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BBC Alba Na Trads 2016

GUEST,Jim Martin 06 Dec 16 - 05:50 AM
GUEST,Jim Martin 06 Dec 16 - 11:53 AM
Tattie Bogle 06 Dec 16 - 07:41 PM
GUEST,Jim Martin 07 Dec 16 - 07:15 AM
Tattie Bogle 07 Dec 16 - 07:47 PM
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Subject: BBC Alba Na Trads 2016
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 06 Dec 16 - 05:50 AM

It's that time of the year again!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/erwwhn/live/cqgfhn


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Subject: RE: BBC Alba Na Trads 2016
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 06 Dec 16 - 11:53 AM

Sorry, forgot to mention the hoary old chestnut - "only available in the UK"!


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Subject: RE: BBC Alba Na Trads 2016
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 06 Dec 16 - 07:41 PM

Well, I was there, and it was a mixed blessing: great to see those who had sung and played so well getting their awards, but evening totally marred for me by the massive gale of sound emanating from the guests on the ground floor. (I was up in the gallery seats which were not exactly over-populated). Those downstairs on the "posh" tables were mainly nominees and friends, and while they might be excited about prospects of winning awards, the lack of courtesy and manners to those giving speeches and performing was diabolically absent! If you watch the TV footage, the biggest tribute has to be given to the sound engineers who managed to screen/filter out most of this pervading and overwhelming background noise, so you probably have no idea what I'm talking about if you watch it on iPlayer.. For those of us in the auditorium it was a very major problem, as were the multiple bright mobile phone screens, distracting from what should have been a good concert - and probably added to the "not paying attention to the concert" atmosphere. One of the TV presenters was actually encouraging people to Facebook and Tweet during the proceedings: oh, FFS, get a life and turn the bloody things off until the whole thing is over, and CONCENTRATE on and listen to the music! You can always tell people AFTERWARDS what a grand night you had!
I have been to all but 2 of these award ceremonies since they first started, but very unlikely I'll be going again after this last weekend's fiasco. Still applauding Simon Thoumire for his vision in putting it all together, but we really do need to teach some folks some etiquette and manners!


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Subject: RE: BBC Alba Na Trads 2016
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 07 Dec 16 - 07:15 AM

You'll be lucky Tattie Bogle - people seem to be so insensitive these days! Wasn't aware of the prob when watching the prog, you've put an entirely different aspect on it!


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Subject: RE: BBC Alba Na Trads 2016
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 07 Dec 16 - 07:47 PM

Yes, the TV coverage was good, and did, by some miracle of technology, get rid of the background hubbub.
Of course, you cannot put into a 2-hour programme what, in fact, lasted over 4 hours. Unfortunate that some well-deserved award presentations were omitted, e.g. Folk Club of the Year, won by my good friends in Stonehaven.
Also not sure why they never show the "Departed Friends" tribute: sadly a very long list this year, of people in folk and traditional music (not all Scots) who have "left us" during this last year. They show photographs and names on a big screen, just a few seconds each. It was perhaps the only time that people were a wee bit quieter, though applauding those that they had known, and accompanied by the playing of that haunting slow air by Phil Cunningham, "The Gentle Light that Wakens Me": IMHO this is an integral and important part of the whole evening, and deserves to be shown on TV.


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Subject: RE: BBC Alba Na Trads 2016
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 08 Dec 16 - 05:59 AM

Many thks for your observations which have made me appreciate even more what I viewed! Pity they couldn't (maybe they could!) make a programme on the "Departed Friends" as a well deserved tribute, it would surely be greatly appreciated & would be a valuable historical record for the archives.


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