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Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,

Valmai Goodyear 28 Jul 09 - 02:17 PM
Mo the caller 28 Jul 09 - 02:47 PM
GUEST,chris 28 Jul 09 - 03:02 PM
Valmai Goodyear 28 Jul 09 - 04:13 PM
Mo the caller 28 Jul 09 - 05:41 PM
Valmai Goodyear 28 Jul 09 - 06:54 PM
Surreysinger 28 Jul 09 - 09:46 PM
Valmai Goodyear 29 Jul 09 - 02:02 AM
Geoff the Duck 29 Jul 09 - 08:05 AM
Valmai Goodyear 29 Jul 09 - 08:38 AM
Mo the caller 29 Jul 09 - 09:00 AM
Surreysinger 29 Jul 09 - 02:03 PM
Valmai Goodyear 30 Jul 09 - 11:25 AM
Raggytash 30 Jul 09 - 11:45 AM
Surreysinger 30 Jul 09 - 01:54 PM
Valmai Goodyear 31 Jul 09 - 06:15 AM
Surreysinger 31 Jul 09 - 09:44 AM
Mo the caller 31 Jul 09 - 10:24 AM
Valmai Goodyear 17 Aug 09 - 12:53 PM
Valmai Goodyear 31 Aug 09 - 08:43 AM
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Subject: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 02:17 PM

Dear Everyone,

CONCERTINA PART-PLAYING at Whitby Folk Week , 22 - 28 August 2009 (UK) with SPARE PARTS CONCERTINA BAND

Spare Parts (Bryan Creer, Suzanne Higgins and I) are running part-playing sessions for all concertina systems in the Conservative Club bar every morning from 10.00 - 11.20 from Sunday until Friday. We'll be taking two sets of the arranged tunes we've worked on to the final workshop concert at the end of the week. These are less complicated than formal band settings, but give people the chance to play together in harmony and might provide a bit of fun for anyone who'd like to try them whether or not they're coming to the festival. They will fit on a wide range of melody instruments.

Thanks to a lot of hard work by The Snail, all the tunes are on the tunes page of the band website as pdfs and MIDI files. The MIDIs are in two versions, one normal speed and one slow for practising. The whole selection is also there as a single Word document.

On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday we'll work on Pleasures of Salisbury and Gussondall Bay as a set; on Monday, Wednesday and Friday we'll do the same for Nameless and Miss Sackville's Fancy.

To provide variety we'll also play The Silver Swan, Peaceful Western Wind, Whinshields Hornpipe and Centenary March, but we're not aiming to get those ready for performance. The other tunes (Man in the Moon, Lovesick Polly, Quasimodo's Polka and Nancy's Fancy) may get an outing if people want, but are really coming with us as extras.

Do get in touch if you can't make them work or want any help. If you want to concentrate on tunes which will definitely come up during the week, stick to Pleasures of Salisbury/Gussondall Bay and Nameless/Miss Sackville's Fancy.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Mo the caller
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 02:47 PM

Once again the Windows file looks like a curtain design on my screen with & & & instead of dots on the sticks.
Never mind, the Adobe files download fine. Not that I qualify for this workshop, I can't disguise a recorder and call it a concertina, but my daughter might be there.


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: GUEST,chris
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 03:02 PM

Hi Valmai
will these sessions be listed in the official program?
chris


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 04:13 PM

Yes, I hope so - we're booked to run them.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Mo the caller
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 05:41 PM

They are indeed, we spotted them before this thread came up.


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 06:54 PM

Mo, I hope we catch up with you during the week. We're also running a couple of general music sessions from 5.00 - 7.00 on Wednesday (Middle Earth) and Thursday (Yacht Club Lounge).

I've never been to Whitby and I'm eager, even anxious, to find out what is meant by Middle Earth.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Surreysinger
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 09:46 PM

Never been to WHitby Valmai ??? Really ? I'm just wondering whether to drag the tina up there in view of the above ... but it's a fag having to cart it around as well as cope with a suitcase on the train!!!


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 02:02 AM

Ah. You can't get someone else to take it for you, can you? I must confess that I'd trust anyone to look after my underwear more readily than I would my concertinas, though.

By the way, I should have said that I can send the music by post if anyone would prefer that.


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 08:05 AM

Valmai - the Middle Earth is a pub near the river which in folk week is full of short people with long hair and beards, quaffing copious quantities of ale from metal tankards. These are believed to be Dwarves...

Not sure what beer it sells these days. It originally sold Theakston's Old Peculier (it may still do) and after a few pints of that, you saw elves, trolls and dragons. Close your eyes for a second and the people around you would have magically disappeared, and your watch would tell you a time hours later.

Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 08:38 AM

Many thanks, Geoff. It sounds as if I'll blend right in.

Difficult as it is for me to grasp the concept, I'm told that my normal sustenance (Harveys Best) won't be available. A well-considered change of policy will be in order; briefing welcome.

Quick!

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Mo the caller
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 09:00 AM

You'll enjoy Whitby.
We find that we spend a lot of our time running down the cliff, through the harbour and across the bridge to get from the West side where all the dance and concerts are, to the pubs and Yatch club etc. on the other side where the sessions are. And back.
And deciding if we need to leave something early to get a seat in the pub. Middle Earth can get crowded especially the first weekend. And having seen the discussions on here we don't even attempt to get into the singing pubs, though we sometimes lean against the outside of the pub in the harbour, listening to Shanties, or the Irish session, while eating fish & chips.
Hope to see you in the sessions. We find that there is a different core of tunes, a lot of rants played. Things that no-one would join in with at Chippenham like Adam Buckan (sp?). But a lot of tunes in common too.


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Surreysinger
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 02:03 PM

Valmai ... exactly my sentiments re the tina. I don't really know anyone that might be willing to take it (unlike Sidmouth) ... and to tell you the truth ,I doubt if I'd make it anyway, as I tend to stay the other side of the river, rather than head for sessions etc.No doubt may bump into you somewhere though!


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 11:25 AM

Mo, thanks for the advice about the session repertoire and also for the tip about getting to places early.

It sounds as if I'll have the legs of a pit pony by the end of the week (possibly fried in batter).

Irene, I'm told there are ballad sessions, so I hope to catch up with you for a bit of sex and death.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Raggytash
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 11:45 AM

Just so you know, the first weekend coincides with Whitby Regatta, the regatta crowd don't necessarily appreciate the beauty of folk music and song or the nuances of the folk world in general, the Middle Earth is a favoured venue of theirs.


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Surreysinger
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 01:54 PM

>Irene, I'm told there are ballad sessions, so I hope to catch up with you for a bit of sex and death.
Errmm ... I think I know what you mean there Valmai!! [grin}
Unless things have changed much the ballad sessions are in the Conservative Club round about 1pm each day.


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 06:15 AM

Thanks for the warning, Raggytash. Fortunately the session we're running in Middle Earth is on the Wednesday, so the sailors should have drunk their fill and pushed off by then.

We'll also have copies of the Lewes Favourites Tune Book and 19mm enamel lapel badges with the Lewes Saturday Folk Club's beautiful chequered elephant with us.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Surreysinger
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 09:44 AM

Might be in the market for buying something off you then Valmai!! Hope you'll have copies on you or around you if you're coming to the ballad sessions?


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Mo the caller
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 10:24 AM

I wouldn't worry about the session repertoire. It probably takes it's tone from the session leaders.
But a lot of the Folkworks people come to Whitby.
All the sessions have different flavours, some leaders get people to suggest tunes, and only play them if enough know them, others do the 'all pile in' thing, like at Chippenham.

Not long to wait now.


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 17 Aug 09 - 12:53 PM

I've printed copies of the tunes we're bringing, and am getting a virtual rupture just from looking at the size of the pile.

Feeling very excited.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions @ Whitby Fest UK,
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 08:43 AM

We had a terrific time at our first Whitby. A wonderful festival; the huge range of perfromances in small venues made a pleasant change from concerts on big stages with masses of PA, although I fully understand why other festivals put those on.

If anyone's got comments about how we ran our sessions, please PM me or Bryan Creer (TheSnail).

Valmai (now with the leg muscles of a pit pony, as well as some of its other distinguishing features).


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