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Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb

nickp 07 Jan 10 - 03:26 PM
The Villan 07 Jan 10 - 03:37 PM
GUEST,BanjoRay 07 Jan 10 - 09:11 PM
nickp 08 Jan 10 - 04:49 AM
nickp 08 Jan 10 - 02:42 PM
nickp 10 Jan 10 - 09:05 AM
GUEST,Russ 11 Jan 10 - 08:35 AM
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BusyBee Paul 11 Jan 10 - 05:23 PM
Geoff the Duck 11 Jan 10 - 05:53 PM
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Subject: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 03:26 PM

Gainsborough Old Time Festival - February 12th to 14th, 2010

Queen Elizabeth High School Morton Terrace, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 2ST (different venue to previous years)

Guest artists are The Slate Mountain Rammblers from Ararat, Virginia with dancer Marty Todd. From the UK are 44 Gun String Band (Somerset and Devon) and The New River Roustabouts (Derbyshire). Dancing from Sara Marshall and Carly Green.

The weekend will feature, concerts, open stage, dances, shapenote and gospel singing, slow jam, a range of workshops plus the return of the Scratch Band competition amongst others.

Workshops will also include fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass.

As well as the Scratch Band competition, there will also be competitions for fiddle, banjo and dance (youth, adult and seniors).

Weekend tickets £50, Saturday all day £30, Friday or Saturday evening £15 (all less 10% for current FOAOTMAD and BBMA members).

Indoor camping, food and food available.

More details Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: The Villan
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 03:37 PM

Have a good time Nick

I wont make it as I will be involved in running Faldingworth Live that weekend. Got Jez lowe and The Bad Pennies on.

Good to see you have a venue in Gainsborough though. :-)

Les Worrall


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 09:11 PM

The Slate Mountain Ramblers consist of Richard Bowman on fiddle, his wife Barbara on bass and daughter Marsha on banjo, plus a guitar player I don't know. Richard is a first class fiddler in the Round Peak style who learned a lot of his tunes and technique from Tommy Jarrel, Earnest East, Benton Flippen and other brilliant musicians from the Mount Airy area in North Carolina. Each member of the band have won many individual prizes at fiddler's conventions in the Southern Appalachians, and the whole band's run off with a few as well. I've jammed with the Bowmans at their home in Ararat, just over the Virginia border - an experience that made me realise just how great these people are. I can't wait to see them again!
Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 04:49 AM

The comment I usually hear when Richard Bowman is mentioned is that he is 'the real thing'...


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 02:42 PM

I have to say though that I dont quite know what the thing to be real is... but I guess it must be his fiddling.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 10 Jan 10 - 09:05 AM

bump


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 08:35 AM

Nickp,

Very roughly speaking, to say that Richard is "the real thing" means he plays the music of the place he was born and raised in, and it is a place that has music that can meaningfully be called its own.

Here's a quote from "The Crooked Road":

"Fiddler Richard Bowman comes from the Bowman Family, another musical family from Patrick County that has dominated the music scene for more than 200 years!

The Crooked Road

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 05:21 PM

HI Russ, yes, I'd assumed so. I have actually seen him perform (Fiddlers Grove a few years ago) - and the band too I guess. It'll make life interesting at the festival.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 05:23 PM

Any shapenote / sacred harp workshops this year?


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 05:53 PM

BusyBee Paul - Shape note is mentioned in the first posting on this thread. There is also a blicky link to the FOATMAD web site. If you visit and follow links there is a downloadable poster!! which also mentions shape note.
I expect finer programme details will appear here closer to the event.

Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 07:15 PM

I'm pretty sure Cath Tyler will be there - she usually leads the shape note workshops. She's a terrific expert at it, and I always try to make it to her workshop.
Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 03:44 AM

Yes, as far as I am aware it will be Cath Tyler.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 03:52 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 10:00 AM

Thanks guys,

Although it said "shapenote" in the opening post, it didn't specify a shapenote workshop, so I was just checking!. I came to Cath's workshops last year and have since joined a shapenote group in Lincoln.

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: Zen
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 10:13 AM

Haven't been to one of these before and will be travelling back from London to Scotland so could be interesting to call by. What opportunities are there to participate in sessions?


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 11:33 AM

Hi Zen, from previous experience the weekend seems to be a never-ending oldtime session. I sometimes think that the workshops and concerts are purely incidental!


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 07:44 PM

Zen, the session opportunities are tremendous. Don't worry if you don't know the tunes, they get played through enough times to get into them(unless you play a bodhran, of course, in which case the session will probably move away from you!). The session tend to stay in one key for a while, as banjos and fiddles often have to retune for a key change. However there's nearly an infinite number of great tunes in all the common keys (D,G,C,A). If you're a beginner there's a slow jam some time during the weekend that'll be well worth joining.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 04:24 AM

Oooh...   C tunes....!


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: Zen
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 04:57 AM

Thanks nickp and BanjoRay... it's good to know that it's session-rich. I've been playing (mainly mandolin and guitar) for a long time and do know a reasonable number of old-time tunes although that wasn't my primary genre in the past, and can usually pick new tunes up fairly quickly. I'll look to see if the logistics work for stopping by sometime over the weekend.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 08:35 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 07:38 PM

Had a good session tonight with some of the New River Roustabouts. Gainsborough's going to be good....
Ray


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 19 Jan 10 - 01:08 PM

What's the NRR line up Ray? I know they have Carly dancing with them.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 19 Jan 10 - 08:19 PM

It should be Paul Wood (Woody) on fiddle, Alan McGavin on guitar & vocal, Di McGavin on bass and a finger-style old time banjo player called Bernie (unknown surname).
Woody & Alan came to our session on Monday - Woody's a lovely fiddler with a great old time feel.
It'll be great to see Carly dancing with them.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 04:28 AM

44 Gun is John Kimble, Vic Wilcox, Eve Morris and Gareth Robinson. And Sara dancing, of course.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 04:02 AM

A draft programme can be downloaded from the web site in the first post.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Fest, Gainsborough UK Feb
From: nickp
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 03:56 AM

Last shout - this coming weekend.


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