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Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Les in Chorlton 07 Mar 10 - 03:15 PM
Joe G 07 Mar 10 - 03:17 PM
John J 07 Mar 10 - 03:44 PM
EnglishFolkfan 07 Mar 10 - 04:13 PM
Bonzo3legs 07 Mar 10 - 04:50 PM
Mr Happy 08 Mar 10 - 04:13 AM
GUEST,Tam in Gloucester 08 Mar 10 - 09:17 AM
Les in Chorlton 08 Mar 10 - 09:30 AM
Mr Happy 08 Mar 10 - 09:33 AM
treewind 08 Mar 10 - 10:31 AM
GUEST,Alan Surtees 09 Mar 10 - 07:20 AM
Les in Chorlton 09 Mar 10 - 11:51 AM
Joe G 09 Mar 10 - 01:34 PM
GUEST,Alan 25 Mar 10 - 01:02 PM
Fliss 26 Mar 10 - 11:29 AM
Bounty Hound 26 Mar 10 - 01:29 PM
EnglishFolkfan 26 Mar 10 - 02:40 PM
Joe G 26 Mar 10 - 09:03 PM
Mr Happy 23 Aug 10 - 12:05 PM
GUEST 23 Aug 10 - 01:04 PM
PercyBysshe 23 Aug 10 - 02:37 PM
Aeola 23 Aug 10 - 03:19 PM
GUEST,bigdrummergirl 23 Aug 10 - 03:26 PM
GUEST,Paul H 23 Aug 10 - 05:21 PM
GUEST,Joe G 23 Aug 10 - 05:36 PM
GUEST,bones 24 Aug 10 - 03:11 PM
GUEST,John J...cookieless 25 Aug 10 - 08:25 AM
GUEST,AlanG at work and also cookieless 25 Aug 10 - 12:52 PM
Les in Chorlton 25 Aug 10 - 01:07 PM
Linda Kelly 25 Aug 10 - 01:42 PM
GUEST,John J...cookieless 28 Aug 10 - 10:11 AM
GUEST 28 Aug 10 - 10:44 AM
jeddy 28 Aug 10 - 04:36 PM
Bonzo3legs 28 Aug 10 - 05:31 PM
Backwoodsman 29 Aug 10 - 01:49 AM
Boston Bass 29 Aug 10 - 04:21 AM
GUEST 29 Aug 10 - 06:09 AM
GUEST,New2Folk 31 Aug 10 - 02:13 AM
Bonzo3legs 31 Aug 10 - 02:52 AM
the lemonade lady 31 Aug 10 - 03:30 AM
GUEST 31 Aug 10 - 05:04 AM
GUEST,MC Fat (at work) 31 Aug 10 - 05:06 AM
Acorn4 31 Aug 10 - 05:54 AM
Acorn4 31 Aug 10 - 06:16 AM
GUEST,John 31 Aug 10 - 07:08 AM
Moses 31 Aug 10 - 08:32 AM
*#1 PEASANT* 31 Aug 10 - 08:53 AM
John J 31 Aug 10 - 10:16 AM
GUEST,Bob 31 Aug 10 - 11:09 AM
GUEST,Sue 31 Aug 10 - 11:21 AM
evansakes 31 Aug 10 - 12:28 PM
Acorn4 31 Aug 10 - 01:30 PM
Aeola 31 Aug 10 - 03:11 PM
evansakes 01 Sep 10 - 09:23 AM
evansakes 01 Sep 10 - 09:24 AM
*#1 PEASANT* 01 Sep 10 - 09:29 AM
Mr Happy 01 Sep 10 - 09:32 AM
Dave Hunt 01 Sep 10 - 09:35 AM
MC Fat 01 Sep 10 - 09:36 AM
Dave Hunt 01 Sep 10 - 09:46 AM
PercyBysshe 01 Sep 10 - 09:56 AM
GUEST 01 Sep 10 - 10:22 AM
Mr Happy 01 Sep 10 - 10:34 AM
Les in Chorlton 01 Sep 10 - 01:22 PM
PercyBysshe 01 Sep 10 - 01:46 PM
Bounty Hound 01 Sep 10 - 08:53 PM
Les in Chorlton 02 Sep 10 - 04:00 AM
GUEST,MC Fat (at work) 02 Sep 10 - 04:25 AM
GUEST 02 Sep 10 - 02:35 PM
GUEST,Joe G 02 Sep 10 - 02:47 PM
Mr Happy 03 Sep 10 - 08:04 AM
evansakes 03 Sep 10 - 08:16 AM
Mr Happy 03 Sep 10 - 08:52 AM
MC Fat 03 Sep 10 - 09:49 AM
Mr Happy 03 Sep 10 - 10:05 AM
GUEST,Alan Surtees 03 Sep 10 - 02:55 PM
Fliss 04 Sep 10 - 03:26 AM
Acorn4 04 Sep 10 - 04:17 AM
Les in Chorlton 04 Sep 10 - 04:36 AM
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Subject: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 03:15 PM

Do I need to say more?

August 27 - 30

L in C


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Joe G
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 03:17 PM

Its looking good - though Afro Celts clashing with Tickled Pink is a shame as I deperately want to see both!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: John J
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 03:44 PM

Anyone know if Pig Dyke Molly are on again this year?

There's a photo of them on the festival mailshot I've just received, but no mention of the side.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: EnglishFolkfan
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 04:13 PM

Haz my ticket, but tis my local festival so no competition brooked ;o)


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 04:50 PM

I see an "almost" Cry Cry Cry reunion - that's Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 04:13 AM

Review?

It's not happened yet!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Tam in Gloucester
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 09:17 AM

Not me.
Dancing's better elswhere. And safer.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 09:30 AM

I understand that this is not the first Shrewsbury FF. I understand this because I have been 3 times already. Review seemed that best choice and people can go on the web site and see and hear some of the guests.

Dancing may well be better elsewhere. I prefer Whitby for sessions but I think SFF tops the poll for lots of exciting traditional based music and value for money.

I suspect this will provoke a 'discussion' about what on earth 'traditional based music' might be but it's as good a definition as I can manage

Best wishes
L in C


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 09:33 AM

OIC, you are reviewing last August's event, now?

*********

BTW, Mr H & the Miserichords can be glimpsed at seshes there this August!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: treewind
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 10:31 AM

Anyone know if Pig Dyke Molly are on again this year?
Yes, I know, and no we're not.
I don't know why there should be a photo...

We'll be at Sidmouth, and Belper Music festival.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Alan Surtees
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 07:20 AM

Can I give my review? the Dervish concert will include some very special guests, some very big names from the folk world. Dervish are doing two such concerts this year, after their huge success at Celtic Connections, we are not saying who ......because surprises are all part of ther Shrewsbury experience.

treewind: we do very occassionally include a picture from the previous year in our flyer (Dog Rose last year)and as Pig Dyke are so attractive we couldn't resist the one we included. You will be coming back I'm sure.

Tam in Gloucester: Cresby you are such mischeivous boy. Get a life.

Anyway we have the best SFF in prospect, I'm sure the Afro Celts concert will be exceptional, but look out for Chuck Brodsky and Adrienne Young they will make a major impact this year.

All the Best

Alan


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 11:51 AM

I understand the Beginners / Improvers / not bad at all sessions are to be 're-modelled' a bit. Can't rate them highly enough. We B / I / nba people just need more opportunities to play together.

Cheers

L in C
Beginners Session, The Beech, Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester
Last Tuesday of the month


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Joe G
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 01:34 PM

Can I recommend Richard Shindell to those who have not seen him - I saw him at Shrewsbury a few years ago and loved him. His song 'Are you happy now' is a classic


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Alan
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 01:02 PM

Hello Joe....you are so right Mr Shindell is an absolute treasure and "Are You Happy Now" is my favourite track too.

Just a gentle reminder, the 1st of april is approaching fast and your opportunity to buy tickets at a reduced rate will be just a memory...

Or you could see the festival for nothing! We will be doing the LIVE webcast again this year from our main stage. This was a real success last year with messages coming back from Mexico, Canada, Spain, the USA, Norway, Australia and, in fact, most parts of the world, including Wigan. Access is free, so you have no excuse to miss the festival.

All the Best

Alan


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Fliss
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 11:29 AM

Hi Les in C... Im helping with the Beginners/Improvers sessions this year. Look forward to meeting you at one of them. Still got to meet up with Izzy to see what the format is.

Fliss


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 01:29 PM

'Or you could see the festival for nothing! We will be doing the LIVE webcast again this year from our main stage'

Cracking idea if you live in Mexico or Canada, but no substitute for being there!! I am sure I would feel a bit daft wearing a stewards tabard in front of a computor screen :)

Can't wait for August.

Would love to bring the band next year by the way.
http://www.myspace.com/thebountyhounds


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: EnglishFolkfan
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 02:40 PM

Dear All,

The live webcasts last year were a resounding success in that I know people coming over from the US and local non-folkie friends all so impressed with what they saw last year they have already bought tickets to this years Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Am now hoping that Newport Folk Festival, RI, will copy SFF and do live webcast this year as they only did live audio cast/online chat last year.

In excited anticipation,
Effie

ps: imho both the above knock spots of the BBC CambridgeFF coverage because they are real time every day/evening.


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Subject: Re: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Joe G
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 09:03 PM

Got tickets - just need to work out how to split myself in two to see Tickled Pink & Afro Celt Sound System! Hoping there will be room in the standig area to get in to Afro Celts after dancing to the first part of the ceilidh


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 23 Aug 10 - 12:05 PM

We'll be there from Thursday 'til Tuesday, only three days to go - yippppppeeeeeeee!!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Aug 10 - 01:04 PM

Really looking forward to seeing The Young'uns! They are fantastic - go and see them if you haven't before!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: PercyBysshe
Date: 23 Aug 10 - 02:37 PM

Seconded - they are great fun!

I'll be there, as a steward and getting to as many concerts and workshops as I can.

It will be my third SFF, and I think it's my favourite festival. Particularly looking forward to seeing Bellowhead, but hope to say goodbye to the current line up of Kerfuffle in style.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Aeola
Date: 23 Aug 10 - 03:19 PM

Thurs - Tues for me too!!! Can hardly wait!!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,bigdrummergirl
Date: 23 Aug 10 - 03:26 PM

and me!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Paul H
Date: 23 Aug 10 - 05:21 PM

Don't forget if you can't get to Shrewsbury we will be broadcasting high quality web video from the main stage (four-camera mix). Transmissions will start approx 17.00 on 27 August - see festival website www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk

Paul H, Virtual Shropshire, SFF website sponsor


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 23 Aug 10 - 05:36 PM

I've posted the link to the feed on my FB profile! Looking forward to a great weekend & thanks for your support of the festival.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,bones
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 03:11 PM

Can only make the Saturday this year!
can anyone tell me who is on at the pub sessions on Saturday?


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,John J...cookieless
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 08:25 AM

I'm also interested in the pub sessions, although for the full weekend.

We're not 'doing' the festival this year although we'll likely be in town for most of the time. Any information on sessions, performances, dance displays in town will be v useful.

Ta,

JJ


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,AlanG at work and also cookieless
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 12:52 PM

I'll join you in a pub session John if the beers good and you're paying. Not sure if we need music though!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 01:07 PM

The website says no camping or arrivals before 10am Friday is that right?

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 01:42 PM

Great lineup-go see The Younguns -their new CD is fab!wish we were going but off to Holland.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,John J...cookieless
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 10:11 AM

Can anyone advise what 'in town' performances are on this weekend - also any info on pub sessions and sings.

We'll be in Shrewsbury from Saturday night until Tuesday, but not at the festival.

Ta,

John


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 10:44 AM

Let me know where you're going on Monday John and I'll join you for apint and a sing

Cheers

Alan


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: jeddy
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 04:36 PM

alan and sandra,
thankyou so much for doing the live feed again this year!!! at least we don't miss out completly.
we are gutted we had to miss out, but needs must as the caravan is being held together with gaffa tape! so we need to save up!!
hope you all have a really great time and the weather holds out for you.
we have missed seeing all the regulars and can't wait to be more active and involved next year.
safe travels all.
love
edi and jade x x x x x x x


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 05:31 PM

Just watched Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky on the webcast - they were wonderful, some overloading problems on the sound for a while but very good once they sorted it out. Nothing over 15khz though - limited bandwidth I suppose??


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 01:49 AM

Damn and blast - I was travelling home from Boston last night and missed Richard and Lucy. Anyone know if they plan to re-run any of the webcasts?


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Boston Bass
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 04:21 AM

Hi BWM...Hope you enjoyed your trip to the suburbs of Boston :-)
Shrewsbury has archived material from past webcasts on it's site (Better quality than the "live" webcasts too). they also have their own YouTube channel, so hopefully something will pop up at a later date.
BB


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 06:09 AM

The archived material from past webcasts can be downloaded to realplayer in mp4 format, then presumably can be converted into a format suitable for burning to dvd.

The RS/LK set was truly magical, I recorded the sound off line - the video stream would not download, but some fancy software may have done the trick. I hope that the set is made available on the Shrewsbury site later - this may be from a different feed without the distortion on vocals during the first few songs.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,New2Folk
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 02:13 AM

Just getting over Shrewsbury. Brilliant. Highlights for me were Chuck Brodsky, Kristina Olsen, John Otway & Wild Willie Barrett and new comer Lucy Ward.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 02:52 AM

I endured JO & WWB on the webcast for 2 minutes - awful!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 03:30 AM

I came for the day on Monday because my son was a sound techie all wkend in the Sabrina tent. (He was the ginger dreaded chap who sorted out Chuck's sound probs yesterday). I heard a lot of mutterings about not enough singarounds. I sat in on one in the pavilion, I didn't get a chance to sing,   it was far too short and didn't get around the room. The 3 young lads running it got bored or had a gig to go to maybe, but the room was empty all afternoon after they left. Also many people said the volume from the main tent had been interfering with other tents and attempted singarounds over the wkend, so much so that they had to be stopped. I got the general impression that the trad folkies are being squeezed out in favour of the young and those who like loud booming music. Also there were very few familiar faces, when I was wandering around.
Sal
{i also saw a caterer selling lemonade at £2 a cup and it WASN'T freshly squeezed!!}


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 05:04 AM

Great festival! So many highlights but particularly loved The Young'Uns!! Never laughed so much in all my life and their singing was superb!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,MC Fat (at work)
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 05:06 AM

Hd as usual a great time Alan & sandra (and all the staff) look after people really really well. It's a joy to be part of it.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Acorn4
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 05:54 AM

Dervish and Bellowhead were brilliant, and JO and WWB had us in stitches. Also liked Kerr/Fagan/Harbron.

On the subject of singarounds, the pubs in the town put on some good spontaneous ones if you dotted around. The end room in the Berwick has ideal acoustics unlike the rest of the building.

Could it not be designated as a room for singarounds after it becomes free in the evenings. A lot of people like to have a sing after the concert has finished, and it is hard to to this in the main building unless you have a big voice.

Last year, there were, at one point, five sessions going simultaneously in the long bar, which included the shanty men head to head with the melodeons.

Some singers have quiet voices, and would appreciate a quieter area which is still within easy reach of the bar. This is a practical suggestion rather than a moan.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Acorn4
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 06:16 AM

...oh, and forgot to mention Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky - a much appreciated opportunity to see these two together.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,John
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 07:08 AM

The Wilson Family were Excellent! as were Bellowhead, Jon Boden, Fay Hield, Genticorum, the list goes on!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Moses
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 08:32 AM

I've had a lovely festival, my first time stewarding (but not my first Shrewsbury). Thanks again to all the orgainsers and stewards for making it all possible.

I found the site was well run, the (very important, this) showers were warm and clean and the loos of a good standard. There was a varied choice of food and a lovely shop for fresh produce.

Regarding the entertainment, I did ejoy some of the 'bigger' artistes but my main interest is in more intimate settings and I agree that the singarounds were somewhat thin on the ground and didn't always fit in with my shifts or they clashed with concerts I wanted to go to.

Just a suggestion (not a moan) but I agree with the comment about the small room at the end of the Berwick Pavillion;- it would seem a good choice for a late night sing. Maybe starting around 11.30pm and going on till 1am(ish). I think it would be a popular event if it were programmed so that people knew when it would kick off and that there would be someone running it.(Much better than wandering round the site looking for an impromptu singing session).

I know one MC who said he would volunteer to do extra duties to help run it and I certainly would also offer to help. It wouldn't cost much, if anything, to run and judging by the number of people who have mentioned to me the lack of many programmed 'sings' would make quite a few of them happy.


Christine (Moses)


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 08:53 AM

Did they bury the Shrew this year?


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: John J
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 10:16 AM

We normally 'do' Shrewsbury festival, but not this year.

We visited the town for the weekend, arriving Sunday afternoon and hoping to join in some sessions / sings. All the sessions had finished by mid-afternoon and there was nothing else on in town the rest of the weekend.

ie: no fringe.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Bob
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 11:09 AM

John you should have gone to the "Nags" or the "Loggers" sorry we missed you.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Sue
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 11:21 AM

Just got back from another great Shrewsbury festival, the highlight for us being yesterdays concert in the Sabrina tent with the Wilsons and Jon Boden, the best of a very good weekend. Well done Alan and Sandra and the rest of the team.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: evansakes
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 12:28 PM

Actually, the last couple of years there HAS been a quietish informal singaround going on in the small room at the end of the Berwick Pavilion....on at least one of the nights.

Among those in attendance and participating were a number of people from the Tanners Hatch 'Folk In The Forest' group eg Hector Gilchrist and Noddy (out of Noddy's Lot). Plus several TwickFolk singers including Sue Graves and myself (Gerry). There was no formal 'start and end' time as such...as with all these things they just fizzle out at some point as people get knackered and drift off (Some even drop off while listening)

Last night a hardy bunch of us 'songists' again tried to decamp in there about 9pm after being effectively elbowed out of our singaround table at the other end of the bar (a noisy herd of strictly tunist folks led by a melage of melodeons sat down and effectively mounted a coup d'etat). However one of the steward teams had already bagsied the room for a quick meeting so it didn't happen.

Nevertheless I'm pretty sure TwickFolk will again have a delegation at Shrewsbury next year and I'm also certain we'd be happy to host an informal singaround in that room if the organisers would like to officially programme it. We'd also be happy to share it with anyone else such as the Tanners crowd (plus the likes of Hils and Richard, George Papavgeris if they were attending....they were last year)

One thing though.....for sound-proofing reasons they'd have to install an automatic door closer on the entrance to the main bar (many of the main bar people forget to close it when they wander out to use the loo)


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Acorn4
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 01:30 PM

Perhaps that should be "a migraine of melodeons"!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Aeola
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 03:11 PM

Enjoyed the Festival but it does seem to be more concert than folkie. The end room in the Berwick is often available but on Mon night was taken over by a Steward meeting, although Mr. Happy got in there later!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: evansakes
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:23 AM

Just wanted to say a big thank-you to Alan, Sandra, Neil and all responsible for another top class festival.

Difficult to pick highlights. Concert-wise probably Michael McGoldrick, Dervish, Jon Boden (in SOLO solo mode....has he ever done this before?). Elsewhere the Tuneworks sessions (well done Izzy and the gang), Joe Stead's Pete Seeger lecture, Genticorum's Quebecois presentation, Chuck Brodsky's 'Meet The Artist' session, late night sessions in the bar. Food, showers, beer, shop all excellent as always. The cameraderie across the campsite among the stewards and workers was wonderful too. Everyone was helpful and seemed entirely trustworthy. So much so it actually felt odd even bothering to lock a car full of valuable instruments. I accidentally left my festival poster on the bar for 20 minutes but I needn't have worried as it was still there when I rushed back (and it's a work of art!)

See you next year!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: evansakes
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:24 AM

Here's the festival poster


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:29 AM

Absolutely more concert than folkie- singing sessions note are found in the "small room" some nights.

Commerce.

Not folk.
Free the folk from this crap and it will grow.

Conrad


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:32 AM

..........heard on the grapevine there were seshes/sinarounds in the Wheatsheaf in Frankwell every night during w/end, going on until the early hours - 7am!!

Meself & the Gloom Band got a nice intimate sing & play in the Woodman pub close to the fest site on Friday night & Sat afternoon.

Met fellow 'catter MC Fat there, who with a borrowed guitar gave a superb performance - cheers, Jim!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:35 AM

WE had a great timwe - as usual! - the lantern making was very successful- when we started on Friday I let in over 50 people and there were at least another 40-50 who we could not get in due to lack of space. None of the participants had ever made a lantern before but they all turned out some great creations. The wind dropped in timew for the lantern procession on Sunday evening - and it looked wonderful.
All the children we worked with turned out some great stuff for the Rainforest show - so the chilkdrens procession and the show opn the village stage were terrific. ! had 14 helpers on the Sunshine Arts Team this year and we all worked pretty well flat out allweekend. After the show it took Maggie and I over 5 hours to clear the tent! - (we like to do it ourselves otherwise when we get home we have to unpack, sort things into the correct boxes etc...then repack it all)


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: MC Fat
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:36 AM

Thanks very much for the praise Mr Happy enjoyed singing and indeed enjoyed the Festival


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:46 AM

I forgot to say how wonderful 422 were doing the song and music workshops for us - they were superbly run and well attended.
A big thanks to Maggie Love for putting together the Drama, to Garry Jones of Off Our Trolley who made - along with some of the kids - a huge parrot, a giant tree and a bulldozer - all based on shopping trolleys (see some of his great creations on www.offourtrolley.com ) Also to Pete White and Hand to Mouth Theatre for their excellent entertainments - and a special thanks to all our smashing stewards.
We already have ideas about what we will be doing next year !

We are always too busy working to take many pics - so if anyone has any they would like to share with us please send them to me at dave@sunshinearts.co.uk. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: PercyBysshe
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:56 AM

I had a brilliant time, though did miss some things I'd like to have seen due to stewarding duties (Genticorum for example - saw half an hour of their afternoon set, and missed both workshops).

Loved Bellowhead (28th time I've seen them), Fay Hield, Mawkin:Causley, the Young 'Uns, Jackie Oates, Belshazzar's Feast.
Gutted to miss Kerfuffle's last gig, but I was presenting an award to Mawkin:Causley on the main stage.
And the best bit was my trio (the Bailey Sisters) getting through to the final of the Open Mic Competition.

TwickFolk asked about John Boden going solo - I've seen him to a solo spot, as support for Fay Hield!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 10:22 AM

Great festival again with plenty of "folk" Boden, Hield, Oates, Wilsons, Kerr&Fagan, Causley, good stuff!!
    Please remember to use one consistent name when you post. If you post under a variety of names, you risk having all your posts deleted.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 10:34 AM

I'm not a concert goer, more've a participant player/ singer for impromptu sessions - enjoyed vey much the 'slow' music wk/shops for beginners, as the tunes seemed far more pleasant to the ear than at the usual breakneck speeds.

My highlights of the fest were meeting & playing with fellow musicians, & the delighfully jolly & intricate contibutions of the Dartmoor Pixies with their astounding/ outstanding [anagram!] banjoist, Rob Murch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwRrGnnWf74

Brilliant!!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 01:22 PM

All great music but I have to say we enjoyed Calan, the young Welsh group, best of all. Fresh, great tunes, great arrangements. lovely singing, clog dancing, unusual instruments - watch this group they are brilliant.

L in C


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: PercyBysshe
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 01:46 PM

Agreed Les - my discovery of the festival!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 08:53 PM

Calan were indeed excellent, I also enjoyed Chuck Brodsky very much, a real engaging performer, with a real wit in his lyrics. I was lucky enough to be stage manager for his concert on the main stage, so met him backstage, really nice guy.

Just for interest's sake you may like to know that the accordianist in Calan is the daughter of Huw Williams, of Crasdant fame.

All round a brilliant festival, have to say I don't fully understand the comments earlier in this thread about 'too much concert and not enough folk' Surely concerts are what folk festivals are all about, and the sessions and singarounds are a great add on, but not the main event. Not really sure what the expectations of those making the comments above was, but when a festival brings you exciting new talent like the acts mentioned above, it can only be good for the cause! Long may it continue.

Huge congratulations to Alan, Sandra and their team. Bring on next year!

John


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 04:00 AM

"concerts are what folk festivals are all about"

A very good point. Some festivals have more small venue events but Shrewsbury is very clear about what it is and what it does and I think it is probably the best of its kind - loads and loads of top quality 'folk roots and acoustic music' as somebody often says.

I have been in small pub rooms at Whitby with Harry Boardman, Mike Harding, Dave Burland and most of the Highlevel Ranters and it was - surprise, surprise - a bit special.

But so were almost all the big and not so big concerts at Shrewsbury

L in C


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,MC Fat (at work)
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 04:25 AM

i think Les has got it spot on. Shrewsbury is excellent at what it does lots of choice (3 Marquees) + other venues on site with a good mix. We managed to come across an good impromtue sesh with Mr Happy at the Woodman so small events are catered as well. Not to mention the wonderfull pubs of Shrewsbury which are good just for their ambiance and real ale.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 02:35 PM

Anyone see Kerfuffle's last Gig?


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 02:47 PM

I agree it was brilliant again - the organisation just keeps getting better

Some highlights for me were - Michael McGoldrick Band, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Afro Celts, Old Dance School, Kerfuffle's last gig (a deserved standing ovation at the end), amazing young Welsh band Calan, the hour of Tickled Pink we managed to see before having to get back for Afro Celts, Bellowhead, Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky and....Andy's loos - the only chemical toilets that I won't have nightmares about!

Well done to everyone involved in this top notch event.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 08:04 AM

'We managed to come across an good impromtue sesh with Mr Happy at the Woodman so small events are catered as well.'

Jim,

Sorry to disagree, but I don't think the fest itself caters at all for impromptu events.

The sesh at the Woodman was initiated by us [Mr H & Gloom Band] - also similarly at the Frankwell Wheatsheaf or other pubs would've been started up by other fringe groups/ individuals


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: evansakes
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 08:16 AM

So Shrewsbury should be planning for impromptu events?

That's an interesting concept....


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 08:52 AM

TwickFolk,

That's not precisely what I meant.

My point is, as some others have mentioned, that for non- concert fans- more sessioners/ sin arounders, there wasn't any space suitable on the fest site for these events to take place.

At some other fests like Middlewich, Cleckheaton, Saddleworth, Ingleton etc, the fest committee do plan for these impromptu events by providing on the programme a list of suitable venues such as pubs, halls etc


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: MC Fat
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 09:49 AM

In relation to say Warwick where there aren't any good enough pubs for sessions/singaround, I think Shrewsbury is blessed with great pubs ideal for sessions. Mr Happy were you thinking that 'The Committee' should place selected session leaders in certain pubs ?


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 10:05 AM

Jim,

No but a list of outside venues ie folk friendly pubs contacted by the fest would be useful.

Just think how many times you've [I know I have] seen folk with instruments wandering the streets of various places during festivals looking for somewhere to play/ sing


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Alan Surtees
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 02:55 PM

Mr Happy, you are absolutely right, I will check the pubs and create a list of those who are folk friendly for next year.

All the Best

Alan


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Fliss
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 03:26 AM

Had a great time helping Izzy and friends with the Tuneworks sessions. The main beginners and improvers sessions in the Bar tent were packed. The range of instruments was awesome.. Everyone was clutching Izzy's Tuneworks booklet.. downloadable from the Festival website.

The Tune up and Play sessions in the Food tent were great. I was at all 4 of them encouraging. I learned a lot of new tunes myself.

I enjoyed watching several groups, Afro Celt, Billy Bragg, Bellowhead, but sat outside the Marquee as I find it too loud, but a better level than last year.

Les in C... still havnt met you, but did meet someone from a Slow session up north.

The Monday evening session got a bit blended together, with people starting tunes over the top of someone already playing... do look around the group and watch and listen to what is happening.

I ended the evening in the company of Floss Headford, Dave Hunt and friends... including someone on an electric melodian.. very clever but oh so loud.

With regard to slow sessions... we have our Sunday practice session at the Birchmeadow Centre Broseley Shropshire 10-12.30. We had about 10 enquiries at the festival from my announcements. So do turn up and join in. We give a lot of help and encouragement. £1 in pot for hire of room and refreshments.

Fliss


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Acorn4
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 04:17 AM

The Festival will always hold a special place for us because, dating back to Bridgnorth, it was always the last bit of the summer holidays before we had to start the new term teaching (we're now retired).

Thus we always treat ourselves to the full tickets for this one rather than stewarding or 'fringe'ing.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 04:36 AM

Les in C... still havnt met you, but did meet someone from a Slow session up north


Maybe that was me?

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mr Happy
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 05:23 AM

Alan Surtees,

Thanks for your concurrence & co-operation, & everything else!!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: MC Fat
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 05:33 AM

Shows how and why Shrewsbury is tops. Alan has visited the forum and picked up on what people may want. Top marks Alan. One thing to remember however is that the Festival has only been in Shrewsbury for 4 years so developing a fringe can take time, hopefully next year the 'folk friendly' pubs will be on board. Alan have a word with Dave at the Three Fishes, the morris lot always go in there (as I do)cos it's a great boozer.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,southernfolkie
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 11:17 AM

Here here!! Get The Young'uns back next year because they were a breath of fresh air! Great festival.
Tom


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 20 Sep 10 - 06:56 AM

There are now five videos available to look at on the SFF web site that include Refolkus, a drum workshop, dance teams, the Big Show - Children's festival on the Village Stage, interviews & much more!

Sandra


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Mo the caller
Date: 20 Sep 10 - 08:35 AM

We only went to Shrewsbury once (for the Monday), Whitby leaves us all folked out.
But I remember that there was a session on the programme that we looked for and had difficulty finding cos 2 pubs have the same name.

The programmed sessions at Whitby are useful not so much for the leader provided but for the fact that you can be sure there will be people in that pub at that time. (And you might have a clue if you know who is leading it or the programme gives a hint, what kind of music might be played).


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 20 Sep 10 - 12:19 PM

Yes Mo you are right there are two pubs in Shrewsbury called The Wheatsheaf and that is why I put The High Street in brackets (in the souvenir programme) so that people know which one we use.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Aeola
Date: 20 Sep 10 - 05:19 PM

Slight deviation from thread here but heard a great cajun type band at Otley, Bayou Gumbo, really rousing reckon they'd go down well at Shrewsbury!!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Badjelly
Date: 26 Aug 11 - 08:14 PM

When helping run a folk festival with musicians wandering aout looking for a session which wasn't furious Irish or not to their liking it was sugested that people find a pub and ask the landlord whether they are amenable. A list of friendly pubs in advance is useful.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 14 Sep 11 - 06:14 PM

Re my post of 31st August... I have now discovered it was The Young Uns who were running that singaround.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 05:13 PM

We have the Young Uns booked at Herga next month (24th October)!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: GUEST,John
Date: 16 Sep 11 - 11:21 AM

Just got back from holiday in Italy, so catching up on all the gossip! Just to add what a wonderful festival it was this year, highlights for us was the Wilsons on the main stage saturday 'fantastic'and Boden & Spiers, well done!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
From: Abdul The Bul Bul
Date: 20 Aug 13 - 02:35 AM

We're back to Shrewsbury this year after a few years. Whats's the likelihood of singaround sessions this year? Going on the train for the first time and don't want to lug a case around if I won't need one.
Al


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