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Tenterden 2011

Richard Bridge 03 Oct 11 - 03:38 PM
The Barden of England 03 Oct 11 - 04:28 PM
The Sandman 04 Oct 11 - 12:53 PM
The Sandman 04 Oct 11 - 01:35 PM
Vic Smith 04 Oct 11 - 05:16 PM
G-Force 05 Oct 11 - 02:05 PM
The Sandman 05 Oct 11 - 02:19 PM
Richard Bridge 05 Oct 11 - 03:50 PM
treewind 05 Oct 11 - 05:19 PM
Vic Smith 06 Oct 11 - 10:04 AM
Richard Bridge 06 Oct 11 - 10:55 AM
Vic Smith 06 Oct 11 - 11:15 AM
Richard Bridge 06 Oct 11 - 11:21 AM
The Sandman 06 Oct 11 - 12:50 PM
TheSnail 06 Oct 11 - 01:10 PM
Richard Bridge 06 Oct 11 - 01:19 PM
Bonzo3legs 06 Oct 11 - 04:29 PM
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Subject: Tenterden 2011
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 03:38 PM

Was there really no Tenterden 2011 thread?

Thank you Alan Castle - a wonderful 4 days.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: The Barden of England
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 04:28 PM

You are absolutely right Richard. I had a superb time and I too thank Alan Castle, the committee and volunteers for a splendid time. Perhaps there will be a thread for next year which runs from Thursday 4th. October to Sunday 7th October 2012.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 12:53 PM

I was not there , but thankyou anyway


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 01:35 PM

Perhaps there will be a thread for next year which runs from Thursday 4th. October to Sunday 7th October 2012
possibly, if i get booked, as i tend to publicise events i am playing at, i think i publicised it last year.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Vic Smith
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 05:16 PM

See quite a number of photos from the weekend by clicking here


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: G-Force
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 02:05 PM

May I just mention the Saturday lunchtime tune session. We look forward to this very much and make a big effort to be there every year. But please, organisers, don't get a band in to run it. They were very good but seemed to major on playing their own, less well known tunes, rather than encouraging offerings from players of all abilities. (I also noticed them selling their tune books as they left.)

I watched quite a few musicians who walked out after a while looking disappointed, obviously unable to cope with so many tunes they had never heard before. Not everyone can pick up music in an instant. New material is great and can be inspirational, but there should be something for everyone. This is what has always made the Tenterden sessions so special.

I'm sure there were other sessions during the weekend that were wonderful but sadly we couldn't make them.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 02:19 PM

which band were doing the saturday lunchtime session?


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 03:50 PM

That applies by reflection I think to the Saturday night session when that or another band got a paid gig and John Barden and I and other singers were drafted in - not a plan: Only instruments can compete with the Saturday night crowd (pass the bombarde, please... or the trombone or cornet...). Oh, or the late Dave Bryant, maybe, whose voice was almost a WMD.   

We might have been able to do the lunchtime slot more successfully than the evening, but the band had taken that in exchange for the evening.

If JB had still done the lunchtime he is scrupulous about maintaining a mixed session with opportunities for everyone.

But it was still a WONDERFUL weekend.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: treewind
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 05:19 PM

The band in question was English Rebellion, in which I play. As a band we were mainly booked for the Friday night ceilidh. Two other members of the band, Nick and Mary Barber, had to leave on Saturday afternoon because of (unpaid, I think) commitments at home - they never expected to be staying for the whole weekend but it was too late to get the programme changed, hence swapping the evening session with JB. Mary (Humphreys) and I could have done the evening session by ourselves, but we were in a concert at the club so we couldn't do both. And yes, I know JB did try his best to be in two places at once... not for us, and anyway that's how Alan chose to rearrange things.

I am sorry if the session put people off - that may be so for some but it was quite full anyway, and on Sunday lunchtime Valmai and Brian were running a much more explicitly all-inclusive session but there was hardly anyone there.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Vic Smith
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 10:04 AM

Poor old Pip Ives was working all the daytimes on a music stall and was relishing the prospect of great evening sessions in the Lion - which he said did not happen this year.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 10:55 AM

Pip was in on Saturday night (I'm almost sure it was Saturday) and gave us at least two great sets of tunes, but you are right Vic that there were not many other tunesters, his flautist I think felt herself too inaudible to play, the tasteful player with the Fylde bouzouki also feeling he could not cut through the background noise, and the fiddler trying to alternate with the Irish set over the road in the Vine reporting that there were only very few over there too.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Vic Smith
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 11:15 AM

It was very crowded and very noisy inside and outside the Lion all weekend. The amazingly high temperature brought out a lot of thirsty drinkers. At no stage did we try to join a session there this year - and that's where the best sessions usually are.
Of course, the loss of "The Woolpack" - just over the road - to refurbishment this year meant that the "White Lion" was that much more crowded with folkies and with regular drinkers.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 11:21 AM

The Lion admitted to taking more on Saturday than at any other Folk doings ever. And the impromptu concert by Kimbers' Men in the street (not on the Lion's licensed premises, see) afterwards on Friday night was fabulous.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 12:50 PM

Kimbers men , is that the group Joe Stead sings with?
Vic could you give up ,on the blue , it hurts my eyes


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: TheSnail
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 01:10 PM

Our Sunday lunchtime session was, indeed, quiet and much enhanced by the presence of Mary and Anahata. We like to make sure everyone gets a chance to lead something, even the most diffident.

Ironically, I think that just as Tenterden suffered from the terrible weather last year, it suffered from the good weather this year. The whole pub was quiet. Alan said he'd never seen the town so empty on a Sunday. Perhaps everyone had headed for the beach.

Bryan


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 01:19 PM

Yes Dick


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 04:29 PM

We just wanted to see Blair Dunlop and Ashley Hutchings but were unable to go, so we will see them at Hastings.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: Vic Smith
Date: 07 Oct 11 - 07:27 AM

Bryan Creer wrote:-
Ironically, I think that just as Tenterden suffered from the terrible weather last year, it suffered from the good weather this year. The whole pub was quiet. Alan said he'd never seen the town so empty on a Sunday.


We ran the Showcase Marquee on the Sunday from 10 - 4pm. It was pretty quiet when we performed our "graveyard spot" from 10 - 10.45 on Sunday morning by 12 there were sizeable numbers there for the rest of the time; all the chairs in the marquee taken and more sitting or laying outside listening to the music in the bright sunshine.


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Subject: RE: Tenterden 2011
From: TheSnail
Date: 07 Oct 11 - 07:36 AM

So that's where they all were...

See you this evening.




(Agree with Dick about the blue.)


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