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Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent

broadstairs-jen 25 Jan 10 - 04:49 PM
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Subject: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 25 Jan 10 - 04:49 PM

Thought I'd start this thread since I'm doing the (unofficial) Sweeps MySpace and Facebook sites.

The fun is over the May Day Holiday (first weekend in May).

Musicians booked so far include:
BELLOWHEAD, CARA DILLON, WHEELER STREET, THE CEREMONY OF MAY, BILLY CHILDISH, SUR LES DOCKS, THE CHIMNEY BOYS, HOT RATS, THE FABULOUS FEZHEADS, MOVEABLE FEAST, LUPEN CROOK & THE MURDERBIRDS, THE BOUNTY HOUNDS, MORENA, JANETTE GERI, GREEN DIESEL, CALICO STREET RIOTS, MIKE NICHOLSON, PHOENIX, ROCAS, LUKE JACKSON, JUMBO GUMBO, HOBO JONES & THE JUNKYARD DOGS, LUKE DORMAN & THE DARK HORSES, SKINNERS RATS, JUNK & DISORDERLY, JOHN BARDEN, PIGS EAR, WHISTLE STOP TOUR

There are also great singarounds at pubs including the Good Intent.

Morris sides booked will be publicised soon.

I'll post more info here as I get it, but feel free to update this thread if you have any information.

So - who will be there???

Jen


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: growler
Date: 25 Jan 10 - 04:53 PM

Dal from the Good Intent, is planing on putting on a minimum of thirty ales


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 25 Jan 10 - 07:09 PM

A thumbnail sketch of the booked artists would be handy. It was once a feature of the programme, but vanished many ears ago. In the absence of a good reason to be elsewhere (and I am no longer playing for BG) I will very probably be in the GI all weekend (hic).


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 26 Jan 10 - 10:29 AM

richard, are you looking for short bios on the booked artists? jen


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Jan 10 - 11:30 AM

Yes. They used to go into the programme 10 years ago but recently they haven't. It helps to decide if I want to go to see a guest. If they play bluegrass or snigger snogwriter I probably won't bother. If it says walls of harmony inspired by the Young Tradition woven into traditional song I'll probably be in the front row. And since guests are often on at the same time as each other it helps prioritise.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 26 Jan 10 - 01:35 PM

ok, will see what i can find (in between the day job), but...start with this one:

JUMBO GUMBO: walls of harmony inspired by the Young Tradition woven into traditional song

:)
Jen


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: growler
Date: 26 Jan 10 - 04:27 PM

There is nothing trditional in Kevin, from ' Jumbo Gumbo's shirts


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 26 Jan 10 - 05:00 PM

or harmonious


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Jan 10 - 06:33 PM

Actually, Kevin the Shirt Murderer does lead some traditional English songs, although the odd verse or two from Quadrophenia slips in.

And Ruff -n- Reddy have been heard to sing different notes from each other, sometimes in the same scale.

I think you'll find Jumbo Gumbo feature walls of nasal corrupt French sung traditionally a fraction sharp - unless that's the exceptionally wide tuning on a cajun accordion confusing me (as Jon Loomes used to say "Give me an A. No, only one")


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 27 Jan 10 - 06:16 PM

Great job Jen- went on to sign up s friends, but see that you already have us.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 02:20 AM

fantastic. as Medway council takes its own sweet time getting a brochure up, I will watch your spaces Jen.

I need to book the B&B near the Good Intent too.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 10:51 AM

I will be booking usual B&B, at Andy,s Cafe. Looking forward to the event it was great last year.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 04:22 PM

I have made a start at putting the band bios on myspace. This info is gathered from the musician's own web-sites so may or may not be the type of information that you are looking for, but should give an idea of what they are about.

I have emailed the bands that still need info and will update myspace with the info as i get it. There are also links to their web-sites which often provide more info/photos/videos/music clips.

Please note that the myspace/facebook/mudcat info is unofficial and is not anything to do with Medway Council.

Hope this helps
Jen


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: growler
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 04:49 PM

SCUSE ME!! Jen, Ruff,n,Reddy have NEVER sung in the same scale


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: DeanofRochester
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 01:07 PM

Border Crossing will be at the GI for part of the weekend, but anyone know if its's too late to get a gig somewhere, and who to ring?

Dean


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 03:44 PM

there maybe some information on this thread.

Perhaps someone can put you in touch with Doug H.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 01:30 PM

Have p.m.d. the Dean with Mr H's number.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: fisheye
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 04:27 PM

hopefully myself and TFMON will be there again this year, enjoying the pleasant company of many friends.

fisheye


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 13 Mar 10 - 07:00 AM

Here is the official but draft program...

Rochester Sweeps Festival 2010

The History

Imagine a world 400 years ago where children were used as chimney sweeps. There was little pay, it was a dirty trade and there was little reward for the men who did the job and even less for children.

Medway's annual Sweeps Festival recreates the joy and laughter enjoyed by the chimney sweeps at their traditional holiday. It was the one time of year that the sweeps could leave the soot behind and have some fun. The Sweeps holiday was traditionally held on 1 May. Locally, they used to mark the occasion by staging a procession through the streets of Rochester.

Their fun continued with the Jack-in-the-Green ceremony. Jack was a seven-foot character who they used to awaken at dawn on Bluebell Hill, Chatham. Jack-in-the-Green would walk with the chimney sweeps in their parade. In 1868 the Climbing Boys' Act made it illegal to employ young boys to carry out the trade, so the traditional procession gradually began to fade. The final May celebration was held in the early 1900s.

Local businessman Gordon Newton, a keen historian, revived the festival in 1981. He decided it was time to bring it back and over the years he has helped develop the festival into what it is today ? an extravaganza of traditional Britain.

Gordon researched the sweeps tradition and organised a parade, involving local Morris teams. Today he is festival producer and plays melodeon for several Morris teams. Meanwhile Doug Hudson is the festival's music director, a role he has held for many years. Doug is well known on the local and national folk scene.

He was involved in a folk club at Medway Little Theatre in the 1970's and now arranges a programme for Medway Folk Cellar and Folk at the Brook, two local clubs. He is also lead singer with the Hot Rats. Through Gordon's vision and hard work, Doug's musical ability and Medway Council's assistance with organisation, Rochester's Sweeps Festival is in its 30th year and is the largest May Day celebration of its kind in the country.


Festival Highlights

Festival Concerts
Rochester Castle Gardens
Concert Marquee

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Friday 30 April

8pm Medway Rocks

Lupen Crook, The Lovedays, The Flowing

Some of Medway's leading music makers take the stage in a special concert celebrating the diverse and innovative local music scene.

Tickets £6 see box office for booking details

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Saturday 1 May

8pm Bellowhead
Wild, joyous, perverse, bold, crazed, full-blooded, intricate, fearless, funny, epic and mostly BIG. The mighty 11-piece Bellowhead are quite possibly, the best thing to have happened to English music for a very long time.
Blending folk, jazz, classical, rock, disco and world music influences with English Music Hall and cabaret, they are Kurt Weill, Arcade Fire, Lotte Lenya and Tom Waits, all rolled into one.
Between them, the 11 musicians play more than 20 instruments and six of them sing. The horn section includes a helicon, reeds and a bass clarinet. There's a frying pan amidst the percussion, and a cello in the strings. Add to that melodeon, fiddle and vocals and you have a heady brew that defies categorization.
Voted 'Best Live Act of the Year' at this year's BBC Folk Awards.
LUPEN CROOK will open.

Tickets £20 see box office for booking details

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Sunday 2 May

7.30pm Cara Dillon
Cara Dillon has a rare talent that you only come across a handful times in your whole life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth.
Her album 'Hill of Thieves' was voted 'Best Album' at this year's BBC Folk Awards. Harmony group HEX will provide the support.

Tickets £18 see box office for booking details

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Monday 3 May

12.30pm The Dealers in Concert

The Dealers won the first ever Folk Factor four years ago and developed into one of the best acoustic/roots folk duos in England. Pierre is now joined by Gemma and Martin Gayner to add violin, percussion and vocals to the original songs.

Free of charge

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Sweeps Festival Special
Fort Pitt Grammar School, Rochester

Saturday 1 May

8pm ?11pm
Festival Special ? Ceremony of May (followed by Sweeps Ball) NEW
Tickets £6


Box Office

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Medway Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX. Telephone 01634 843666.

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Programme of Activities

Friday 30 April

(pre festival entertainment)

8pm
Concert Marquee ? Lupen Crook, The Lovedays, The Flowing NEW

8.45pm ? 11pm
Jolly Knight ? A pre festival music session
Prince of Wales, Strood ? Sur Les Docks
Good Intent ? Singaround session with John Barden
Gordon Hotel ? A pre festival music session
Coopers Arms ? A pre festival playalong with P.J. NEW

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Throughout the Festival

High Street ? Morris Sides from around the Country will perform throughout the day
Corn Exchange - Princes Hall Traditional Musical Instrument Fair
Rochester Castle Gardens ? Children's traditional fun fair, real ale tent, stalls, Dutch traditional herring smoking by Rene Godlivet, acoustic tent and festival concert marquee. NEW

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St. Margaret's Church, St. Margaret's Street, Rochester
Saturday 1 May 10am ? 5pm
Sunday 2 May 1pm ? 5pm
The church will be open between the above times to visitors who wish to come and look round. Light refreshments will be available as well as a display of photographs of local interest.

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Saturday 1 May

5.32am (Dawn) Bluebell Hill Picnic Area
Jack-in-the-Green Awakening Ceremony
Dance teams and sweeps bring Jack to life at the crack of Dawn. Everybody is invited to this traditional welcome of May Day.

10.45am Guildhall Museum Forecourt ? High Street
The Mayor of Medway will officially open the festival, which will be followed by a dance showcase.

City Wall Wine Bar, Stage
11.30am ? 5pm
Music hosted by Pigs Ear accompanied by guests, Mike Nicholson, Valenciennes, Suntrap, Missouri Gutts

11am ? 6pm
Corn Exchange (bar) ? Singaround session with Bob & Kathy Drage and Mark Lawson (Mike Nicholson 4.30-5pm)

Castle Gardens Concert Marquee
11am-12 noon
SUR LES DOCKS (FRENCH FOLK/ROCK)
Free of charge

12.30 - 2.30pm
The Crown Inn ? Happy Trails
The Eagle Tavern ? Junk & Disorderly
Gordon House Hotel ? Suntrap
Two Brewers ? The Dealers
Prince of Wales, Strood ? Phoenix
Expectations ? The Chimney Boys
Kings Head ? Atlantic Currants
Good Intent ? Singaround with Ruff N'Reddy


Boley Hill Dance Stage
1 ? 5pm - McManigan Academy of Irish Dancers, Morena Slovakian Dancers, Fabulous Fezheads, Motley, English Miscellany, Jack in the Green, Chinese Dragon Dancers NEW

1 - 3pm: Ye Arrow ? Ian Petrie Band
2 ? 4pm: Man of Kent Alehouse ? Heretique

Acoustic Tent, Castle Gardens
1 ? 5pm ? Hosted by Lee Charles, guest artists and open spots available NEW


2.15pm Outside Medway Visitor Information Centre
Guided walking tour of Rochester led by the City of Rochester Society. The tour will last for approx. 90 minutes. Free of charge although donations to the society are very welcome.


3 ? 5pm

Coopers Arms ? Chris Taylor (Irish Music Session) NEW
Gordon House Hotel ? McManigan Academy of Irish Dancers (till 3.30pm)

3pm ? 6pm
Expectations ? Roy Golding

4pm ? 6pm
The Crown Inn ? The Chimney Boys
Eagle Tavern ? Moveable Feast
Ye Arrow ? Atlantic Currants
King's Head ? Perfect Strangers
Gordon House Hotel ? Tanglefoot Appalachian (till 5.30pm)


6pm ? 8pm
Expectations ? The Bounty Hounds


8.45pm ? 11pm
Gordon House Hotel ? Calico Street Riots and Moveable Feast
Heretique Acoustic (11.30-12.30am)
Man of Kent Alehouse ? Sur Les Docks
Prince of Wales, Strood ? Happy Trails
Good Intent ? Singaround with John Barden (Guest Mike Nicholson)
Two Brewers ? Phoenix
Coopers Arms ? Playalong session with P.J. NEW

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Sunday 2 May

11.30am ? 5pm
City Wall Wine Bar, Stage
Music hosted by Pigs Ear accompanied by guests Janette Geri, Valenciennes, Luke Jackson

11am ? 6pm
Corn Exchange (bar) ? Singaround session with Bob & Kathy Drage plus Mark Lawson

Castle Gardens Concert Marquee
12.30-1.30pm: The Fabulous Fezheads

12.30pm ? 2.30pm
The Crown Inn ? Luke Dorman & The Dark Horses
The Eagle Tavern ? Sur Les Docks
Gordon House Hotel ? Morena
Two Brewers ? Skinners Rats
Prince of Wales, Strood ? The Biggin Hillbillies
Expectations ? Green Diesel
Kings Head ? Jumbo Gumbo
Good Intent ? Singaround with John Barden


1pm ? 5pm
Boley Hill Dance Stage ? The Singing Loins, English Miscellany, Gutersloh, Morena Slovakian Dancers, The Hot Rats NEW

Acoustic Tent, Castle Gardens
1 ? 5pm ? Hosted by Lee Charles, guest artists and open spots available NEW

1pm ? 3pm
Ye Arrow ? Open Harp Surgery

2pm ? 4pm
Man of Kent Alehouse ? Kay Hurdley & Alex Percy

2.15pm Outside Medway Visitor Information Centre
Guided walking tour of Rochester led by the City of Rochester Society. The tour will last for approx. 90minutes. Free of charge although donations to the society are very welcome.

Castle Gardens Concert Marquee
2.45 ? 4.15pm Concert with Wheeler Street (free of charge))

3pm ? 5pm
Coopers Arms ? Irish Music Session with Chris Taylor         NEW

3 ? 7pm
Expectations ? Roy Golding
Good Intent ? Gastove Special (Celebration of the Guitar with Shaun Murray, Davey Slater, Roger Allen and Pete Weller)

4pm ? 6pm

The Crown Inn ? Green Diesel
The Eagle Tavern ? Skinners Rats
King's Head ? Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs
Gordon House Hotel ? Tanglefoot Appalachian (till 5.30pm)

4.15 ? 5pm
Boley Hill Stage ? The Hot Rats

6 ? 6.30pm
Gordon House Hotel ? Luke Jackson

7.30pm -10pm
Coopers Arms ? Playalong session with P.J. NEW

8pm -11pm
Gordon Hotel ? Sur Les Docks and the Singing Loins
Kat Hurdley & Alex Percy Acoustic (11.30-12.30am)

8.45pm ? 11pm
Expectations ? Phoenix
Man of Kent Alehouse ? Morena
Prince of Wales, Strood ? Jumbo Gumbo
Good Intent ? Singaround with John Barden
Two Brewers ? Open Harp Surgery

================

Monday 3 May

11.30am ? 2.30pm
City Wall Wine Bar, Stage
Music hosted by Pigs Ear accompanied by guests Missouri Gutts and others

11am ? 2.30pm
Corn Exchange (bar) ? Singaround session with Bob & Kathy Drage
1pm ? 5pm
Boley Hill Dance Stage ? Morena, Jugnu Bhangra, Sur Les Docks NEW

12.30pm ? 2.30pm

Concert Marquee, Castle Gardens ? The Dealers in Concert
Ticklish Allsorts Farewell Show (4-5pm)

The Crown Inn ? Kat Hurdley & Alex Percy
Eagle Tavern ? The Bounty Hounds
Gordon House Hotel ? The Hot Rats
Prince of Wales, Strood ? Junk & Disorderly
Expectations ? Luke Dorman & The Dark Horses
Man of Kent Alehouse ? Janette Geri
Kings Head ? Phoenix
Good Intent ? Singaround with Ruff 'n' Reddy
Ye Arrow ? Happy Trails

2.15pm Outside Medway Visitor Information Centre
Guided walking tour of Rochester led by the City of Rochester Society. The tour will last for approx. 90minutes. Free of charge although donations to the society are very welcome.


2.45pm Rochester Sweeps Festival's traditional Bank Holiday Procession
The finale to the sweeps Festival 2010 will involve many Morris Sides, chimney sweeps and Jack-in-the-Green. The procession will start in Rochester Castle Gardens and process through The Esplanade, Rochester High Street, Crow Lane, Vines Lane, St. Margaret's Street, Boley Hill, Epaul Lane and back into the Castle Gardens.

3 ? 7pm
Expectations ? Roy Golding

4 ? 6pm
Eagle Tavern ? Thee Waltons
Boley Hill Stage ? Sur Les Docks (till 5pm)

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Rochester Cathedral Service Times

Sat 5        8am                Mattins
        8.30am        Holy Communion (crypt)
        3.15pm        Evensong

Sun 6        8am                Holy Communion
        9.45am        Mattins
        10.30am        Sung Eucharist
        3.15pm        Evensong
        8pm                Taize Prayer
        
Mon        7.30am        Mattins
        8am                Holy Communion
                        (Lady Chapel)
        3.15pm        Evensong

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Travel Information
Train
Rochester station is only a five-minute walk from Rochester High Street and has excellent links between London and the coast. For information on planning your journey visit: www.setrains.co.uk

Car and coach parking
Limited car parking is available near the centre of Rochester. Public car parks are indicated on the festival map. Normal car parking restrictions will apply and information is available at all car parks. Free car parking is available at the Civic Centre, Strood, throughout the festival and is only a short walk away. Coach parking is free and shown on the festival map. Coaches may use the drop-off and pick-up point also shown on the map.

For Further Information
Medway Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX
Tel: 01634 843666
Email: visitor.centre@medway.gov.uk

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MUSICAL BIOGS

WHEELER STREET ? Success story of the NEW Brat pack of folkies. One of the best live acts you could wish to see.

SUR LES DOCKS ? Dynamic Dunkerque based French folk/rock seven piece band.

CALICO STREET RIOTS ? A young festival band who aim to leave an indelible impression!

HOT RATS - Festival favourites feature Ian Cutler's world class fiddle playing.

MIKE NICHOLSON ? Simply an excellent singer and purveyor of songs. A singers' singer.

CHIMNEY BOYS ? Six middle class youngsters from Canterbury currently taking the folk scene by storm.

GREEN DIESEL ? Folk, funk, klezmer, jazz and morris dancing from another young band of Kentish songsters.

KAT HURDLEY & ALEX PERCY ? Brilliant young musicians at the heart of the NEW revival. Kat plays sax, flute and whistles and is an accomplished dancer and Alex plays fiddle.

THE BOUNTY HOUNDS ? Suffolk based folk/rock band.

SUNTRAP ? Three girls and one guy with an array of instruments and harmonies.

JOHN BARDEN ? Singaround supremo and charismatic figure who encourages others to play.

JANETTE GERI ? Touring Australian singer/songwriter with Celtic influences.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 13 Mar 10 - 09:04 AM

What happened to the other singarounds? One in the function room back of what is the pub on corner of high street and Boley Hill? And the one in corn exchange? Where are Bob and Kathy Drage?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Linda Dix of 'hex'
Date: 13 Mar 10 - 12:56 PM

Hi Richsrd, if you are into trad unaccompanied folk, hex will be singing support for Cara Dillon at 7.30pm on the Sunday night at the Castle marquee.    www.myspace.com/hexunaccompanied
No publicity for this yet - hey ho!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 13 Mar 10 - 06:44 PM

Tam Bob and Kathy are in the Corn Exchange Saturday afternoon and same on Sunday. In the programme.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 03:41 AM

linda dix, if you want to let me know details on your gigs, i would be happy to add it to the line-up i am publishing.
jen


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 06:11 PM

thanx Sue... so they are... pardon my brain fart


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 03:20 PM

Tam- that's ok... you need a day out.... sse ya and TSO on Sunday. Sue


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 05:53 AM

just bought my bellowhead ticket on-line

they are selling fast so if you want tickets for cara dillon, bellowhead, or the ceremony of may, dont be a dilly dally-er!

go to the medway festivals, sweeps link from here


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 08:13 AM

linking up the good intent thread for the best (sshhhh, did i say that out loud?) sessions during the sweeps


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 07:05 PM

Footstomping folk/rock from Suffolk with the Bounty Hounds:

1st May, Expectations, 6-8pm
3rd May, Eagle Tavern, 12.30-2.20pm

Mainly traditional based, with some original songs and a smattering of folk/rock classics. Come and give us a look!

http://www.bountyhounds.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Andrew
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 03:01 AM

I special plea to anybody attending this festival. Keep an eye out for my plectrum!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: melodeonboy
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 03:23 PM

If I find your bloody plectrum, Andrew, you know where I'm going to stick it, don't you? :)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 04:09 PM

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Yeah Stick it up his arse he can make a note of that?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 04:10 PM

Whata Parlava?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 05:52 PM

I think he's a plucking nuisance.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 10:34 PM

Not been to 'Sweeps for a few years , might go for a recce and sample the Beer Festival


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST, Poxicat
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 03:42 AM

Are you the Mark Stevens who supports the BNP? If so, I would prefer you to stay away.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 05:39 PM

it goes without saying that some things are better left unsaid


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Galley Beggar
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 07:16 AM

We have also just been booked to play at the Rochester Sweeps Festival 2010. We will be playing at the Man of Kent on Sat 1st May form 2pm until 4pm.

For more info visit www.myspace.com/galleybeggar

6 piece folk band from London/Kent.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 04:21 PM

here's the blue clicky


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 08:58 AM

Hi Folks
My friends wanna come this year and they have a VW Camper van is there a camp site or shall I tell them to park up in the road that adjoins the Good Intent It will only be for two nights. Or will the old bill move em on?
Regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,The Barden of England
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 09:16 AM

Theh should be fine up at the campsite, but theh may well not be bothered by the Police in the road, but the locals may.
John on his phone!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 09:41 AM

Thanks John.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 04:25 PM

Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST, Poxicat
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 03:42 AM
Are you the Mark Stevens who supports the BNP? If so, I would prefer you to stay away.

In that case I will definately be coming, AND wearing my BNP tee-shirts !! LoL, ha-ha.    ;-)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:07 AM

just one month to go


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Tomcat
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 05:59 AM

I'm sick of these narrow minded Nazi types who constantly slag off people who have a different political opinion to theirs! If somebody is a nationalist and wants to attend the sweeps, as far as I am concerned they have the right to do so, as long as they are not using the event to spread racial hatred or canvas / recruit for their preferred political party. The control freaks who want to conduct witch hunts are the real nazis here!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 06:48 AM

Go and buy a dictionary.

Shouldn't you be threatening to beat up Mark Collett or something?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 04:53 AM

This kind of stuff ruined Knocvkholts build up last year must it spoil Sweeps has well.
I mean for christ sakes any one think these Nazi ,s were coming up the Medway on the fucking Bismarck? the way folk carry on and if they did we would send the buggers packing like we did last time.

Im more concerned about youth behavior in the town spoiling events.
Tolerance in politics.
I agree with Tomcat somewhat


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 08:16 AM

I think the Medway police took a back seat last year in regards to the horde of drink fueled louts that were causing upset and braying at ordinary folk going about there day out.

Blocking the high street so no one could get past. They even had there pit-bulls sizing each other up being held back inches apart by there moronic owners?

A mother with child in tow was knocked over by a band of drunken teenagers who took not the slightest bit of notice of the child streaked with tears and when I went to the aid of this poor young mum
I was called a Wanker by some boss-eyed Monkey brained half-wit .

careless I say to the BMP lets focus on what actually happens at around 4oclock in Rochester High street.
My sister and her Kids are not returning this year not because of one or two political insignificant's but due to the above.

Saturday and Sunday were great. Monday was the put off and these aint local lads these are idiots who has usual travel in from other area,s

Kind regards to all
Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 09:08 AM

There are measures in place this year to restrict drinking in the streets after a certain time and generally to promote order.

I wonder what the grunts' favourite political party is?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Errol Fling
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 12:00 AM

I doubt if the w****rs that I saw grunting in the High Street last year, with their "weapon dogs" in tow, even know what the word politics means or would be able to spell X in a polling booth! And I for one wouldn't waste time "wondering" but get onto the organisers/police and sort out some proper protection for the ordinary folk who want to enjoy the otherwise great festival.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 03:49 AM

Well, you may be right Errol, but I have a suspicion that the word "British" might figure in their preferences...


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 01:45 PM

I agree Errol flung,
but last year the police presence was a thin blue line Saturday and Sunday which is good. I was stopped by two W.P.C,S who enquired of me the contents of my Tankard. late afternoon on the Sunday I quote"
                                                          Excuse me Sir 'Is that beer in that Mug.
                                                          Beer it is not I said with a wide gesture of the arm.
                                                          Its Mead. I,ll drink it up forth with I said.
                                                          Yes Please do . Which I did.
So the police were clamping down late Sunday on people drinking openly in the town.
I was also stopped on the way back to my B&B has routine by a patrol car but I explained where I been that I was ok and heading back to bed whereby they took me upon me word and went on there way. So the Medway Police are about.

I understand though the event is policed by cost so the presence is rather a thin police presence clearly by what we witnessed on he Monday .
regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: growler
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 05:21 PM

What about 'Folk against fizzy beer'


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 07:25 PM

Well Growler,
We could always put a banner up in the G I.
Regards Pierre


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 07:49 PM

Wasn't all drunken hoardes last year, we had fires to contend with, you can find the full story here.

http://www.bountyhounds.co.uk/?cat=6

Looking forward to a fire free year this year, we will be at Expectations on Saturday 1st May, 6-8pm and the Eagle Tavern on Monday 3rd, 12.30-2.30pm

Can't wait!

John


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 04:48 AM

blimey john! am glad you are revisiting the sweeps after that adventure... looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks!
jen


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: melodeonboy
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 06:37 AM

There are, apparently, some unkind people who would like to see a rerun of the fire! :)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 10:51 AM

What Fire ?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 11:03 AM

It's a shame that to have to bring some civilisation to Rochester it looks likely to be necessary to destroy a building (but I can see the argument).

It's a bit like the below the line thread about getting rid of rats.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Pied piper of Eltham Twiined with Hamil
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 05:10 PM


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Mr Fox
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 06:04 PM

What Fire?

The Casino Rooms caught fire on the Sunday last year. Sadly, it was put out before too much damage was done.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Pierre Le Chapeau. on a different planet.
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 06:16 PM

Hi Fox
Yes I saw The Casino Rooms being (damped down) on the Bank Holiday Monday when I left Rochester on the train early evening ?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 06:29 PM

The building is blameless. But the rats who own it and frequent it are quite otherwise.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 11:42 AM

Were these rats grilled on the subject? If the fire had not been quenched, they could have got a roasting! Anyway, however it's cooked, it all ends up tasting of chicken.....


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 11:55 AM

Do Leopards eat chicken?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 07:55 AM

I knew a Chicken once who ate a Leopard


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 02:12 PM

I couldn't speak for every leopard, but we don't generally eat chicken. I believe that chickens and leopards live in totally different habitats. We spotty ones know however that carrots were originally purple. (See other thread). Plectrums come in many colours, but do not taste of chicken.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 03:22 PM

But when Andrew's is retrieved from where it will be put if various people re-unite him and it, will it SMELL of chicken?

This is now plucking ridiculous on two fronts.

Fronts.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,hans christian andersen
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 04:44 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen and Andrew

Pertolete Pekkerhoeven lays purple plectra for your playing pleasure.


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            __//--'/                      > ^      > ^       > ^      > ^                     '-'
                                                                                                 X


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 09:47 PM

My Giddy Aunt what next?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,abdul , a week to go.
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 02:18 AM

how does she do them?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 03:03 AM

over easy....


LOL


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Danny Woodhouse
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 03:46 PM

I supply money bags / aprons to the markets, local businesses, funfairs and to make them cheaper for you we recycle your old ones. Have a look at our facebook page here

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702285285#!/pages/London-United-Kingdom/Dannys-money-bags/108628369166205?ref=ts

Let us know if you want one,

email danny.woodhouse@yahoo.com or use the facebook page

i'll most likely be in Rochester for one day of the festival


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 05:49 PM

I supply all sorts but not on Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 04:54 AM

Message from Doug Hudson:

"I hope to have some Sweeps Festival programmes next week. This year the council have produced a flyer but have decided to distribute fewer programmes before the event itself. They want to have a large number of giveaways during the festival.
It is available online in PDF form for anyone who wants to download in the meantime:

"The Sweeps Festival programme has gone to print and will be back this Friday. 2,000 copies will be delivered to the VIC, with 1,000 coming here to me for mailing list (any left over from this will go to Corn Exchange). The balance of 13,000 will be delivered to the Corn Exchange for use at the festival itself.

If anyone wants to download copies of the programme it is available here:.

URL is http://www.whatsonmedway.co.uk/site/whats-on-search/rochester-sweeps-festival-p454521

There will also be a link from Medway Council's main site to this page.""


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Andrew
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 10:02 AM

Is that right?

According to the official programme John Barden is Hosting Sing - arounds in the Good Intent on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8.45 - 11pm what happened to the afternoon singaround? Why has it been moved to later at night, many of us have to get public transport home, so will not now be able to attend! And why no Ruff 'n Reddy?

And where's my plectrum?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 11:10 AM

There are sing a rounds at the Good Intent lunchtime to 2:30 Saturday, Sunday and Monday.   But usually lasts longer on Sat and Mon.

Sunday Gastove's show will e in da house from 3 to 7.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: The Barden of England
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 03:13 PM

I posted this on the other thread, but just in case Andrew the Plectrumless doesn't see it:-

Andrew Sans Plectrum (or is that Andrew lack plectrum)? - - - Any old how the programme was posted earlier on the site - but to reiterate

Friday 30/04/2010 from about 20:45 to close singaround/session with John Barden
Saturday 01/05/2010 from 12:30 to 14:30 (but it WILL continue, bet your boots) and 20:45 to close as above with John Barden.
Sunday 02/05/2010 from 12:30 to 14:30 singaround/session with Ruff & Reddy. 15:00 to 20:00 - floor spots and guests with Gastove and then 20:45 to close singaround/session with John Barden including a few songs from festival guest Mike Nicholson (a good mate and fabulous player and singer).
Monday 03/05/2010 from 12:30 to falling over singaround/session with Ruff and Reddy.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 03:41 PM

I think "Lackpick" has a nice ring, like "John Lackland" but it does also resonate of "lackwit".


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 05:01 PM

Agreed....what is so special about the damn thing? I find plectrums everywhere. I know they come in different thicknesses, but otherwise, surely a plectrum is a plectrum innit?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: melodeonboy
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 06:13 PM

"I know they come in different thicknesses, but otherwise, surely a plectrum is a plectrum innit?"

I always thought that size did matter! I can never get the right rhythm with a floppy one!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 10:58 PM

Theres no need for that Melodeon boy........ Really?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 08:50 AM

yes really PlC!   now I am trying to come up with a good joke about viagra for floppy plectrums

snork.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 11:10 AM

If you do not swallow Viagra quickly you get a hell of a stiff neck? Ha Ha


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 11:14 AM

There bring a new birth pill out for women?
It weighs 5 tons you put against the bed door and no one can get in?

There is a new birth pill out for men Too.
One puts it in his shoe and it makes you limp?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 11:15 AM

Im off.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 11:36 AM

Apparently so


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: fisheye
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 01:39 PM

I have three little steel plectrums, and they always seems to return if i leave them (nice little toys) must be my dainty fingers?
fisheye


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: growler
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 04:24 PM

From what I've heard, Kevin has no problem with his plectrum


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 04:09 PM

Now That I wouldn't Know?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 05:31 PM

Playing with a plectrum prevents prolonged plucking !
Try saying that after several pints!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 04:31 PM

ahem...only 5 more sleeps until the sweeps

weather looking promising


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 04:56 PM

Just looked at your weather Jen- don't like the look of the rain cloud!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 05:02 PM

Looking damp-ish on Metcheck right now.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 02:57 AM

GF - must have missed the clouds on bbc - looking good again now, I'll take sunny intervals :)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 04:58 AM

On the face of it metcheck seems to be down right now.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: melodeonboy
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 05:57 AM

Where's Michael Fish? (I think Woodsie knows!)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 08:15 AM

Metcheck still saying soggy


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 08:24 AM

ah well, there's always a good pub to hide in :)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 08:45 AM

Im back on line have you all missed me?
My phones been down and so in turn my internet and it only took me to throw away my 2 telephones and buy new ones upon BTs advice. that they reluctantly sent out a engineer who found the fault when he got a ladder and started parading about on the bloody roof.

BT will now give me credit on the perfectly good 2 phones I threw away.
BLOODY PAR-LAVA


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 09:38 AM

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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 09:39 AM

Moral: never throw anything away (you have seen my house haven't you Pierre?)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 10:31 AM

Yes I have seen your house and very nice its is too but my humble hovel is postage stamp in size.
if I did not throw away I would be camped in the garden? I have become a minimalist in all things apart from habit and beer ,clearly

Richard do you hang your 12 strings guitars from the wall has you do with your guitars or do you keep the 12 strings on a stand. I have both guitar clamps on the wall and stands but I am not sure in regards to hanging a 12 string on a clamp re tension on neck etc


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 06:20 PM

Yes, I hang the 12 strings too. I believe that that helps to keep the neck straight.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 09:23 PM

Thanks Richard same aopplies when you hang a man or women I guess?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 03:46 AM

Wevva (saith metcheck) not warm and not dry all weekend.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: melodeonboy
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 03:49 AM

Only if you're well-hung! :)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 05:19 AM

If you are well hanged your neck is broken and thereafter is not straight.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 05:40 AM

I'm looking forward to the old 'Sweeps.
Is the beer festival on again ? Sunday evening looks for me. :o)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 05:41 AM

I'm looking forward to the old 'Sweeps.
Is the beer festival on again ? Sunday evening looks good for me. :o)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: The Barden of England
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 06:01 AM

Sure is on at The Good Intent - Loads a' beers!!

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 06:27 AM

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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 07:16 AM

There is always a beer festival out back of The Gordon too, so you can enjoy a good pint or three .


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 07:32 AM

can't wait - ive been off the booze for 3 weeks, first beer at the good intent on friday...will try to leave you some for sunday :)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 10:40 AM

..slightly off subject, but has anyone tried Dragon Stout 7.5 abv ?

It's brewed & bottled by Red Stripe in Jamaica.
Wonderful stuff, I get it from my local off-licencee'. :0)


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 04:19 PM

Yes. It's much too sweet and sticky, quite sickly, but the Red Stripe Crucial Brew is OK. Are you feeling ill Mark (I DO HOPE SO)? Surely you would usually anathemise the immigrant status of Red Stripe.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 04:24 PM

It looks as if the rain will hold off for the dawn dancers, but you'd all better change your names by deed poll to Noah and have hewn a quantity of cedars of Lebanon by Sunday afternoon... albeit the campsite is high on the hill.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 05:35 PM

Richard, I must find out about the Red Stripe Crucial Brew, thanks. I don't find the Dragon Stout too sweet and sickly at all ! Quite the contrary in fact.

Now, a whole pint of Harveys Christmas Ale 8.1%abv .. That CAN get a bit sweet and sticky-ly ..   @o)D


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 05:39 PM

I drank four cans of that Crucial Brew once and fell backwards out of a open window and smashed a coal frame Im surprised you have even heard of it Richard? It was banned years ago?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 06:07 PM

Pierre, point me at high ABV drink...

I didn't know Crucial Brew had been restricted. When I was younger I was a reggae disc jockey, you see...

I was at Kenny Cramp's 65th (or was it 60th) birthday party (thanks to John Barden and Paul Hurst) and he brought out the private stock cider. He, a lifelong cider drinker, was drinking it in nippikins! But it was lovely.

Well, to my surprise, Mark, it seems we may be able to talk civilly about something, so long as politics are eschewed.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 06:18 PM

Crucial Brew Fakebook Group


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Pete Cunningham
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 08:12 PM

As part of the Rochester Sweeps Festival
PJ playalong music session 8 till late will be at the
Coopers Arms, St Margarets St, Rochester on
Saturday 1st May 8.00 - 11.00pm.and
Sunday 2nd May, 7.30 - 10.00pm
Pre festival session on Friday 8.00 - 11.00pm.as a bonus!
All welcome

Also come and check out all the music books, instruments and accesories on sale at P J Music. Princes Hall, High Street,(opposite Ye Arrow)10.00am - 6.00pm SAT, & Sunday and 10.00am to 3.00pm Monday


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 08:17 PM

Just returned from Wetherspoons and a couple of halves of Maui Coconut Porter 5.0%abv. Yummy !!
Remnants of thier two and a half week long Real Ale Festival.

I knew that you were a decent bloke Richard, I'm not like the others you may have unfortunately encountered ..


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 10:34 AM

Hi Richard
Re Crucial Brew.

I think it was something like 12% volume and nothing has equaled it since in a can.
Special Brew was nothing in comparison and nether are the 9% cans like the are ones on sale these days.

Crucial brew was drunk by the homeless. has high 9% cans of Tennant and skol still are to this day>

If my memory serves me right

"There was a tee shirt once that had a picture of a tramp on the front and the tramp had a halo of a glow all round his body and he held a loft a can of Crucial Brew and the caption on the tee shirt read.

In big Red Letters                         "Crucial Brew
                                                          Ready Break for tramps?
Re the Ready break porridge oats breakfast , advertised on television at about the same time has Crucial brew was on sale.

The advert with glowing kids going to school in a snow storm?
The tee shirt sold in great numbers at Carnaby Street. But ther tee shirts were banned by the then outraged authorities at the time.

Regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Dave K
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 02:09 PM

Looking forward to another superb Am version of Ride On Saturday John. Plus the equally superb selection of beers!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 09:49 AM

Wevva looking wetta and wetta on metcheck


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 09:54 AM

Caravan packed and hitched up, ready to go!!

Come and see us at:

1st May, Expectations, 6-8pm
3rd May, Eagle Tavern, 12.30-2.20pm

Mainly traditional based, with some original songs and a smattering of folk/rock classics.

http://www.bountyhounds.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Wee Jock
Date: 01 May 10 - 03:31 AM

Border Crossing are playing at the City Wall Wine Bar stage hosted by Pigs Ear on Sunday 2nd at 12:30, till 1:15. We are also playing on the Boley Hill Stage on Monday 3rd i think its 1:30 till 2pm, we will also be at the Good Intent over the weekend for the best singarounds
at the festival

Lets all have a GREAT GREAT WEEKEND

John


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 03 May 10 - 01:51 PM

What a great Sweeps that was


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 03 May 10 - 02:03 PM

yes it was!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 03 May 10 - 02:36 PM

Indeed! In spite (or maybe because) of the weather. I did not go out and spot Dancers this year. But I will next year.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 03 May 10 - 02:40 PM

p.s. Nice to have finally met you Broadstairs - Jen.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: romanyman
Date: 03 May 10 - 04:40 PM

Loved it, even with a slipped disk, it was a great sweeps


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 03 May 10 - 06:20 PM

RM - I took some wossname (as discussed at Crayford) down on Sunday in case I met you and you needed it, but there you weren't!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 04 May 10 - 02:47 AM

tam - you too, it was great to hear you sing too, well done.

at the campsite i was presented with a small white metal thingie with holes in. not sure if its part of a blowy instrument or a bangy one. it was found at the GI. not sure why it wasnt left there, but if anyone has lost it let me know and i can arrange to get it back to you. i checked with TDL and norman who all seem to have weird and wonderful bangy things, but its home is not yet found. will probably return it to the GI if noone claims.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 04 May 10 - 03:15 AM

Is it a circular pitch pipe? If so I know that Capella usually use one.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 04 May 10 - 04:31 AM

i dont know richard, it could be if a separate mouthpiece fits on. i'll check with mike n.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 04 May 10 - 06:21 AM

As we didn't see Jen yesterday, can we assume that the owner of the thingy has been located? That was a very enjoyable final session at the G.I. Tiredness overcame us by 5.00 , and we had to leave. Yet again, the G.I. sessions were the best part of the Festival!
The other performance opportunities proved poor. As ever, we were welcomed at the Corn Exchange sing around, but due to lack of signs, the attendance was very patchy. Thanks to Mark L for requesting "Road Kill Cafe", and introducing us so wittily. We had been asked to turn up at the Acoustic Tent, but after a couple of hours of endless band spots, (Doug had organized), we went off to watch Perfect Strangers. An open mic should be just that , the guests have other performance opportunities! Even the advertised Friday session in the Gordon was replaced by a band gig. The Jolly Knight session was replaced with karaoke.
As to the unfortunate events at The Gordon on Saturday night. The incident may have been avoided if a grip had been kept on the performance time in the beer tent! The band were excessively loud, and would not stop. "People" were drifting into the hotel after hours, attracted by the racket, and ruining Heretique's attempt at a late nighrt session. It culminated in the hospitalisation of the hotel proprietor !
I am raising these points with Doug who will be emailed a copy of this posting.

Sue T.D.L.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 04 May 10 - 08:39 AM

Ah, the Jolly Knight has been thus ever since it was sold off separately from the King's Head.

First I heard of the events of the Sat night. What a bummer. I trust the miscreants (if identified) will not only be prosecuted but also permanently barred from all pubs in Rochester. The band should be named and shamed: the booked bands were Moveable Feast and Calico Street Riots.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 04 May 10 - 09:25 AM

Re above
"What a Palaver" I put it too you all last years Bank holiday was over shadowed by thuggish behavior from the younger generation. I noticed it was not so bad this year. I noted a higher Police presence and not so many falling over drunk youngsters drinking openly on the high street. There again we also didnt have to contend with that bloody night club thumping out rave music.
Its a sorry state of affairs when performers cause riots and has a result a man is put in hospital.

I must ask
I quote Girl Friday " they were excessively loud and they would not stop playing.
I wonder why the plug was not pulled on this band? the moment they started acting up.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 04 May 10 - 09:50 AM

As I read it the thumpers were not the band, but late night revellers attracted by the racket.

I would however shoot the operators of the "night club" blasting hip-hop out of speakers on the High Street near Star Hill all day.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 04 May 10 - 11:57 AM

if you read the sweeps program about calico street riots..."a young festival band that aims to leave an indelible impression!"

the situation happened after the gig in the backroom.

please do not inadvertantly link this to moveable feast...they played at my venue many and were lovely people.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: melodeonboy
Date: 04 May 10 - 03:21 PM

"at the campsite i was presented with a small white metal thingie with holes in"

I believe that's a component from the Z-booster drive of a Martian spaceship. The Martians, being clever little creatures, have since developed the far superior XX-booster drive. I fear that your thingie may already be obsolete, unless someone wants it for spares for an older model.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: The Barden of England
Date: 04 May 10 - 03:30 PM

If it was XXXL the Richard Bridge would claim it!!!

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST
Date: 04 May 10 - 05:05 PM

I wouldn't think for one moment that Moveable Feast were to blame. They were supposedly the support act. Calico Street Riots says it all, I thought from the material that they were The Singing Loins. Let me explain some more. As usual, I was the only person to loudly comment on the fact that someone should shut up the w*****s" in the marquee as they were clearly going on too long. It did seem that they had stopped at about 11.15, but then they started again. I suggested that someone pull out their plug, and was prepared to do so, were it not for the unsavoury people who were arriving. The incident happened in the lounge bar. The landlord's son refused to serve one of them. The refusee then telephoned some friends, who turned up . Then a fight ensued. The police stopped all the music, and closed the bar. I wasn't aware why until breakfast time.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 04 May 10 - 05:07 PM

That was me, forgot to log in!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Girl Friday
Date: 04 May 10 - 05:50 PM

I have just got a lengthy reply, and a very detailed one from Doug.

Some of his points are valid, but I will be contacting him again. Apparently the Gordon had asked for a late music licence which was granted, and the concert, headlining Moveable Feast was due to finish at 12.30. This change was too late to go in the programme. The incident was unrelated to the festival and it's clientel. Whoever the band was were excessively loud, and did not take into account the acoustic session with Heretic.
I doubt we shall stay at The Gordon next year. Tam, can you p.m. me with details of your B and B please.

Sue


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 04 May 10 - 06:41 PM

Sorry to hear people had bad experiences at the Sweeps. We had a great time, two cracking gigs in Expectations and the Eagle Tavern, although playing mainly (I suspect) to locals and other visitors rather than 'folkies' who had come specifically for the festival. We played at both venues to a full house, sold lots of CDs and were delighted with the number of people who remembered us from last year and looked us out again.

My impression is that the sort of unfortunate incident described above could have happened on any Saturday night in Rochester and is no reflection on anyone involved in the organisation of the festival.

Before complaining too much, please remember that first and foremost, the Sweeps is a Morris festival with concerts and such like as an added bonus, and, in that respect, very different to a folk festival with a paying audience come specifically for the music. One other thing to bear in mind is that events were juggled around a bit because of the extreem weather conditions, which may be the reason for the problem in the acoustic tent, they may have been booked performers who were scheduled to be outside.

As far as I am concerned Doug and Gordon deserve a huge cheer for everything they do for the event.

John


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 04 May 10 - 06:55 PM

BH - there used to be lots of acoustic music at Sweeps.

And I think a post of mine has gone to the bit-bucket int he sky


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 04 May 10 - 07:14 PM

I walked the high street and heard no music from the night club Thank heavens.

It all seems a bit of a palaver and has suggested lets not blame the wrong folk who are nice people?
It will all come out in the wash. I know no more then any folk but truth will come out when the owner of the hotel comes out he aint got nowt to loose.
Regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST
Date: 04 May 10 - 08:06 PM

Sorry, I couldn't make it this year.
Still a rowdy element? I remember all the lager-drinking chavs coming out on the streets 15 years ago.. Remember the Jolly Knight, had a great session there till 5am back in '94 when I arrived just before 'closing time' at 22:50 !! :D

was Terry and Emily(?) the bass there ? I've not seen them for a long time now...


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 04 May 10 - 08:09 PM

Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST
Date: 04 May 10 - 08:06 PM

Sorry, I couldn't make it this year.
Still a rowdy element? I remember all the lager-drinking chavs coming out on the streets 15 years ago.. Remember the Jolly Knight, had a great session there till 5am back in '94 when I arrived just before 'closing time' at 22:50 !! :D

was Terry and Emily(?) the bass there ? I've not seen them for a long time now...


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: The Barden of England
Date: 05 May 10 - 03:20 AM

Terry and Myrtle the bass were there, and a fun time they were having too.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 05 May 10 - 04:46 AM

Bounty hounds you done a great gig in the Eagle I was there fore much of the set and the pints of Nelson I consumed were equally has good. Very well done.
Regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 05 May 10 - 05:24 AM

agreed, i really enjoyed the bounty hounds too

even played their cd on the way home

i noticed they are also booked at ely - will try to make the whole gig there!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 05 May 10 - 06:02 AM

Thanks Jen and Pierre, pleased you enjoyed it, hope we catch up with you again soon.

John


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: The Barden of England
Date: 05 May 10 - 08:46 AM

I'll be aT Ely too, making sure the Kent contingent is as strong as ever.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: broadstairs-jen
Date: 05 May 10 - 10:01 AM

goodo, there's a bunch of us coming from broadstairs
are you leading sessions there john?


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,synbyn no cookie
Date: 05 May 10 - 10:03 AM

Had an enjoyable Sat & Sun despite the weather- and think pretty well all the trouble was caused by bunches of tanked-up local lads coming into the town with cans of supermarket lager- saw a fight at 6pm on Sat which was nothing to do with festival, it had been prearranged over mobiles. Police did well I thought. Highlights were Luke on Sun and the guitar session in the Good Intent- so many excellent players in one space! Thanks to all the organisers who had good contingency plans in place, and especially the Pigs Ear stage who coped amid deluge!
Bob


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 05 May 10 - 12:01 PM

It was a very enjoyable Sweeps this year I saw no trouble at all. despite I was by near attacked by a sodding Dog.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: The Barden of England
Date: 05 May 10 - 03:44 PM

Not leading sessions Jen, but joining in. Beer tent is the place.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 May 10 - 06:26 PM

If we are talking Ely - book your ticket, go somewhere else for the weekend, turn up 7 pm Sunday night and go to the beer tent. Do not expect to drive home until 3 PM monday, you will be over the limit - I have nearly gone straight over that first roundabout in the past.

And the second.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 05 May 10 - 07:07 PM

sorry, I just remembered; Terry's bass was called Myrtle !!


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 05 May 10 - 07:16 PM

the Albion Abbo's - me playing Myrtle and Hix singing 'Fever!'
That was in the cellar bar Jolly Knight, Sweeps '94. Bludy hot, no ventilation whatsoever, and 5+ pts Abbott (or was in Burton?). Fingers covered in blisters the next day, couldn't play my sqweezbox. Not even when I was sober ..


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Gordon Newton
Date: 08 May 10 - 09:43 AM

Thanks to all who came to Sweeps 2010.
From my perspective as Festival Director for the 30th year It well well thanks to my colleagues Doug Hudson and all at Medway Council's Event Team.


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Subject: RE: Sweeps Festival 2010 - Rochester, Kent
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 06 Sep 11 - 12:30 PM

LoL, bliss ... I wonder what is happening in the Folkie world these days ? ? ?
- Mark , x.


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