callie and her little bloke (what gorgeous curls that boy has! he'll be a heartbreaker when he's grown). Missing out on concerts because we run into someone we haven't seen for a year happens, and when it does we just go with the flow.

And it's only slightly less than a year until the next National......

Cheers
JennieG (and Himself)


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Bruce from Bathurst
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 08:31 AM

There's a lot to be said for trying a few experiments when you're at the National. With a zillion or so musical delights on offer from Thursday evening to Monday evening it's never going to be easy to catch everything. Besides, there were so many highlights that I knew in advance would be highlights - many of them have been mentioned in this thread - that the annual challenge of squeezing them all in failed as usual. Another excellent but frustrating National in that respect.

By Sunday, my brain (and the rest of my head) was hurting from having so much choice, so I handed over the decision making to a friend for a few hours. 'Our' surprise decision was to go to Duncan Smith's Shape Note Singing workshop on Sunday afternoon and I'd like to give it a really big thumbs-up. I'd met Duncan earlier in the week when he was giving one of the National Folk School classes (accompanying the fiddle on keyboards) and he seemed a perfectly normal sort of bloke! But he had the knack of making this Shape Note caper downright scary, with instant room-filling harmonies coming out of a bunch of people who didn't even know the songs five minutes earlier.

I recommend it thoroughly for clearing the sinuses and de-fogging the brain. And the Festival scheduled the workshop at a reasonable hour of the day.

You serious singers might know all about that Sacred Harp stuff but I spend most of my time trying to hide behind stringed instruments, so it was quite a "revelation" to me (sorry!)

Bruce


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 09:59 AM

You're right Bruce, that workshop had fallen out of my brain space (it's getting a bit crowded in there) - it was amazing. Even though I had never tried shape note singing before, I found Duncan's workshop easier than I had thought it could be.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 11:54 PM

Thanks for rubbing it in, everybody.

:-) or :-(      - take your pick.


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: JennieG
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 01:43 AM

Look at it this way Roger......big storm on Sunday evening, lots of heavy rain....another big rainstorm on Monday evening, even more heavy rain....25mls in one night. Soggy people, soggy venues, soggy tents.

See what you missed?

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 03:40 AM

JR


Where and when was Warren's Bawdy Songs Workshop held ...I missed it

Incidentally, the Buddty Holly show was a delight despite the mates of Rob Willis attempting to turn it into a university tutorial

The ABC Concert was also excellent
AD


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Subject: RE: OZcatters to 2009 National?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 08:28 AM

Warren's workshop started 7pm Friday in Building E. It ended with a singaround of limericks which probably came to about 50 before we ran out.


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