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Subject: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: GUEST,MC Fat (at work)
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 07:56 AM

With Moor and Coast no more (or moved at least) I was wondering what Rochester Sweeps was like from the singaround point of view. I have some mates in Kent I would like to visit and wondered if I should combine it with that Festival. Any feedback would be appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 09:45 AM

The best are slightly out of the centre at the Good Intent in John Street, where there is usually a grand beer fest with up to 24 good beers - don't leave arrival until Sunday, the last couple of years the beer has been all gone by Sunday lunchtime. In the chair will be John Barden aka the Barden of England or Simon Barlow aka Growler

It can get a bit rowdy.

The beer is good at the Man of Kent 100 yards from teh GOod Intent, and there is usually a beer festival in the GOrdon Hotel too with an excellent range from the Nelson Brewery. The Nelson's Blood Extra varies from year to year but has been known to weigh in at 7%, hic!

There is usually a good session if you like diddly and humpty, sometimes chaired by PJ of PJ's music - and if the pubs screw them around they may arrive in the garden at the Good Intent (usually marquee and fire-pit in the evenings) which can result in world war 3, in the nicest possible way.

Gastove will host a series of miniconcerts in the Good Intent as well, with a very expensive but compact Bose PA system

Bob and Kath Drage will usually run a much more sober (in all senses) sing somewhere, possibly in the Corn Exchange, and will be very welcoming.

There are also some good concerts, and an open stage usually run by Pig's Ear by the City Wall Wine Bar.

Last year the blood was running in the drains at the Strood end of town (and outside Aaron Stone's Casino nightclub, as regularly featured on "England's hardest streets" on Sky TV or some such rubbish) in the evenings, thanks to drunken yoof, but measures to increase control and decrease shirtless street drinking are in place for this year - Doug Hudson the musical director runs a pretty tight ship.

And if you do like Morris dancing the streets will be packed with it during the days and some of the sides have pretty impressive musicians with them.

It is worth a go, and there is a good unpretentious Afro-Caribbean restaurant called "Auntie Lillee's" just over the bridge in Strood.

Carry a detailed Street map, and learn where the cut-throughs off the High Street are to be able to walk around briskly unimpeded by the Morris dancers and thrilling mong in the High Street.

A pub slightly out of the crush for when it gets wearing is the Cooper's Arms.

All in all, merite un detour and possibly vaut la voyage if you remember your Guide Michelin


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 12:20 PM

Never really got involved in the singarounds, but I know there are several, You will find some great live music in numerous locations at Rochester throughout the whole weekend, day and evening, there is a listing of the artists appearing here.
http://www.myspace.com/sweepsfestival

And yes, Doug does an excellent job, as well as performing with his oun band, 'The Hot Rats'


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: growler
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 04:50 PM

The 'Good intent', John Street is running a pre-fesival singaround on the Friday night. This would normaly be hosted by me, but unfortunately my selfish son is getting married that day and the wife says that I;ve got to be there. There will be singarounds at the 'Good Intent' all weekend as follows : Friday Night singaround with John Barden from 8.30, he will be back at 12.30 on Saturday untill everyone falls over. Suday from 12.00 will be hosted by 'Ruff and Reddy' untill 3pm when 'Gastove' will be hosting his bands.
Monday, 'Ruff and Reddy' singaround from 12.30 untill people lose interest or fall over


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Soldier boy
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 07:09 PM

I second what Richard has said above and I particularly recommend 'The Man of Kent' Ale House which always has a great range of choice of hand pulled real ales and a brilliant atmosphere.

In previous years my side and myself have had some smashing sessions there for both singers and musicians and have always found the proprietors to be extremely welcoming to folkies and really good fun.

The Man of Kent is off the beaten track away from the High Street but it is well worth making the effort to visit for an all night session.

I've been there many times and literally have the T shirt and the T shirt says that it is on John Street, Rochester. I know that the Police Station is fairly close by but they always seem to have a very relaxed attitude during The Sweeps festival. Just ask a local and they will point you in the right direction.

Hope that helps.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 07:31 PM

The police station is not there any more.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Soldier boy
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 08:39 PM

Even better!!


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 03:44 AM

Regrettably a considerable police presence seems to be necessary to dissuade lager-fuelled ignorant urban yoof from affray.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Leraud
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 07:57 AM

Is there anywhere to put a tent or campervan?


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 10:18 AM

The Good intent is a great place over the weekend with great musicians and singers and excellent beer.
There is also a wide variety of other venues in the town centre too. a program of the events is available nearer the time.
U went for the first time last year and throughly enjoyed myself.

The High street is a spectacular array of color in regards to Morris-men /women and in fantastic costumes. Its a bit like the Wildebeest Migration by 12.00 noon on the high street due to crowds but if one can walk the high street at least twice early Saturday and Sunday and enjoy the dancing and music by 1300 hrs last year I was content having seen enough and all ther was and so retired to the Good intent for a great afternoon and evening into night,
Regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 10:22 AM

Has far has I am aware there is no Camping or Caravanning ?


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Soldier boy
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 08:00 PM

Incorrect sir! I have been many years and have always camped on the playing fields of a large school out of town.

There is bags of room for camping and campervanning/caravanning and very good facilities in the school where various concerts/workshops etc are also held.

When I have camped there I have been with a morris side but I am pretty certain that camping/caravanning is not restricted to just morris sides and that all-comers are welcome and catered for.

The Rochester Sweeps Festival's website should
carry all the information that you need.
It's a bit of a stroll from the school into town but not too bad.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 10:35 PM

I think it is for morris sides or I would have camped and not B&B it lst year


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 03:56 AM

I have always understood the camping at the school to be reserved for booked morris sides and booked performers only. The nearest touring caravan site I know is the other side of Rochester airport, near Bluebell Hill, way way way too far to walk in, on a quiet-ish back road with no bus service.

There is a nice big flat level block of land right by the Medway that has been grassed and has access roads and some water standpipes, and it is doing nothing because it is earmarked for development of which thanks to the banking system there is none at the moment. It was there last year too. Alas one is not allowed to use it for tents or caravans although it needs only a security guard on each entrance to keep urban yoof off.

There is quite a bit of space that would do for tents just outside castle gardens, and it has been used for markets and so on in the past - but you are not allowed to camp on it.

The King's School has nearby playing fields - but you are not allowed to use them.

There is a recreation ground down Short's Way - but you are not allowed to camp on it.

The Great lines in Gillingham are in bussing distance - but you are not allowed to use them.

In summary, I suspect that council policy is that they only want people who can afford to hotel or B&B as they have presumably more money to spend.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 04:03 AM

PS - I have emailed the council and Doug Hudson the festival music director to ask.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 04:49 AM

There is quite a bit of space that would do for tents just outside castle gardens, but you are not allowed to camp on it.

The King's School has nearby playing fields - but you are not allowed to use them.

There is a recreation ground down Short's Way - but you are not allowed to camp on it.

The Great lines in Gillingham are in bussing distance - but you are not allowed to use them.


Perhaps you should volunteer to provide sanitary facilities, and for no charge clean up afterwards. Up for it?


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 04:53 AM

"and for no charge"

I've never been to a free campsite in my life! Care to point them out?


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 04:54 AM

PS 'Ed' why do you only ever turn up on threads to post little bitchy remarks like that one?


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 04:55 AM

You are completely missing my point.

Perhaps I didn't make it well enough.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 04:58 AM

Sorry, I think I'm in a bit of snappy mood this morning..


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:00 AM

No problem, I'm snappy nearly all the time at the moment. Not having a job doesn't help.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:39 AM

MC Fat, and Ed, PM me (which does mean joining and/or activating your cookie) for some helpful information.

Doug Hudson has been able to tell me: -

"I'm enclosing a draft provisional programme for you as a matter of interest. I have taken on board your comments about having too many things at the same time and we have tried to stagger the programme somewhat.

We also intend to have a little more going on during the day on Monday as some people said they came down for the first time on the Monday and nothing was happening.


We will be using the Boley Hill stage a lot more with more dance acts and we are having 'an acoustic tent' in the castle gardens for drop in performers. COMMENT - THIS IS FABULOUS NEWS

We have scrapped the Vic & Bull and Enigma COMMENT - REASON DELETED BY RB

we have the Coopers Arms for the first time. COMMENT - THIS IS FANTABULOUS, I HAVE BEEN AGITATING FOR THIS FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS This will be basically for music sessions - PJ and Chris
Taylor - and they will run their own beer festival."



I have to say "Well done Doug!".


I will make another post with a long paste of the current draft programme.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:42 AM

I note that Heretique are booked. Strongly recommended!

Anyway, here is the complete (draft) 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



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

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

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

Monnday 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


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.


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

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

Saturday 1 May 10am – 5pm
Sunday 2 May 1pm – 5pm
St. Margaret's Church, St. Margaret's Street, Rochester
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.

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

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


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

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

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.
programme: -


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:58 AM

The Bounty Hounds will be singing tales of the land and songs of the sea on:

1st May at the 'Expectations' 6-8pm
3rd May at the 'Eagle Tavern' 12.30-2.30pm

If a bit of Folk/Rock is to your taste, we would love to have you with us.

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


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 06:35 AM

Having had a look at the draft programme, Dough appears to have done a great job in getting the next generation of folk performers to Rochester.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: GUEST,MC Fat (at work)
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 06:39 AM

Is that in the Simpson's kind of 'Dough'


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: melodeonboy
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 06:45 AM

Yeh, he really earns his bread (geddit?)!


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 02:15 PM

No, it's Doug H, in the same way that DT's emails are signed "Don't".

Have you looked at that draft programme? Lots of acoustically stimulating young folkies... (and in many cases, 1954 definition, or near to it, even teetering on being folk singers not folksong singers)


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 03:30 PM

We've booked Greystones B&B for Saturday and Sunday nights.

I kin hardly wait!


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 04:35 PM

I recommend arrival quite promptly on Sat AM.

I will be at it from Friday night!


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: The Barden of England
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 10:38 AM

Leraud - I don't see any reason why you shouldn't use a campervan up at Fort Pitt Gramar - I always did.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Girl Friday
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for all that, Doug.... like the sound of the drop in tent.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 05:35 PM

I was just going to do Saturday Sunday this year but I will probably now come Friday looking at Richard's events posting above,

I was very disappointed with last years Bank Holiday Monday in the town and made in haste to the Good Intent.
Reasons.
There was no-wt going on except scores of drunken local youths braying at any thing that moved.
The Friday Saturday & Sunday both in town and at the GI was excellent.
Regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: The Barden of England
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 04:19 AM

The timetable looks like this at the Good Intent :-

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. 20:45 to close singaround/ session with John Barden inclusing a few songs from festival guest Mike Nicholson.
Monday 03/05/2010 from 12:30 to falling over singaround/session with Ruff and Reddy.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: GUEST,Abdul at office
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 04:26 AM

Will be back and will be there. You cannot imagine how much I am looking forward to it.
Al


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 06:06 AM

Abdul old mate
I have tried to imagine how much you are looking forward to it I lay awake all night imaging but your right I cant.
Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Rochester Sweeps. Any Good Singarounds
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 07:34 PM

This a a thread I have dug out its the 3rd thread regarding this years Sweeps?


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