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GUEST,flush 21 Jul 14 - 10:41 AM
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GUEST,Peter 21 Jul 14 - 12:11 PM
Raggytash 21 Jul 14 - 04:28 PM
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Joe Nicholson 22 Jul 14 - 10:29 AM
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Subject: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 06:20 AM

The current thread about Whitby 2014 concentrates on tune sessions. For the benefit of singers, where are the singing sessions taking place?


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: BobKnight
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 06:23 AM

Sorry folks - "Guest" above was me.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: John J
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 06:48 AM

I'm interested in this too - although I'll only be able to stay until the Thursday.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 07:06 AM

I'd be inclined to avoid the marathon singaround in the Rifle Club, if I recall correctly. The few times I've been in there, I've heard some appalling rubbish.

The other official singarounds are usually much better, especially if they're led by a guest who knows what he or she is doing. Venues last year included the Dolphin, just by the bridge and a pub whose name I've forgotten, which is over the far end of the bridge and turn right.

There are also various unofficial sessions, the quality of which can vary enormously. In particular, there's a pub opposite the bus station, which has some sort of trendy name; The Tap and Spile or the rat and parrot, I think.

Sorry to be so vague, but the brain cells have all retired to the old folks home and refuse to work anymore.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,flush
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 10:41 AM

The Station
The Fleece
the Friendship Rowing Club
The Middle Earth
The Endeavour

5 that are worth a visit


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: r.padgett
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 10:52 AM

Yep there are a number of official and unofficial singing sessions, noted above ~ official sessions and others can take up to 2hrs to get a song no matter who you are!!

The Star is I believe back as singing venue after many years, also depends on the time of day and inclinations of singers and musicians to have a session!

Black Horse, Middle Earth, Elsinore, Little Angel, indeed many of the pubs welcome people to play, sing etc

Ray


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Joe Nicholson
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 11:23 AM

Fred if the singing in The marathon Singaround is rubbish then maybe you can explain why there has been a full house almost every night for the last twentyieght years.
Joe N.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 11:31 AM

Like the man said, Joe. Nobody ever went bankrup underestimating public taste.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 12:11 PM

Maybe there are that many crap singers who want to perform
or
maybe Fred just went on a bad night.

Singarounds aren't a place to go if you want to be entertained by good singers, the festival schedules concerts for that purpose.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: Raggytash
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 04:28 PM

A little thread drift:

The annual Whitby to Glaisdale Folk Express will again be running this year. Please see the separate thread.

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: JHW
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 06:18 AM

For some years now I've headed first for the Station where I've found excellent singing and enthusiasm. Last year though it was a bit intermittent. Jude has every right to a rest after years of commitment while she lived in Whitby but I wonder what the form will be this year?


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 08:26 AM

Not so sure about the Endeavour. Maggie and I have usually run singing sessions in there during Folk Week, but it's shut at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: r.padgett
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 09:27 AM

Hopefully the Endeavour will be open as Shanties and other events planned for the week of course

Ray


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 09:31 AM

It was open last night, it shut one day as the new landlord moved in.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: Joe Nicholson
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 10:29 AM

Since first replying to Fred McCormicks post about the singing in the Rifle Club, I have had some further thoughts.Ever since mo and I started to run the singarounds we have tried to make it all-inclusive,friendly,non-judgemental and non-selective. we have for instance always encouraged families with children. When we have said anything goes we have meant it. We do get as well as singinging poetry stories and some strange instuments (and even some stranger people) Many people have sung or performed for the very fist time but have gone on to be fine performers. Folk come to Whitby Folk Week to see and to hear fine performances of Music and dance of which there are plenty, others to take part and to learn, some do both. I think that this is the ethos of Whitby Folk Week and I would like to think that Mo and I play our part.
So if you come to The Marathon Singaround you will not find wall to wall perfection you will hear some damn good singing, warmth friendliness and a bit of fun.
Oh and by the way come early 8 oclock start.
Best Wishes Joe Nicholson


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: Paul Davenport
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 11:53 AM

I can't believe Fred said that!
I have made the point in several places that the Marathon Singaround has, of all of Whitby's events probably done more for the development of traditional singing than most people realise. I can think of a number of current professional performers who first 'dared' to sing in public at Mo and Joe's event. By the way Fred, I've also heard some appalling rubbish at Whitby , but very little of that was in the Marathon Singaround!


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: selby
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 01:16 PM

What get's me is all the experts that freeload on the fringe and do not contribute to WHITBY FOLK WEEK have an opinion and dam the main festival without forethought. REMEMBER Without the festival there is no fringe.
Keith


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 01:19 PM

Joe, ignore the guy, don't raise to an ill considered barb. You and Mo have done more to encourage people than the rest of us can only dream of.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: nutty
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 01:26 PM

There are many "names" at Whitby deserving of their position as headliners. There are many more behind the scene workers who don't get the credit they deserve. I believe Joe and Mo are foremost of these. It's very easy for Fred and others to mock but these two, with their total committment to folk, are the ones who help to keep festivals alive. Whitby isn't the only festival where they unstintingly give of their time.
I think it's time that festival organisers got together and gave them free passes to all British folk festival - they really do deserve it.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: r.padgett
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 02:53 PM

I would echo all said by and for Jo and Mo!

Fred has been around a long time and I know he sang in the Dolphin last year day time new venue, took 2hrs to get round for one song (if your face fits) as the standard is high!

The Star is I believe back as avenue and of course we did use to have the Station during the day as well as the night time (back and side rooms still used!)

Ray


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 07:02 PM

I am surprised that so far nobody has mentioned the Ballad Session held between 1pm and 3pm at the Conservative Club. It is an official part of the festival programme and is led by a number of booked singers who usually invite contributions from the floor. I have heard some very fine singing there over the years.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 08:46 PM

Surely Geoff, nice man that you are, should know that the ballad session is really aimed at the excellent guests and not as a general singaround.

It was originally Peter Bellamy's idea, taken up by Malcolm Storey - because he listened - and was aimed at setting a standard for others to attain to.

Because in recent years this has not been pointed out either by inference to the guests or to the general public ther has been a tendency for it to be devalued.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: r.padgett
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 03:33 AM

a session for audience the Ballad session Geoff ~ booked guests singing and a cost with little time for others; one might say but I certainly would not

Ray


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Eileen
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 03:59 AM

Well said Paul and others in support of Mo and Jo. They do a great job at Whitby!


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: Willa
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 09:50 AM

What Eileen and many others said.

I respect both of them immensely and many others have good cause to do so!


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 08:13 PM

If I could decipher what Ray Padgett is saying I could perhaps agree with him or not!

Would you care to put it in English please Ray?


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,singer
Date: 24 Jul 14 - 04:40 AM

It was originally Peter Bellamy's idea, taken up by Malcolm Storey - because he listened - and was aimed at setting a love to WWE Smackdown 7/25/2014 youtube standard for others to attain to.


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Subject: RE: Singing at Whitby 2014
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 24 Jul 14 - 07:35 PM

Is the last posting a glich? or is it gliche? or even glych? and yet glyche? oh and glitch?


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