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National folk festival

GUEST 27 Aug 18 - 04:48 PM
Dave Sutherland 27 Aug 18 - 04:58 PM
The Sandman 27 Aug 18 - 05:49 PM
GUEST,Chris 27 Aug 18 - 06:02 PM
GUEST,oldnickilby 29 Aug 18 - 07:40 AM
Herga Kitty 29 Aug 18 - 09:11 AM
Richard Mellish 29 Aug 18 - 05:35 PM
JHW 29 Aug 18 - 07:17 PM
Herga Kitty 31 Aug 18 - 06:51 PM
Richard Mellish 01 Sep 18 - 05:16 PM
treewind 01 Sep 18 - 06:48 PM
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Subject: National folk festival
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Aug 18 - 04:48 PM

Can anyone tell me when the last national folk festival was held at sutton boningto?
Chris


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 27 Aug 18 - 04:58 PM

If I remember correctly it was April 2005. Sutton Bonington was no longer available after that due to the University not closing for Easter.


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: The Sandman
Date: 27 Aug 18 - 05:49 PM

We need it back again.


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 27 Aug 18 - 06:02 PM

Thanks


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: GUEST,oldnickilby
Date: 29 Aug 18 - 07:40 AM

I understood that the University double booked the time slot at a far bette
r rate


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 29 Aug 18 - 09:11 AM

It was definitely April 2005. John Heydon was offered August as an alternative to April for the following year, as the accommodation wouldn't be needed by students then.....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 29 Aug 18 - 05:35 PM

Was it the previous year (2004) when it couldn't happen because of the foot and mouth epidemic?

The Sandman said
> We need it back again.

I agree. However besides Sutton Bonnington being unavailable for Easter, I think John Heydon had had about enough of the labour of organising it, and there seemed no sign of a volunteer(s) to take over.

Now that there are so many folk festivals, therefore evidently loads of people able and willing to organise them, can't we find anyone to revive The National?


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: JHW
Date: 29 Aug 18 - 07:17 PM

I preferred it at Loughborough but of course I was younger then.


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 31 Aug 18 - 06:51 PM

Richard M - it was 7th April 2001 when we had a National replacement day at Cecil Sharp House, because the foot and mouth epidemic meant that the festival couldn't go ahead at Sutton Bonington.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 01 Sep 18 - 05:16 PM

Thanks Kitty. I do vaguely remember that National replacement day, now that you mention it.


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Subject: RE: National folk festival
From: treewind
Date: 01 Sep 18 - 06:48 PM

I think John Heydon would have run another one (at the time: I doubt he would now) but the problem was finding a venue that satisfied all the requirements. I think there had been a national change in timings of terms and vacations, which made events like the National impossible, not only at Loughborough but at many similar educational institutions that might otherwise have worked.

The English Country Music Weekends at the end of June, though different in focus and scale, have become a sort of replacement for parts of the National. There's certainly a lot of the same people there, and similar events.


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