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2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

Bat Goddess 17 Sep 11 - 11:38 AM
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Charley Noble 24 Sep 11 - 10:49 AM
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Subject: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 11:38 AM

The schedule is up, the grid downloadable, performer bios available, etcet etcet -- PMFF

The 2011 (12th Annual) Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Folk Festival will be taking place the weekend of September 24-25 in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

We've got a great lineup -- John Roberts, Gordon Bok, Jeff Warner, Bob Webb, and many other groups and musicians.

Everything is FREE! From the kid's performance by Jeff Warner to the concert Saturday night with John and Gordon, street busking, mini-concerts and open sings...

Come and enjoy all the FREE music and have a chance to meet "famous" Mudcatters! (Sinsull, Doryman and His Mate, Curmudgeon, Bat Goddess, Jeri, Anglo, MRRyer, Peader of (formerly) Portsmouth, et al...

Linn


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 10:00 PM

It's also permitted to donate money and volunteer energy to keep this Festival alive.

And I believe Charley Noble, Emery Hutchins, Chris Maden and Alison Lee Freeman are also featured performers.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: My guru always said
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 04:53 AM

We have great memoreies of this lovely FREE festival! Do go along if you can!


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 10:46 AM

Also featured are Anabel Graetz and Deborah Goss of The Proper Ladies, Bob Stuart, Barbara Benn, the Gloucester group Knockabout, and Great Bay Sailor.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 12:33 PM

hit the performers button for a complete list of performers and biographies. Looks like a wonderful three days. I am planning on being there probably with Jqacqui in tow.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Anglo
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 02:45 AM

But who tows whom, my dears?


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 08:19 AM

Heel and tow?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 07:43 PM

Stop the toe jokes.
Today at work the sales department was moved - don't ask why. I carried all my belongings, screens, computer, phone, etc. to my new desk without a problem. Then (And I don't want to hear that I am too old to be crawling around under a desk setting up a network!) I crawled around under my desk and got everything set up. BUT as I tried to get from my knees to my feet, I pushed a bit hard with my big toe and it went "Crack!". I don't believe that it is broken but it is a lovely shade of purple and makes it impossible for me to wear shoes.
I will see what the morning brings but unless Jacqui is willing to drive me from location to location, I am walking nowhere. I see slippers in my future at work for a while.
eeing stars.
And not Maritime musicians,
SINS


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 07:54 PM

"eeing stars"
?
What, you mean PEEing stars? Ninja throwing stars? Ouch! You better be here, even if you have to sit in the same seat the whole time. Rest tonight and wake up cured.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 07:57 PM

SEEING
I hurt.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 08:30 PM

I'd like to see you here, but the first priority is to take care of yourself.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 08:38 PM

Maybe we can borrow a motorized wheelchair from Hannaford's. LOL


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Siochain
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 10:08 PM

Mary, I don't see you nearly enough - I will miss you if you can't make it. But I'll second Jeri - take care of yourself first.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: GUEST,ChanteyLass
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 01:37 AM

Ouch! I hope you filled out an accident report at work just in case it is more serious than you (and everyone else hopes


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 09:13 AM

Well, the unofficial kickoff session at The Press Room last night (regular weekly session, but with a lot of festival visitors and local and some out-of-town performers) was enjoyed by all.

Distributed the PMFF programs and performer/staff/volunteer badges, sang only one song to give more time to festival goers, and even took a few pictures. (Posted 3 at Facebook last night -- needed to get to sleep!)

It's gray, but the rain may be kept at bay today...more likely we can avoid it tomorrow. I've got my trusty sou'wester hat just in case...

Linn


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 09:33 AM

Missed it. Allergies and inertia, and I want to make sure I have a voice come Sunday and some degree of tolerance for crowds. I'll get the badge at the Press Room... if I can get into it.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 10:49 AM

Weather looks promising for today; the report says things should clear off at 12-noon sharp and be in the mid 70's. Sunday, there's a promise of lots of sunshine and a tropical 80 degrees.

We'll be prowling around about 1:30 pm, maybe look for an early seat at the Press Room.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble and JudyB


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 11:37 PM

The Press Room session was great! It was packed, but civilized enough so folks who wanted to sing got a chance. I just got home from the concert--one of the BEST EVAH! People sat in the un-folded chairs. We put out more chairs, then somebody brought in a bench, and there were STILL some folks standing! Great Bay Sailor was wonderful. I know the guys, but they sounded better than ever. (Loved 'Hartland Point!) John Roberts was his always amazing self with enormous repertoire. Gordon Bok: suede voice, kind humor, and those lovely guitars. I could have stayed all night... which I very nearly did.

There was a discussion of how to get back to the traffic circle, and something like 35 people all had different opinions. Me, I figured if I got somewhere familiar, I'd be fine. I joked that I should go out and get my bearings, then come back. I should have. 30 seconds of driving, and I knew where I was. (Didn't stop me from making a wrong turn, but I KNEW where I was.)

Peter, if you read this, you don't want to go left on Rt 1, because you'll end up in Hampton Beach or Seabrook or maybe even Massachusetts. Fine for you, sucks for everybody else.

Tomorrow's going to be a fun day. If you're close enough, you should try to get here.

(I did manage to forget two canvas chairs, but I can swing by the church. Sunday morning the should be open...(d'oh))


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 09:38 AM

Merde! Merde! Merde!!! I posted a long(ish) commentary on yesterday, and it didn't "take"! I should remember to save it to the computer or something before I hit "Submit Message"...cheap insurance.

Anyway, here goes at reconstructing it...

Despite some early confusion about where "Both Sides of the Pond" with John Roberts and Chris Maden was to take place (scheduled for the garden of the Warner House, the Discover Portsmouth Center was the rain venue and the morning had been decidedly iffy; the garden was still quite damp), we got it sorted out. Lovely hearing John and Chris trade songs accompanied by their concertinas. We even had sun and blue sky for a bit.

The Press Room open sing was spectacular! I've seen this sing even more crowded, but we seemed to find seating or standing room (seating became more fluid towards the end) for the singers. The energy and pace started strong and continued for the entire sing, making the rafters roar and rapidly moving from singer to singer around the room. I think I only sang one song ("Nine Times A Night"), so that singers from out of town could have enough turns.

Great concert despite the through-the-roof humidity and (especially after the break) steady rise in temperature. We hoped that the widely opened windows would contribute a breeze, but it couldn't make up for the number of (very warm) bodies in the hall. I heard later that the overflow crowd could hear quite well through those open windows. Fans would have been too loud -- the sound in the hall is a bit mushy at best -- soft with no edges.

Found the sign on the stage door amusing; something to the effect "Please keep door closed to keep the heat in."

Really looking forward to today's singing.

Well, here goes again -- but I've got backup this time!

Linn


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: jacqui.c
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 11:51 AM

i got there for the concert last night, leaving the invalids home.

It was definitely worth the journey - all three acts were sublime - the harmonies from Great Bay Sailor were impressive and both John and Gordon can do no wrong so far as I'm concerned.

Can't make it down there today as we are otherwise engaged.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 07:56 PM

The Festival is over. We've all packed up and wandered off to our home towns and our home beds. What a glorious weekend! From my perspective things went very smoothly, and we lucked out on weather, well maybe too hot and humid for the Saturday evening concert.

I'm a little fried now but I see that already some good folks have begun posting photos on their Facebook pages. I'll start editing Judy's pixs tomorrow and post them as an album; I know she got some nice shots.

Our abandoned cats were pleased to see us, and hadn't trashed the place in our absence. Out neighbor reported a gigantic skunk on our back porch while we were away. Fortunately our cats did not attempt to tackle it, and it failed to make it through the cat door.

Thanks to everyone who made this Festival happen.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 08:34 AM

Early reports say the festival was a resounding success.

I don't think we had any actual rain showers at all, even on Saturday (although the dampness from the humidity sort of made up for that -- Tom certainly didn't need a humidifier in his concertina case!).

I haven't yet finished IDing, let alone posting, my pictures from yesterday. (Friday and Saturday are on my Facebook page -- friend "Linn Schulz" if you want to see them -- please include your nom de Mudcat.)

In the course of an hour I went from the sublime to the ridiculous -- the absolute best venue to the hardest work of my performing career. Tom's and my spot at the Portsmouth Athenaeum was wonderful, as it usually is. The Athenaeum's acoustics are a delight, the audience attentive, the host a great and complimentary friend, and the ambiance both historic and beautiful. From there we went to nail down the sort of open sing with performers rotating through at the Rusty Hammer. Unlike other years, this year we were in competition with a LOUD crowd of football fans watching the game on three large screen TVs. Initially, we had a handful of festival goers -- and, alas, none of them joined in on choruses. It was my lone voice and Tom's concertina accompaniment until Bruce MacIntyre arrived with reinforcements and rescued us. (Bruce...any possibility of getting combat pay? Just asking...) It ended up a rousing session. Only two patrons left ("I thought we came to watch the game, not to listen to music") but we sucked in others with the music (and somebody noted that the team started winning after we started singing).

I'll probably post more this evening, but I've still got other stuff to do before I head to work.

Linn


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 08:52 AM

Just found this video (and photos and accompanying article) of the afternoon's music in Market Square -- and I'm in green in the background at the wrapup at the shanty blast --

Portsmouth Patch

Linn


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 01:07 PM

Linn-

Some nice video cuts of Great Bay Sailor, Bob Stuart and Chris Maden, and Knockabout from your above links.

I've done my first editing run of the 500 or so photos that Judy shot. There certainly are some keepers and I'll be posting them in an album on my Facebook page. I may even post a set of what I call the "Monet Effect" photos; some of them are really quite striking action shots.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 05:30 PM

Here's one set of photos as shot by Judy Barrows of the evening concert at the Baptist Church on Saturday evening: Click here for PIXS

Conditions for taking photos were not optimum.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 05:33 PM

Here's another set of photos that Judy Barrows shot at the lovely Athenaeum Hall on Saturday afternoon: Click here for PIXS

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 10:30 AM

Here's a link to what was happening at The Works venue for this Festival on Sunday afternoon, as photographed by Judy Barrows: click here for PIXS

The acoustics are quite good here, with the minor exception of when the blender is in operation.

We'll be posting some additional images of other performers at this venue later today. So check back.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 05:18 PM

I've just added photos of Chris Maden and Mark Ryer to The Works concert album. Click on the link above.

Our last set was taken at the Market Square venue, including the Final Shanty Blast. There are a lot to sift through, some nice ones of Knockabout, Great Bay Sailor, and others. But it probably be a day or so before I can edit them.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 05:35 PM

Can somebody please add USA after the title, just to help us in the UK. I thought it was in the UK. :-)


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 10:33 AM

Here's the link to what was happening at the Market Square venue starting with Knockabout: click here for PIXS

All photos were taken by Judy Barrows.

I'll be adding other groups and individual performers at this venue later.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Sep 11 - 10:04 AM

Just added some more performers to the Market Square album linked above: Bob Stuart, Barbara Benn, and Chris Maden.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Sep 11 - 01:31 PM

Just added Great Bay Sailor to the Market Square set.

Next I'll edit the Grand Finale Shanty Blast at Market Square, as a separate album.

Who was the video photographer at Market Square?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Bupkes
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 04:14 PM

Charley, the videographer Sunday afternoon was Stephan Smith. He's on Facebook, and I'll "introduce" you there.

Coming to Portsmouth tomorrow, for our 3rd Saturday Shanty session?

Marty


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 05:02 PM

Here's a link to photos taken at the Grand Finale Shanty Blast at Market Square: click here for PIXS!

Enjoy!

I could use some help identifying a few folks.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 12:15 PM

Does this clash with the Getaway in 2012?


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 12:17 PM

The one in 2011 won't.
As for 2012: did they move the Getaway to September?


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: maeve
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 02:06 PM

2012 Getaway is on:
"Friday Sept. 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM through Oct 01, 2012 at 11:00 AM
West River United Methodist Conference Center West River Conference Center (West River,MD)"
2012 Getaway travel thread


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: My guru always said
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 02:22 PM

According to this:
Portsmouth Maritime FF web-page
it does.....


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: maeve
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 02:27 PM

My guru's link leads to this:
"The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival presents traditional American and English folk music... In 2012, there are five weekends in September; our thirteenth annual festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012."


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: My guru always said
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 04:38 PM

Thanks Maeve!


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 07:23 PM

The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival is ALWAYS the last FULL weekend in September. So for 2012 (our 13th annual) it will be September 29 & 30, with the Friday, September 28th Press Room session as an unofficial opening session.

Why is the Getaway so early this year?

Linn


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 08:45 AM

I think this was also their traditional date but they lost it when they changed sites. I may be wrong.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Sep 12 - 09:10 AM

Here's a fresh link to the 2012 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival (NH): Click here for Performers

I note that Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat from the Pacific Northwest will be featured this year.

I sure hate to miss this Festival but I'll be far south at the Getaway.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 01 Sep 12 - 09:05 PM

Lots of good people there!

I'll be in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: 2011 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 02 Sep 12 - 05:50 AM

Clicked on here thinking, wow! a British maritime festival still running! But then reading first post discovered it's t'other side of pond.


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