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newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival

Tattie Bogle 30 Jun 10 - 07:45 PM
Leadfingers 30 Jun 10 - 07:35 PM
Tug the Cox 30 Jun 10 - 07:28 PM
JohnB 30 Jun 10 - 07:15 PM
Noreen 30 Jun 10 - 07:01 PM
Ruth Archer 30 Jun 10 - 06:38 PM
Cllr 30 Jun 10 - 06:11 PM
Cllr 30 Jun 10 - 06:09 PM
John J 30 Jun 10 - 12:47 PM
Steve Hunt 30 Jun 10 - 12:45 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 30 Jun 10 - 12:42 PM
Leadfingers 30 Jun 10 - 12:34 PM
Ruth Archer 30 Jun 10 - 12:14 PM
Ruth Archer 30 Jun 10 - 12:11 PM
Richard Bridge 30 Jun 10 - 11:56 AM
Leadfingers 30 Jun 10 - 11:46 AM
Ruth Archer 30 Jun 10 - 11:43 AM
Leadfingers 30 Jun 10 - 11:29 AM
Richard Bridge 30 Jun 10 - 11:18 AM
Dave Earl 30 Jun 10 - 11:07 AM
Cllr 30 Jun 10 - 10:54 AM
Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 30 Jun 10 - 10:40 AM
Leadfingers 30 Jun 10 - 10:07 AM
Cllr 30 Jun 10 - 10:01 AM
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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 07:45 PM

The "working programme" is an essential, from which your friends should be able to find out when/where all the dancey things are on, if not any single malt tastings. It takes a lot of trawling through (usually 700+ items!) but does list things in chronological order, but I usually maage to go through it and mark things with pink asterisks!
Ruth, I can't see any ref on the website to a working programme this year: please tell me there IS going to be one!
And on the Fringe, there's the "Herbaceous Border" with daily dancing/playing on the prom, which Morrisy folk must not miss!


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 07:35 PM

How did I miss The Irish Tune in the Anchor bar ?? and there is that Rabble in the Middle bar Upstairs ! Sorry lads !!(And Lasses)


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 07:28 PM

Yeh, Terry, you miserable old scroat....why leave the Middle bar out of the fringe...I've seen you there, at least at reunions. Newt should come with a 'Henry VIII' warning! I know you didn't claim to be defitive, but the Middle bar has been a fixture for longer than anything on your list.


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: JohnB
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 07:15 PM

Which side are they with, I may know sowm of them if they have been to Canada.
Jack n the Green from New Hampshire are also planning to be there.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Noreen
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 07:01 PM

I see a pattern emerging there, Mike!


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 06:38 PM

lots of good dance workshops and displays this year, Mike. They might enjoy that.


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Cllr
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 06:11 PM

The americans sing, dance- most are in a morris side from Boston, and drink scotch and some play instruments as well. not while drinking scotch though...


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Cllr
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 06:09 PM

see my list of unmissable is
Middle bar pub crawl wednesday before festival starts lots of pubs ending in middle bar
opening night Friday middle bar Anchor pub
Saturday (black tot 40th anniversary) anchor TBC poss in middle bar Anchor pub
Tuesday Shanty session Middle bar Anchor and away team (see other thread)
Thursday sillier song session followed by sing in the sea starts middle bar Anchor
Thursday (cont) Doom gloom and despondancy session - not in middle bar
Friday afternoon not the ceilidh in the ford
Friday night Parade then returning to middle bar and up to LNE

hmmm i see a theme in my unmissable list...
Cllr


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: John J
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 12:47 PM

Have they got festival tickets or are they doing the fringe?

JJ


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Steve Hunt
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 12:45 PM

Martin Simpson Band + Nancy Kerr & James Fagan will be definitely "a good 'un," of epic proportions, and I would also advise your friends to go and see Nancy Wallace.


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 12:42 PM

I think the festival has a website somewhere ... :-) probably lots about the festival on there :-)
Derek


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 12:34 PM

Thanks for that Ruth - And I was leaving the Official side to those who know - as you are aware I am ONLY a Fringe man .
There will no doubt be other sessions - It seems if two or three people go into a quiet pub in Sidmouth and ask politely they will be made welcome , if not actually plied with ale !
And any corrections to my list are welcome - Its purely my own perception of what goes on .


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 12:14 PM

I think you'll find that those "VERY competent young musicians" more or less abandoned The Ship to start the session at the Tudor, because the landlords offered them free beer (and possibly food) to sit and play all afternoon. Nice work if you can get it!


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 12:11 PM

"Leaving the 'Official' programme to one side"

Well, as these threads get taken over a bit by a few people whose primary interest is the fringe, thereby becoming a bit irrelevant to anyone else, I hope you'll indulge me the odd intervention... :)

Mike's friends are over from America, and I'm sure they (and anyone else coming to the festival for the first time) would want a good balance of information about both the fringe and the "official" programme.


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 11:56 AM

That's a useful list Terry, but certainly on the opening Friday last year I as a virgin found the Bedford was only mildly squeezy.

First Saturday afternoon last year the back bar of the Swan got very Americana-contemporary-song.


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 11:46 AM

Leaving the 'Official' programme to one side here's a few 'Fringe' events that I imagine will be going on this year ! And I DONT Claim this as THE Definitive list !

The Radway - The English Tune for the whole festival , very little singing (If ANY)

The Volunteer - Leaning VERY Hard on 'The Tradition' - Lots of song and a fair few Intruments

The Bedford - Mixed session in the Main Bar , with a tendency to Morris Tunes and Melodions - Old Timey in the Other bar - All sorts of 'Good Old Boys' and variuos smaller things as well as Official events .

The Swan - Mixed Sessions , mostly in the garden if the weather is permitting !

The Newt - IF you can find it - Mixed session all week (On the programme as 'Gerry Milne and friends' I think . Dancers from York Steps lable to take refuge there if it rains !

The Faulkner - Singaround format , some tunes , all sorts of song .

The Tudor Rose - Another mixed session

The Ship - Seems to have been taken over by a lot of VERY competent younger musicians of late !

And the Yacht Club has a a varied selection of music too !


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 11:43 AM

Anyone mind if I jump in...?

If it were me, these are the things I wouldn't want to miss:

Cordelia's Dad reunion
In Search of Nic Jones
Andy Cutting and Friends
Roy Bailey's Peace Concert
Bagpuss (performance and workshop)
Silent Disco & Ceilidh
NuCeilidh at the Blackmore
Blowzabella
The new folk quiz, Never Mind the Bandoggs
The Anne & Frank Warner Collection, presented by Jeff Warner, special guest Tim Eriksen
The Global Local/World on Your Doorstep concerts in the Methodist Church
Tim Eriksen's Shape Note workshop
John Howson's Sidmouth Traditions concerts, especially Travelling People on Sunday (featuring the Leggs, the Orchards, Sheila Stewart and Thomas McCarthy)
Sara Grey's 70th Birthday concert
Alistair Anderson's Steel Skies workshop series
Taffy Thomas's new story cycle about Rosslyn Chapel

How's that to be going on with...?


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 11:29 AM

Thats a good point Mike ,but to follow on from Richard's comment do they want to Participate or just listen , and then , what sort of thing ?
A Dancer would not want to spend all their time in he Bedford , the Newt or the Radway , and an Irish Box Player would not fit in the Radway very well either . And a Dylan fan would feel somewhat out of place in the Volunteer !


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 11:18 AM

As a virgin last year I found surely all they need is a map with the relevant pub/hotel locations and a list of what pub does what. Or do they want to sit and listen?


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Dave Earl
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 11:07 AM

Send 'em to the Box Office for info on events and tickets.

Individuals therein are the fond of all wisdom doanchano.

Dave


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Cllr
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 10:54 AM

leadfingers, ahh but a different perspective is always useful..


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 10:40 AM

Good idea for a thread. There are other newbs going this year too..


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Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 10:07 AM

Mike - I would have thought you knew enough about it to give any pointers that were needed !


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Subject: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: Cllr
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 10:01 AM

Some friends are coming over from the States (they are folkies) and they are staying with me for the folk festival. One of them asked if there was a newbie guide to Sidmouth. Hmmmm i thought i havn't seen one so lets throw it open to Mudcat.
Also perhaps including a series of not to be missed things for this year.
Not long now... Cllr


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