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Subject: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 08 Jan 14 - 12:26 PM

MOONBEAMS MARCH FOLK WEEKEND!

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th March 2014

Held at The Bell Hotel, Driffield, East Yorkshire

Once again Moonbeams will be taking over the Bell Hotel in Driffield on the evening of Friday 7th & ALL DAY Saturday 8th March 2014 for a 'Winter Gathering' of folk concerts in its function rooms (Town Hall and Maple Room) plus singarounds and sessions in the bar.

Here is the impressive line up of artists for this very special weekend!

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston * The Young Un's * Ewan McLennan * NE3Folk * Boss Caine * Wendy Arrowsmith * Kirsty Bromley * Nick Rooke Band * Carol Henderson * Dan Wilde * Edwina Hayes * Hissyfit * Andy Stones

An adult ticket to cover ALL the events on both days is incredible value at only £30!

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION DEAL

The 18th Century listed hotel is offering a 2 night break deal with the choice of booking a superior or standard room. Booking rooms also entitles guests to its great leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Remaining rooms are available at £ 180 (per room for 2 people for 2 nights B&B) or £150 (single room 2 nights B&B) please contact the hotel for more details tel 01377 256661. We advise early booking as there are not many rooms left!

THE HOTEL BAR

The Hotel oak panelled bar will be offering 'Moonbeams' deals on their lovely bar meals. As well as Wold Top Ales – the bar boasts a stunning collection of over 300 single malt whiskies! Several informal sessions are planned for the bar in between the concert room events, and there are lots of nooks and crannies in the hotel walkways into which to retreat for a quiet coffee or drink to suit!

CAMPING

Camping is available at the Driffield Showground which is situated approx one mile away with toilets and showers on site. Camping is priced at £7.50 per unit, per night.

PARKING

There is limited parking at the back of the Bell Hotel-otherwise there are public car-parks nearby.


TICKETS

Tickets available from www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk

Weekend Tickets - entry to all concerts* - Friday 7th & Saturday 8th March 2014

£30 Adult
£15 Youth (12 - 17 years)
£10 Child (under 12 years)

Camping - @ The Driffield Showground (approx 1 mile from venue)

£7.50 Friday Night Camping (per unit)
£7.50 Saturday Night Camping (per unit)

£1.50 Booking Fee (tickets will be posted out before the event)


For any more information contact Leila : moonbeamsacoustic@hotmail.com / 07810 831317


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 14 Jan 14 - 11:10 AM

Refresh! :-)


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Mr Happy
Date: 15 Jan 14 - 04:24 AM

Here's a link to your other thread thread.cfm?threadid=153303&messages=3#3588981


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 05 Feb 14 - 04:01 AM

Steve Tilston is a BBC Award winner and one of this country's greatest song-writers with many of his songs considered modern folk-song classics.... and I am so pleased to announce that he will be performing at the Moonbeams March Folk Weekend!


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 05 Feb 14 - 04:03 AM

To complete our Line Up...
We are very pleased to announce that the wonderful Ewan McLennan will be performing at the Moonbeams March Folk weekend!


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 05 Feb 14 - 04:11 AM

Friday and Saturday tickets are now available for Moonbeams March Folk Weekend!

Friday 7th - £15 and Saturday 8th - £22.50

Tickets available from Moonbeams Events

Moonbeams March Folk Weekend Facebook Page


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Feb 14 - 06:07 AM

Sounds lots of fun but a bit far to go from an ME3 postcode.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 07:28 AM

Camping is available for this event, at the Driffield Showground.
£7.50 per night, per unit! Showers and toilets on site.. and the famous Farmers Market will be there Saturday morning!
Event tickets and Camping Passes are available from...
Moonbeams Events


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 17 Feb 14 - 09:03 AM

Friday 7th March
Session in the Bar from 4pm
Town Hall                                        Maple Room
Doors at 6.00pm                                Doors at 7.00pm
6.30                 Kirsty Bromley                        7.30                 Miranda & Rex
7.30                Steve Tilston                        8.30                Andy Stones
8.30                Hissyfit                                9.30                Steve Tilston
9.30                Miranda & Rex                        10.30                Nick Rooke Band

Saturday 8th March
Sing-around in the bar 10am – 11.30am
Town Hall                               Maple Room

Doors at 11.30am                        Doors at 11.30am

12.00        Wendy Arrowsmith12.00                Kirsty Bromley
1.00        Dan Wilde        1.00                Ewan McLennan
2.00        Carol Henderson        2.00                Edwina Hayes
3.00        The Young Un's        3.00                NE3Folk

Afternoon Break with Sessions in the Bar

Doors at 7.00pm                                Doors at 6.00pm

7.30        Edwina Hayes         6.30                Hissyfit
8.30        NE3Folk                7.30                Dan Wilde
9.30        Ewan McLennan        8.30                Wendy Arrowsmith
10.45        Nick Rooke Band        9.30                The Young Un's

Farewell Sunday morning sing-around in the bar 10am – 12.00


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 17 Feb 14 - 09:09 AM

Oh dear... I wasn't drunk when I posted the above..but it just seems to have gone a bit squif..

Hopefully you can make out the timings.. :-)


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 17 Feb 14 - 09:24 PM

Well its not far away and there are some decent performers.

Pity there is not a lot of folk music.

Seems to be mostly (half decent) singer songwriters or of that ilk.

Think I'll keep me money in me pocket.

Best of luck


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Dicky boy
Date: 20 Feb 14 - 08:36 AM

refresh.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 20 Feb 14 - 05:15 PM

eh?? Steve Tilston and Ewan McLennan Half decent?????

.... and what is not folky??


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 21 Feb 14 - 11:35 AM

Well I suppose none of them are horses!


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Dicky boy
Date: 21 Feb 14 - 01:02 PM

Dont take the bait leila!!.No wonder mudcat is not been used as it once was..


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 21 Feb 14 - 08:51 PM

Well dicky boy I would love mudcat to get back to being (that's the proper spelling by the way) used at it once was.

Unfortunately it has been taken over by self publicists and saddos.

I see there is a thread about BB King at the moment.

Now I admire the man greatly and his music but would respectfully suggest it has no relevance on this platform.

And as for people singing Hearbreak Hotel at the "Folk Awards"!!!


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Anonymouse
Date: 22 Feb 14 - 04:20 AM

would like to say that you do an amazing job organising with your weekends, your stage at Beverley and the summer festival! You obviously have some great contacts, a reputation to book some great acts and bring them to East Yorkshire for a modest price. No one can judge you on this!

I'm afraid what is up for debate is what is considered as "folk" at your events. You do have some artists that respect and appreciate the British folk tradition. Although they may not be simply regurgitating songs and tunes of the past, they are heavily influenced by them, and/or rework traditional material for modern audiences. Some acts that you have supported do this superbly, although quite different, are The Young Uns, Blackbeard's Teaparty, Lau, The Mighty Doonans, Duncan McFarlane Band and Show Of Hands.

However, something that has been observed in your artist line ups is the contemporary singer-songwriter which is what the comment above highlights. Although there is nothing wrong with this, they do feature regularly and quite prominently at Moonbeams. They are not particularly folk influenced and some acts that have performed have been country, blues and occasionally jazz which therefore makes the "folk weekend/festival" somewhat deceiving.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 23 Feb 14 - 03:50 PM

Aarrrrr.. Hello Again!

I am very proud of my Country Blues World Celtic FOLK Music Festival....

as for deceiving.. I do advertise my line up for all to see! :-)


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Gerry McNeice
Date: 23 Feb 14 - 04:08 PM

Anonymous guest! What a surprise. And a spelling pedant!

Before I say anything I shouldn't, I'm outta here


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 23 Feb 14 - 07:30 PM

So what is wrong with caring about the English language?


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Michael
Date: 24 Feb 14 - 05:30 AM

There's nothing wrong with caring about the use of any language. The objection is to opening your gob when you've nowt worth saying.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 24 Feb 14 - 06:36 AM

Touché


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 24 Feb 14 - 06:58 AM

Only a couple of rooms left at our lovely venue The Bell Hotel in Driffield...

The 18th Century listed hotel is offering a 2 night Moonbeams break deal with the choice of booking a superior or standard room. Booking rooms also entitles guests to its great leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym.
Remaining rooms are available at £ 180 (per room for 2 people for 2 nights B&B) or £150 (single room 2 nights B&B)

Book Now! Tel: 01377 256661

(Festival tickets to be purchased separately)

In the 'Capital of the Wolds' lies a tastefully furnished 18th Century building full of antiques, fine arts and wonderful memories of days (and stays) gone by.. The Bell in Driffield. Elegance is everything to us, and our tardis-like, 16-room accommodation means we're as big on comfort as we are on customer service! Our elegant oak panelled dining room is the perfect place to enjoy fine dining, while the Oak Bar will top up your tipples on request, whether you fancy a dram from the whiskey (whisky if Scottish - please check) menu featuring 300 malts or a hand-pulled Wold Top ale. As far as warming up and winding down is concerned, we're proud to offer our hotel guests an unrivalled range of leisure facilities, including a superspa, floatation tank, indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, full Nautilus gym, holistic Beauty Salon, squash court and snooker room.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 24 Feb 14 - 01:15 PM

Here are a few words on the wonderful artists performing at the Moonbeams March FOLK Weekend!

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston
Miranda and Rex have emerged to become one of the most sought-after duos on the English folk and roots scene. The striking combination of the flame-headed double bass player and virtuoso mandolin player have been described as 'Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!' (Folk Roots).
Well known for the last eight years as a central component of Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite and spine-tingling voice, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing style, has built a reputation as one of the finest mandolin players in the UK. With Show of Hands off the road for a year, the duo are embarking on an extensive tour of the British Isles in support of their new CD 'Sing A Full Song'.

Edwina Hayes
Edwina Hayes numbers Mike Harding, Chris While and Julie Matthews among her fans. Her beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk music. The 2014 Wintour support act for Fairport Convention, the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England' and her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper which has since had over six million plays on You Tube.
As well as touring all over the UK and beyond playing her own gigs, Edwina has in the past twelve months supported Martin Simpson, Vin Garbutt, Barbara Dickson, Phil Beer and Ralph McTell and will be touring Europe in 2015 with Kenny Spiers and Realtime.

Steve Tilston
Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths; widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music: the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.
The writer of the classic songs The Slipjigs and Reels, Here's to Tom Paine and The Naked Highwayman, has turned author. Steve has recently published his first novel – full of colourful characters All for Poor Jack is an historical tale set in Bristol and the New World and it's a mighty good read and has been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan no less!

Ewan McLennan
Winner of several awards including the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award. Ewan McLennan is an emerging folk artist that has been making headlines. His music combines traditional folk, with an inevitable focus on the music of Scotland, as well as his own self-penned songs that are receiving critical acclaim in their own right. BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding has said of Ewan, 'he sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he's terrific!'. His guitar playing, described as 'stunning' , is influenced by the rigour and technique from his years of studying classical guitar, while retaining a unique and compelling sound in which his immersion in folk music is evident.

The Young Uns
With bags of charm, talent, and an abiding enthusiasm for traditional song, The Young Uns are making a big impact on the UK folk scene. Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes bring freshness and dynamism to their arrangements of close harmony songs, both with and without accompaniment. Everything from traditional sea and working songs to more recent compositions is present in their repertoire, and is delivered with originality and flair.

Dan Wilde
Dan Wilde is an emerging singer songwriter whose lyrics have been described as "deeply personal, introspective but also engrossing and charismatic" (Folkwords). For over 5 years Cambridge-based Dan has been performing his own brand of richly observed folk all over the UK while also developing his reputation abroad.
His second album 'Fire In Mind' was released in 2013.

NE3Folk
NE3Folk are a band on a mission. Chris, Cathy and Victoria have been playing together for the past 3 years and in this time have toured Norway twice, made a big impression on the festival scene and have been working hard this winter to produce their debut album "Show us Your Reds". The music they produce is an intriguing mix of self penned music and modern interpretations of traditional tunes. The complex and intertwining arrangements have been described as intelligent and beautiful; a band guaranteed to give a dynamic performance.

Hissyfit
Linda Kelly and Hazel Richings are a close harmony duo who met in Beverley at the beginning of the century! Linda, from the Midlands and Hazel from Central Scotland, enjoy every opportunity to sing. Linda has written many songs, some inspired by the demise of the East Coast fishing industry and related tales and Hazel has added her deep harmony. After singing a capella at the White Horse Folk Club in Beverley and visiting Warwick Folk Festival they've been invited all across England to Festivals.. and to Folk clubs in Chichester, London, Birmingham, Teeside and Devon, up to Edinburgh, as well as the Shanty UK Easter festival at Ellesmere Port. With 3 CDs and a variety of traditional, original and contemporary songs their ever-growing repertoire is delivered with their uniquely blending voices.

Wendy Arrowsmith
Wendy was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has been singing all her life.
She has been performing on the folk music scene in North Yorkshire since 2007, but is now recognised across the UK as a talented songwriter and interpreter of traditional folk song. She plays guitar, mandolin, accordion, whistles and bodhran (tho' not simultaneously!) She has won songwriting competitions at Saltburn 2007, Scarborough Seafest 2008, Ryedale Folk Festival 2009. She released her 3rd CD "Life, Love & Chocolate" in May 2011 to great reviews. Wendy also does singing workshops with children in schools and at festivals using the Kodaly concept of promoting musicality in children using familiar folksongs and playground chants.

Kirsty Bromley
Kirsty Bromley is a singer, dancer, teacher and performer of folk music within the English tradition.
She has been in choirs & musical ensembles from a very early age and much of her formative years involved immersion in the Brass Band tradition. This enabled her to make the transition to the 'other' English tradition, a journey which has been rich, eventful and which continues to challenge her. In 2010, drawing on her considerable musical experience, Kirsty recorded trumpet & backing vocals on Pete Coe's album 'Back Bone' performing along side Chris Coe, Jon Loomes, Michael Beeke and John Adams. She also played with Eliza Carthy, Doug Oates, Matt Quinn, Tom Wright, Dogan Mehmet and Nigel Holmes in the Eliza Carthy Motown Ceilidh Band at Whitby Folk Week in 2010 and Sidmouth Folk Week 2011.

Nick Rooke Band
Nick's musical roots are in the Irish and American folk traditions, and these influences are clearly apparent in his original songs. He and his band seamlessly blend these elements with a 'rock' feel and vigour, resulting in a high energy, infectious performance that always leaves the crowd wanting more.
"Nick is clearly a musician with talent to spare"   PLAYMUSIC MAGAZINE
"Nick's greatest gift as a songwriter is his ability to create the unexpected"   AMERICANA UK

Andy Stones
Andy Stones is a singer songwriter originally from York, but now living in the East Riding. Best known for his intricate yet melodic guitar playing, and soulful lyrics, Andy has made numerous appearances at various Folk Festivals around the region. He takes his influences from the likes of Paul Simon, Clive Gregson, John Martyn and Suzanne Vega and has just finished recording a new three track EP which will go on sale at Moonbeams on Friday 7th March.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Mrs Banjiman
Date: 24 Feb 14 - 04:25 PM

I am definitely a folksinger.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 24 Feb 14 - 09:22 PM

So from a guest list of twelve acts only two would appear to put most of their emphasis on traditional folk music.

Hardly what most dyed in the wool folkies would call a folk festival.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Mrs Banjiman
Date: 25 Feb 14 - 03:26 AM

Just because a song isn't an anonymous ballad or a shanty doesn't mean it isn't rooted in the folk tradition! Where else would you categorise songs about the demise of the fishing industry for example or about civil unrest if not in the category "folk"? Folk music is a broad church which accommodates a wide variety. And, for me, that's one of the reasons why I love being part of it.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 25 Feb 14 - 06:10 AM

most dyed in the wool folkies go to the same events year on year watching the same acts performing the same songs i dont think they'll be persuaded to go anywhere else so the whole argument is pointless unneccesary and just an example of bigoted attitudes..... btw I can't imagine the furore if Seikou Keita had performed ( he was nominated ) at the Folk awards.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,anon x
Date: 26 Feb 14 - 10:06 AM

Mudtwat.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 27 Feb 14 - 05:03 AM

I agree with almost everyone... meaning everyone's probably about to hate me!

Firstly, some people really like traditional songs and find that they don't feel the same about (almost) any other kind of music. And events labelled 'folk' are just about the only kind of events where you can rely on hearing (and singing) traditional songs - so it's understandable if somebody gets a bit narky when a 'folk' event seems to be mostly non-traditional. Personally I'd travel quite a long way for a weekend with the Young 'uns; I wouldn't go half a mile for some of the others on the bill - just not my taste at all. Having said that,

Secondly, it's a bit lacking in manners to express that narkiness on the thread promoting the event, particularly anonymously.

Thirdly - taking up Mrs B's point above (who can it be lurking behind that mysterious pseudonym?) - I did say 'almost' any other kind of music, and I do think that some contemporary songs ring the 'folk' bell loud and clear: they "work" for me in pretty much the same way that traditional songs so often work. But we wouldn't agree on which ones. Speaking personally, an evening of traditional plus songs by MacColl, Tawney and Bellamy would fly by; an evening of traditional plus Jez Lowe, Harvey Andrews and Graeme Miles would have me leaving early. Perfectly good songs, they just don't do that thing... for me. So I find it's the best policy to stick to people who seem to be rooted in traditional song, even if it's not what they sing absolutely all the time. Having said that,

Fourthly, saying that Steve Tilston (for example) is "not folk" is a complete waste of time; the guy's been working in what's generally recognised as the folk area for forty years, for goodness' sake. I used to think it was worth banging the "folk means traditional" drum (along with various other ritual practices, e.g. throwing darts at a picture of Ade Edmondson), just to nudge the consensus my way a bit, but I've come to the conclusion that the "it's not folk" ship has well and truly sailed. And besides, some non-traditional songs are pretty damn good - Peter Bellamy's last release included six of them (including one by Steve Tilston).


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 27 Feb 14 - 09:06 PM

I must agree with just about everything Phil Edwards has written above.

The only issue I might have is to paraphrase the expression "that for evil to occur then it only needs good men to do nothing."

If no one ever challenges what people are promoting / latching onto as folk then the tradition will largely disappear. That in itself might well be a good thing in the short term - at least it will not be sullied by the self seekers.

I am greatly concerned that Whitby Folk Week which was for many years considered a bastion of traditional music is slowly descending into the lowest common denominator that is the music industry.

There are some very strange names on the guest list this year which I would respectfully suggest are not worthy of an event which had an international reputation for presenting the very best of traditional music.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 28 Feb 14 - 03:26 AM

If no one ever challenges what people are promoting / latching onto as folk then the tradition will largely disappear.

I worry about that, obviously, but I don't think it's a real danger. It's all Marlings and Lakemen and Ukulele Orchestras for a few years, then along comes a Young 'Uns or an A Folk Song A Day (and I myself moaned about the song selection on that, but it was about 4/5 traditional by the end).

"I got disillusioned about the 'movement' aspect of it, as time went by, even more so now, when I see how many professional folk singers have all but expunged all traces of traditional repertoire from their own repertoires. I've appeared at festivals where the only traditional songs in the entire weekend were performed by me in my few sets. The situation isn't much different in America. I heard that self-same complaint from a number of people that it's the professionals who are abandoning folk music. But folk music's alive and well among the audience, who are making their own music too. That's certainly true of England. And maybe that's exactly right and proper. Where is folk music? It's alive and well among real people who do real jobs, not to travel around the country with a concertina in their luggage."

A hero of mine said that in 1990 - which, alas, was before I'd even got into folk music. The music was still there when I started taking an interest & I think it'll be there for the next lot of people who want to pick up the torch.

Ceterum censeo the Bad Shepherds delenda est.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Monologue Man
Date: 28 Feb 14 - 04:38 AM

Guest Guest, whoever he or she might be, appears to miss the key issue.

All of us are free to choose what type of folk we prefer, the places where we like to listen to it and if a performer, at any level of ability, where we choose to perform.

Please accept that no one type of folk suits everybody and no venue or festival is the place where everybody will choose to go.

You do what you like doing and leave the rest to enjoy what we prefer.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 28 Feb 14 - 05:52 AM

MOONBEAMS MARCH FOLK WEEKEND

Come and join us for this Moonbeams Winter Gathering!

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th March 2014

Held at The Bell Hotel, Driffield, East Yorkshire

Once again Moonbeams will be taking over the Bell Hotel in Driffield on the evening of Friday 7th & ALL DAY Saturday 8th March 2014 for a 'Winter Gathering' of folk concerts in its function rooms (Town Hall and Maple Room) plus sing-arounds and sessions in the bar.

Here is the impressive line up of artists for this very special weekend!

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston * Steve Tilston * The Young Un's * Ewan McLennan NE3Folk * Wendy Arrowsmith * Kirsty Bromley * Nick Rooke Band
Carol Henderson * Dan Wilde * Edwina Hayes * Hissyfit * Andy Stones

An adult ticket to cover ALL the events on both days is incredible value at only £30!

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION DEAL

The 18th Century listed hotel is offering a 2 night break deal with the choice of booking a superior or standard room. Booking rooms also entitles guests to its great leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Remaining rooms are available at £ 180 (per room for 2 people for 2 nights B&B) or £150 (single room 2 nights B&B) please contact the hotel for more details telephone 01377 256661.. Book now as I do believe there is only a couple of rooms left!

THE HOTEL BAR

The Hotel oak panelled bar will be offering 'Moonbeams' deals on their lovely bar meals. As well as Wold Top Ales – the bar boasts a stunning collection of over 300 single malt whiskies! Several informal sessions are planned for the bar in between the concert room events, and there are lots of nooks and crannies in the hotel walkways into which to retreat for a quiet coffee or drink to suit!

CAMPING

Camping is available at the Driffield Showground which is situated approx one mile away with toilets and showers on site. Camping is priced at £7.50 per unit, per night.

TICKETS

Tickets available from www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk


Weekend Tickets - entry to all concerts*

                                        Weekend    Friday    Saturday
Adult                                     £30            £15       £22.50
Youth (12 - 17 years)             £15            £7.50    £11            
Child (under 12 years)            Free          Free       Free

Camping - @ The Driffield Showground (approx 1 mile from venue)

£7.50 Friday Night Camping (per unit)
£7.50 Saturday Night Camping (per unit)

£1.50 Booking Fee (tickets will be posted out before the event)

Here is the Facebook Event Page.. Moonbeams March Folk Weekend Facebook Page


For any more information contact Leila : moonbeamsacoustic@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: theleveller
Date: 28 Feb 14 - 11:03 AM

Moonbeams is a fantastic folk club and Moonbeams Wold Top Festival one of the best folk festivals in the country so you really don't need to worry what some twat of a troll has to say, Leila. Your success proves you've got a winning formula. He/she is probably someone who wasn't good enough to get a booking and so has an axe to grind - or just a complete fuckwit.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: johncharles
Date: 28 Feb 14 - 12:37 PM

with Moonbeams you know what you will get, which is talented artists singing good songs.
As for "traditional" singers, there are still some great singers around but there is also an amateur "traditional" scene where "traditional singer" is a euphemism for inability to sing anything in a tuneful manner. Approach unaccompanied singers sessions with caution.
john.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 28 Feb 14 - 08:01 PM

That may be your experience, John, in which case I'm sorry to hear it; it certainly hasn't been mine. I've seen much lower standards of musicianship from amateur singer-songwriters and wannabe entertainers in "folk club" settings than I've ever heard from amateur traditional singers. The traddies nearly always have better material, too.


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: GUEST,Alan Wood
Date: 01 Mar 14 - 09:12 AM

Really sorry that we can't make the event this year. We are tarred and feathered traddies but thoroughly enjoyed the spirit, fun, professionalism, enthusiasm and eclectic mix of last year's weekend.

Hope you have another in 2015 and best of luck with this year's do...it looks like a great line-up...and brilliant value.

best

Alan & Maggie Wood   pp Traditional Music & Song at The Barn in Baston


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Subject: RE: Moonbeams March Folk Weekend - 7&8/3/14
From: Wold Top Blonde
Date: 01 Mar 14 - 11:43 AM

Alan and Maggie... you will be missed!.. and I thank you for your kind words! :-)

Moonbeams and the music that I surround myself with has brought me much happiness.. not to mention the great friends and wonderful audiences I have met along the way too.. It is a hobby that I enjoy greatly.. and I am very proud of the reputation the festival and concerts have gained over the years.. a few digs on Mudcat ain't going to spoil it for me. :-)
But it is such a shame that this post has generated negative comments.. as I am only trying to promote this lovely event and the artists performing.


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