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Folk Calender UK 2103?

Mysha 28 Dec 12 - 08:57 AM
GUEST,Peter 28 Dec 12 - 09:27 AM
GUEST,henryp 28 Dec 12 - 09:35 AM
foggers 28 Dec 12 - 10:30 AM
GUEST,Dicky boy 28 Dec 12 - 01:22 PM
Mr Happy 28 Dec 12 - 02:06 PM
foggers 28 Dec 12 - 06:53 PM
Mo the caller 29 Dec 12 - 06:36 PM
Mo the caller 29 Dec 12 - 06:47 PM
GUEST,henryp 29 Dec 12 - 08:12 PM
GUEST,Big Al Whittle 29 Dec 12 - 11:01 PM
Mysha 30 Dec 12 - 05:49 AM
Mysha 30 Dec 12 - 08:18 AM
Mo the caller 30 Dec 12 - 04:40 PM
Tattie Bogle 30 Dec 12 - 08:15 PM
Mysha 04 Jul 14 - 04:24 PM
Dennis the Elder 05 Jul 14 - 06:22 AM
Tattie Bogle 05 Jul 14 - 09:43 AM
Mysha 05 Jul 14 - 02:28 PM
ian1943 06 Jul 14 - 12:56 PM
Tattie Bogle 06 Jul 14 - 04:29 PM
GUEST,Mysha (on the road) 08 Jul 14 - 10:44 AM
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Subject: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Mysha
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:57 AM

Hi,

I was wondering: I'm trying to save enough money to be able to afford crossing the North Sea and visiting some Folk Festivals in the United Kingdom this summer. So, I see you guys speak of the Folk Calender occasionally, but is this just in the sense of the things that come to pass, or is there an actual calender somewhere that I could look at for planning the trip?

And then there are such concerns as: How to determine what festivals cost to visit, whether you can actually do any singing there, whether you can offer a hand to help them along, and whether I would be able to cycle from one festival to the next or where I would otherwise be going in between if the festivals aren't planned back to back.

But to begin with, is there such a thing as an actual Folk Calender?

Bye
                                                               Mysha


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 09:27 AM

EFDSS have published a list of 2013 festivals.

You will need to check out each festival web site individually and maybe contact the organisers of those that fit your schedule.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 09:35 AM

There is the froots (Folk Roots) Festival Directory, which is usually ready in April 2013. The 2012 may serve as a model.

The Living Tradition Festivals Listing 2012/13 is already on display;
Living Tradition


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: foggers
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 10:30 AM

Hi Mysha;have a look at those listings as they will tell you what is on and where/when. Sometimes the listings do not make clear whether it is a festival that includes sessions or not. Some of the smaller, more do-it-yourself festivals may not be on these listings.

Once you have used the listings to suss out what events may interest you,then if you want to ask UK 'Catters any more questions e.g. About getting around between festivalsm or other smaller session based events that may not be in those listings etc then just come back and ask.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: GUEST,Dicky boy
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 01:22 PM

Check out moonbeams woldtop folk festival 12th-13thjuly not far from Hull if your coming over on the ferry...


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 02:06 PM

Folk Calender UK 2103?

Are you & your family very long-lived?

I don't know how you could find out information over 90 years in the future!


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: foggers
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 06:53 PM

Hello again; Mr Happy I think we can all assume that Mysha means 2013n the year that is fast approaching. Surely no one would be planning for a trip 90 years in advance!

Dicky boy makes a good point; if you are landing at Hull and coming with bike (and tent?) Then a tour of the north-eastern parts of England is easily achievable, and further afield to depending on your budget and how long you are coming over for.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 29 Dec 12 - 06:36 PM

Most festivals offer free tickets to Stewards in return for certain number of hours work. The festival website will tell you this.
Most FOLK festivals have singarounds and music sessions, and if it is not a closed festival site these are often free. Or impromptu sessions spring up in nearby pubs.
The festival website will have details of cost, often it is cheaper if you book early.
When you find some that fit your dates do a search for e.g."Whitby festival" and go back 2 or 3 years, you will find all sorts of Mudcat advice about programme, accomodation etc. etc.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 29 Dec 12 - 06:47 PM

Actually, putting Whiby Festival into a 3 year search only gets 2 threads, putting Whitby finds over 40, and more than half of them are about some aspect of the festival week at the end of August.

What sort of festival are you looking for. I prefer Whitby because it concentrates on the traditional with workshops and opportunities to learn, dance, play, sing. Some festivals are more slanted towards concerts and 'big names'.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 29 Dec 12 - 08:12 PM

Beverley is another festival near the east coast. It will be held on 21-23 June 2013 with lots of big names.

The festival is moving to Beverley Racecourse - tickets are usually cheaper if bought in advance.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Dec 12 - 11:01 PM

I'm no expert - but I think the English summer weather is sometimes wet and horrible plus the fact that there are a lot of hills in England - i wouldn't be too sure about the cycling. Travel by motor coach is probably the cheapest way.

Where are you coming from? what sort of music do you play? is there anywhere you would really like to visit? There are folk festivals most places. And folk clubs everywhere else!


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Mysha
Date: 30 Dec 12 - 05:49 AM

Hi Mr. Happy,

That's actually a bit curious: Our paternal family is quite long lived, but in our branch my grandfather didn't live to see his son born, and my father in turn died while I was still in University.

Still, in case you misread my message, let me explain that it explicitly speaks of a trip "this summer" and a calender for planning that trip.

The 2103, of course, is there for those who can not help me but would still like to contribute to this thread. They can speculate on how much, or how little, the folk calender would change over the years, and how much folk itself would. Maybe they could even come to the same festivals I eventually pick, and there sing the songs that they wrote based on this speculation.

Bye,
                                                                Mysha


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Mysha
Date: 30 Dec 12 - 08:18 AM

Hi,

First impressions:
- There are indeed such folk calenders;
- They show "no shortage" of folk festivals;
- It's wise to check dates, as even with two calenders I find contradictions;
- Lot's of people want to help, and are way ahead of me already.

OK, to catch up with the suggestions and questions:
- I hadn't checked my exact schedule yet, but at the extreme it would be first weekend of July to first weekend of August. On vacations I usually move around with a tent and a bicycle, but since the bicycling is not the focus this time, using other affordable transport or accommodations would be OK, too. I find that in England, washing the landscape usually takes only a few hours, but the fact that the English don't iron it afterwards can indeed slow you don't a bit; I guess some 40 miles a day would be the maximum.
- Helping out, to me, is just a way to experience more of the festival, though I'm not averse to getting an occasional free ticket. In music, I prefer traditional to play the major part, but not to the point where it becomes the norm. In a festival, for me things should blend nicely: Some learning stuff, some singing-around, some concert-listening.
- I'm from Frisia, so I would probably land on the east-coast somewhere. (I wonder if anyone would know where the Anglo-Saxons landed.) Over here, I tend to sing whichever, mostly English, folk I come across. I'm not quite sure of what to sing in the British Isles, though, where most listeners would likely know such songs better than I would.
- I probably would want to go to Durham Folk Party, as I've been there before. Other than that, while I agree that there probably are folk clubs everywhere, I found in the summer you will need to know which ones are not on hiatus.

I hope I caught up with all the questions, this way. I wasn't originally asking for suggestions, but if people do have recommendations I'd be glad to hear them, as I see weekends with less than ten festivals should be considered exceptionally quiet, so some sifting will be required.

Bye
                                                                Mysha


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 30 Dec 12 - 04:40 PM

Please let us know where you decide to go. It would be nice if our paths crossed, so that I can enjoy your sense of humour in the flesh.
I wouldn't worry about singing things that are well known, festivals are as much about everyone participating in as doing something obscure.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 30 Dec 12 - 08:15 PM

if you are thinking of going to Durham (which I think is at the end of July), you might like to carry on up into Scotland: there are lots of festivals over the summer months: quite a number of them are listed in the 2013 TMSA (Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland) calendar, which is currently in preparation, but should hopefully be up on their website in the next few weeks:

http://www.tmsa.org.uk/

Most festivals include a good mix of performances, sessions and workshops so you an do a bit of everything: if you want to perform, some of them have Open Mike sessions too.
You might also find this website useful for anywhere in the UK and Ireland:
http://www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk/index.php


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2014
From: Mysha
Date: 04 Jul 14 - 04:24 PM

Hi,

Well, the thread title has gotten even more inappropriate by now, as last year, I couldn't schedule the trip around the International Vexillological Congress, so I ended up cycling around The Netherlands instead. (Literally, "around"; took all the roads closest to the border or the sea strand. [Beach? What is the difference between the two?]) So, by now you can't even find the right year by switching the digits around.

But the links still helped this year. I'm in more of a cycling mood, though, so my primary criterion now was having a string of events at cyclable distances:

* Ely Folk Festival
* Bradfield Traditional Music Weekend
* Durham Folk Party
* ---

That last one is the weekend of 2 and 3 August, where it appears nothing is organised in that area, maybe to avoid a clash with Cambridge (which itself is sold out, and therefore not an option). I'm not really sure what I'm going to do there, and am open to suggestions about it.
(I'm am open for suggestions about anything related to the area and timeframe, actually).

Whitby, though recommended, is not on my list as it's currently organised too late in the season for me. Our vacations are on a rotating roster, though, with Frisia currently on the earliest dates, so it may be that this will be doable some other time.

Bye
                                                                Mysha


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 06:22 AM

You missed the chance of seeing the Tour de France and Visiting the Cleckheaton Folk Festival, sorry I did not see your thread earlier Both start today and quite adjacent.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 09:43 AM

Well from Durham, you could possibly come on up to Edinburgh as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe starts on 1st August. This includes nightly folk music concerts in The Royal Oak pub downstairs lounge. Only £6 per ticket and you get a good 2 and half hours of entertainment. There are several other pubs nearby where folk music is the usual genre of music, and of course there are hundreds of other events on in the Fringe.
The main problem would be finding accommodation at a reasonable price as the city will be very busy - and expensive!


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Mysha
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 02:28 PM

Dennis,
I've had near-misses with the Tour de France before, but from my experience with meeting other tours, watching is very dull if you don't know what's happening, plus they tend to block routes for whole days. (The only fun part is actually watching the spectators, IMO.)
But anyway, I couldn't have gotten there earlier by bicycle.

Tattie?
I would expect the main problem with Edingburgh to be: Getting there. The only times I've been in Scotland it was around Berwick upon Tweed. Looking at the map I got the impression cycling from there to Edingburgh was going to be rather challenging for me. But if I would have nothing better to do, I could try, of course.
Then again, having only one camping site in the vicinity of the city might pose a problem as well.
But thanks for the suggestion.

Bye
                                                                Mysha


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: ian1943
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 12:56 PM

Durham Folk Party, that right old song and dance, has been on the last full weekend of July,for many years so this year it wil be on 25th, 26th and 27th July.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 04:29 PM

Hi Mysha, Yes, to cycle from Durham to Edinburgh is quite a trek! And the Mortonhall campsite is a fair way out of the city centre. Hope you find something anyway.


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: GUEST,Mysha (on the road)
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 10:44 AM

Hi,

Ian: Yes, I didn't add the dates, but the list is for three weekends in succession. See you there?

Tattie?: I don't know. I might try it anyway. I'll let you know afterwards.

Bye,
                                                               Mysha


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Subject: RE: Folk Calender UK 2103?
From: GUEST,Alan - UK Folk Music website
Date: 09 Jul 14 - 09:58 AM

We have recently launched a Folk Music Events calendar and it's FREE to add Concerts | Festival | Guest Night | Sessions

FOLK EVENTS CALENDAR


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