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Whitby Folk Week 2016

Raggytash 19 Jul 16 - 11:47 AM
Jack Campin 19 Jul 16 - 11:54 AM
Tradsinger 19 Jul 16 - 12:13 PM
Raggytash 19 Jul 16 - 12:56 PM
Tradsinger 19 Jul 16 - 01:17 PM
GUEST,In good company 19 Jul 16 - 01:22 PM
Raggytash 19 Jul 16 - 01:46 PM
GUEST,In good company 19 Jul 16 - 05:06 PM
BobKnight 19 Jul 16 - 06:33 PM
Tattie Bogle 19 Jul 16 - 08:15 PM
Joe Nicholson 20 Jul 16 - 05:47 AM
Herga Kitty 20 Jul 16 - 06:52 PM
Mo the caller 21 Jul 16 - 04:38 AM
Raggytash 21 Jul 16 - 10:57 AM
Doug Chadwick 22 Jul 16 - 07:41 AM
Raggytash 23 Jul 16 - 06:22 AM
GUEST 30 Jul 16 - 03:59 AM
Raggytash 04 Aug 16 - 05:29 AM
Jack Campin 04 Aug 16 - 09:33 AM
Raggytash 04 Aug 16 - 09:50 AM
Jack Campin 04 Aug 16 - 10:19 AM
Raggytash 04 Aug 16 - 10:28 AM
Raggytash 04 Aug 16 - 03:35 PM
Raggytash 04 Aug 16 - 03:36 PM
Jack Campin 04 Aug 16 - 03:44 PM
Raggytash 06 Aug 16 - 05:21 AM
GUEST,henryp 06 Aug 16 - 05:42 AM
GUEST,henryp 06 Aug 16 - 05:44 AM
GUEST,henryp 06 Aug 16 - 05:48 AM
Jack Campin 06 Aug 16 - 08:17 AM
Tootler 06 Aug 16 - 03:24 PM
GUEST,Katy from Burnley 07 Aug 16 - 07:01 AM
Raggytash 08 Aug 16 - 03:49 AM
Raggytash 08 Aug 16 - 03:53 AM
GUEST,Katy 08 Aug 16 - 04:45 AM
GUEST,David Nuttall, Wakefield 08 Aug 16 - 06:15 AM
GUEST,henryp 08 Aug 16 - 07:28 AM
Raggytash 08 Aug 16 - 07:48 AM
Jack Campin 08 Aug 16 - 08:10 AM
Dennis the Elder 08 Aug 16 - 09:13 AM
Joe Nicholson 08 Aug 16 - 11:11 AM
GUEST,henryp 08 Aug 16 - 01:45 PM
Noreen 08 Aug 16 - 03:40 PM
Mo the caller 08 Aug 16 - 04:25 PM
GUEST,henryp 08 Aug 16 - 05:32 PM
Jack Campin 08 Aug 16 - 05:59 PM
GUEST,Guest LP 08 Aug 16 - 07:08 PM
Jack Campin 08 Aug 16 - 07:21 PM
Noreen 08 Aug 16 - 07:47 PM
Raggytash 09 Aug 16 - 04:41 AM
Raggytash 09 Aug 16 - 05:47 AM
Dennis the Elder 09 Aug 16 - 06:31 AM
Raggytash 09 Aug 16 - 06:39 AM
Raggytash 09 Aug 16 - 06:46 AM
GUEST,In good company 09 Aug 16 - 10:39 AM
JP2 09 Aug 16 - 11:16 AM
Raggytash 09 Aug 16 - 11:28 AM
Raggytash 09 Aug 16 - 11:33 AM
Mo the caller 09 Aug 16 - 12:46 PM
JP2 09 Aug 16 - 01:50 PM
Raggytash 09 Aug 16 - 07:02 PM
GUEST,Joe Nicholson 10 Aug 16 - 05:56 AM
Raggytash 10 Aug 16 - 06:14 AM
GUEST 11 Aug 16 - 06:06 AM
Jack Campin 11 Aug 16 - 07:52 AM
GUEST 11 Aug 16 - 10:47 AM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 11 Aug 16 - 09:04 PM
Mo the caller 12 Aug 16 - 05:12 AM
Raggytash 12 Aug 16 - 05:35 AM
Jack Campin 12 Aug 16 - 07:17 AM
Raggytash 12 Aug 16 - 07:41 AM
Steve Gardham 12 Aug 16 - 10:05 AM
GUEST 12 Aug 16 - 10:18 AM
Mo the caller 12 Aug 16 - 04:19 PM
GUEST,Guest - just curious 12 Aug 16 - 08:08 PM
GUEST,Katy from Burnley 12 Aug 16 - 08:40 PM
Raggytash 13 Aug 16 - 03:26 AM
GUEST 13 Aug 16 - 04:49 AM
GUEST,LesB 13 Aug 16 - 05:09 AM
Jack Campin 13 Aug 16 - 05:43 AM
sapper82 14 Aug 16 - 03:16 PM
Acorn4 14 Aug 16 - 06:38 PM
GUEST,FloraG 15 Aug 16 - 03:42 AM
GUEST,Children in Performance 17 Aug 16 - 10:38 AM
GUEST,Ebor Fiddler 17 Aug 16 - 05:13 PM
sapper82 20 Aug 16 - 01:32 PM
GUEST,Bloke in Grouch mask 20 Aug 16 - 02:44 PM
GUEST,JHW 20 Aug 16 - 04:26 PM
The Sandman 20 Aug 16 - 06:21 PM
Jack Campin 20 Aug 16 - 06:49 PM
GUEST 21 Aug 16 - 04:13 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 21 Aug 16 - 04:26 AM
GUEST,JHW 21 Aug 16 - 05:37 AM
GUEST,JHW 21 Aug 16 - 04:43 PM
John J 22 Aug 16 - 07:44 AM
GUEST,Bloke in Gr.. Bugger it, Musket 22 Aug 16 - 09:19 AM
GUEST,In good company 25 Aug 16 - 06:23 AM
Jack Campin 25 Aug 16 - 06:36 AM
GUEST,In good company 25 Aug 16 - 09:07 AM
Jack Campin 26 Aug 16 - 05:00 AM
Howard Jones 26 Aug 16 - 07:42 AM
Jack Campin 27 Aug 16 - 05:39 AM
Mo the caller 29 Aug 16 - 04:35 PM
Jack Campin 29 Aug 16 - 06:28 PM
Mo the caller 30 Aug 16 - 03:51 AM
Howard Jones 30 Aug 16 - 04:51 AM
GUEST 31 Aug 16 - 03:09 AM
slaggyislander 31 Aug 16 - 07:58 AM
GUEST,Peter 31 Aug 16 - 10:10 AM
John MacKenzie 31 Aug 16 - 03:32 PM
Steve Gardham 31 Aug 16 - 04:07 PM
Tattie Bogle 01 Sep 16 - 09:10 PM
GUEST 02 Sep 16 - 08:02 AM
GUEST,alex s no cookie 02 Sep 16 - 08:20 AM
Steve Gardham 02 Sep 16 - 11:07 AM
Jack Campin 02 Sep 16 - 04:20 PM
GUEST,Bloke in .. Musketish 03 Sep 16 - 04:31 AM
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Subject: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 11:47 AM

So, who's going to Whitby this year.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 11:54 AM

Me. (And I seem to have become this year's organizer for the flat keys session initiated a couple of years ago by regulars on melodeon.net).


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Tradsinger
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 12:13 PM

I will be there for about 4 days with my Eb/Bb melodeon so look forward to the flat keys session. Apart from that, I will be looking for genial pubs where I can get a lot of songs in. Any suggestions?

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 12:56 PM

That very much depends on whether you want to sing or play. Certain pubs tend to have a "monopoly" on a certain style. I.E Lunchtime in the Endeavour is almost entirely Shanty's, The Station front bar is almost entirely unaccompanied singing but the back bar is almost entirely tunes. The Middle Earth is predominantly Melodeon & Fiddle tunes. The best bet is to walk round for an hour till you find one you like.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Tradsinger
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 01:17 PM

Sounds like the Station bar then, but I do accompany a lot of my songs on melodeon or banjo.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,In good company
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 01:22 PM

Hoping to get there Monday Lunchtime and leave around mid afternoon Wednesday. Looking forward to my first visit to the folk festival there for around 30 years! See you there and buy you a pint, Raggy.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 01:46 PM

I'd hold you to that if I knew which Dave you were.

Or should I be able to make a uninformed guess and mention the Station at Ribbleshead


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,In good company
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 05:06 PM

Spot on! Mind you I did tell you why I was 'In good company' from now on a while ago. I guess there has been too much Guinness under the bridge since :-)


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: BobKnight
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 06:33 PM

I'll be there, which is great because I love Whitby. I'll be launching a few new songs written this year, as well as a few traditional ones as usual. If you see/hear me, come say hello.

Bob Knight


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 19 Jul 16 - 08:15 PM

Going for my second year with ma friend, Liz, frae Aberdeen. "Flat keys" sounds interesting, Jack: as a B/C box player, I always say - "theoretically you can play in any key, provided you can find the notes!"


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Joe Nicholson
Date: 20 Jul 16 - 05:47 AM

Hi Raggy Mo and I will be there as ever will we be doing the Glaisdale Train on Sunday


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 20 Jul 16 - 06:52 PM

We are..... hope to see some of you there!

Kitty (and Derek)


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Mo the caller
Date: 21 Jul 16 - 04:38 AM

"theoretically you can play in any key, provided you can find the notes!"
Yes, I was told that the recorder is a chromatic instrument.
Would help if I had chromatic fingers though (or is it the brain that's too slow?)

Not long to wait now.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 21 Jul 16 - 10:57 AM

The Glaisdale train leaves Whitby at 13.01 arriving in Glaisdale at 13.26.

The latest return train leaves Glaisdale at 17.28 arriving in Whitby at 17.56 followed by Cocktails in one of the many bars !

On a more serious note I need someone to drive Christine out there and back. She is getting a new hip next week and will not be able to make the walk to the station or up the hill at Glaisdale. Any volunteers to take her if they are going by car ?

Cheers

Nick


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 22 Jul 16 - 07:41 AM

I've not managed to get there for the last couple of years but I'll be there all week this year.

DC


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 23 Jul 16 - 06:22 AM

Zip ee de do dah


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jul 16 - 03:59 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 04 Aug 16 - 05:29 AM

Bump


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 Aug 16 - 09:33 AM

Problem finalizing the flat-key session: the Golden Lion never answers the phone (using the number publicized on the web).

Anybody have a number that works? Or do they respond to messages sent through Facebook?

My phone number is 07895 860 060, they can use that if they don't want to make their own real phone number public.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 04 Aug 16 - 09:50 AM

I'll see if I can drop in there and get the number this afternoon Jack. No promises. The staff in the afternoon may not be able to clarify the situation and I've never seen the landlord in there. Ever.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 Aug 16 - 10:19 AM

Thanks. You can tell them I'd like to use the back room from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday 23rd August.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 04 Aug 16 - 10:28 AM

Will do.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 04 Aug 16 - 03:35 PM

Hi Jack,

As expected there was a young member of staff on who couldn't make any commitment, however the pub number which I expect you have is 01947 825395.

The bonus is, I hope, a mobile number which is 07717 694 850

All being well you will get some satisfaction from this.

Cheers

Nick


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 04 Aug 16 - 03:36 PM

Should have said this is the landlady's number she is called Tracy Chapman


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 Aug 16 - 03:44 PM

Great! I've just spoken to her and that's fine.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 06 Aug 16 - 05:21 AM

There is a new bar in town situated on the train station. It's called the Waiting Room run by Rob & Sue Wildsmith. I'm sure it will appeal to many folkies. There are 5 real ales at any one time, well kept too. There is a selection of Ciders and Wines and a few soft drinks, no tea or coffee (it's a pub!)

There's no TV, no jukebox, no radio. Rob is keen to attract singers and accompanists but no too fond of diddly-diddly (his words)

The opening hours are a bit querky and he doesn't open on Mondays. He is making a very good fist of it and I'd happily recommend the place to any discerning drinker.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 06 Aug 16 - 05:42 AM

I think I'd prefer Tracy Chapman at the Golden Lion.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 06 Aug 16 - 05:44 AM

Though I usually aim for the Rifle Club.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 06 Aug 16 - 05:48 AM

Very nice pistolets at lunch time.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 06 Aug 16 - 08:17 AM

I have uploaded a PDF for a sheet of business cards advertising the flat key session to melodeon.net:

http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,19011.msg232971.html

http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=19011.0;attach=19470

I hope that works for non-members.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Tootler
Date: 06 Aug 16 - 03:24 PM

I usually travel daily and try to get two or three days in. Mostly a trawl round the "official" sessions plus some workshops then end up at the Rifle Club for the evening.

I'm not sure what I'll do this year as I've damaged my knee (my GP thinks it's cruciate ligament) and I'm waiting the results of a MRI scan to see what's to be done. I suspect it will be limited and I'll probably end up settling in the Cons club in the day and over to the Rifle club in the evening to avoid too much walking. Saltburn is the weekend before so I'll see how I go on there.

Frustration, frustration.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Katy from Burnley
Date: 07 Aug 16 - 07:01 AM

Can't get my head round those persons who run singers clubs in East Lancashire, drive over in a minibus to Whitby when the festival is on, sit in a pub that has nothing to do with the Festival, sing the same songs they sing at home, applaud each other, don't buy a ticket for any of the festival, drive back home again and reckon they've been to Whitby Folk Week. I know it's not a crime, but....well I don't know...


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 03:49 AM

Less than two weeks to go.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 03:53 AM

Katy, The fringe is as big as the festival,if not bigger. (I do know what you mean about the same old songs though)

It may be just an excuse for a week at the seaside, nowt wrong with that. :-)


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Katy
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 04:45 AM

Well when you put it like that I suppose not,,,,,


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,David Nuttall, Wakefield
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 06:15 AM

I very much enjoy sitting in the pub and making our own music at Whitby...and taking in the occasional concert too if I feel like it . It presents opportunities for meeting and greeting old friends from all over the country..and other parts of the world too . Many are only met up with when at Whitby each year in informal settings which allow music AND a renewal of friendships and a chat too. There should be room for all kinds of experiences there....from the workshops,sing arounds , watching the dancers and formal concerts to the casual get - together in the pubs....and endless conversations . It all depends on what one is looking for in such a diverse festival. There should be tolerance and room for all....long may it continue for it is part of the special appeal which is WHITBY !! For ME the music is important there.... but so are the PEOPLE. Enjoy !


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 07:28 AM

It is obviously expensive to put on a week of musical events in Whitby. And a week-long ticket does offer wonderful value.

The festive atmosphere in Whitby comes from the Folk Week itself. But people who enjoy the street and fringe events can take advantage of the Folk Week without contributing towards any of the costs.

By contributing to the collections, they will help to ensure the viability of future occasions. A contribution greater than a handful of small change would be really appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 07:48 AM

Conversely Henry they take nothing from the festival, if a group of people meet up in a pub and sing/play they then add to the festival.

I know it's not a response you want but it is one view.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 08:10 AM

As far as Whitby's tourist business is concerned, the fringe has to be more important than the main festival, because there are more of them and they're out spending money instead of wasting time listening to concerts.

I get the impression the fringe has shrunk a bit in recent years. The way a pub landlord or shopkeeper would see it, that means the festival is letting them down.

A lot of Whitby business folk are not very nice people (hence the amount of UKIP shite they display in their windows) but you can see where they're coming from.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 09:13 AM

Perhaps a few, Jack, but certainly not "a lot"


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Joe Nicholson
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 11:11 AM

Whitby is very much a participants festival with its unofficial fringe and numerous workshops, dancing etc. that I am inclined to think that concert goers are probably in the minority but it is a great gathering of people with similar tastes and long may it be so.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 01:45 PM

Everything depends upon Folk Week.

If that should fail, then there wouldn't be a Fringe for the benefit of musicians or for the town of Whitby.

It's in everybody's interest to support the Folk Week. Is it so painful to put your hand in your pocket?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Noreen
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 03:40 PM

Everything depends upon Folk Week.
If that should fail, then there wouldn't be a Fringe...


Why wouldn't there be, henryp? There might even be a bigger fringe if other people could access accommodation more easily without the main Folk Week taking it up...

Of course I don't want either to fail, and I don't see the point in you introducing a false dichotomy and stirring up ill-feeling. The fringe and Folk Week are inter-dependent and long may they both continue to thrive!


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Mo the caller
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 04:25 PM

I have noticed that some years (recently??) the collectors rattling tins in the 'official' pub sessions have not been as noticeable.

I do buy a season ticket. Really good value, and gives me flexibility - I can pop in to part of a concert then on to a workshop / session / dance. Others 'pay-as-they-go' and plan more carefully, to make sure they get full value from the hings they go to. No doubt others meet up in the same pub with the same crowd each year.
Room for all.

For me some of the fringe is an important part of the week. E.g. the Eurosessions, which I think I've heard are on but not over Regatta weekend (can't find the post/email though).


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 05:32 PM

Noreen, if the Fringe requires more accommodation, it's unfortunate that - of all the weeks in the year - it should fall the same week as Folk Week.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 05:59 PM

Eurosessions, as per Katy's email:

Whitby Folk Week is rapidly approaching so here are this year's dates for the Eurosessions in Whitby Yacht Club.

MONDAY         22nd August 3 - 5pm
WEDNESDAY      24th August 3 - 5pm
THURSDAY       25th August 3 - 5pm
FRIDAY         26th August 3 - 5pm


You'll notice that there are no sessions on Saturday or Sunday, and this is because this year Folk Week coincides with Whitby Town Regatta (20th and 21st Aug). As a result the yacht club premises are in use for sailing-related events on these days. Then on Tuesday, the club is hosting an event for the Dutch boating visitors who regularly sail over at this time of year, and so the club once again is not available for the Eurosession on that day.

On Wednesday the 24th at 8pm in the yacht club STEWART HARDY (fiddle) and FRANK McLAUGHLIN (guitar) are performing a 60 minute set. Tickets are £7 which includes a £2 donation to the RNLI, and the tickets will be available at Whitby Yacht Club bar during Folk Week and at the door on the night. We're planning to have a session afterwards, so bring instruments if you're coming on that evening. (Stewart and Frank will also be at the Wednesday Eurosession in the afternoon).


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Guest LP
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 07:08 PM

I agree with Mo, unlike Sidmouth where official collectors go in to all the venues to collect money for the festival, in Whitby I have rarely seen a collecting tin, in fact I don't think I've ever seen one in ten years! I buy a season ticket every year as do my three friends I share accommodation with, but go to about three events. I love the Fringe and I appreciate that the Fringe would not exist without the festival. I believe there is a better Fringe festival at Whitby than in Sidmouth as Sidmouth is fast running out of pubs! At least that won't happen in Whitby!


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 07:21 PM

There are less usable pubs in Whitby than there were (thanks to Sam Smiths and gastro-ization) and some have never tolerated live music. There are a lot but there could be more.

The George seems to prefer to spend Folk Week with virtually no customers rather than let the folkies in. How do they stay open?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Noreen
Date: 08 Aug 16 - 07:47 PM

henryp, please stop being the only negative voice on a lovely thread about glorious Whitby.
Nobody has objected to contributing, in fact several here have mentioned "overpaying" by buying season tickets but mostly Fringing.
The joy of Whitby is having so much going on, official and unofficial, to pick and choose from.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 04:41 AM

Hi Jack, The George is very much a "locals" pub and mainly the younger end at night. It is quite a popular pub throughout the year. One reason it may be fairly quiet during folk week is that many locals take that week off or have overspent at the weekends. Personally I rarely enter it's doors.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 05:47 AM

Actually Jack the locals, some of whom don't appreciate folk music, do need somewhere to drink themselves so a few pubs without folkies is no bad thing.

When you think of the town centre pubs and clubs that do have music it doesn't leave the indigenous population with many to go at.

The following have the OFFICIAL festival
Endeavour
Con Club
Middle Earth
Rifle Club
Met Hotel
Football Club
Rugby Club
Star
Dolphin RHB
Fishermans Rowing Club
Friendship Rowing Club
The Following have the FRINGE
Fleece
Dolphin, Whitby
Black Horse
Board
Duke of York
Golden Lion
Ship
Pier
Golden Lion
Elsinore
Black Swan
Station
Granby
Little Angel
Waiting Room
Arncliffe Arms, Glaisdale (Sunday aft only)

There may be more that I haven't visited.

That only leaves the following pubs none of which are anything to write home about
George
Wellington
Beez (now has a new name)
Plough
Big Angel
Buck
Jolly Sailor
Wharf


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 06:31 AM

What about FILO Nick?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 06:39 AM

The back room of the Black Horse, the new bar on the station the Waiting Room, The Station, the Fleece to name but four.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 06:46 AM

Don't know about the FILO haven't set foot in it for some time due in no small part to the SEVEN televisions in the main bar.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,In good company
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 10:39 AM

Hope you have arranged some good weather, Raggy, seeing as I am camping :-D

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: JP2
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 11:16 AM

Despite the fact that the FILO is only fifty yards from my front door I don't bother either Nick.

I'm pretty sure that the Waiting Room said that they wouldn't be opening at all while the Regatta was in progress.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 11:28 AM

No the Waiting Room will be open Saturday & Sunday but will not be open on the Monday (as per norm, and the Regatta)


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 11:33 AM

Weather ordered.



You did say you wanted Manchester weather didn't you?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Mo the caller
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 12:46 PM

Good grief, I've been to 10 Whitbys since we started again in 2006. (After a break of 15 years).
And certainly for several years from 2006 the sessions were interrupted by collectors. Not so many the last few years.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: JP2
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 01:50 PM

Only reporting what Rob said to me Nick.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 07:02 PM

Not disputing that John, I'm possibly more up to date that's all.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Joe Nicholson
Date: 10 Aug 16 - 05:56 AM

Nik the Dolphin is ussually an official lunchtime singaround in the Dolphin


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 10 Aug 16 - 06:14 AM

Hi Joe, There's nothing down in the programme for the Dolphin in Whitby. There's been a change of ownership this year which led to it being closed for a few weeks which may have had an impact.

That's not to say someone can't start one should they wish.


There's half a day at the bay as usual in Ye Dolphin which is to be recommended.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Aug 16 - 06:06 AM

Are there any French Sessions anywhere this year?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Aug 16 - 07:52 AM

That's what the Eurosession is.

Look upthread to my post of 08 Aug 16 - 05:59 PM.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Aug 16 - 10:47 AM

@ Jack Campin
Why should GUEST 11 Aug 16 - 06:06 AM be aware that the Euro session is a French music session rather than Polish or Greek or Spanish or Italian?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 11 Aug 16 - 09:04 PM

I would at one time (maybe) have joined in the debate regarding the official and the fringe.

Now, having read through this thread, I realise I would be wasting my time, yet again, as happened many years ago when I still had an involvement with the festival. On that occasion I explained in detail the reasoning and the pricing for the three official campsites.

I was almost immediately told by some smart arse that I did not know what I was talking about.

I did not bother to reply.

Suffice it to say that the majority of the so called current debate is to a great extent utter twaddle.

I will equally not respond to any comments on this posting.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Mo the caller
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 05:12 AM

The current debate expresses a wide range of views all looking forward to Whitby, so I'm hurt that you dismiss us as twaddle without saying what your views are.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 05:35 AM

Malcolm did a great job as Director for 25 years and fully deserves to be thanked for the massive amount of work he did to nurse, cajole, build the festival to what is became and hopefully will remain.

I suspect it is, for the most part, a thankless task with people more than willing to complain but seldom taking the time to praise.

I, for one, salute him and the work he did.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 07:17 AM

So the Dolphin will be open and receptive to musicians doing stuff in there, despite the change?

If so it would presumably be a good idea for people to take advantage of that (though maybe not while the Regatta is still going on). The new owners might need to be shown that musicians can get the till ringing.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 07:41 AM

A few people go there to play on a Monday (I think) so they will in all likelihood be receptive to the idea.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 10:05 AM

Hi Malcolm,
As you couldn't be bothered to read the thread I'll help you out.
There are actually no posts on this thread either criticising the festival, its organisers or the fringe either past present or future.

Current debate? Have you got this mixed up with another thread. Don't worry, we're all getting a little older.

Thank-you for your interest.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 10:18 AM

Re--official v fringe
A very long running accordian and fiddle festival for some reason folded at least 10 years ago. The people who attended this official festival continued to turn up each year thereafter with the addition of newcomers each succeeding year. So much so that when one year the council banned the overnight parking of motorhomes the local traders spoke to a high council official and a police inspector then visited the various sites and advised the owners of the said vehicles to ignore the large 6ft. x 4ft. council notice.
This past year one had to turn up on a Thursday in order to secure a place to park a motorhome, such being the success of this unofficial festival.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Mo the caller
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 04:19 PM

Raggy, I agree about Malcolm did in making the festival such a great participative event. Lots of people sharing their expertise.
But I share Steve's views too.

This time next week my car will be packed & I'll be 50 miles nearer Whitby than I am now.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Guest - just curious
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 08:08 PM

Guest on the glorious 12th.

Where was this long running accordion and fiddle festival and what has it, or more relevantly its successor, to do with Whitby?

Or are you inferring that if Whitby Folk Week were to fold that a bigger and better free festival would appear as if by magic?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Katy from Burnley
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 08:40 PM

I suppose my original comment was a bit like a cry of frustration. The sort of people over here, who go to Whitby once a year, won't pay to see a guest, won't buy a ticket won't support local clubs unless they get to sing on the night, they won't learn new songs or in some cases even the words and read them of a typed script. They won't even listen to each other properly, they just want to sing their song and play their guitar and get applause. Some of them even violently object to anybody better than they are daring to sing at their sing around. I remember a really good singer and musician who was treated despicably at one singers night, because he threatened their little bit of kudos, and several of the regulars stared at him as if he had torn the head of their favourite teddy bear. I and my husband have stopped going to the local clubs for this reason. I would rather travel a bit further and get a decent night in a club. I was sort of getting it off my chest, and probably this thread was not the right place to do it. I will still come to Whitby though if I can, and buy a ticket or pay on the door. Sorry if I've started a row.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Raggytash
Date: 13 Aug 16 - 03:26 AM

Don't worry about it Katy, it's almost inevitable that someone will take the wrong meaning from the things they read here. By and large the folk world is brilliant, great people, great musicians and singers.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Aug 16 - 04:49 AM

In any gathering of people there are inevitably those that don't quite fit in. In spite of this the folk world,I find,is a fun and easy going place to be. Especially when I manage to accept the inevitable fact that,sometimes, there will be individuals and even whole sessions that aren't quite as perfect as me!


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,LesB
Date: 13 Aug 16 - 05:09 AM

Katy (from Burnley), you have just described what I think of as a typical singaround. Which is why I am not fond of them.
I totally agree with HenryP about the general reluctance among some folkies to dip their hands in their pockets, but the good thing about Whitby is it's ability to cater for everyone.
By the way, I will be going for 3 days this year, I haven't managed to get for several years.
Cheers Les


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 Aug 16 - 05:43 AM

The most you can say against the travelling-singaround types is that they're making their chosen pub rather unattractive for any other musician to be in. But there are plenty of alternative places to sing or play. They're spending money in the town so the locals can't complain.

All over the UK you get the same subculture of ageing people doing the same ever-decreasing repertoire of stereotyped songs year in year out with ever less conviction around a circuit of venues. We have the same thing in southern Scotland. It's not a phenomenon created by Whitby.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: sapper82
Date: 14 Aug 16 - 03:16 PM

I'll be there with the two lads and the Dearly Tolerant with eldest lad turning up some time or another on one of his motorbikes.
Sadly, daughter will not as she's just started as a (VERY) Junior Doctor in Harlow.
At least her initial 6y of studying are over now and she's finally getting paid!


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Acorn4
Date: 14 Aug 16 - 06:38 PM

Went into a cafe a couple of years ago in Whitby on the Thursday and they were playing Glen Miller type music. Commented to the staff how it made a nice change and he said:-

"We've been trying to drown out that pub opposite - they've been playing the same six bloody songs all week!"


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,FloraG
Date: 15 Aug 16 - 03:42 AM

Just back from Broadstairs and attended a few of the woodshed sessions. The stated rules

Please buy a drink from the bar
Please contribute to the tin ( passed round once)
Please play or sing something that encourages others to join in with

just about everybody I saw or heard seemed to follow these rules as did the nominated guests.

Do a few overt rules help?
FloraG.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Children in Performance
Date: 17 Aug 16 - 10:38 AM

Hello all, I hope you don't mind me posting.

My name is Grace and I am part of the team that runs the Children in Performance workshop at the festival, along with Lizzie, Liz, Ellie, Lesley and Kerry.

You may remember last year that, along with the show involving all the children's workshops, our children were asked by Chrissie and Taffy Thomas to sing during the Salty Sea Tales 2 concert, along with The Wilsons, The Keelers and John Conolly, to name but a few, to raise money for the Lifeboat.

The CD of the concert is going to be released, with all profits going to the lifeboat, with the launch of the CD during the Taffy's Tunes and Tales session on the Saturday, which is 19:00-22:00 at the Brunswick Centre.

Chrissie has emailed Lizzie today asking if any children involved in the concert last year wouldn't mind singing at the launch. So I am putting a message out in case any of the parents of the children read the forum and would like their children to be involved. We are planning on having a rehearsal of the song after the 'Introduction to the week's Children's activites' (formerly known as Wot about the Kids?) event, which is at West Cliff School Hall on Saturday between 3-4:30pm, so will be finished at the very latest by 5. We hope that some of the children can make it!

You will also be able to find out what all the children's events have planned for the week. I know we have some very exciting things planned (involving pirates!) and having spoken to some of the leaders of the other children's workshops it sounds like there are lots of fun things planned for children and young people of all ages and abilities.

As ever our workshop is in West Cliff school Hall 3-5pm (though some days it starts at 3.15).

So this message ended up much longer than expected...it is safe to say I am excited for the week!


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Ebor Fiddler
Date: 17 Aug 16 - 05:13 PM

Glenn Miller music? Try the melnet meet at The Elsinore on Thursday afternoon. We play anything!


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: sapper82
Date: 20 Aug 16 - 01:32 PM

Got here after a surprisingly easy drive up the M1/M18/A1 and across via Thirsk and Rosedale Agricultural Show.
Trying to persuade the Dearly Tolerant to work up the energy for a walk into town now.
Looking forward to the Glaisdale session tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Bloke in Grouch mask
Date: 20 Aug 16 - 02:44 PM

There's a rumour that original Musket will get there by Monday lunchtime. Been a while since I got up to Whitby and a bed has been secured till Wednesday.

I'll miss not hearing me old mate Jack's melodeon in the yard of The Plough and I'll be boring all and sundry with tales of when we used to go straight from Whitby to the "old" Stainsby festival back in the day.

Anyroad, see you there.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 20 Aug 16 - 04:26 PM

Someone has told me the Regatta is on this year or is it just a ruse to keep me away?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Aug 16 - 06:21 PM

"When you walk along the street
How often times you'll meet
Some poor old man who's getting old and grey
His age is feeble spent
In his pockets not a cent
And for shelter he has nowhere to go
His relations by the score
They'll turn him from the door
They'll meet him on a street, they'll pass him by
If you ask them why they do
They'll answer you and say,
"He is poor, he's old, he's only in the way"
Now let us cheer them all
For they won't be with us long
Don't point at them because they're old and grey
For remember while you're young
Old age to you will come
And you'll be old and grey and only in the way
There was a time, I hear
When young was not so queer
But since that time there's been an awful change
Young men with strength and might
To the parents they would strike
Yes, it happens every day, that's nothing strange
They strike for fear of toil
Whose children they would spoil
And sure for death ofttimes they do pray
For himself and faithful wife been toiling all their lives
To find they're old and only in the way."Charlie Poole


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Aug 16 - 06:49 PM

The Regatta is on. But it's much quieter than any previous year I've been here.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Aug 16 - 04:13 AM

Thanks for Regatta info.
I've been to Glaisdale Train Sunday before but can't remember whether its today, 21st or Sunday after the festival.
I've a flyer for Saltburn FC Garden Party at Skinningrove today 1-5pm. Surely they wouldn't put it on to clash?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 21 Aug 16 - 04:26 AM

Glaisdale train is today !!


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 21 Aug 16 - 05:37 AM

'The festive atmosphere in Whitby comes from the Folk Week itself. But people who enjoy the street and fringe events can take advantage of the Folk Week without contributing towards any of the costs.'

I went once to Skagen Festival. (and had a ticket)
Nobody there does anything unless they're paid to. Big audiences listen only to booked turns on stages.
I sat on a bollard on a quay near the fish and spuds cafe and sang for hours; every song I knew even a verse of to a constant though changing semicircular audience gathered around.

I dare to suggest my sung contribution was worth far more than my ticket money.
I saw nobody else doing anything for free.

No Fringe does not make for a good festival.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is several hundred fold bigger than Edinburgh International Festival.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 21 Aug 16 - 04:43 PM

Enjoyed the Glaisdale Train session (though I drove) Thanks Nick for info.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: John J
Date: 22 Aug 16 - 07:44 AM

I was hoping to roll up for a couple of days, camping on the Moor & Coast site, but it's now looking unlikely I'll get there.

:-(


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Bloke in Gr.. Bugger it, Musket
Date: 22 Aug 16 - 09:19 AM

Crackin' session this afternoon in The Fleece.

First time for everything, including going to a festival sans guitar... Our sponsors would like to thank Mr Windle for supplying same whilst he is on stewarding duties.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,In good company
Date: 25 Aug 16 - 06:23 AM

Spent an excellent 2.5 days there and I can certainly pick the weather :-) Visited a couple of Black Horse sessions, one in the Golden Lion and one in the Elsinore. Nice to see lots of familiar faces and equally good to see new ones at the new venue, The Waiting Room. Only problem there is that the beer is too good. And, yes, I did try all of them. Including the one that ran out and the new one that replaced it :-)

The campsite is excellent but, as I said, I did pick the sunny days! Outside folky stuff I also enjoyed the fireworks on Monday evening and I can heartily recommend the 'Diner's breakfast' at the American style diner near the Elsinore - £6.95 and you will not need to eat anything the rest of the day :-)

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Aug 16 - 06:36 AM

The flat key session that I publicized really took off (largely thanks to Pikey from Melnet who led off a great choice of tunes).

The Eurosession was enormous - 60 people on Monday. That's too many but I'm not sure what we can do about it.

Numbers for the programmed events are WAY down.

The new ticketing system is horrible, introduces preposterous delays and is far too much work for the stewards. The old one worked, why the change?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,In good company
Date: 25 Aug 16 - 09:07 AM

Change hands!


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 Aug 16 - 05:00 AM

And I have a new un-favourite tune: The Battle of the Somme, done the English way - blasted into G by melodeon fire and left to die of gangrene in a foxhole. It isn't a lament, folks.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Howard Jones
Date: 26 Aug 16 - 07:42 AM

I had a good couple of days at Whitby and really enjoyed playing with Albireo at the late night ceilidh on Wednesday. I went to a couple of good concerts. However (as usual) I failed utterly to find any sessions, with the exceptions of the Melnet gathering and the Euro session, both of which had been publicised in advance on Melnet.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 Aug 16 - 05:39 AM

1pm and 5pm sessions are listed in the FF events Schedule. There are at least three of each simultaneously. Night fringe sessions at the Elsinore, Board, Ship, Station, Golden Lion, Fleece and Middle Earth. Sporadic afternoon sessions at some of those and also at the Black Horse. Singing at night in the Station front room and singing and shanty-bellowing at the Endeavour afternoon and evening. How did you miss all that?

You will have seen me at the Eurosession - the one with all the wind instruments.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Mo the caller
Date: 29 Aug 16 - 04:35 PM

There was a 5.30 session in the Spa upstairs bar this year - much easier for dancers than walking across to the Middle Earth or Fisherman's and then back to the Spa. (Limited time to eat - but there was the Spa cafe)

Other than one afternoon when I stayed in the middle Earth all afternoon (very pleasant - I had intented to go to the Euro, but it was pelting down) I stuck to the programmed sessions, quite a variety of types of tune and styles of leading.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 29 Aug 16 - 06:28 PM

And I didn't see you at all this year.

It seems like Folk Week is fracturing into two festivals, dance stuff round the Spa and everything else in or near the town. The Whitby Gazette had an article on Saturday saying the the whole of the Spa had been allocated to Folk Week, whereas the Regatta would ordinarily have used it at the weekend. I went to two events at the Spa but as we always stay in the town centre it's usually too far to go. Wasn't too pleased that the festival office had been moved out there - I only went to it once, to drop off some flyers for the flat key session.

There's not much wrong with the Spa as a venue apart from its bar prices, but it's inconvenient unless you're staying at the West Cliff campsite.

BTW the Fishermen's Football Club (which I hadn't been into until this year) is a rather good venue.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Mo the caller
Date: 30 Aug 16 - 03:51 AM

I saw you in a couple of sessions.
Someone was saying there aren't as many dancers.I think those there are pace themselves - either dance workshops then an evening concert or what I did - other events e.g. story telling, singing, session, half a concert, session, then dance at night.
But in the 80s when we started coming there were enough dancers to fill at least 2 dances in Whitby plus an out-of-town dance at Ruswarp, Sleights or Robin Hoods Bay.
Was saying to my daughter, there are so many Whitbys going on, almost independent of each other.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Howard Jones
Date: 30 Aug 16 - 04:51 AM

Jack, I was only there for two days. I arrived mid-afternoon on Wednesday, too late for Ollie King's session, and had a sound-check at 4:30 so not much time to go looking for something else. After sound-checking and getting something to eat I went looking but all I found was an Irish session, and I don't play Irish. I took your advice to check the Elsinore but only found a rock-and-roll band in there. I went home late Thursday afternoon.

I don't find the programme very helpful as it only says "Music Session" without indicating what flavour of music to expect. I was able to work out from the session leaders that one of the Thursday sessions was going to be Irish. I couldn't find the leaders of the other session in the programme (I only realised afterwards that the guest list in the programme is broken down into sections rather than being in alphabetical order) so I had no idea what that would be like.

I had absolutely no luck finding any spontaneous sessions, other than than the aforementioned Irish one, but as I've said before I don't really know where to look.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Aug 16 - 03:09 AM

Simple. Look for a building calling itself a pub (Wikipedia has photos of typical pubs to assist you) and walk in any time after lunch till around 1.00am.

If it is in Whitby, during the folk week, you will find a session or singaround. Double so if the official programme doesn't mention it.

Our problems were more of finding one not too crowded so we could get a few instruments sat with us.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: slaggyislander
Date: 31 Aug 16 - 07:58 AM

I followed the simple logic that the guest above advises and popped in (and stayed for the night) to the first hostelry that was displaying a Tetley sign outside - the Golden Lion. For non-specialists such as I it provided the perfect mix of contemporary (all sorts) in the front room and traditional in the back. The atmosphere and craic were good, the beer went down well and it was a good night. Hadn't been in that pub for about 40 years and felt strangely at home. I, for one, will be back.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 31 Aug 16 - 10:10 AM

Interesting news from the unnamed guest that every single pub in the town had sessions. I thought that Sam Smiths still banned music throughout their estate including their pubs in Whitby.

Howard has a point about the official sessions although, given their free form nature I don't know how much influence the session leader will have.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Aug 16 - 03:32 PM

The Fishermen's Football Club is a new venue
The numbers are often down, in years where the Regatta, and Folk Week clash.
The previous location of the office in the Leisure Centre, was no further away from the town centre than the Spa.
As someone who stewards every year, let me tell you that the new ticketing system is far better than that which preceded it.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 31 Aug 16 - 04:07 PM

The session leaders both booked and fringe are generally happy for anyone to start up a tune when there is a lull. You go to a session where the expected norm is wall-to-wall Irish reels but there are plenty of opportunities to start up slower tunes and tunes from other places as often happens. As already stated the main problem is getting a seat or even getting in. Here the main remedy is get there early or wait around till someone leaves.

Personally I prefer music sessions as you can join in with most tunes, but when I went to the Station one evening to meet up with old friends all 3 singing sessions were full up, well established and not looking like anyone would be leaving. If you are new to Whitby I recommend you leave your instrument at home for the first couple of days and go on a pub crawl to see what happens in all of the pubs. Someone posted a list of all the pubs where it happens not so long back.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 01 Sep 16 - 09:10 PM

Only my second Whitby, so not yet au fait with the various fringe pub sessions, or even where they are! (Official venues are on the maps in the programme.)
Didn't find the timing of official sessions awfully good: most days I was in a workshop for most of the 1.00. - 3.00. sessions. Then we never got to do a whole 5.00. - 7.00. one as we had to break off to eat before 7.30.pm concerts. Something between 3.00. - 5.00.might have been better.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 16 - 08:02 AM

"Every pub in town". Or any other of my comments. I suppose this is why some of us prefer to stay anonymous. It gets rather infuriating when general chat comments are taken literally. Not everybody can have social skills I suppose.

Every pub except those that didn't, which were rather few and far between but did exist. Not everybody in Whitby that week had beards or ethnic skirts. 🙄

Anyway, everyone I met seemed to be enjoying themselves. Can't wait till next year really. (The bacon & egg butties served at The Rugby Club in the mornings deserve as much a special mention as some of the pubs.) 🐷🐔🍞


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,alex s no cookie
Date: 02 Sep 16 - 08:20 AM

"The sort of people over here, who go to Whitby once a year, won't pay to see a guest, won't buy a ticket won't support local clubs unless they get to sing on the night, they won't learn new songs or in some cases even the words and read them of a typed script. They won't even listen to each other properly, they just want to sing their song and play their guitar and get applause."

Bang on, Katy from Burnley.
This is exactly why the standard of performance in clubs has deteriorated, audience numbers are declining and fewer well-known guests are being booked.
We also have the new(ish) phenomenon of people reading from books! Recently we were "treated" to a bit from The Wind in the Willows...
Oh dear.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 02 Sep 16 - 11:07 AM

What's great about Whitby, Alex, is there are so many singarounds and sessions that you can always up sticks and move on if you come across these sort of people.

When I went to Whitby for the full week, quite a while ago now, one of the things I used to run was a 'squeezaround', sort of a cross between a singaround and a session. We went round the room just like a singaround and each person in turn who could, played their party piece on their squeezebox and then led a general set for all to join in with. It seemed to work well.


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: Jack Campin
Date: 02 Sep 16 - 04:20 PM

The sort of people over here, who go to Whitby once a year, won't pay to see a guest, won't buy a ticket won't support local clubs unless they get to sing on the night, they won't learn new songs or in some cases even the words and read them of a typed script.

The only people I saw reading from a sheet of paper at Whitby this year were some of the singers at the Songs of Child Migration concert. None of the session players did. Not memorizing your material seemed to be exclusively a professional thing.

And if the people Katy was writing about were willing to travel from Burnley to Whitby to find the music they wanted, it looks like the clubs in Burnley weren't meeting their needs. Is there a problem with that?


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Bloke in .. Musketish
Date: 03 Sep 16 - 04:31 AM

I must admit, each to their own. Not sure about the comments over how things are "becoming" though.

Back in the day, Whitby week was one of the few places where I used to experience "singarounds" and I reckon it was there circa 1982 where I saw for the first time someone using a book to sing from rather than actually learning the words and trying to do the song "their" way.

Hitherto, my folk club world had been concert style upstairs rooms in pubs. Nowadays it's all singaround. Our local club was too till recently when we decided to make it more of "stage" and audience. The result? Standing room only and lots of people just coming to sit and listen.

Not that a Whitby thread is the place to reignite that old chestnut of crib sheets and laziness...😎


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Subject: RE: Whitby Folk Week 2016
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 03 Sep 16 - 04:51 AM

It could be Jack, as I suggested earlier, it was any excuse for a week at the seaside. Nowt wrong with that.


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