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Subject: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 09:55 AM

From Peter Shepheard
Fife Traditional Singing Festival
Cancelled: 15, 16, 17 May 2020


I am sure you will have been considering the problems arising from the continuing spread of the coronavirus disease. This is clearly of concern for us as organisers of FifeSing2020. We have discussed the situation and feel there is no alternative but to cancel especially as many of the participants are in the vulnerable older age group. This will be a great disappointment to all but we feel the decision needs to be made now to ensure that accommodation cancellation costs can be minimised and travel bookings are not made.

Best wishes with the hope that we shall all avoid the dreaded virus and have an otherwise enjoyable year.

The East of Scotland Tradition Song Group
Peter Shepheard, Jimmy Hutchison and Chris Miles


Peter Shepheard
FifeSing Traditional Singing Festival
14, 15, 16 May 2021
www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing
www.facebook.com/FifeSing


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 10:01 AM

from Gavin Atkin
Workshop - spring barndance cancelled

We're sure no-one will be surprised to hear that we have been giving the coming coronavirus/Covid-19 epidemic a great deal of thought.

We're very sorry and disappointed to announce this, but we have decided to cancel the spring barndance, having considered the unusual situation, our responsibilities as organisers, the likely low attendance and growing anxiety among the public. Other dance organisers report very much reduced ticket sales.

The sessions at the Castle and the Gun and Spitroast will continue as advertised until further notice, as they are smaller events. Our visiting friend on the 29th March is Mike Hebbert, and on the 26th April we're looking forward to a visit from Will Duke.

There is no official advice yet to cancel events, but public health officials report that the virus has entered the community at large and an epidemic will follow. Their efforts now are said to be focused on slowing the spread of infection so that hospitals have a better chance of coping with those who become seriously ill.

As we are all aware, barndances are particularly energetic public events that involve deep and rapid breathing, often in fairly close proximity, and of course hand-holding.

The next workshop barn dance will be the autumn barndance on the 28th November, by which time we hope the coming epidemic will have passed.

We look forward to seeing some of you at the next workshop on the 17th March. Gavin promises to find some great tunes for the occasion: as usual, two of them will be on the tunes workshop web page some time during the next few days. https://www.singdanceandplay.net/free-english-traditional-tunes-workshops/

Julie and Gavin
http://singdanceandplay.net
or http://singdanceandplay.net

gmatkin@gmail.com


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 10:34 AM

Two events in Edinburgh also gone:
The Banjo Mandolin and Guitar Fellowship weekend at the end of March, and
Edinburgh International Harp Festival which was to have been on for 5 days in early April.
Both were to have been on held in the same boarding school premises over the Easter holidays, so it is understandable that the school would wish to avoid any risk to their staff and pupils, especially as thise attending come from world-wide locations.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: JHW
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 12:31 PM

Just had an email that Exelby Folk Club (Green Dragon, 1st and 3rd Mons, N.Yorkshire) is no more.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 12:50 PM

The Labyrinth Workshop events on Crete under Ross Daly's direction this summer are off.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,petecockermouth
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 01:09 PM

we've just lost the ireby festival - a lovely wee (650 people) local event. it's a bit annoying when hundreds of thousands will be going to cheltenham this week. i was in scotland at the weekend to see partick thistle play at dundee united. there were queues to wish your hands at half-time (this a real first) anyway the following day i was waiting for a delayed train home at glasgow central. as there had been other delays and cancelations there were several hundred people queuing on the station converse with travellers coming anf going from all over. we may all have had clean hands but how much good would that be in those circumstances?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe G
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 01:13 PM

My holiday to Puglia in April :-(

Seriously, it's really sad to see these events cancelled and I genuinely fear for other events and the musicians and tech crew who will find it difficult if not impossible to find other work


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 01:58 PM

I removed the unrelated chatter - this could be a very important thread for people checking in on upcoming events. Commentary about side-topics can go elsewhere, okay?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Modette
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 02:01 PM

All St Patrick's Day parades have been cancelled in Ireland which means that many post-parade sessions and events will probably have also bitten the dust.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 06:22 PM

SXSW (South by Southwest) was announced cancelled last week, but some of the venues are trying to still hold smaller concerts (it will take research on individual events or performers to find them). Austin-American Statesman article.

The New York Times is running a list of events that are being cancelled.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 08:41 PM

Falkirk Fiddle Workshop ceilidh cancelled (end of March).


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 10 Mar 20 - 10:30 PM

1. Peter Johnson Memoir Celebration
    Date TBD - postponed from original March date


2. NEFFA -New England Folk Festival   April 24-26, 2020 Cancelled
   https://www.neffa.org/a-very-sad-update-about-the-neffa-festival/


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 05:47 AM

Before this thread gets too long could we split it to separate country specific threads?


    I see your point, but there are lots of advantages to allowing people to see the entire scope of the problem, so I think that it's best to keep this thread as it is. Mudcatters are free to start country-specific, systematic directory threads to announce closed events. We'll make sure anything announced here is also included in such threads.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 09:09 AM

From: GUEST,Saro Stanley - PM
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 08:14 AM


I had been planning a Pete Stanley Tribute Concert in May but the event has now been postponed due to the Coronavirus. It's in the best interest for everyone concerned.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 09:17 AM

from Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle

INISHOWEN SINGING WEEKEND 2020 CANCELLED.
In light of the ongoing uncertainties around the spread of the Coronavirus, we feel the only way we can help protect visitors and the local community is by cancelling this year's gathering. We are genuinely saddened at having to do this but health is the most important issue in all of this. We hope that you all remain safe and well until we meet again in Inishowen...
Could we please ask you to share this post as widely as possible and contact anyone who you think may have intended travelling to the festival. Your heip would be very much appreciated.

http://inishowensinging.ie/


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 11:10 AM

German authorities plan to compensate cultural organizations and workers for cancellations:

story in German


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 03:41 PM

We have a singaround Friday evening, and we usually draw about 20 people and sing in a small living room. Several cases of coronavirus have been found in our community.
Should we cancel? Until when?

-Joe-

P.S. Saturday's contra dance was cancelled in this area.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 03:52 PM

Yes.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: John P
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 03:57 PM

Joe, yes you should cancel. This is how it spreads, and if it is in your community, it is likely that at least a couple of your 20 will be infected but showing no symptoms. Cancel until the virus is gone.

I hope the United States in general, and Washington State is particular will start taking this seriously. It spreads through contact and by breathing the same air, yet we're still having concerts, malls are open, schools are open, restaurants are open. There is no wide-spread testing and no cure, or even resistance to it. Someplace around 3 per cent of those who catch will die, and there is a good chance that almost all of us are going to catch it, and that means several million deaths. I hope I'm over-reacting, but if I'm not, won't all those people look silly, at least the ones who are still alive?

Remember that the CDC is being controlled by Trump the liar, who put Pence in charge. Pence doesn't believe in science, and insists that all announcements from the CDC go though him. In other words, we have no reason to believe anything they say. They both have track records of saying things in public that are the opposite of science and truth.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 04:23 PM

Well, I sent an email to about a dozen "regulars" and asked their opinion. I made sure to include a nurse in the discussion. She's a founding member of the song circle and a very wise person, so I'll probably do whatever she says.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 04:49 PM

Joe, pull up your socks and make the decision yourself. You would feel horrible if anyone in the group got sick, or heaven forbid, died after the event. Cancel it and tell them you'll enjoy seeing them in mid-April.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 05:24 PM

Interesting article in Rolling Stone about this issue:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/live-music-concerts-coronavirus-risks-losses-965482

Sorry my phone won't make blickies.

[fixed...a clone]


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 05:39 PM

The City of Dallas has cancelled the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. I imagine many of the local venues that celebrate will be making announcements.

The North Texas Scottish Festival at UT Arlington isn't until May 1, so by then they may be clear of this. Keep checking your venue sites for updates.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 06:24 PM

Not my decision to make, SRS. We're California folkies. We operate by consensus, which admittedly has its downside.

Our host for Friday recommended that we cancel, so I think that prevails. She's going to try to set up a conference call for singing.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 06:37 PM

I traveled Ireland during the panic over
"bovine spongiform encephalopathy", aka Mad Cow disease.

We were repeatedly told, "You could not have found lodging in another year."

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Inside of every disaster is opportunity.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 11 Mar 20 - 09:27 PM

I fully see the point of keeping this thread global: a friend in New Zealand had been planning to come to one of the now-cancelled events in Edinburgh. She is totally gutted and bereft as you can imagine. Haven't heard yet whether she can cancel her flights or will still come for a coronavirus holiday.
In the meantime, a private reunion of former colleagues is likely to be cancelled: one couple would have been coming from Australia. Oh, and btw, we're all retired medics in our 70s, so if we think it's a bad idea to take the risk, perhaps others should also be taking avoidance seriously.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 01:59 AM

https://www.newsweek.com/young-unafraid-coronavirus-pandemic-good-you-now-stop-killing-people-opinion-1491797

OPINION
YOUNG AND UNAFRAID OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC? GOOD FOR YOU. NOW STOP KILLING PEOPLE | OPINION
A DOCTOR IN WESTERN EUROPE
ON 3/11/20 AT 2:29 PM EDT

I'm a doctor in a major hospital in Western Europe. Watching you Americans (and you, Brits) in these still-early days of the coronavirus pandemic is like watching a familiar horror movie, where the protagonists, yet again, split into pairs or decide to take a tour of a dark basement.

The real-life versions of this behavior are pretending this is just a flu; keeping schools open; following through with your holiday travel plans, and going into the office daily. This is what we did in Italy. We were so complacent that even when people with coronavirus symptoms started turning up, we wrote each off as a nasty case of the flu. We kept the economy going, pointed fingers at China and urged tourists to keep traveling. And the majority of us told ourselves and each other: this isn't so bad. We're young, we're fit, we'll be fine even if we catch it.

Fast-forward two months, and we are drowning. Statistically speaking—judging by the curve in China—we are not even at the peak yet, but our fatality rate is at over 6 percent, double the known global average.

Put aside statistics. Here is how it looks in practice. Most of my childhood friends are now doctors working in north Italy. In Milan, in Bergamo, in Padua, they are having to choose between intubating a 40-year-old with two kids, a 40-year old who is fit and healthy with no co-morbidities, and a 60-year-old with high blood pressure, because they don't have enough beds. In the hallway, meanwhile, there are another 15 people waiting who are already hardly breathing and need oxygen.

The army is trying to bring some of them to other regions with helicopters but it's not enough: the flow is just too much, too many people are getting sick at the same time.

We are still awaiting the peak of the epidemic in Europe: probably early April for Italy, mid-April for Germany and Switzerland, somewhere around that time for the UK. In the U.S., the infection has only just begun.

But until we're past the peak, the only solution is to impose social restrictions.

And if your government is hesitating, these restrictions are up to you. Stay put. Do not travel. Cancel that family reunion, the promotion party and the big night out. This really sucks, but these are special times. Don't take risks. Do not go to places where you are more than 20 people in the same room. It's not safe and it's not worth it.

But why the urgency, if most people survive?

Here's why: Fatality is the wrong yardstick. Catching the virus can mess up your life in many, many more ways than just straight-up killing you. "We are all young"—okay. "Even if we get the bug, we will survive"—fantastic. How about needing four months of physical therapy before you even feel human again. Or getting scar tissue in your lungs and having your activity level restricted for the rest of your life. Not to mention having every chance of catching another bug in hospital, while you're being treated or waiting to get checked with an immune system distracted even by the false alarm of an ordinary flu. No travel for leisure or business is worth this risk.

Now, odds are, you might catch coronavirus and might not even get symptoms. Great. Good for you. Very bad for everyone else, from your own grandparents to the random older person who got on the subway train a stop or two after you got off. You're fine, you're barely even sneezing or coughing, but you're walking around and you kill a couple of old ladies without even knowing it. Is that fair? You tell me.

My personal as well as professional view: we all have a duty to stay put, except for very special reasons, like, you go to work because you work in healthcare, or you have to save a life and bring someone to hospital, or go out to shop for food so you can survive. But when we get to this stage of a pandemic, it's really important not to spread the bug. The only thing that helps is social restriction. Ideally, the government should issue that instruction and provide a financial fallback—compensate business owners, ease the financial load on everyone as much as possible and reduce the incentive of risking your life or the lives of others just to make ends meet. But if your government or company is slow on the uptake, don't be that person. Take responsibility. For all but essential movement, restrict yourself.

This is epidemiology 101. It really sucks. It is extreme—but luckily, we don't have pandemics of this violence every year. So sit it out. Stay put. Don't travel. It is absolutely not worth it.

It's the civic and moral duty of every person, everywhere, to take part in the global effort to reduce this threat to humanity. To postpone any movement or travel that are not vitally essential, and to spread the disease as little as possible. Have your fun in June, July and August when this—hopefully—is over. Stay safe. Good luck.

The author is a senior doctor in a major European hospital. She asked to remain anonymous because she has not been authorized to speak to the press.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: The Sandman
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 03:56 AM

ok but more than that can be done for example banning use of air conditioning on planes and in other public and workplaces


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: mg
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 04:04 AM

pope should cancel all church activities and give general absolution instead of individual confession. no mass, no funerals, no weddings.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 06:42 AM

"End-of-term" concert and traditional music classes in Aberdeen cancelled until the end of April when the situation will be reviewed.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 07:53 AM

No word yet whether or not The SMG (Scots Music group) activities will be curtailed in Edinburgh but it might be a wise precaution.

No word so far about Northern Streams, Edinburgh Flute Fling, Trad Fest etc to name but a few events in Edinburgh. Also there’s other Scottish festivals at Glenfarg, Girvan, Moniaive coming soon too.

The Niel Gow Fest is next week. It should be safe enough, I’d think.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 07:59 AM

Well, there really is no need to travel to these evil lands
Yes, and though the list grows larger you must try to understand
Try hard not to be surprised if someday you should hear
The whole world is off limits, visit Disneyland this year

Ballad of William Worthy, by Phil Ochs.

Prescient or what ?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 08:07 AM

Made a mistake there - 3rd term due to start in April has been cancelled. Situation to be reviewed in September.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 08:25 AM

"The Niel Gow Fest is next week. It should be safe enough, I’d think."
Why ?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 09:05 AM

Sorry, just surmising.

A lot will depend on the new figures over the next few days but I've a feeling the organisers will allow it to go head. The concert venues are small too but I'd be a little wary of really busy sessions.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,GBH
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 09:49 AM

this thread is very confusing- it needs to be split into several parts at least- UK/Ireland/US/Canada/EU/Aus/NZ at the very least- it will be a LONG and USELESS list otherwise.

So far it is giving a general view. If you require a more specific region covered, start a new thread and label it carefully - Coronavirus Cancellations - XXXXXXXX and if you can't fit enough wording in the title use it in the thread it self and one of the moderators will add it to the title. --mudelf


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 10:05 AM

The entire European tour - mostly UK - of Peter Case (from west coast USA) and Sid Griffin (Coal Porters / Long Ryders) has been called off.
Dates were scheduled for:-
18th – Anglesey, Wales
19th – Liverpool
20th – Newcastle upon Tyne
21st – Edinburgh
22nd – Glasgow
23rd – Birmingham
24th – London
25th – Brighton
27th – High Wycombe
29th – Graz, Austria
30th – Vienna, Austria


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 12:03 PM

It turns out the reason Trump didn't block travel to and from the UK and the US is because he owns three golf clubs in the UK. He doesn't want to cut into his profits.

I wonder how this ban is affecting US citizens trying to return home? Taking a more circuitous route (fly to Canada then to the US?)


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 12:04 PM

Coronavirus info page for musicians (on Facebook)


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 12:48 PM

Trump owns 2 golf courses in the UK, both in Scotland - and 1 in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,GBH
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 01:44 PM

US citizens in UK/Irl are not affected, nor in the Schengen area- they can still return to US direct IF there are planes to fly them.

Non- US citizens cannot fly to the US from the Schengen area, as I understand it.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 03:23 PM

I think that attitudes have changed rapidly worldwide over the last week. There are so many events that I just hate to miss, that I had planned to take the risk - even though I know darn well things would be better if everybody just stayed away from all crowds.
But events are being cancelled right and left, so the temptation to attend is being removed from me.
Good thing, I think. I've got lots of books to read and movies to watch, and the woods next door are full of wildflowers.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 03:46 PM

Not to mention tunes to practice and learn.
Just seen that the Andy Irvine/Paul Brady re-union mini-tour is in jeopardy in Ireland, with the Vicar Street gig having been postponed. They were due to do 1 performance outside of Ireland in Perth, Scotland. Wonder if that 1 gig will go ahead ?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 05:08 PM

The office of ITMA (the Irish Traditional Music Association) in Dublin is closed to walk-in visitors, though it's still fully operational over the web.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: matt milton
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 05:34 PM

Jim Eldon gig at tomorrow's Musical Traditions night cancelled (Friday 13 March)


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 06:10 PM

Aberdeen Branch of the TMSA (Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland)have cancelled their competitions day and evening ceilidh which should have taken place on Saturday 14th.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 06:35 PM

The regular Friday sing at Cyprian's in San Francisco is still on. This sing met for years at the Clayton Street home of Faith Petric, and moved to Cyprian's Center after Faith died. This musical meeting is on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 8 PM to Midnight.

We had scheduled a campership benefit concert for Camp Harmony on April 18, but that concert has been postponed due to coronavirus-related concerns.

And as I said above, we cancelled the monthly Sacramento Family Song Circle until June 12.

More information at the Website of the San Francisco Folk Music Club, https://www.sffmc.org/.

-Joe Offer-
    And note that we haven't split this thread into national threads or whatever. This thread is meant to give people an overview of cancellations worldwide, and not to be a comprehensive index. If anyone would like to start an index thread for an area, go ahead and do it.
    But since this is an international thread, please use names and dates that are universally understandable. I see notices above for the SMG and the TMSA, and I have no idea what these are.
    -Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 06:55 PM

"Scots Music group"

"Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland"
    Whew! Thank you, Johnny. I'm allergic to acronyms. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 07:36 PM

Edinburgh Flute Fling is off.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 08:31 PM

Blue Mountains Folk Festival, in New South Wales, whcih was to have started tonight, cancelled.

National Folk Festival, Canberra, Easter weekend, still hoping to go on, but I must say I'm pessimistic about this.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Mar 20 - 10:04 PM

The Atlantic is making their coronavirus articles free to all (no paywall). https://www.theatlantic.com/category/what-you-need-know-coronavirus/

I was going to share their "The Dos and Don'ts of 'Social Distancing'" separately, but it is one of several you'll find at that link.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 04:23 AM

F1, MXGP & MotoGP are cancelling events and hurriedly re-scheduling them. In the vain hope. It is all about money and contractual complexities.

I am afraid we will have to hunker down, and resort to cyber sessions/singing. Though I can't see jamming working, the latency of the internet is real and variable. The technology is there though and has a window of opportunity. Micro$oft has been advertising Microsoft Teams on TV for months.

I can see some Folk Festivals throwing in the towel after losses this year.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 08:43 AM

"I can see some Folk Festivals throwing in the towel after losses this year."
Me too, but I hope that some of the larger ones will have insurance coverage. Mind you from what I hear, most insurance companies might not cover because this is a new illness.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 10:07 AM

Regarding Jack Campn's post above:

'The office of ITMA (the Irish Traditional Music Association)'


ITMA = the Irish Traditional Music Archive


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 11:55 AM

Ruff Ceilidhs Cardiff 21st March Cancelled
Bath Ceilidhs 28th March


There was a Californian Music Festival that cancelled recently and they had insurance for everything except viral pestilence.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 12:23 PM

from The Quarter acoustic music club, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
In the interests of helping to limit the spread of the Corona virus and to protect QAMC members and other members of the public QAMC steering group has decided that it would be wisest for us to cancel all events from now until the end of June. If we get the all clear before then we will look to resuming. If not then we will review over the summer.
This unfortunately will include our previously advertised performance from Dan McKinnon. Previously scheduled for Tuesday 17/03/2020.
Apologies to all members.
Particular apologies to our booked artists. An email will be sent confirming our decision and offering a booking at a later date.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 12:32 PM

Uckfield Sussex -

UCKFIELD FOLK CLUB UPDATE
Unfortunately, due to C-Virus, we have had to postpone the visit of STEVE TURNER on Wednesday, 18th March, at the Chequers, Maresfield


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 12:34 PM

Shetland Folk Festival
·

Important message from the Shetland Folk Festival Committee:


It is with regret that due to the recent COVID -19 pandemic, we have decided to reschedule this year’s Shetland Folk Festival and our 40th celebrations till next year. We have not taken this decision lightly, but after weeks of consulting venues, musicians, stakeholders and volunteers; the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community (and those who wish to come here) must be our priority.

We want our 40th Festival to be a celebration of everything good about our islands, and recent measures such as global travel restrictions, limits on public gatherings and an understandable uncertainty amongst the most vulnerable in our community has led us to conclude that it’s better to wait another year to really do Shetland and its musical family justice.

With most of this year’s visiting acts already confirmed for 2021, we promise we will be back with another stellar line-up and we’ll be even more hungry to welcome world-class musicians and audiences back again come 29th April 2021. We will be in touch with members in the coming weeks regarding refunds and the opportunity to carry forward your membership to next year.

As disappointing as it may feel for everyone connected with the festival, we are aware that this situation is going to be difficult on the live music industry with many self-employed musicians/technicians/agents impacted. We therefore encourage our festival-goers to support artists you enjoy in whatever way you can. For example, purchasing albums or merchandise from some of the bands you are hoping to see next year… Maybe looking at learning a new instrument online… Or getting a tune written for a special occasion…
In the meantime, we wish everyone good luck and good health in what is a difficult and unprecedented situation. If our community shows the same spirit and resilience in this current time as it does during our festival each year, we have no doubt we will get through this.
Let’s make up for it in 2021!

Love,
Da Committee


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: CupOfTea
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 12:56 PM

Yeaterday was interesting, very much in the meaning of the Chinese curse "may yoy live in thteresting times" The calendar of events changed about every half hour. First came the dance cancellations - starting with English Country Dance with an older demographic, and several of us with compromised health. Next the contra dances. Some concert venues said they would carry on, changing their minds later in the day, but all the main folk-oriented ones cancelled as of today.
The decision-making process kept getting more urgent as more information came out, and three cases verified in our immediate vicinity, so by afternoon Folknet had canceled the show dear to my heart (February Sky /Phil Cooper & Susan Urban).
By then all of Ohio's universities had shut down & planning to finish out the year with remote learning. Nearly Everything with a large group of people was shut down. Governor banned assemblies of over 100 people in any venue (not that this would apply to lots of folk events...) schools below university level are expected to take a three week vacation, after getting home study packets on Monday.

While all this is going on here, I believe Judy and Dennis Cook took off for for their usual 5 weeks in England - hope the folks there will take good care of them.

Joanne, not stirring out of the house in Cleveland Heights


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 01:07 PM

Forest of Dean Folk Club Sunday cancelled, and subsequent events probably for the foreseeable future.

It has not been possible to go to Oxfolk ceildh/Eurobal tomorrow which is AFAIK on, with gel & soap on hand. The week after I am expecting Horsley French Dance to be axed, though not heard. The last one was cancelled due to Storm Dennis.

We are indeed living in interesting times - so which Chinese person did I upset to elicit that insult?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Hilary
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 05:33 PM

Someone on the publore list serve shared this google spreadsheet of cancelled events if people are inclined to add things. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uXNQZBebg96eeJJe4UlLyROpgkZGwqOgHWUZUMl3jXc/edit#gid=0


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,alfie
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 05:35 PM

I don't know for sure whether this has not already been posted, but there's a petition to the UK govt. for them to offer assistance to the events industry.

Petition 301186


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 05:39 PM

The FB page I linked to on 12 March now has 4000+ members.

Thanks to the wonderful early-keyboards player Catalina Vicens who seems to have been the main impetus for it.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 08:44 PM

My sympathies to Dan McKinnon, who I think has just arrived in England to tour and has already had one of his gigs cancelled - it's not so easy to reschedule when you're based in Nova Scotia. At least, IIRC, Judy and Dennis have family to catch up with while on this side of the pond!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 08:47 PM

We're having the Sacramento Family Song Circle on conference call. Anybody remember the multicontinental song circles we used to have on HearMe in the 1990s? I was living in a duplex then, and my computer was on the wall adjacent to my neighbor's bedroom. I'd be singing my heart out, and then I'd hear my neighbor banging on the wall.
Maybe we need to revive that practice.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Mar 20 - 09:22 PM

Here's from the Bray Singers' Circle south of Dublin. I loved singing with these people.
    Sorry to say, we have decided to cancel the Bray Singers' Circle session planned for Saturday 21 March. This is to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our guests were to have been Rachel Uí Fhaoláin, her daughter Éire and her son Chulainn; we look forward to seeing them at a later date. In the meantime, we'll sing at home and maybe learn a few new songs for when we can all get together again. Keep well and stay safe.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 05:38 AM

Dan McKinnon is coming to Australia in October, I hope the world has settled down by then.

more cancelled Australian Festivals -
2 in Western Australia - Albany Shanty Festival (Easter) & Fairbridge Folk Festival (week after Easter)

As of 3 hours ago the National Folk Festival board is still considering options, but the only one seems to be CANCEL as the Federal Govt has banned all gatherings of over 500 people (dunno why 499 is safer than 501) & even if all concerts in the largest venue (capacity 2000) were moved elsewhere they would need 4 new venues & lots more volunteers, or maybe they could count folk entering & leaving the venue ... not.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,The Goose is Out!
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 05:58 AM

We have cancelled our next gig on the 27th of March. We were to have Wizz Jones but we decided to be safe rather than sorry.Ive already provided further information in another thread.

http://www.thegooseisout.com


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 06:33 AM

Horsley French Dance has cancelled the March 21st gig. As predicted. On a scale of 0 to WW2 - I think we are not too badly off. Life ain't benign (all the time).

and the blickie from above - http://www.thegooseisout.com . Lundun SE15, innit?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Howard Jones
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 06:51 AM

I suspect this thread will very rapidly become overwhelmed. The UK government is going to ban "mass gatherings" from next weekend - quite what constitutes a mass gathering is still to be announced, but I am assuming that the festival season will be largely wiped out.

A ceilidh I help to run has been cancelled, my band has already had a gig cancelled and I'm expecting more. As things stand we intend to honour existing commitments if we can, but we're being cautious about entering into new ones.

Many small events are not part of the "events industry" so even if government assistance were to be provided I wonder whether they would qualify? The same goes for many folk musicians who stand to lose most of their income this year.

"Interesting times" indeed. Let's hope that as many of us as possible will survive to live in them.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 07:21 AM

message from John Barrow - Edinburgh Folk Club
Hi all

CORONA VIRUS STATEMENT / UPDATE
Edinburgh FC is following current government advice and music industry guidelines and proceeding with next Wednesday's gig. Obviously the 500+ audience comment from Ms Sturgeon does not apply to EFC.

Plus the basis of that comment was not so much about health as trying to reduce the pressure on public services like hospitals, police and so on. We don't think EFC's gigs would put any pressure on public services!

However, we do ask that if you are feeling at all sick, have a temperature or a cold and sniffles, or have recently returned from any of the counties listed in the link that you stay home.

For those in attendance, please make sure that you remain clean (UCC has plenty of handwash and hot water) and mindful of the current situation.

TICKET REFUNDS
If you are unable to attend any event at Edinburgh FC, for which you have purchased tickets in advance, for any reason related to the coronavirus outbreak, EFC will refund the full cost of your ticket.

This is exceptional - normally once a ticket has been purchased it's yours sine die and you can sell-it on if you wish.

In fact that's about the only way you can recoup the cost of your ticket if you cannot make it to the gig cos, in common with box offices in general, EFC normally won't refund your advance purchase.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday.

PS: I am waiting for a note from Ellen and Kevin Mitchell to say they are or are not going to be to come through from Glasgow for the gig. If they are unable to come through we'll probably just have an Open Mic night I guess. We'll let you know.

John Barrow
Chair.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 07:25 AM

Gavin & Julie Atkin who run th "Sing & Play" events in Mid-Kent

Singdanceandplay events cancelled until further notice

It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that planned Singdanceandplay events are cancelled for the coming months.

Following the barndance cancellation, we had hoped to continue with the smaller events, including those at Horsmonden and Brenchley. However, as we're probably all aware from the news, the threat of coronavirus/Covid-19 has continued to grow, as has the scale of government responses around the world.

What seems undeniable is the threat it poses to those of us who are for one reason or another especially vulnerable to developing pneumonia following infection - and that applies to folks with breathing disorders, diabetes or who have compromised immune systems, which may arise due to a range of medical and surgical causes.

Gavin has asthma and cannot risk being infected with a virus that for him has such a high risk of serious illness. This is particularly true when we know healthcare services will surely be overwhelmed and unable to provide the care we would expect in normal times.

He's far from alone in this, of course.

Please take great care of yourselves, everyone, and make sure you follow the official advice, tiresome though it is.

We promise that we'll be back with more events when this time is behind us.

Julie and Gavin

http://singdanceandplay.net or gmatkin@gmail.com


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 07:41 AM

While many clubs, sessions, festivals etc have made the decision to cancel or postpone, some others seem quite determined to go ahead on the basis of existing "Government advice".

Normally, I’d admire the spirit of such organisations and, of course, their wishes not to let booked artists and ticket holders down. However, I’m not totally convinced that this is the right time and circumstances to "soldier on" and carry on regardless. While many of us may be OK, others may not. Also, we should doing whatever we can to slow down the spread of the virus.

Also, many people including some medical experts are not convinced that The UK Gov have taken sufficient action. This explains why many organisations ranging from musical, theatrical, to sporting events have taken it upon themselves to postpone and cancel events themselves and (I believe) have now forced the Govt’s hand in this respect to officially ban larger gatherings as from next week.

*By the way, I'm not responding specifically to the post before last. I have a few other organisations in mind too.*


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 11:55 AM

Howard if the UK gvt follow the Scottish one (which they may well do) then the definition of a mass gathering will be 500 people outside or 100 people at an inside event. Though the events themselves seem to be cancelling when much smaller. I have tickets for Dean Owens at String Jam Club in Selkirk tonight and just heard that is now cancelled.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 12:04 PM

"the events themselves seem to be cancelling when much smaller"

I know and, as I said, some others want to carry on.
Unfortunately, I feel that these unitlateral decisions are sending out mixed messages and neither artits or concert goes know wher ethey stand.

I know the whole situation is terrible for everyone but I think it would be beter if we could all sing from the same hymn sheet.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 12:11 PM

Just set up Windows 10 Task Manager to record the Radio 2 webstream (very big boys' stuff!!) from C2C at the O2 this evening - then I checked with the festival website to find that very sensibly, it's been postponed too!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 01:26 PM

... and now it strikes here.
Next weekend we (The Sussex Pistols) were due to play for a ceilidh at the end of the Green Party conference in Brighton. Not only the ceilidh but the whole conference has be cancelled. We have played many dances for the Green Party, both local constituencies and for the national party and they are always really enjoyable events. They say that this is a postponement and not a cancellation; the conference will take place and so will the ceilidh.
I cannot kelp but think that this will be the first of many for the band with the amount of touching and close contat that social dancing involves.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 01:29 PM

Just read elsewhere that Edinburgh Folk Club on Wednesday next with Kevin and Ellen Mitchell has now been cancelled.

The organisers state that they will keep us posted regarding future developments over the next few weeks but they are not very confident.

What a Summer this is going to be! :-(


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 01:50 PM

Vic's post of a couple of days back detailed the aborted Peter Case tour. Peter has pneumonia and is unable to travel over from the States but Sid Griffin his co-gig partner as a UK resident these days, is doing the Liverpool gig at least - this is what the venue told us today. Sid is currently casting around for the dep. for Peter, whom of course we all wish well. Maybe the Coal Porters who knows?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: gillymor
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 02:11 PM

Here in SW Florida they cancelled St. Pat's parades in Naples and Ft. Myers and the block party I usually attend and sometimes perform at. Worst of all though, today's Immokalee Bluegrass Festival was called off. Maybe my last chance to see one of my all-time heroes, David Grisman who was playing with another great, Del McCoury.
Oh well, whatcha gonna do.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 03:35 PM

The KlezNorth klezmer music/dance event in the Peak District (100 people) next weekend is off. Seems that area had one of the first known UK cases of the virus though that fact didn't feature in the decision.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,GUEST Tom Patterson
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 06:46 PM

I have had an email today saying the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering ( UK ) will not take place this year. Competition entries already submitted can be carried forward to next year. Sad news about the 2020 Festival but completely understandable in the current circumstances. It's a great festival so let's hope all is well for 2021.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Mar 20 - 09:17 PM

The Tarves Rant (NE Scotland) is also off.
A decision is expected on Monday re Glenfarg Folk Feast at Kinross, Scotland (due 1st weekend in April).
Almond Valley Folk Club, West Calder, Scotland - guest night with Christine Kydd - postponed. There may still be a session, but only if enough people want to go!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 05:27 AM

All depressing news.

I'm afraid we've reached the stage now when all such organisations should follow suit. If not, they will inevitably leave the impression that they are not being responsible.
Of course, they may well have thought things through and the local risk, especially at the moment, may be non existent or minimal. However, the perception by others may not be the same.

As regards sessions, they can maybe continue for a while. I don't see an issue of a few friends getting together for a tune if they take care but, preferably, it should be a more low key affair. Not something which is advertised far and wide or on an "official" basis.

There's talk about closing pubs and keeping restaurants open but the distinction between the two can be quite blurred these days. You can eat, drink, and socialise in both.
There are some quiet and roomy bars and very busy bustling restaurants.
Personally, I would be very choosy these days(I am mostly, anyway) and standing ten deep at the bar in a Wetherspoons or similar would be out of the question.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 05:29 AM

Folklore Society April conference in London, England cancelled.

Dear All,
We are very sorry to announce the cancellation of our conference Folklore, Learning and Literacies, which was scheduled for 24-26 April 2020.
We hope to be able to reschedule the conference at another time.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 06:13 AM

Priddy Céilí cancelled. I have asked about regular Céilís organised by the same person.
SHOCC (Southampton ish) ceilidhs are postponed.

I think the Folk World is largely self-isolating.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 07:16 AM

Bob & Gill Berry - great friends from Devises Folk Club in Wiltshire

Hi All

It is with regret we are closing the Devizes Folk Club from today, until further notice, in the light of the forthcoming Covid-19 difficulties

Looking at our general demographic of attendees I am sure you will understand that looking after our friends and regulars as being the most important thing.

We hope to get the all clear by early summer and so honour our autumn artists booked to perform but this will be as expected but … will, of course, keep you up to date with regards the club starting up again but in the mean-time stay safe, we don’t want to lose any of you!

Bob & Gill Berry

Devizes Folk Club - 15th March 2020


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 08:22 AM

from Roger Nash of Southdowns Filk Festival, Bognor, West Sussex

CHANGING PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

Greetings, in view of the fast changing Corona Virus situation and the threat to more elderly people, we have decided to postpone MAKING YOUR MARK in Selsey & Bognor Regis next week, and probably for the next few months. We are hoping to be up and running again in July ( watch this space ) and preparations for the popular Southdowns Folk Festival ( 17-20 September ) are going ahead as planned.
Sorry to disappoint but your safety comes first.

Best

Roger Nash


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 08:43 AM

MAR21
Cancelled: Askew Sisters, Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Elephant & Castle, Lewes. East Sussex

Alas, this is cancelled due to coronavirus. We will run an open evening instead and arrange a later date for Emily & Hazel to visit us.
Valmai


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 10:29 AM

As far as one can be certain of anything these days, following on from my last post concerning the Liverpool gig for Peter Case and Sid Griffin, Sid is headlining now with support from local singer/writer Thom Morecroft.
Southport's Bothy is going ahead tonight though this could be the last one for some time. BRYONY GRIFFITH is the guest.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 10:50 AM

All face-to-face teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland is suspended.

I presume Gateshead will do the same?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 11:40 AM

I'm seeing messages on Twitter from friends who teach one-on-one music classes, giving instructions to their students how to do lessons remotely. I taught my sister how to use the Facebook Messenger's video call and Google's Hangout the other day. She is a retiree who has used skype at work, and I attribute her not having used the others before to her not having children. I was an early adopter in my family, and when my children travelled, such as my daughter studying abroad for six months in Japan, we used those video calls to eliminate long distance charges.

I suspect the current circumstances will push many people to learn to use those services that have been available to them but unexplored before now. The best tip to those who are curious about them is to open the application, study the features, find a YouTube tutorial, then arrange with a friend to test it between you. This would allow Mudcatters around the world to speak sans phone charges, and that would be a wonderful thing! (If you're already my friend on facebook and want to try out a Messenger chat, send me a message and we'll work out a time to try it.)


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 11:46 AM

A new virus which is spreading a hundred times quicker then Coronavirus, has been discovered. The Imasthickasshit virus affects people’s ability to shop normally, people with the Imasthickasshit virus will fill their trolleys with tons of toilet roll, pasta, and rice. Doctors think that Coronavirus and Imasthickasshit virus could be connected, but are worried by the speed Imasthickasshit virus is spreading. If you see anyone in a supermarket filling their trolleys with toilet roll and/or pasta and rice, please keep well clear. Stay safe.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 01:00 PM

Devizes FC
Dinder Irish Set
CANCELLED


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 01:28 PM

GREGSON LANE FOLK CLUB at NETS BAR (- GREGSON LANE - HOGHTON - LANCASHIRE - PR5 0FD) is suspending all meetings until further notice.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 05:27 PM

Cruinniú na bhFliúit -The Flute Meeting April 15th - 18th 2020 [ Ballyvourney, Co. Cork ] - Cancelled


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Greg F.
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 05:36 PM

I suspect the current circumstances will push many people to learn to use those services that have been available to them but unexplored before now.

Err - what about the significant number of economically challenged folks that don't have computers or internet access.......... and I'm not talking about just the U.S.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 06:22 PM

Greg, Obamaphones and public computers are available to low income people in the US. Those programs haven't been abolished yet, as far as I know.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Greg F.
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 06:34 PM

"Public Computers" pretty much defeat the purpose as far as coronaviruse closures & quarentines go, don't they, Joe? How are people supposed to access them?

Re "Obamaphones" see
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/phone-home/

And can you tell us how many of the 39 million U.S. folks at or below the poverty level, ands especially the 18 million in deep poverty (less than half the poverty threshold) have such "access" of phones?

Then, as I think I mentioned, there's more people in the world than those living in the good old U. S. of A.

Best,

Greg


    You're trolling, Greg. That's enough. I've worked with homeless people regularly since 1999. Most have free or low-cost cell phone service, through programs that have been available since 1984, long before Obama. Many had smartphones before I got one myself - they need them. And yes, people call them Obamaphones. And yes, there are free computers available to homeless people in many locations, and these resources are not being shut down by the pandemic. And yes, there are similar programs in other parts of the world. End of argument. Don't distract from the topic of discussion by trying to pick a fight.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: SussexCarole
Date: 15 Mar 20 - 06:38 PM

Our Swansea Copper Folk song and music sessions on the river Tawe have been cancelled until further notice due to the Corona Virus


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: r.padgett
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 04:14 AM

Looking very dubious as to whether any UK folky festivals will go ahead over next two months Cobra meeting today Monday 16th likely to make more restrictions on assembly numbers!

Ray


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 06:50 AM

The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, NAFCo, due to be held in Limerick, has been postponed to next year, 23-27 June 2021.

Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 07:03 AM

From Orchard Morris Project - Surrey
After discussions with Rampant Roosters we have agreed not to go ahead with the workshop and Spring Equinox Tour around Dorking on Sat 21st March. It has provisionally been postponed until the autumn Sat 24th October. All advance ticket holders will be refunded.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 07:05 AM

from John De Little, Folk By The Fireside, Burgess Hill, Sussex
Hello again all….after a great deal of thought I have decided we will not go ahead on Wednesday. I may be overreacting but it does seem to be the way the wind is blowing right now.

Let’s review again in April.

Best wishes

John


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 07:11 AM

from Lawrence Heath - promoter og many folk song and dance events in the Guildford, Surrey area

After discussions between Alongshore and The Music Institute we have both agreed, sadly, to cancel this Friday’s concert at the Guildford Institute.

A further statement on the short term future of the folk club to follow in the next day or two.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 07:27 AM

Gaynor from Sytchampton Dance Club has confirmed they are cancelling until further notice and adds:

The Folk Section of the Camping and Caravanning Club Easter Meet is also postponed until next Easter 2021 (assume the one near Kiddy)
Kidderminster Ukuleles has also cancelled until further notice.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 08:26 AM

Not folk, but Edinburgh's King's Theatre is now closed, on the eve of a week's production of "Patience", staged by Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Very hard on all the people who will have worked so hard rehearsing for it. Reliable info from a cast member: not yet on the theatre's website.
A quick check on the other Edinburgh theatres shows no other closures yet, but they mostly have Covid-19 statements on their websites and are " monitoring the situation in the light of Government advice".


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 09:20 AM

Paul Dengate from Hastings writes -
The St Patrick's Day Session led by Hastings CCE at the Jenny Lind on the 17th March has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 09:24 AM

Croydon Folk Club cancel meeting on March 23rd
CANCELLED,.....message from Tim (Edey)...Hi guys, hope you are well amongst all this madness.. I have asked John Barrow to get in touch re my concert next week,
I personally would feel the right thing is to re-schedule as its simply too risky i believe to be having any gatherings of any people at present sadly,
hate to cancel but re-scheduling with JB for an autumn October or Nov date or dec is the way ahead i would say
stay safe folks tim


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 09:26 AM

from Wessex Acoustic Folk Club
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

With the situation changing daily, we have been watching and waiting on official advice for public gatherings.
We now feel we need to take responsible action and have cancelled concerts through to the end of May.
We will monitor the situation and take further action if necessary.

People who have already bought tickets for the cancelled events should be contacted by We Got Tickets with details of refunds.

We will post on FaceBook, the club website, and email our mailing list when there is news of changes.
As many as possible of the cancelled concerts will be rearranged and fitted in to our programme in the future.

We hope you all stay safe and well in these testing times.

John, Kathy and Kitty


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 09:39 AM

Dan McKinnon has cancelled the rest of his tour.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derrick
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 10:53 AM

Folk on the Moor folk club at the Westward Inn Lee Mill Devon closed until at least the 19th April depending on the situation at that time.
We had Dan McKinnon as our Guest last night,he told us his wife had warned him to come home as soon as he could get a flight as the Canadian
Government is considering closing the US/Canada border to help check
the possible spread of the Virus,and might go even further.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 12:12 PM

from Jackie Oates
IMPORTANT UPDATE:
In the midst of these uncertain times, the following gigs have been cancelled:
March 20th - Folk At The Barlow, Edgworth, Bolton
March 29th - Walthamstow Folk Club (with John Spiers)
April 3rd - Devoran Acoustic, Cornwall (with John Spiers)
All other gigs, remain as they were
We completely understand the reasons for these cancellations. However -
Losing work at such short notice is a huge blow to musicians and leaves us all in a very precarious position. We have no safety nets, and no fall back options at this point in time.
John and I have been busy recording and producing a new CD exclusively for our upcoming tour. If you would like to order a copy of the CD you will be helping us a great deal.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 12:19 PM

from Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
It is with much sadness and deep regret that we have to announce that we are cancelling the remainder of our ‘On Reflection’ Tour dates with immediate effect.

For now please hang on to your tickets - we hope to reschedule these dates into the autumn - as you can imagine these are testing times for the promoters and venues and they will need time to work it out.

We have taken this decision as we feel strongly that it is the responsible and right thing to do in the current circumstances.

This is a very worrying time and we thank everyone in advance for their support and understanding.

Stay safe and calm.
Much love from Dartmoor,
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman xx.
For the full list of cancelled appearances - have a look at https://www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com/


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 12:41 PM

SHEPLEY SPRING FOLK FESTIVAL 15-17 May - Huddersfield, Yorkshire - CANCELLED.
Fill announcement at https://www.facebook.com/ShepleySpringFestival/?__tn__=%2CdkCH-R-R&eid=ARBBNFg6QglZ8e6_Xl5lr_KAysWQKTJwI-teJhwd2eU7tSE369nKrD0AR


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 01:14 PM

Scots Music Group in Edinburgh or The ALP as it is affectionately known has cancelled all its Summer term classes, their end of term concert and also the Cafe Caleerie event tomorrow at The Scottish Story Telling Centre.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 02:03 PM

Traditional Song Forum
16 March 2020
Swindon Meeting Postponed
I am very sorry to have to tell you that the TSF meeting that was planned to take place on 25 April in Swindon has been postponed because of the current situation with CV-19. I am sorry if this causes any inconvenience to those who have planned to attend.

This is a great disappointment, particularly for the people who have been preparing presentations for the meeting. We will try, as soon as the situation improves, to set a new date for the meeting and we will be able to see their work then.

For now please look after yourselves - and we will hope to see you again later in the year.

Best wishes

Martin Graebe


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 02:38 PM

The Leith Folk Club dismisseth us.....

"Reluctantly, but inevitably, we have to announce that Leith Folk Club will have to close it's doors for a while because of the coronavirus. We actually have mixed emotions about it all because while we'd like to keep the club going for the musicians and for you, our audience, we definitely don't want a single person to become ill just because we stayed open."

So tomorrow's gig with rab Noakes is off and others for the foreseeable future.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 02:56 PM

The sessions at "The Bridge" in Shoreham near Brighton, Sussex -

Dear All

Given the Government announcement that we should all avoid pubs etc because of the Covid-19 situation, having spoken to Imogen at the Bridge we have agreed we should cancel the Bridge Session tonight.

I will let you know when we can resume, which I suspect might be several months time.

Keep safe and heathly.

Best wishes

Bob


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 04:18 PM

from - Gareth & Pat, Uckfield Folk Club, Sussex

Due to the current Covid 19 situation Pat and I have taken the decision to cancel the March 18th UFC session.
We hope to have Steve Turner back in the future so watch for further notices.
Gareth & Pat


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 04:33 PM

(I am posting so many of these because they all to me as the person who maintains the The Folk Diary Facebook page and all the updates get sent to me. Here's another from The Willows, Arundel Folk Club :-)

Dear friends,
We are very sorry to say that we have to postpone all Willows evenings until June 2020.
'Boris Johnson tells people to work from home, keep out of pubs and clubs and to stop ALL 'non-essential' social contact for 12 weeks.'

Woodies Acoustic Entertainment Evening, Chichester Pickers and Geoff's Village Stage nights have also been postponed for now.

We hope to get back to normal in June 2020, but will keep you posted.
Please look after yourselves and stay safe.
Kindest good wishes from Yvette, Liz and Derek XXX


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Guest Tim
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 04:36 PM

Henry Trengrouse Day, 22/03 at The Blue Anchor, Helston, Cancelled as are the last Saturday in the month singers sessions until further notice.
I’ll let folks know regarding Flora Day dreckly


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 04:44 PM

from XRX SHANTYMEN -Shanty Sessions - The 'Jenny Lind', Hastings, Sussex


Good evening. It is with regret that XRX will not be in the Jenny Lind on the 26th March for there monthly shanty sessions. We are taking advice and staying at home. It is sad as it was going to be Michael’s final bash( again). I’m sure that he’ll come down and have a sing a long with us at some point.
We wish you all the very best. Stay well and we’ll see you all when this virus has gone.
Scott, Jon and Mick.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 05:29 PM

As I sometimes publicise on here Bob Askew's Ballad Chats at Cecil Sharp House, it behoves me to mention that the one next week, 25th March, is now postponed until the autumn.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 06:54 PM

That would be Cafe CEILIDH at the Scottish Storytelling Centre tomorrow (March 17th) Johnny Jay.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Helen
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 09:14 PM

Australian National Folk Festival is cancelled next month.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Mar 20 - 11:31 PM

Coronavirus closures now include many bars, gyms, and restaurants in America. This by order of the governors or mayors, the POTUS wouldn't go so far as to make the order.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 04:41 AM

La Muse French Dance Coventry. Cancelled
& I suspect (though not heard) Alvechurch French Dance

Oxford Irish Set have suspended dancing.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 05:45 AM

Sorry, TB. Probably not the time for my usual humour and I should be precise.
Of course, The Cafe Ceilidh at The Scottish Story Telling Centre which is a very popular event.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 05:46 AM

Also, The annual Niel Gow Festival at Dunkeld which was due to take place this weekend has been cancelled. This was alway one of my favourites.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Tony C
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 05:54 AM

The Topic Folk Club Bradford has suspended its programme with immediate effect until further notice. Sad for a club that has been running on a weekly basis since 1956, but there are sadder things, like for instance contracting coronavirus. Best wishes to all in the mudcat and folk world.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 06:10 AM

yesterday the National Folk Festival was cancelled, today I cancelled my folk club for this weekend.

I came home to about 20 emails & they all related to coviv19, even the email from my sister (I had sent her some cartoons on the topic!) many were about cancellations.

The weekly newsletter from our state Folk Federation listed more cancellations than events, & there was a notice on the top of the newsletter saying some of the listed events might still be cancelled, so check beforehand.

As we are in the middle of Festival season (Jan-April), lots of international artists have arrived for the National & other festivals. One performer is heading out after doing earlier festivals, with only his last couple of concerts cancelled, but others are just arriving.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 07:28 AM

The Black Swan Folk Club in York has closed down until August / September.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 07:35 AM

The Folk Sessions at Polka Hop and Fernandes Tap in Wakefield, Yorkshire, have been cancelled until Further notice due to the Coronavirus situation.
Good luck to all, in particular to those who, like me, are more "at risk!".


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Rain Dog
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 07:40 AM

Faversham Folk Club has closed until things get better.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 09:39 AM

As you might have expected, we have decided to cancel the April Slow and Steady at Eaves Green, Chorley. We will review the situation towards the end of April and let you know by email if we feel it is ok or not to run the session in May (although I suspect not!). Stay safe and healthy. Cheers Brian


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Henry Piper (of Ottery)
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 10:02 AM

I Have just heard via lunchtime T.V that Helston Flora Day is Cancelled.
Does anyone have any info about Padstow, as I was planning to go.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 10:30 AM

The annual Glenfarg Folk Feast due to be held Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th April 2020 has been cancelled as have all Glenfarg Folk Club nights from 23rd March onwards. :-(


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 11:11 AM

Cecil Sharp House will be closed until the end of May.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 11:49 AM

Of interest only to the dance community in Tarrant County, TX, but the hafla (a dance concert - belly dance, gypsy, etc.) that was scheduled in a couple of weeks at a local middle eastern restaurant has been cancelled. And this is the kind of thing that is likely to drive a lot of small businesses out of business. Dance students can keep their distance as they dance, but there is equipment that must be cleaned that is difficult to clean (fans, veils, etc.) so will probably reduce dances to simple productions with no props.

When this has passed we must pick up immediately where we left off if the studio manages to open again in a few weeks. The restaurant has a great buffet that brings in a lunch crowd, except now it will only be takeout if they can keep it up.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 11:52 AM

Southport's Bothy is the next one to add the list of closures for the foreseeable future. Our 55th birthday weekender next month will be abandoned but I guess the main thing is to ensure we can make it to the 56th!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 01:54 PM

Pete Fletcher - White Horse Folk Club, Beverley, East Yorkshire.
Last night we came to the regrettable but inevitable conclusion that the Club has to close for the foreseeable future.
See you all on the other side!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 01:57 PM

Bournemouth Folk

Bad news!

Very sadly, we have had to cancel the upcoming gigs with Megson, Martin Simpson and Daphne's Flight. The Shelley Theatre has announced closure for now as a result of the Government advice due to the danger of Covid-19 spreading.

The Shelley Theatre will be in touch with all ticket-purchasers.

Hopefully we will be able to resume our series of folk concerts in a few months time. We will keep you informed by mail-out. We plan to offer gigs to these three acts for some time in 2021.

See you soon and keep healthy!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 01:59 PM

Islington Folk Club

Cancellations

Over the weekend, we decided, because of the increased spread of the Coronavirus, to cancel the next three club nights. These are this coming Thursday - 19th March - and 26th March & 2nd April. We very much regret having to do this but there is clearly overwhelming evidence that even when people gather in small groups, there is a heightened risk of infection.

Given the Government's advice yesterday - that we should all 'avoid' pubs, restaurants, theatres, etc. and that those over 70 and those and/or with underlying health conditions should socially distance themselves for an extended period - it seems likely that there will need to be further cancellations. There is in fact a strong possibility that we will not be able to resume until the Autumn. We will review the situation in seven to ten day's time and keep you informed.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 02:09 PM

Balerno Folk Club - Tim Edey on 31st March - also cancelled/postponed. Hope to have him back next year.
Tim is doing some guitar tutorials on YouTube, I think: worth checking his Facebook page for details.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 02:19 PM

The Daoiri Farrell Spring Tour of the Uk and Ireland has been cancelled

http://www.daoiri.com/

....and I had tickets for his appearance in Lewes on March 28th!
I must say that as a compulsive live music junkie (whether it is playing and singing myself or listening to others) that the prospect of living without my fix of live gigs for possibly months is horrifying.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 02:22 PM

Shammick Acoustic
A not-for-profit organisation
(Usually) 4th Saturdays at The Pack o’ Cards, High Street, Combe Martin EX34 0ET
Contact: Tom & Barbara Brown, 4 Trafalgar Arcade, Castle Street, Combe Martin, N. Devon EX34 0JD
Tel: 01271 882366/07977 914736
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk

Just listed as CANCELLED until...........


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 04:09 PM

The promised update from Lawrence Heath

Welcome to the Facebook group for the Music Institute Folk Club. The club meets approximately fortnightly, between September and April inclusive, at the Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH (opposite the Library in North Street). We have some of the top names from the English folk scene (and sometimes further afield) twice a month. In addition we run monthly "Come All Ye Open Stage" evenings for local performers and very occasionally promote concerts at other venues in the centre of Guildford.

Our website is http://www.musici.org.uk.

The folk club is run by The West Surrey Folk Consortium which also organised the monthly barn dances at Godalming Borough Hall, known as GBH Ceilidhs, which have their own group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1257598820921404/

To join our mailing list please go to Mailchimp using this URL - http://eepurl.com/FfZ6D


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 04:30 PM

from Sheila Miller

Cellar Upstairs club cancelled this Saturday
Dear all

This week’s guest, Jeff Wesley, is 85, so I phoned him to check whether he was still happy to come on Saturday. He’s decided that it would be wiser not to come. Under all the circumstances, I’ve decided it would be best to cancel the club this Saturday. I’m hoping that we will be able to meet on 28th March and 4th April, but it’s impossible to be sure, as the situation has been changing from day to day.
Looking ahead, the Teacups have reluctantly decided to cancel their forthcoming farewell tour, including their night at the Cellar on 16th May. Their agent says they found it a difficult decision to make but, with the travel restrictions from the US (where Alex lives), and because Alex is immuno-compromised, it was just not possible for him to travel at this time. With the new advice from the government this week, they’ve decided they have to cancel the tour.

As this has only just happened, I haven’t yet booked a replacement for that night. I am hoping that the virus will be past its peak by then, and we’ll be able to get together in small groups, if not in large ones.

All the best (and keep on washing your hands!)

Sheila


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Guest Tim
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 05:37 PM

Helston Flora Day cancelled...


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Happy
Date: 17 Mar 20 - 06:43 PM

Easter 2020: Folk Up the Moors

IMPORTANT - EVENT CANCELLED!!


I’ve just heard from Leon, landlord at the Sportsman’s, who agrees with me and general consensus that because of prevailing conditions, the event should be cancelled for the wellbeing and safety of everyone.

Regrettable but necessary.

Hopefully we can re-schedule the gathering as soon as safe to do so.

Sincerely,

John Steward


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 03:31 AM

Just posted on my website about two in Stroud
Lansdown Hall CLOSED - Chris Wood CANCELLED
Wotton under Edge UtEA CLOSED. Tom McConville CANCELLED
Stroud Ceilidhs in Dursley April 4th CANCELLED.

I think it is fair to say if it looks the kind of thing to be cancelled it almost certainly is. Or would be lightly attended anyway.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 07:03 AM

A major loss for the folklore calendar in Sussex: -

Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green


It is with great sadness that Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green has decided that in the current circumstances it would be both impossible and irresponsible to go ahead this year.

This is not a decision we have come to lightly and know that many people will, like us, be devastated. Not only is this for many of us a major high point of our year, it is also vital to kick-starting the local summer economy. We will be meeting regularly to discuss the situation as advice from the government evolves.

We would like to thank all of our supporters, volunteers and local businesses for their continued support. Please keep safe everyone, look after yourselves. ??


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Henry Piper (of Ottery)
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 07:31 AM

Not particularly Folk, but important news. Glastonbury is cancelled.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 07:47 AM

John Byng from Horsham Folk, Sussex writes:-



Dear Horsham Folk Club Members and Friends

We had a great time last Sunday with the Flying Toads but I am sorry to say that the new plague now forces us to close for a while.

This is a great pity, not least because I was so looking forward to the Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne gig in a fortnight's time. But we shall keep the forced closure to the minimum so we urge you to look out for my next email which I hope will convey much better news.
Look after yourselves and each other.

Best wishes


John Byng


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 09:21 AM

Bob Perry's "Spyboy" concerts in Sussex with proposed alternative date arrangements

Hello - Covid 19 - Inevitably and sadly, thanks to the Government's advice and our own wish to keep our supporters and musicians safe we have no alternative but to halt proceedings until this dreadful situation passes...…….

For the time being there will be no Spyboy shows between now and the end of April.
THOSE THAT WERE PLANNED ARE LISTED BELOW ALONG WITH CURRENT INFORMATION SHOWING REARRANGED DATES ETC

The Hailsham Pavilion box office, where tickets have been sold for all these shows will be contacting you about refunds and other options

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THEM – they will contact you

They have an enormous job to do, for it is not only Spyboy shows that they sell tickets for,
so please be patient…. they will contact you as soon as they possibly can (and please don’t
worry if it is not until after the original date of the show).

In the meantime you may wish to look at the Spyboy website – www.spyboy.co.uk
to see what is happening after the end of April

To all our supporters, and colleagues we send our best wishes for your health and wellbeing and like us you may consider just how you are able to help our community during this challenging time.

If you have any questions or queries please contact info@spyboy.co.uk

LINDISFARNE – SUNDAY 22nd MARCH (HASTINGS)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE
AT THE MOMENT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO REARRANGE IT

FEAST OF FIDDLES – FRIDAY 27th MARCH (EASTBOURNE)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN MARCH 2020
AND IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO REARRANGE IT UNTIL APRIL 2021
(SATURDAY 17th APRIL 2021 BEING THE LIKELY DATE)

BENJI KIRKPATRICK & THE EXCESS – SUNDAY 29th MARCH (ALFRISTON)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN MARCH
WE ARE TRYING TO REARRANGE A NEW DATE IN NOVEMBER
AT ALFRISTON (possibly Friday 27th November)

LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE – FRIDAY 3rd APRIL (ALFRISTON)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN APRIL
WE HOPE WE MAY BE ABLE REARRANGE A NEW DATE
(BUT PROBABLY UNLIKELY)

RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ SHOW – SATURDAY 4th APRIL (EASTBOURNE)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN APRIL
WE ARE TRYING TO REARRANGE A NEW DATE IN OCTOBER
(FRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER BEING THE LIKELY DATE)
(Still awaiting confirmation from the band's management)
EASTBOURNE COLLEGE THEATRE

CALAN – SUNDAY 5th APRIL (ALFRISTON)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN APRIL
WE ARE TRYING TO REARRANGE A NEW DATE IN DECEMBER
(SATURDAY 19th DECEMBER BEING THE LIKELY DATE)

MAGIC OF THE BEATLES – FRIDAY 10th APRIL (HAILSHAM)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN APRIL
A NEW DATE HAS BEEN SET - SUNDAY 18th OCTOBER

OYSTERS 3 – FRIDAY 17th APRIL (HAILSHAM)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN APRIL
AND IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO REARRANGE IT

STRAWBS – SUNDAY 26th APRIL (ALFRISTON)
THIS SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN APRIL
WE ARE TRYING TO REARRANGE A NEW DATE IN NOVEMBER
(SATURDAY 14th NOVEMBER BEING THE LIKELY DATE)


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 09:35 AM

The Eurovision Song Contest has just "met its Waterloo.."
Cancelled.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Mick Haywood
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 10:13 AM

WHITBY FOLK CLUB: The club will be closed on Thursday nights for the unforeseeable future. We'll see you all again, hopefully, in better times. Mick and Angi Haywood.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 12:18 PM

Well it's not all doom and gloom! This website gives us some excellent news.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 12:44 PM

The San Francisco Folk Music Club has now cancelled its legendary twice-monthly song gatherings at Cyprian's. The last gathering was last Friday. Now it's closed, too.
The entire San Francisco Bay area and the City of Sacramento are shut down. Most counties surrounding Sacramento are Republican strongholds, and appear to be resisting shutdown. They think it's a "Democrat Party" hoax.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 04:23 PM

Upton Folk Festival cancelled, comes as no surprise. Too close to the present.

Whitcombe Dance Club cancelled

The CEILIDH IN CHRISTCHURCH, CHELTENHAM on Sat April 18 has been cancelled.

The Alvechurch French and Breton Music and Dance session is cancelled until further notice


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 04:33 PM

May Heydays dance festival cancelled, Evesham May Day(truncated) BH

Tredegar House Festival, Newport, Gwent. POSTPONED till TBA

Chippenham, still waiting to see how the epidemic and Gov advice looks.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 18 Mar 20 - 05:04 PM

Traditional Song Forum
18 March 2020
The Folk Voice Conference in Sheffield is postponed
I am sure that, like me, you will have had a seemingly unending stream of messages telling you about events cancelled and organisations pulling in their horns. Sadly, I must add to the pile with the not unexpected news that we are going to have to delay the Folk Voice Conference that was planned for 6th June. It is a great shame because the proposals for papers that we have received include some really original and interesting ideas, and I am longing to hear them. But we are all going to have to wait until the current difficulties have subsided. The organising team remains totally committed to the idea and it will happen.

Thank you to all those who have submitted proposals for papers. We are holding them carefully and we will be in touch. There will be a further call for papers when we have a new date so, if you had a nearly formed idea that you didn't quite get around to submitting - keep thinking!

Best wishes to all and keep healthy!

Martin Graebe


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 19 Mar 20 - 07:11 AM

From Cheque-Mates Folk 'N' Roots Music Club, School Lane, Hopwas, Near Tamworth
Dear All,

Reluctantly and wisely, we are following advise to postpone our club and therefore we will not be celebrating the Irish tonight after all. We had a chat with the steward, Jabba, and he says it will be evident that the club itself will have to close. The Hopwas Beer Festival is also postponed.

Those of you who are performers it’s a chance to look at replenishing our repertoire, and plenty of time to rehearse in our lounges at home!! Save money on the beer and be healthy!

We will be back as soon as things improve. It all seems a bit surreal, and the first time the club has been closed other than a move and a refurbishment of the venue in 29 years!

Keep Music live in our Homes and stay Health Happy and Well!!
You can still hear Claret on the radio see below! Please take a listen thank you!

Best Wishes,
Keeping Music 'Live'

Tim and Sandra Robinson
Claret Celebrating 30 Years, and Cheque-Mates Folk 'N' Roots Music Club


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 19 Mar 20 - 08:01 AM

Graham of GPS Presentations, Uckfield, Sussex
Hi everyone,

Due to the latest government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus I have cancelled the Barber & Taylor gig due to be held on 19 April and also the Jim Crawford one due to be held on 24 May.

Any tickets already paid for will be fully refunded.

The position regarding the 24 June gig with Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi will be reviewed in a month's time when we will all know more about the likely outcome of the Coronavirus crisis.

At present the Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival 2020 is still going ahead on 24th, 25th and 26th July with the position being monitored on a regular basis. Tickets will shortly go on sale with the proviso that should the festival be cancelled all ticket money will be refunded.

Hopefully we will be able to enjoy some live music in June or July but meanwhile do take care.

Kind regards
Graham


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: rich-joy
Date: 19 Mar 20 - 08:31 AM

Latest sad casualty from Down Under is :

50th Top Half Folk Festival at Mary River Wilderness Retreat (June 5-8) - Mt Bundey, NT Australia

cheers :(
R-J

https://www.topendfolkclub.org/top-half-folk-festivals/

https://www.facebook.com/tophalffolkfestival/


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 19 Mar 20 - 01:37 PM

Well Borris didn't announce the expected London lockdown today. 17 clubs and venues announced that they are shut at least until end of May and a few optimists planning to review the situation at Easter.

Full list on the Folk London website


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 05:10 AM

In the UK King Boris mumbled something about 12 weeks. Which would put resumption of normality in the middle of June. It is a hope, not a reasoned analysis IMNSHO.

And the massed public will have an inertia - things may be slow to pick up again.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 10:08 AM

Chester Folk Festival, UK, Spring Bank Holiday weekend, cancelled.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Guest Tim
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 10:34 AM

Padstow obby oss, May Day cancelled


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 20 Mar 20 - 06:47 PM

Chippenham UK festival in May also cancelled, it seems....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: EBarnacle
Date: 21 Mar 20 - 01:30 AM

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has cancelled this year's festival, which would have been held in Croton On Hudson over Fathers Day Weekend, June 20 and 21. We hope to be back in business at the usual venue and date next year


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"
Date: 21 Mar 20 - 10:49 AM

Sadly and for the reasons you all understand "Elsie`s" Sing and Play Evenings with guests are suspended until further notice. We sympathise with all the booked guests that have been advised but when things get back to normal we shall ensure their appearance at Cowden Pound.

Many thanks for your understanding,
David, Iris & John


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 21 Mar 20 - 10:58 AM

The All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil has been axed for 2020. An I would assume all county and provincial Fleadhanna, I would assume.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 21 Mar 20 - 12:11 PM

All my gigs are cancelled so I took on some sign writing for two different Cafes. Last night Boris shut the Cafes!!!
It's my delight on a shiny night! I'm taking orders for Ducks Pheasants, and Rabbits. I'm eating the Hedgehogs myself. Recipes on sale for a pound. Keep safe and well everybody. :-)
Nick


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Some bloke
Date: 21 Mar 20 - 01:19 PM

Sadly, we have cancelled Epworth Music Day, here in North Lincs which this year would have been 20 June. It reached the point of having to financially commit to some upfront costs or pull the plug.

If it goes away sooner than we think, then a cut down version could exist but without of the infrastructure of road closures etc. Watch this space.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Mar 20 - 05:30 AM

Chippenham Folk Festival have POSTPONED to May 28 - 31st 2021. I think we can call that a cancellation.

Oxford Folk Weekend 17-19th Apr have not posted anything re COVID-19 - with venues being closed we can assume no-one will turn up. But it would help to have clear indications.

A lot of festivals scheduled for June (that I list) have not posted cancellations (as of today).


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 22 Mar 20 - 08:08 AM

From Fairport -

"In recent years Cropredy has survived foot and mouth, avian flu, swine fever, SARS and, last year, the gales which disrupted so many other events. This year we will do our utmost to keep the show on the road."


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 07:31 AM

Cancelled: Life as we know it.
:-(


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mrrzy
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 08:34 AM

Interesting article for those of you who can read French...

https://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2020/03/27/coronavirus-le-spectre-de-l-annulation-pese-sur-les-festivals-musicaux-de-l-ete_6034655_3246.html


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: peregrina
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 10:12 AM

Please, Nick, don't eat hedgehogs or share recipes (perhaps you were joking? But I cannot tell)

Hedgehogs are in danger of extinction in the UK. There are now fewer than a million left. I do rescue and rehabilitation on a small scale and saw fewer hogs last summer than ever before, and all brought to me for rescue perished.

If you live in the UK help the hogs by growing pollinating plants, ensuring that your fence allows hogs to reach neighboring gardens, avoiding pesticides, and leaving some areas of the garden untidy


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 03:01 PM

Yes perhaps I was joking. Beam me up Scottie!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 06:33 AM

Cambridge Folk Festival cancelled

Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 09:27 AM

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, early July, cancelled.

Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:15 AM

The World is cancelled until further notice: but resourceful individuals are putting their music and talk on via virtual means.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Henry Piper (of Ottery)
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 01:37 PM

Any News on Sidmouth yet ???


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 04:36 PM

Still hopeful according to the website.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 04:54 PM

No news on Sidmouth. Or Warwick, womad, underneath the stars, Wickham, cropredy, broadstairs, folk East, Whitby, Shrewsbury, Towersey.....
Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 06:56 AM

ECMW just cancelled. It will return to Croxton 25/26/27 June 2021


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: RTim
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 01:47 PM

2020 Mystic Sea Music Festival in June also Cancelled....

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Felipa
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 05:16 PM

I almost didn't look at this thread, because my immediate reaction was that EVERY meeting and event between now and the summer is cancelled. But it was a different situation in many places "way" back on the 12 of March when this discussion thread started.

St. Patrick's celebrations of various kinds throughout Ireland were cancelled about a week ahead of time. By mid March, the various groups and the club meetings that I would have participated in in N. Ireland were cancelled indefinitely. That was before the UK and Irish governments made official restrictions.

NI Family History Society has cancelled all meetings for spring and summer. HALSWAY MANOR residential folk course venue in Somerset England is closed till June 1. Subject to review the closure may be extended.

NONSUCH DULCIMER CLUB, UK, has cancelled its annual long weekend workshop which was scheduled for late October, rather than going ahead with plans and possibly finding they have to cancel in the end up. The venue is allowing the group's deposit to be held over until 2021.

Looking through this discussion thread, I've learned of many groups and festivals I didn't know about - several of great interest to me - and learned that the next North Atlantic Fiddle Convention will be in Ireland. Somethings to look forward to in 2021 or 2022?


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 01 Apr 20 - 09:01 AM

Cropready announced that they were still hoping to go ahead four days ago. Another festival (sorry, confidential info, no names) is making contingency plans for cancellation and have a decision point for a no-go announcement later this month.

Personally I think that we will be seeing UK restrictions running into August. I just hope that we are far enough through all this to allow clubs to reopen for their 20/21 season in the autumn.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 06:50 AM

Sidmouth just announced


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 10:34 AM

From the Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy/Willie Clancy Summer School website:



Coronavirus Notice from Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Like other organisations with events scheduled for June, July and August, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is anxiously monitoring the current health crisis. We propose to wait until around mid-May to see if the situation improves before we make any announcements. If, at that point, the authorities are satisfied summer schools and festivals can take place during these months, then we may be in a position to run the summer school. But if circumstances remain critical then the 2020 school cannot be run.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 12:08 PM

All the Edinburgh festivals off. That's huge.

Wimbledon't. That has more effect than any of the others, since it turns millions of people into couch potatoes every year.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 05:08 PM

I received an e-mail tonight

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we have had to take the decision to cancel this year’s Sidmouth Folk Festival for the well-being of all involved.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 03:05 AM

@MrRed - already posted up-thread


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 05:48 AM

Underneath the Stars festival cancelled...

Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 09:38 AM

Troll this, Joe - looks like your "Obamaphones" & "public computers" are falling down on the job.


A Crisis In Education: Schools Can’t Reach Thousands Of Children

During its first week of distance learning, Clark County School District in Nevada ? which serves about 320,000 students ? made contact with about 309,000 kids via email, phone calls or “progress demonstrated through a learning management system,” a spokesperson wrote HuffPost. That still leaves around 11,000 students the district was unable to reach.

Atlanta Public Schools reported that after the first two weeks of school closures, about 84% of students in pre-K through 12th grade had logged in to any district application daily. Over 6,000 kids have failed to get online.

In Los Angeles, 40,000 high school students have not been in daily contact with their teachers, and 15,000 have failed to complete any schoolwork since schools closed on March 16, according to the Los Angeles Times.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 07:23 PM

Wirral Fest. - early June, cancelled but those of us taking part have been asked to note the rescheduled dates for June 2021 and amend our paperwork accordingly.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 05:27 AM

The White Horse Folk Festival, in Grove, Oxfordshire, which was scheduled for 14-16 August 2020, has been rescheduled for 13-15 August 2021...


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 05:41 AM

Shrewsbury now cancelled too.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 06:21 AM

And Towersey … announced this morning...
Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 06:32 AM

WOMAD in July also cancelled...
Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 08:34 AM

Whitby and FolkEast still to make a decision but I am not optimistic.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 09:07 AM

Warwick Folk festival cancelled today.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 14 Apr 20 - 01:47 PM

Cornwall FF just added to the list.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Lenny's mum
Date: 15 Apr 20 - 11:31 AM

Cleckheaton Folk Festival, unfortunately, has been postponed from 3rd, 4th, 5th July 2020 to 2nd, 3rd, 4th July 2021. Hopefully we should have the same lineup. We hope to see old and new friends there next year.
Janet


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 15 Apr 20 - 05:36 PM

Broadstairs folk week cancelled today....
Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Kristoffer Ross
Date: 15 Apr 20 - 09:32 PM

I received the announcement yesterday that the 40th Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY, (Last Friday-Sunday of June) has been postponed to 2021.
~Kristoffer


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Subject: RE: His Worship & The Pig Faldingworth 12 May 07
From: GUEST,Arthur-Itis
Date: 16 Apr 20 - 05:13 PM

Hasn't time moved on. It's now April 2020 and we are locked down with the Corona Virus and no folk concerts at all. Who would have thought.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Johnny J
Date: 17 Apr 20 - 07:08 AM

From facebook

"Whitby Folk Week 2020 POSTPONED to 21st to 27th August 2021"


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 17 Apr 20 - 07:55 AM

Cropredy also cancelled this morning.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Apr 20 - 09:55 AM

Just cancelled my Whitby B&B, I just hope that they are still in business next year.

Cropredy were being pretty gung-ho about going ahead until recently.

From the way the news is being spun I am not too optimistic about September's festivals now.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: The Sandman
Date: 18 Apr 20 - 02:12 AM

Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival 19 june 2020
We are sorry to have to announce the cancellation of our Sea Shanty Festival planned for 19 21 June 2020. The current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a worry for all, and no matter how matters progress in the next month or so we have decided it would not be appropriate to continue with our plans for this year. This is a big disappointment for us but the health and safety of our visitors, from home and overseas and for those involved with the organisation of the Festival is our number one priority.

Again I am sorry that we cannot proceed but in the meantime please be careful and stay safe.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 18 Apr 20 - 08:08 AM

Sadly, this was inevitable, Dick. I hope it does not land the organisers with a lot of expenses that are difficult to meet.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 18 Apr 20 - 09:09 AM

never heard you describe your festival as a 'Sea Shanty Festival' Dick?-It always seemed inclined that way to me but if that's how you see it nowadays, it maybe explains my own ambivalent view of it?

A cancellation is sad but inevitable, and a loss to the village, as you've brought a lot of people (and their £££) to West Cork since you set it up.
Good luck & good health to you & my old pals over there...


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 21 Apr 20 - 05:37 AM

Bromyard haven't cancelled yet but will make a definite decision at the end of May.

Most August events seem to have cancelled but FolkEast are still being optimistic.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 21 Apr 20 - 07:10 AM

Just saw Oktoberfest, now cancelled, described as a 'folkfestival' in The Guardian


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 22 Apr 20 - 03:53 AM

The Devon and Cornwall Festival has been cancelled as they couldn't decide which to put on first; The Jam or Cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 06:21 AM

Sadly 48th Willie Clancy Summer School just added to the list.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: The Sandman
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 08:02 AM

Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge - PM
Date: 18 Apr 20 - 09:09 AM

never heard you describe your festival as a 'Sea Shanty Festival' Dick?-It always seemed inclined that way to me but if that's how you see it nowadays, it maybe explains my own ambivalent view of it?

A cancellation is sad but inevitable, and a loss to the village, as you've brought a lot of people (and their £££) to West Cork since you set it up."
Good luck & good health to you & my old pals over there.. qoute
it is more than just a shanty festival it is a folk and maritime festival, so i do not know why you are ambivalent?
the announcement was made in a hurry, so i used the term shanty festival for quickness and expediency


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 09:29 AM

It's been mooted that The Willie Clancy Summer School in a couple of months time could go on in a limited form
I hope so - a highlight is Sean Corcoran speaking on The Sam Henry Collection
In a way, it will be a relief to enjoy the week without having to queue to get into town,and find a seat in the bars when you finally do (halcyon days)
It really has gone from strength to strength over the nearly half century of it's magnificent existence
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 04:35 AM

Dartmoor just announced.

FolkEast and London still hoping for business as normal in late summer


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 07:20 AM

Clancy School definitely cancelled
Jim


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 07:46 AM

Definitely but Harry kept an option open for a small weekend event later. From Clare Fm:

'However, Harry Hughes says it wasn’t possible to hold even a reduced programme this July.

He is hopeful that they may be able to stage a weekend of events later in the year, and is adamant that they will be back in 2021.'


Without a vaccine I don't see social distancing go away so we'll have to wait and see.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 01 May 20 - 07:01 AM

"that's a personal view of course"
One shared here Jim
Ssessions of songs related to the sea can be the best ever though
À chacun son goût of course
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 01 May 20 - 07:36 AM

Just seen that Whitby Town Council have cancelled their Christmas Festival, which makes any thoughts of having small singarounds during what would have been Whitby Folk Week in August pure fantasy.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 May 20 - 11:35 AM

Here's a subject that may demand it's own thread before long. Businesses closing due to the pandemic. The iconic Troubador has set up a Go-Fund-Me account to try to survive the closure.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-05-05/troubadour-nightclub-west-hollywood-elton-john-coronavirus

Historic Troubadour nightclub launches GoFundMe page, calls survival ‘a big if’



For 60 years, the historic club the Troubadour has anchored the western edge of West Hollywood with live music. A perennial presence in Los Angeles live music since the beatnik era, the club opened by Doug Weston has provided thousands of artists the opportunity to make magic on hallowed ground.

But as Gov. Gavin Newsom was recently laying out the stages by which businesses may be able to re-open, Christine Karayan, the club’s general manager, realized the seeming futility of the Troubadour’s plight. Newsom has announced that music venues will be among the last to open, in Phase 4.

“That means the middle to the end of next year to potentially open, and maybe a 25% cap” on crowd size, Karayan says. “I can’t foresee being able to ride this out like that.”

A rustic general admission room with a small balcony and an upstairs VIP area, the 500-capacity club’s selling point has long been its intimacy. Save a few pesky support beams, there’s not a bad spot in the place. A folk and blues venue to start, in the mid-1960s it started adding rock, jazz and pop acts that included rising artists such as the Byrds, Lee Hazlewood, Nina Simone and Judy Collins. It served as a crucial early comedy platform for Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and the Smothers Brothers.

Though it’s a tourist destination, its location just south of the Sunset Strip has made it a kind of neighborhood spot for musically minded Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills and Hollywood residents.

Starting in the late ‘60s, the Troubadour helped guide artists including Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Tom Waits, the Eagles and Warren Zevon into the mainstream. Most famously, it was on the Troubadour’s stage in 1970 that a 20-year-old Elton John, across a series of shows, became a household name. That moment was captured in the recent John biopic, “Rocketman.”

“My whole life came alive that night, musically, emotionally... everything,” Elton John told The Times a few decades after those auspicious performances. “It was like everything I had been waiting for suddenly happened.... I could tell it was a magical night from the moment I stepped onstage.”

In the decades since, the Troubadour has remained defiantly independent. As other clubs shuttered or made booking arrangements with moneyed promoters such as Live Nation and AEG, the Troubadour has charted its own course — and continued booking standing-room-only gigs. “My last four talent buyers, actually, have all gone to Live Nation,” Karayan says with a fatalistic chuckle. “I’m the training ground, apparently.”

Outsiders commonly think of the Troubadour as a folk and singer-songwriter venue, but across the decades it has adapted and evolved. In the ‘80s, as heavy metal ripped through Southern California, the Troubadour served as a stage for early gigs by Slayer, Metallica and Motley Crue. In the 1990s and ‘00s, the club hosted Brit pop, grunge and alt-rock: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Melvins, Dave Matthews, the White Stripes, Bon Iver and Weezer all played beneath the club’s iconic neon sign on their ascents to main stages.

The Troubadour brand in Los Angeles is so embedded into music culture that many fans misunderstand the mechanics of the club, Karayan says. Describing it as “a little bit forgotten,” Karayan says, “We’re lumped in with the big boys, and we’re not the big boys. We don’t have shareholders. We don’t have corporate money. We are what we are.”

Karayan’s father, Ed Karayan, owns both the club and the building that it’s housed in. He’s been sole caretaker since his former business partner Weston died in 1999. The club leases neighboring offices and storage space at market value, and insurance premiums are exorbitant.

Listing the costs, Karayan pauses. “The more I think about it, it’s just completely futile. At least a big seated venue has space where they can keep people apart. But I don’t know how that works for a general admission venue. Are you going to stop them from using the restroom?”

Like most proprietors, at first Karayan figured that the pandemic would prompt some temporary belt-tightening. She remembers her mind set: “At first, it was, ‘What is happening?’ And then we started canceling shows.”

The last gig was Glass Animals on March 11. YouTube videos show the band’s singer, Dave Bayley, singing from up in the balcony before moving his way through the VIP area and back onto stage. The place was packed. The next day, doom set in, Karayan says. “When we walked into the office on March 12, I thought, ‘Something horribly wrong is coming our way.’” So she decided to cancel shows through May. “And then it just started unraveling.”

When she read a month ago that Live Nation and AEG were predicting a fall 2020 reopening, Karayan was relieved. “I was like, ‘We can do that. We probably won’t have concerts until the end of the year, but it’s OK.” But, she adds, “Now it’s like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. We’re talking, potentially, the middle of next year.’”

As an active member of the National Independent Venue Assn., she’s communicating with its 800 affiliates about lobbying for government aid. She says that many have expressed doubt that they’ll be able to survive an extended closure without immediate help.

Like many businesses, the Troubadour set up a GoFundMe page to help its 20 hourly employees, some of whom have worked at the club for decades, meet their needs. All but three have been laid off. To date, the campaign has raised $11,400 of its $30,000 goal. But that was a stopgap measure, and Karayan said the club will soon be raising its goal to underscore the urgency. It’s one of the only remaining options.

“It looks tacky, but it’s a reality at this point. It’s not a joke,” she says. “If we’re going to survive this thing — and that’s a big if — we’re going to need all the help we can get, from any direction we can get it.”

Whether that aid comes from one of the many multi-millionaires who owe their fortunes, in part, to momentous gigs at the Troubadour, or through the thousands of fans with once-in-a-lifetime memories, response to the Troubadour’s ask will likely determine whether that Glass Animals gig was the last show at the club.

“We know there’s going to be a huge fatality rate as far as how many venues will not be able to open again when/if this thing ever ends,” Karayan has concluded. “We’re just looking to survive, like everybody else.”


I copied the entire content because chances are a lot of people will hit a paywall with the LA Times.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 10 May 20 - 02:30 PM

FolkEast has finally cancelled.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: JHW
Date: 12 May 20 - 09:18 AM

Had an email from Newton Stewart (10-12th July). Cancelled. Reinstated they hope in 2021 same bill. Who knows.


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Subject: Woodford Folk Fest may be cancelled
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 12 May 20 - 08:36 PM

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-13/woodford-folk-festival-future-at-risk-organiser-says/12239876

Woodford Folk Festival gone for good? Organiser spells out worst-case scenario

The director of Australia's biggest music and culture festival says if the event is cancelled this year it may be gone for good.

Every year the festival attracts a total audience of 100,000 people over six days, and features 1,600 shows across 25 stages.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mrrzy
Date: 13 May 20 - 11:18 AM

Bob Dylan's US summer tour.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 May 20 - 06:03 AM

From Graham Pope

Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival 2020



Hi everyone,

I hope that you are all well.

We have decided to postpone this July's festival for obvious reasons and have rescheduled it for October 23 to 25 with virtually the same line up apart from the Sunday afternoon session which will depend on what we may be able to move indoors.

There is of course a serious doubt that, even in October, it will be feasible and safe to put the festival on and in this event we hope to offer most of the same line up for the 2021 festival. The position will be reviewed in August based on the government guidance at that time.

There are a number of people who have already booked tickets for this July and these will still be valid for October. However if anyone requires a refund at this stage please let me know.

We will be in touch with all sponsors to discuss the revised schedule.

Please do let me know what you think about our revised plans as I'm sure there will be some of you who will already have decided that it won't be safe to attend anything this year.

Kind regards
Graham
07947275684


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 16 May 20 - 01:09 PM

South Downs FF just cancelled.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 16 May 20 - 01:39 PM

Perhaps this merits a new thread (if there isn't already one!) for cancelled events becoming virtual events. There is a huge volume of sessions and even festivals being run on Zoom and other such platforms. Not the same as the real thing, but better than nothing!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 20 May 20 - 12:52 PM

Have seen an unconfirmed report that Harwich Shanty is cancelled. Nothing on their website or Twitter feed.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 22 May 20 - 05:52 AM

Harwich have now


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 20 - 05:53 AM

Typo - should have previewed the post

Harwich have now confirmed the cancellation


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mr Red
Date: 31 May 20 - 03:52 PM

Bromyard have cancelled. E-mail dated 31 May

We are sorry to have to announce the postponement of this years Bromyard Folk Festival until September 2021.

2021 definitely September 9th-12th keep the date


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 03 Jun 20 - 06:59 AM

Alan Csstle had been holding out for as long as possible but now sees that Tenterden Folk Festival cannot go ahead in October - Great pity; it is always a great weekend.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 03 Jun 20 - 07:12 AM

Yes, great shame, because I’m sure things could have got back to some sort of normality by October, if we weren’t in such a rush to escape lockdown too soon to avoid second and probably ongoing spikes.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 03 Jun 20 - 09:30 AM

Wimborne Minster festival, which had optimistically rescheduled from June to August, has now conceded that no festival will be possible this year, so the next one will be 11-13 June 2021.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 04 Jun 20 - 08:12 AM

More detail from Alan Castle about Tenterden

The 28th Tenterden Folk Festival
Postponed to October 2021

2nd June 2020

Tenterden Folk Festival 2020 Postponed


After lengthy discussions, and considering the latest government announcements, the Trustees and Festival Committee have reluctantly come to the decision that the 28th Tenterden Folk Festival, due to be held from 1st to 4th October 2020, should be postponed to 2021. In making this decision we have considered the age demographic of many of our festival guests, regular audience members and volunteers as well as our responsibilities as festival organisers to keep everyone safe at the Festival. Therefore the 28th Tenterden Folk Festival will take place from Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October 2021.

We have delayed taking this very hard decision until now in the hope that the future position regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and the necessary restrictions and recommendations regarding public gatherings and meetings would become clearer. It now still seems unlikely to us that festival venues such as public houses, cafes and restaurants, hotels and other accommodation will be open as normal. We have also considered the position regarding travel to the festival for those coming from longer distances and particularly two guests coming from overseas and their position regarding flights and travel health insurance.

We have heard from several Morris sides that in their view the whole season is now a write off as they have not been able to meet to practise and that some of their members would not feel safe attending any large gatherings this year. Similar considerations also apply to the free events in the marquees where it may still not be safe for all the stallholders, exhibitors, Morris sides and performers to gather.

We also had to consider the financial implications of whatever decision we made. We have already incurred substantial costs including advertising, printing, hotel bookings for some guests and other costs and need to be able to avoid running up further costs in confirming bookings and paying for logistics such as marquees, stages, portable toilets, PA, etc. and then having to cancel the festival due to restrictions being still in place in October.      

We are pleased that many of the guests booked for 2020 have already indicated that they are able to join us for 2021 instead.

We may try to arrange some smaller special events between now and next year. Look out for our future emails and tweets or check on our website for announcements in due course.

We will be contacting all guests, Morris sides, ticketholders, stallholders, suppliers, venues, funders and other supporters, etc. over the next couple of weeks.

We look forward to seeing you all as soon it is safe and possible to do so.

Yours sincerely

Alan

Alan Castle BEM
Trustee and Festival Director
On behalf of the Trustees and Festival Committee


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mrrzy
Date: 15 Jun 20 - 04:09 PM

The Oscars are put off


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 17 Jun 20 - 03:31 PM

Kirriemuir Festival - usually first weekend in September, also off for this year. A whole list of things on and off on the latest TMSA newsletter(Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland).
On the brighter side, more and more events being kept going in an online "virtual" substitute.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 18 Jun 20 - 10:43 AM

The Olde Rose and Crown theatre pub in Walthamstow have started a crowd funding campaign to keep the pub in business. If they can't keep going Walthamstow Folk Club will be at risk.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mrrzy
Date: 24 Jun 20 - 11:14 AM

NYC marathon


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Vic Smith
Date: 24 Jun 20 - 12:32 PM

We are not going to be getting back to any live music soon. The latest Govt. guidelines (for the UK) say:-
* It is against the law to gather in groups of more than 30 people, except for the limited circumstances as set out in law. In these specific cases, those operating venues should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and prevent large gatherings or mass events from taking place.

*At this time, venues should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 25 Jun 20 - 05:05 AM

So, a dozen people, socially distanced, playing instrumental folk music for their own amusement, outdoors, but no 'blowing' instruments such as whistles, brass, etc. Is that allowed I wonder.... in a pub garden? No dancing.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 20 - 01:47 PM

Checking out major concert venues such as Kings Place and South Bank Centre there seems to be a concensus that there will be a major reopening in September. These are places that will have the capability to maintain full traceability in the event of a new outbreak.

I don't think that we will be seeing public dances and ceilidhs this side of Christmas though.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Jun 20 - 06:48 AM

Gigs may start in the UK after September, but guitarists will only be able to have top and bottom strings on their guitars to preserve social distancing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 20 - 08:16 AM

Most amusing Bonzo. I suspect that it will only be concerts with performers safely up on a stage and pre booked seats to preserve distancing. Clubs and sessions may have to wait especially if cases start to rise in th winter.


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Subject: RE: Coronavirus Cancellations
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 Jun 20 - 12:16 PM

Broadway is closed for the YEAR.


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