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Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009

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Teribus 24 Mar 09 - 02:44 AM
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Girl Friday 15 Apr 09 - 10:37 AM
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Subject: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 07:25 AM

Time this thread was started.

18th Annual Leigh Folk Festival
24th - 28th June 2009

In lovely Leigh on Sea Essex and it is free!

Leigh Folk Festival website

Acts confirmed as at End February 09

Kelli Ali   
Francesca Bassenger
Clare Blackman

Eric Bogle & John Munro
   
Phil Burdett & Band
Tom Burgess   
Jude Cowan   
Joe Devine   
Peter Dunhill &   
Fancy Dress Party   
Faustus
Gigspanner   
Goldmaster All Stars
Grand Reunion   
Rachel Harrington
Isnaj Dui & Roshi Nahesi
Eddy Johns   
Darren Jones   
Shona Kipling & Damien O'Kane
The Kittiwakes   
The Mudbugs   
The Owl Service
Palinka
Emily Portman
Tony Prior   
Simon Routh   
Scratton Road
The Severed Limb
Slow Loris   
The Smoke Fairies
Jason Steel   
The Straw Bear Band   
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
Dave Symonds   
Kiti Theobald
Nancy Wallace
Trevor Watts & Peter Knight
Wills Fargo
The Woodlarks


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 08:10 AM

the Leigh on Sea My Space page
CD compilation of last year's festival available on the MySpace site.

Detailed programme will probably added later to one site or the other. If I remember I will refresh this thread with that information.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 03:43 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Teribus
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 02:44 AM

Any truth in th rumour that this will be Eric Bogles last tour??


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 03:48 AM

Where did you hear that?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Teribus
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 01:50 PM

Site for a Folk Club in Bath


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Mar 09 - 02:11 PM

Apparently, Eric Bogel farewell tour has it's own thread now. So definitely must see him at Leigh Festival.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Mar 09 - 05:14 PM

Any staggering distance camping or caravan space this year?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Girl Friday
Date: 31 Mar 09 - 11:31 AM

We shan't be going there this year. Only went last because Ben had a spot through New Roots. We won't be ticking their box this year in his options. They give every Old Leigh carpark over to performance stages, and then ticket you for on street parking because all the disabled bays are full. Last year the last one was being filled as we got to it. Southend council gave us a ticket !


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 31 Mar 09 - 03:42 PM

RB
There are camping facilities at Lower Wyburns Farm, Daws Heath Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7NP

Campground is over 3 miles from Leigh on Sea, no bus after 8pm and it is a bit of an up hill slog (if I remember correctly) from the stop to the campground anyway.

Contact Sally Stokes 01268 743378 or stoksey204@hotmail.co.uk

Facilities limited to six pitches with electrical hook-up
Additional field may be available if demand is sufficient.

Wish we could offer you lift to and from campsite or even to crash in our spare room. But our car won't accommodate 4 adults as well as sundry musical kit.   

We plan to go
Friday night sing around (maybe)
all day Saturday (maybe)
Saturday night sing around (defo)
Sunday night to see Eric Bogle (defo)

Wish they would get the programme up.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Apr 09 - 09:29 AM

VT They are flogging their myspace this year... maybe it's there. They are usually tardy about that sort of stuff though. Good luck !


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 02 Apr 09 - 02:34 AM

Thanks Guest
I have been on the MySpace page. Only the lineup for this year, though no dates, times or stages. I found out when Eric Bogel is performing by lookg at his website.

Think I am going to order that CD compilation from last year's festival.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 12:22 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Girl Friday
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 10:37 AM

Hi VT.. I was that Guest.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 07:59 AM

They give every Old Leigh carpark over to performance stages, and then ticket you for on street parking because all the disabled bays are full. Last year the last one was being filled as we got to it. Southend council gave us a ticket !
parking was a nightmare...the nearest parking space was almost outside my house....this year I'm walking..or taking a bus.

Think I am going to order that CD compilation from last year's festival.
Its a nice CD. :)


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 12:32 PM

Didn't there used to be more camping close to the venues once upon a time? I am thinking they stopped it due to H&S and insurance considerations.

I don't understand the logic in holding big event designed to draw people and then closing the car parks to make performance venues. Seems counterproductive to me.

Really sux to give parking ticket to disabled badge holder. Surely there should be amnesty for badge holders during big events. Especially considering the station is just un-doable for people with mobility problems. I am lucky as Chris drops me off and collects me to and from the places I want to be. Not everyone has this luxury.

LDT - will you be at the sing around sessions? Would be great to meet another Mudcatter.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 05:09 AM

LDT - will you be at the sing around sessions? Would be great to meet another Mudcatter.
I can't sing a note....i'm afraid so I won't be at the singarounds...but if there's a melodeon or concertina workshop i'd turn up for that.
In the main I'll be just a spectator....I'm looking forward to seeing Faustus perform in particular. :)


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 08:02 AM

Ditto that sentiment LDT..
Much looking forward to Faustus playing at Leigh myself.
(28th June - 8pm)

And for anyone interested, their MySpace page:
Faustus MySpace


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 08:17 AM

And ditto to VTam there too.
It'd be good to hook up with some local 'Catters at Leigh this June.

Anyone else going fancy making a wee meet up...?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 08:51 AM

Ditto that sentiment LDT..
Much looking forward to Faustus playing at Leigh myself.
(28th June - 8pm)

I wondered what time they were on. :)


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 10 May 09 - 11:55 AM

Well I am properly confused.

Eric Bogel is no longer on the list of artists for the Leigh Festival. However he had Leigh Festival on his website under concert dates.

I have sent an email to the (Leigh) contact for artists. If it turns out that Eric is not scheduled for the 28th then I hope to make his Watford performance on the 27th.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 11 May 09 - 09:06 AM

Had the reply from person responsible for booking acts at Leigh Festival.

Eric Bogle and John Munro have pulled out of the festival. No reason given as to why. Perhaps double booking on that day was an accident that could not be resolved.

I hope to make the concert in Watford as Martin Wyndham Reed also performing. Only £12.

That is a great value.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 21 May 09 - 11:19 AM

Anyone finding the website a bit confusing some of it says 2008 and some 2009 and some of its seems a mixture of the two.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: The Barden of England
Date: 21 May 09 - 12:34 PM

VT, It looks to me like Eric is doing 'The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club' at the Ship in Leigh on Sea on 14th. July. They probably changed the date.
Check here:- http://www.ridgeweb.co.uk/hoy_diary.htm

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 May 09 - 02:10 PM

Thanks John

That is just before our take off to Scotland, so likely not to go to the Hoy performance. (we might leave day earlier to visit Chris' folks.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 24 May 09 - 02:09 PM

Full program including stage times now up on the LFF MySpage page;


http://www.myspace.com/leighfolkfestival2009


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 10 Jun 09 - 06:19 AM

not long to go now....looking forward to it.
anyone else going to the melodeon workshop?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 10 Jun 09 - 07:32 AM

Grrr. Wish I was closer to Essex. What a great line up! Faustus, The Owl Service, Nancy Wallace, for starters. Fab.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 10 Jun 09 - 04:23 PM

more comprehensive programme


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: romany man
Date: 10 Jun 09 - 07:54 PM

sadly until they manage to sort out the parking/camping i wont be going, as our side used to go every year until we all got tickets two years ago , despite apeals etc still had to pay . shame cos the eel stalls one of the best purveyors of jellied eels around.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Jun 09 - 07:55 PM

Still no festival camping, I see - just this from the website "camping facilities may be found in nearby Daws Heath". "Nearby" meaning three miles or more away.

It really is a shame, because it's a pretty good little festival, and I enjoyed going there for years. But then, uniquely among any festivals I have ever come across, they stopped making any provision for camping within walking distance, even though there is ample room for it.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 11 Jun 09 - 03:56 AM

This is a free festival right? Maybe they're concentrating their limited resources on the entertainment. Camping needs a lot of resources, land, water, sanitation, stewards, security ...


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Jun 09 - 02:30 PM

So you charge for the camping, to cover the costs, which shouldn't be all that much. It worked pretty well for years at Leigh - minimal services, but quite adequate.

Maybe someone connected with the festival will explain why they had to stop having a campsite. Perhaps it's just that they decided they wanted to keep it local, and didn't want visitors from outside.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 11 Jun 09 - 02:48 PM

When did Saffend become a unitary authority? Maybe that is why Leigh quit the camping. Maybe drunken festivalers kept tumbling into the water. What with Hadleigh up the road becoming Olympic cycling venue, I doubt that the camping will ever come back to Leigh.

Perhaps there will be an Olympic accommodation and transport hangover following the games that can be used for future Leigh Festivals.

Well one can hope.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Jun 09 - 03:32 PM

Southend has been a unitary authority since 1998, long before the camping at Leigh ceased.

I'm sure there is some reason why the camping was axed - I just doubt very much if it is a very satisfactory reason.

Does anyone know of any other folk festivals which don't have camping?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 11 Jun 09 - 05:00 PM

If the space is there - room for an entrepreneur?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 05:25 PM

What get people to hire out their back gardens for camping? lol!


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 06:40 PM

That happens sometimes (eg Sidmouth). Mind, you'd really want to see the campers face to face first.

There is definitely scope for an entrepreneur here. But maybe a little late for this year. There's masses of suitable space for campsites within an easy walk of Leigh. And plenty of back gardens too.
..................

"What with Hadleigh up the road becoming Olympic cycling venue, I doubt that the camping will ever come back to Leigh."

I'm curious why the Olympics should make any particular difference in this context. A couple of weeks of hyped up sport, and maybe some white elephant sports facilities mouldering away... So what, once the Captains and the Kings have departed?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival 2009
From: GUEST,PC49
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 08:45 AM

Some time ago, before I became involved in organising the event, we had festival camping on Leigh Marshes. This is council-owned land, and following a problem with 'travellers' one year, Southend Borough Council built a substantial earth dyke around the field to prevent vehicle access. So that was effectively the end of our campsite! Unfortunately we haven't managed to find a suitable alternative anywhere in the vicinity, though this hasn't been for want of trying. As you will appreciate, it's not just a question of finding an empty field somewhere - toilets, running water, site security etc all have to be provided. It's a built-up area too, and there just aren't that many areas of open space within walking distance of Leigh Old Town. Unless you fancy camping on the mud! Seriously we have been in discussion with the council on this issue, in particular about using one of the parks, but they weren't able to offer anything this year. Anyone who's ever been to the Leigh Folk Festival will know that it's a low-budget but high value event run on the proverbial shoestring by a tiny number of unpaid volunteers. We work very hard throughout the year to put the music, dance, workshop and kids programmes together, and unfortunately getting into campsite management as well would seriously overstretch things. Any volunteers out there.......?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 02:02 PM

You mean the camp site out towards two-tree island that the festival used to use, next to the little washroom and loo that is there (I assume for boat-users?) "Unless you fancy camping on the mud!" - nonsense, it wasn't at all muddy.

I can't see why the existence of "a substantial earth dyke" to keep out vehicles should have ruled out continuing to provide a campsite for tents, even if it meant that caravans couldn't be used. What's the big problem in allowing people to park outside the dyke, while carrying their tent across to the site itself? The assumption seems to be that festival goers are layabouts incapable of lifting anything heavier than a pint glass or a guitar.

As for "campsite management", all that's required would surely be to have someone on duty during the day to take the payment for camping and to provide a minimal deterrent against theft. (Everyone knows that in a campsite you leave stuff in your tent at your own risk. If need be you could have peopel sign a release from when they arrive.)

The festival used to get the scouts or the local cadets to help out with that, presumably for a contribution. The whole thing was self-financing. The minimal but adequate toilet and washing facilities are there already, to the best of my understanding - and even if they've gone, it's not really a very big deal to provide those kind of facilities.

Once again - does anybody know of any other folk festivals in the UK where there are absolutely no camping facilities?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,PC49
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 08:53 AM

Alas, the toilet/washroom block is now completely derelict, due to neglect and vandalism. In addition there are no suitable parking spaces adjacent to the field, either for campers' vehicles or for any mobile toilets/washrooms/water supply. All these issues have been discussed with the Council which owns the field, and the bottom line is that they simply won't allow camping on that site. Incidentally, my reference to the mud was a vain attempt at injecting a little humour into the proceedings, and a reference to the wide open spaces on the opposite side of the sea wall.

Please don't think we don't take the camping issue seriously - nothing would please me more than being able to offer a dedicated site close to Leigh Old Town. Does anyone out there have a 20 acre back garden?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 09:04 AM

"Incidentally, my reference to the mud was a vain attempt at injecting a little humour into the proceedings, and a reference to the wide open spaces on the opposite side of the sea wall."
There's an idea....what about floating accommodation...on boats?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 01:02 PM

So I suppose we should be complaining to the council that they won't allow us to use that perfectly adequate camping ground. (Within a couple of hundred yards of a perfectly good railway station, and several car parks.) But council's don't own fields on their own behalf - they own them as agents of the residents.

If I was a resident I'd be complaining to them - and I'd be complaining about that handy little toilet/washroom being neglected and not kept in decent prder. How do the people with boats moored down there feel about that?

It sounds as if the people of Leigh on Sea are being let down by their council.

Looking at the google map of Leigh-on-Sea at high magnification and "satellite" - it really doesn't look as if there is any shortage of ample suitable places to pitch a few tents within easy walking distance of the Leigh Old Town. And adequate car parks as well.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 03:09 PM

Unfortuanely, the residents by and large don't care about the conveniences for visitors to a festival many local rate payers do not attend.

We are passionate about it because we love the music and we want to listen and play. I guess I would feel kind of the same if Chelmsford BC decided to host a thrash Metal festival in my home patch.   

I know plenty of people living within park and walk vicinity of Hylands have to cope with atrocious behaviour, vandalism and abuse from V Festivalers. They don't complain about the noise. They do complain about people using their front gardens as a toilet and waste bin. Rate payers were also not happy about the fact that Hylands had a serious e choli problem after the last V, which put parts of it off limits to visitors for weeks after, during peak tourist season. How much was spent in clean up. How much did council lose not being able to hire out the rooms at the house during the down time? But they make a big contract with Virgin and money is passing back and forth, so it won't go away.

So I can understand why the Southend Council is reluctant to make provision for a few days a year, especially when they get nothing out of it. If there was some big corporate deal to be made they might be more amenable.

Re Hadleigh. ECC will do whatever it has to to protect its stake in the Games. If someone in power at the council got it into his/her head that the Leigh Festival threatened whatever plans for the build up of Hadleigh, then you can bet some Local Area Agreement would be put in place to stop the festival.

It might be well for festival organisers to look at when the Hadleigh build begins and when the games are actually happening. I would look to working with ECC to provide the cultural side of the games. They are looking hard at how to tie in Essex cultural activities to the games. I know. I minute the meetings between Leisure/Tourism and Arts/Heritage. We are building links with Sport and Legacy 2012. There may even be some funding for Leigh Festival in the run up to and during the Games.

On the positive side, if the Hadleigh build up is perhaps a micro Olympic village (for athletes and entourage) and some hotels and increased bus service between Hadleigh and Leigh, these could be good for future festivals.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 07:53 PM

No suggestion that Southend Council should be making provision for festival campers, just that they allow them to camp on the bit of a field that used to be used for that for years.   

And that toilet/washroom was primarily there for people with boats moored down there, and I imagine they found it rather handy at times, and miss it.

That V festival is a very different kind of animal from family friendly little Leigh, and not really too relevant.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Fidjit
Date: 17 Jun 09 - 06:49 AM

Quote guestLTD
not long to go now....looking forward to it.
anyone else going to the melodeon workshop?

Not me, Sarah. Too busy. Too far.
And now I know about the parking.

Enjoy
Chas


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 17 Jun 09 - 08:01 AM

[i]Not me, Sarah. Too busy. Too far.
And now I know about the parking.[/i]
Wow! Chas you get everywhere. lol!

Found out about the parking last year...hence why I'll be hopping on the train (its just a little too far to walk).


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Jun 09 - 02:07 PM

Maybe next year, if there's camping. Well, definitely next year, if there's camping.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: Museum of British Folklore
Date: 17 Jun 09 - 05:51 PM

Just to let everyone know, the Museum caravan will be at the festival for the weekend, so please call by and say hello if you can. Hope to see you there. Simon


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 07:11 AM

Well TheSilentOne and I went to the sing around at the Peter Boat last night. Not a huge crowd, the audience and performer numbers balanced each other I think. Only 6 to 8 singers. Love the lovely couple from Acorn Folk Club. I just checked out the Acorn FC website and found a picture of another catter I met at the Rochester Sweeps. Sue the Borderer. How cool is that?

Derek "Otto" Oliver wearing a very cool flaming shirt and matching hat was last night's organiser. Good music, rousing choruses. Very homely and easy. Well spent evening.

And though I am feeling quite spent, I will try to return this evening. Last year the Saturday sing around brought in more revelers and some booked acts. Hope this year sees the same kind of attendance. Also hope Tony Prior will do the Turtle Unbroken song.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Jun 09 - 05:55 AM

Well I had fun last night at the Peter Boat sing around. Formally introduced myself to the couple from Acorn Folk Club in Minehead, Exmoor.

All the performers were great. Thanks to Tony for organising. I love that There's Another Train song.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 04:16 AM

I had a great time sat and sun. Went to my first ever session on Sunday afternoon...billed as slow but I would have called it medium fast..but then i've only been learning melodeon 2 and a bit months. Managed to get 70% of most of the tunes.
I was suprised on the saturday by the amount of enjoyable performances...it was hard to choose when to go for lunch....next time I'm bringing a picnic I think.
The sunday was good too...managed to see Faustus (and hour late coz of everything moving up but worth the wait).
Now just got to rest my tired legs....from all that standing.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: breezy
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 04:31 AM

Eric Bogle was down to appear bit was cancelled, anyone know why?


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 05:44 AM

LDT from previous postings I think I remember you saying you're a girl? Anyway you're obviously in Essex like me. Like you, I'm fairly new at this traditional music lark. I sing folk songs, and would quite like to meet up with one or two younger(ish!) amateur instrumentalist/s locally. If you fancy meeting up sometime and maybe playing & singing together, PM me - I can't PM you, 'cos you're not a member.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 07:56 AM

"[i]Just to let everyone know, the Museum caravan will be at the festival for the weekend, so please call by and say hello if you can. Hope to see you there. Simon[/i]"

is thins your caravan?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladydetemps/3671423560/
and hat?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladydetemps/3671423396/


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: GUEST,LDt
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 10:54 AM

crow sister...what kinda stuff do you sing? Have you got a myspace or youtube?
I have to warn you I'm still a novice payer.


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 01:37 PM

breezy - see this post

Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Fesitval 2009
From: VirginiaTam - PM
Date: 11 May 09 - 09:06 AM

Had the reply from person responsible for booking acts at Leigh Festival.

Eric Bogle and John Munro have pulled out of the festival. No reason given as to why. Perhaps double booking on that day was an accident that could not be resolved......


and this

Eric is doing 'The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club' at the Ship in Leigh on Sea on 14th. July. They probably changed the date.
Check here:- http://www.ridgeweb.co.uk/hoy_diary.htm


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 02:03 PM

Hey LDT, I did put up a MySpace a while back, but pulled it because the sound was pants! I might give it another go though - and if I do I'll link it to this thread.

But otherwise I've been singing Traditional English Folk Songs for the most part - but the odd Irish or Scottish song too: I've been singing songs like "Bushes and Briars", "John Barleycorn", "The Unquiet Grave", "Death and the Lady", "The Great Selkie", "Wille the Waterboy" etc..

Just fielding for interest really as I don't know any folk instrumentalists in Essex and I'd like to get to know a few folk musicians in the area - not fr anything really serious. Hopefully to *eventually* play in local clubs with, but initially just to have a bit of a bash with really!


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: The Barden of England
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 02:14 PM

Just to let you all know - and a blatant bit of self publicity (but ask Virginia Tam and Crow Sister about me) I'm doing a House Concert in Frinton on Sea on Saturday 18th July and it would be good to see some of you there.
Tam and Crow Sister - you would have loved Aylesford - we had a Knockholt style singaround on both Friday and Saturday nights - no fire but it was warm.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: Leigh Folk Festival - 24th - 28th June 2009
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 29 Jun 09 - 02:29 PM

Hi John

At the Wake at Val's (god that seems ages ago) Billybob did invite me to her do in Frinton at which you will be performing. But we will be in Scotland.

Looks like we won't be seeing the Kent crowd until September Good Intent Beer Festival or Knockholt (whichever comes first). Hope you and Jan have a wonderful summer.

Love from Tam


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