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New Folk Programme in Manchester!

Alio 11 Apr 03 - 04:41 AM
Brakn 11 Apr 03 - 04:43 AM
Noreen 11 Apr 03 - 05:12 AM
8_Pints 11 Apr 03 - 05:14 AM
GUEST,IanN 11 Apr 03 - 07:51 AM
Bernard 11 Apr 03 - 02:54 PM
Harry Basnett 11 Apr 03 - 03:25 PM
nutty 11 Apr 03 - 04:15 PM
GUEST,Mark Dowding (mark@markdowding.co.uk) 12 Apr 03 - 03:26 AM
Harry Basnett 12 Apr 03 - 05:34 AM
Joan from Wigan 12 Apr 03 - 05:57 AM
Harry Basnett 13 Apr 03 - 07:40 AM
Pied Piper 13 Apr 03 - 09:15 AM
Bernard 13 Apr 03 - 09:26 PM
GUEST,VINCE 14 Apr 03 - 05:23 AM
GUEST,noddy 14 Apr 03 - 07:11 AM
Pied Piper 14 Apr 03 - 08:36 AM
gnomad 14 Apr 03 - 08:49 AM
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Harry Basnett 14 Apr 03 - 02:26 PM
GUEST,your lancs lad 14 Apr 03 - 02:44 PM
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Subject: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 04:41 AM

Just to let everyone in the Greater Manchester area know that we're getting a new folk programme on BBC GMR. There was one 5 years ago, presented by Mike Billington, but it was axed.

They contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I was interested, and I've had a trial at it, so we've now got the go-ahead!

It will go out every Tuesday, probably from 8.00 - 9.00 p.m., and will start either May 13th or May 20th (it depends on the play offs, as it's replacing a football slot!!) Initially it's to run in the summer only, so after that, who knows!!

I really want it to reflect and celebrate what / who's on in the area - so I'd like to do interviews with club / festival organisers, local artists etc..

At the moment I'm calling it 'Sounds of Folk' but I'm open to better suggestions? I'd also welcome your ideas / help / suggestions, as I'm a virgin at all this!!! I'm SOOOOO excited, but equally nervous!!!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Brakn
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 04:43 AM

Congratulations. Look forward to hearing something local.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 05:12 AM

Ali, my dear! Great news, and the very best of luck!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: 8_Pints
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 05:14 AM

Excellent news!! We'll be listening - at last a local programme for folkies! Well done and good luck.
Sue vG and 8 Pints xx


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,IanN
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 07:51 AM

Ali

I can put you in touch with someone from Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival (or talk to you myself - I'm a director) for an interview if your interested?

I'm also in a Middlewich based band - The Salt Town Poets - if you're interested?


www.middlewichfestival.org
www.salttownpoets.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Bernard
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 02:54 PM

I'm actively involved in the running of two clubs (and I 'do' the websites):

The Railway at Heatley, near Lymm.

The Open Door at the Bull's Head, Failsworth.

Come and see us!!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 03:25 PM

Brilliant Ali....I've been hassling Mike Shaft about this on and off for quite a while now so this is terrific news...I'll definitely be in touch about he Open Door...good on yer, kid..

All the best.............Harry Basnett.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: nutty
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 04:15 PM

Great Ali .... I'm certain it will be a great hit. As I've just been researching mobile phones tariffs for my son the title "PLAY AS YOU GO" springs to mind. *grin*


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Mark Dowding (mark@markdowding.co.uk)
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 03:26 AM

Ali
Excellent news about the programme. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent there is in the North West without forgetting national artists of course. One thing we can all do to help is contact the station saying how much we appreciate the programme when it goes on air. Letters mean listeners and the more letters the better as far as the station management goes who will no doubt be monitoring reaction.
The station address is

BBC GMR
PO Box 951
Oxford Street
Manchester
M60 1SD

You can email gmr@bbc.co.uk

Ali - will you be having an email address for the programme (I think The Parlour has its own address on there) and will the show be going out live or are you recording it first?
What's your record/CD collection like because I doubt GMR will have a vast collection of folk material. I remember when Red Rose did a folk programme, the guy who ran that had a very limited collection and ended up playing Bob Dylan and The Incredible String band tracks most weeks until myself and Pete Rimmer offered him the loan of some of our collection. If you need any help just say and I'm sure we'll be able to help.

Does the station put publicity blurb together for you? If so send it to all the clubs you can think of. If people don't know its on they won't tune in.

Don't forget to tell webmaster@folknorthwest.co.uk (me actually)about what's going on and I'll include details on the site. Will the station pay for adverts in magazines? If so get in touch with Paul Holden via www.folknorthwest.co.uk who will sort out a space in Folk North West for you.

There's a lot of people out here who want this show to be successful. If we can help at all please let us know and we'll see what we can do.

Good luck with the show

Cheers

Mark


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 05:34 AM

Some good points from Mark...especially regarding contacting GMR and the offer of accesss to CD collections...although i. personally, have no objections to the Incredible String Band :0)

Mike Shaft..the Assistant Editor at GMR can be contacted at:-

mike.shaft@bbc.co.uk


All the best.......Harry basnett.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 05:57 AM

Ali, after news of the loss of Henry Ayrton's folk programme, it's really good to know that not all local radio stations are so blinkered about folk music. Even better that a station which has previously axed a folk programme is now wanting to reinstate one. Excellent! I will certainly push it as much as I can through 'Folkal Point'. Good luck with the new venture (on top of organising Saddleworth Folk Festival - how will you find the time?). If you'd like to feature Wigan Folk Club and/or Folkal Point, just let me know.

Joan


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 13 Apr 03 - 07:40 AM

refresh.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Pied Piper
Date: 13 Apr 03 - 09:15 AM

Great news Ali.
It might be an idea to have a set of tunes from a local session on every week, I can organise that if you need any help.
There are a lot of very good non-professional trad musicians in Manchester and it would be nice to here them on the radio sometimes.

Good luck with the Show

All the best PP


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Bernard
Date: 13 Apr 03 - 09:26 PM

I can only echo Mark's advice to bombard the Beeb with letters and e-mail in support of the programme... a pity that folk music is such a 'Cinderella' topic that we have to resort to such tactics!

Will the Beeb be giving you an e-mail address where we can send our diary dates, or will you have to risk using your personal address?

'Live' recordings will have to be given very careful consideration - past experience tells that it could be perceived as very 'cliquey'. There's always some sour grapes...! I don't envy you that task!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,VINCE
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 05:23 AM

Good luck with the programme. Hope it lasts long after the summer. With the reputed decline in folk clubs (the starting point of many of our now well-established artists), lets hope the programme can help to re-invigorate interest in our tradition. With the BBC's generally pathetic fear of promoting the tradition except for a couple of programmes cos it's supposed to be a minority 'taste' every little helps.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 07:11 AM

GO KID GO


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Pied Piper
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 08:36 AM

Hi Bernard
I don't see the problem with live recordings.
I you aired one a week that would give you plenty of scope to cover all the folk clubs and non-Irish sessions in Greater Manchester, several times a year.

All the best PP


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: gnomad
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 08:49 AM

Don't suppose reception on this (east) side of the pennines is much of a possibility, but just in case..What wavelength?

Oh and good luck.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Mark Dowding
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 10:36 AM

GMR frequencies are 95.1 and 104.6 fm. I think the 104.6 covers the East side of Manchester up in the hills.

Website for GMR is www.bbc.co.uk/gmr


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 02:26 PM

Nice to see Pied Piper is now willing to include folk clubs as well as sets of tunes from local sessions....must be mellowing...

All the best.........Harry Basnett.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,your lancs lad
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 02:44 PM

Hi, and congrats from an exile who has also just started a radio show here in Northern California.Perhaps we could get together and help each other some way? I have done this before so have a little know how.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Bernard
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 04:13 PM

PP - mentioning no names, but some years ago the problem was that some clubs were 'in', and others couldn't get a look in. All I meant was that some care needs to be taken so that it is seen to be fair, or else all the sour grapes stuff will start all over again. I repeat - I don't envy Ali the task!

Let's try to make this enjoyable, and not some sort of competition.

Please?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,VINCE
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 06:12 AM

Well said Bernard, 'ere, 'ere!!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Pied Piper
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 06:36 AM

I am not attempting to be competitive in any way.
I assumed (I think reasonably) that Ali would not operate such a system of favouritism therefore it would not be a problem.
Harry. I suggested sessions cos that's what I do most, and if needed I could help. Having sessions on the show does not preclude any thing else.
My posts have been positive, and I hope helpful, the negativity came from elsewhere.

All the best PP


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 08:25 AM

Brilliant news. Can I put in another plug, for local music(I mean specifically traditional NW material, not just whatever happens to be played by folkies who live in Manchester). There are, I believe, seven different tunes called "The Manchester Hornpipe", for example. Sure people will want to hear all sorts of stuff, and why not, but maybe it could be included in the plan that programmes should have a percentage, however small, of material with local connections. I'd happily come in and play some Joseph Kershaw tunes, for example.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 09:34 AM

Thanks everyone for your messages of support, and brill ideas....and also for calling me "kid"!! I feel so young!!

Guest Ian - yes please! I really want to interview local club and festival organisers, and also feature local artists.

Bernard - I have been to the Open Door (I was there weekly in the very early days) but have never visited the Railway. But we will! Promise! And I agree - we all need to be telling GMR that we want the programme to continue (I don't supopose they'll listen to me though, will they?) The way I see it is that you'll all only want it to continue if I deliver what you want - so I need to know!

Guest Mark - there's so much here that I've printed it all off! Thanks very much! Someone else asked me about having an Email address, but as yet I don't have an answer. When I next see Mike Shaft (inj 2 weeks, as he's on holiday" there are obviously questions that I ned to be asking him.

Joan - thanks again (see other Email). Re Saddleworth Festival - as I keep saying, but no-one believes me, this will be my last year!

Pied Piper - yes please! Although I think I have quite diverse tastes in folk music, my preference is for the traditional singing, so I'm eager to have loads of ideas re. musicians. This is an area where I have no great knowledge at all, although I am willing to learn!

It will be live, which in many ways I prefer. Although I am doing my own engineering (!!!!!) which I've been told   will be much more useful for me! I'm a bit of a technophobe, so if there are loads of mistakes you can all ring in and tell me!! Not sure why doing it "live" could be seen as "cliquey"? Perhaps it's me being a bit naive! I certainly won't be "favouring" anyone. Even Saddleworth Festival will have to take its turn!!

Gnomad - lovely to hear from you!! Will we see you at Moor and Coast?

Guest, your lancs lad - I will if you will!! Any help woule be MUCH appreciated.

Sorry for not answering your messages for a while - unfortunately the NSPCC does expect me to do a little work on occasion! (Usually involving travelling the length and breadth of the M60!!)

Please keep you messages coming in.
Love, Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 03:32 PM

Hi, PP.

    I was merely remarking upon your inclusion of folk clubs alongside sessions considering your well-known aversion to the former and the people who attend them..the phrase "full of obsequious mard-arses" springs to mind from the not too distant past...
I am deeply grateful for your change of heart...

All the best........Harry.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 03:57 PM

But why bring old conflicts into this thread, folks? Take it elsewhere please, it's the last thing Ali needs here.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 05:37 PM

Agreed, Noreen, wholeheartedly. Let's celebrate. But as I said earlier, let's celebrate Manchester, or at least for part of the programme.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: CraigS
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 07:23 PM

I'm down south in the epsilon, so I can't listen - but I like that Brian Peters, and Phil Brown. You could call it The Dangerous Folk Music Show if you don't tell that dwarf with the glasses!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: nutty
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 03:11 AM

Ali .... how about involving schools ...... there must be some out there, where folksongs are taught and sung.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 04:06 AM

What a good idea Hazel! In my previous life as a Head Teacher I booked Roy Bailey and John Kirkpatrick to come in to my school, and I know that other schools have done something similar, or are teaching folk songs and / or dances. Where did 'Singing Together' go to?!! (Apart from the wokrshop at Saddleworth Festival!!!)

Whatever the programme is or looks like, I can promise one thing - that it WILL celebrate what's on / who's on in the Greater Manchester area. That I do know!!!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 05:12 AM

what about going to the odd club or festival and doing a live recording. Sampling the big names and the little acts.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 05:34 AM

That's one of the questions I'm going to ask Mike when I go in next time. I think that would be great, but I'm not very technical, so I don' tknow how that works.

I'm so glad I posted this thread though, as I'm getting so many ideas - Mike Shaft may regret it though, when I go in with my "wish list"!!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Stu
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 05:58 AM

As a suggestion for the title, how about 'An Ear to the Ground' - or is that too twee?

I'll be listening - fantastic idea.

stigWeard


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 06:51 AM

Alio,
Congratulation on your forthcoming show, I hope it all goes well for you.
Before you begin however I have to say I only half listen to folk programmes on the radio as there seems to be a tendency to push certain artistes at the expense of the many, many local artists. Rarely did I ever hear the likes of Peter Bond or Tom Yates being mentioned yet alone given air time years ago and today people like the Hall Brothers (for example)do not seem to get mentioned. As a dyed in the wool folkie I do not think these programmes encourage people not already involved to attend folk clubs.
As you will know there is so much wonderful talent out there it is a crying shame to concentrate on the limited few that seems to be the case on Radio 2.
I am sure you will do your utmost to retify the situation, if you want to borrow CD's let me know. ..................if the situation remains the same ...............smacked legs!!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 08:43 AM

Promises, promises Nick!! Have a wonderful time in Ireland - I DO wish we could join you!
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 08:54 AM

There's always next year

PS I make a point of keeping my promises


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 08:55 AM

I'm waiting.........


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 10:30 AM

why not simply ask for budding talent to send in their CD for you to sample. Lots out here are only to willing to get some air-play .And think of the fun you could have listen to them all.

So where do we send them?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 16 Apr 03 - 11:20 AM

why not simply ask for budding talent to send in their CD for you to sample. Lots out here are only to willing to get some air-play .And think of the fun you could have listen to them all.

So where do we send them?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 17 Apr 03 - 07:12 AM

Thanks for that Noddy - and thanks again!

A few have already asked if they can send me their material, and I'm happy for them to do that. I will be giving priority to Manchester based artists though.
I've also been setting up some interviews with local club organisers.

All the suggestions are great. I thought I didn't have all the answwers. It seems as if I didn't know the questions either!

Have a good Easter everyone.
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 17 Apr 03 - 10:31 AM

ooopps! Dont know what happened there. It has happened to me before. it seems as though this rubbish computer has developed a stutter.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 17 Apr 03 - 06:51 PM

Just re-read one of my posts above.
The address for GMR is
BBC GMR
Oxford ROAD (not Street)
Manchester

Doh!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 17 Apr 03 - 07:10 PM

I'm sure it would still get there, Mark :0)


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 17 Apr 03 - 09:43 PM

I'm sure it would Noreen but I'm a pedantic so and so and hate wrong details! Incidentally just a thought for when you all write your letters of praise to Mike Shaft; I did a few live spots on the folk show on Radio Orwell in Ipswich a few times when I worked down there in 1984/5 and they worked on the principle that one letter equalled 6000 listeners (don't know how they came by that figure) Not sure what GMR's statistics are but the more interest we take in the show the better the future will be for it.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 21 Apr 03 - 04:14 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 04:45 AM

Oh my God - as it gets nearer I'm getting more nervous - I just hope it's worthy of letters of praise!
Thanks again for all your messages of support, and all the ideas / tips etc..
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Pied Piper
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 05:10 AM

Good look Ali.
Do you know when the first program is due to be aired?

PP


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 06:03 AM

I was told that it would be May 13th or May 20th, depending on whether there are football play offs or not! My son assures me that it's more likely to be the 20th, as Oldham Athletic are sure to have a play off! So it's in the hands (or the feet) of the gods!

It's perhaps as well, I guess, as I'm in Turkey from the 12th till the 19th - they said I could record the 1st programme if necessary, but I'd rather do it live, I think!!
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 27 Apr 03 - 12:05 PM

Refresh....
:0)


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: treaties1
Date: 27 Apr 03 - 09:07 PM

Refresh....


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Ralphie
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 04:18 AM

Ali...

Good Luck from us National boys at Broadcasting House too!!
If I may make a couple of suggestions re the mechanics of actually doing the techie bit...
Try to always have a CD (or tape) ready to go...something about 4 or 5 mins long, for all those little unforeseen problems that, I promise you, will happen!!
In the same vein....Have a few Bits of info near to hand (Gig lists, Club Diaries, etc, etc) for exactly the same reason.

Theres nothing worse than "Dying" on air!! Not good for the heart rate, I can tell you!

Good Luck with the music logging too...Very important to do, and very dull as well!!

Any other specific advice you may need, don't hesitate to get in touch.
You could also contact Mick Peat and Lester Simpson at Radio Derby, I'm sure they could give you lots of advice too.

BTW, will Radio Manchesters Website be streaming the show on the Web??

Enjoy yourself
Regards Ralphie


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 06:13 AM

Thanks Ralph,

Your questions are some of the ones that I've got ready for this afternoon's practice! Hopefully I'll also find out when the programme will be starting, presuming they know when the play offs are yet!
I'll keep you all posted!

Spoke to Jan from Lancashire Drift last night for 48 minutes(!!) and she was really helpful!

By the way Mark, Geoff and I think your CD is excellent!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Ralphie
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 06:31 AM

Ali...Good Luck with the rehearsal...

A tip....Those slidey things make things louder or softer !!!

Ralphie

Serious PS....Get a good pair of Comfy headphones too!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Alan
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 07:22 AM

You could do a lot worse than listen to the experience of the forlks from the Lancashire Drift. In my opinion that's been one of the best folk programmes on the radio bar none for some time now. Sorry that Nic Dow is going into semi retirement: he's done a sterling job, and has been ably supported by Jan Loudner, Nic Caffery and Les Bond.
It might be an idea to invite Nic Dow onto your programme to talk about his experiences and to play some of his favourite music.

Good luck with the show.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 08:22 AM

Good idea Alan. Nic's offered to come on to talk about ballads, and Jan and Ken also have, by way of moral support, which is lovely!
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,The Friend of Longford Park
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 02:50 PM

Excellent news.

Shame it will be too late to plug Chorlton Folk Club, Thursdays in the South West Manchester Cricket Club Ellesmere Road Chorlton

or the Free Internation Festival of Dance, Song and allied trades, this Sunday, May 4 in Longford Park between Stretford and Chorlton.

But more of these later


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Sibelius
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 04:26 PM

Promises, Raggytash! Don't forget you promised me the best seat in every venue Otley this year.... or something like that.

Good news on the radio show. As one long disillusioned with radio folk music output, I have high hopes. Is there anything we (listeners) can do to ensure the station can't let it drop when the footie season starts again?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 05:21 PM

Sibelius

If the station wants to drop the programme then there's nothing you or I can do to stop them. When the football comes back on in August/September that will take precedent - it always has done and always will do. HOWEVER as I've mentioned before - WRITE, EMAIL, TELEPHONE, make yourself heard, make your views known but don't wait until the LAST programme - do it after the FIRST programme and then again the week after and the week after that. Make a point of telling Mike Shaft what part of the programme you enjoyed so he knows you've listened to it. If Ali has a competition then WRITE, EMAIL, or PHONE IN with the answer even if it's the wrong answer because letters, emails and phone calls equals LISTENERS. One programme that's been long gone used to make up winners because nobody wrote in at all for one competition.

BBC GMR Switchboard 0161 200 2000 (Say that you want to leave a comment about the folk programme on GMR and see if they know what you're talking about - always a good one that - then say you think it's Mike Shaft you want to talk to and they should put you through if he's there.)

GMR Phone-In 0161 228 2255 (If the lines are open for the programme)

Email Mike.Shaft@bbc.co.uk

Write
Mike Shaft
BBC GMR
PO Box 951
Oxford Road
Manchester
M60 1SD

If demand is great enough they MAY find another slot.

Ali - Thaks for the comment about the CD. Hope the rehearsal went well for you.

Mark


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 05:50 PM

Oldham Athletic are in the play-offs so it looks like being the 20th....


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 07:34 PM

I've just heard about this, I look forward to hearing the program tonight. I'll probably be at the Why Worry Cluib though, so I'll have to tape it.
There's loads of folk at the Red Bull, Stockport, full info here
http://freespace.virgin.net/p.hood/folky.htm
Pkus loads of other stuff,
We're trying to promote English stuff at the Bull and Terry Whelans Song carriers club has just arrived on the Thursday. If you're interested we have some great guests who may be available for interview etc. ,but we meet Mondays... Roy Bailey in he near future but sold out already---sorry.
Peter Hood


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,One of the many other Friends of Longford Pa
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 01:06 PM

Excellent news.

Shame it will be too late to plug the Free Internation Festival of Dance, Song and allied trades, this Sunday, May 4 in Longford Park between Stretford and Chorlton.

But in plenty if time for Chorlton Folk Club, Thursdays in the South West Manchester Cricket Club Ellesmere Road Chorlton


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 03:57 AM

Update!

Went in on Monday (armed with questions!) and had another practice. Mike Shaft seems to think my presentation style is OK, and he loves the music I've played so far, but this technical side is hard!! It's OK if everything is going smoothly, but any hiccup, and it really throws me! So I'm having another go on Wednesday evening next week. (Those slidey things Ralph - I now know they have to go in fast and come out slow - bit like sex really, isn't it?!!)

You're right Harry - it looks as if it's definitely going to be the 20th - Oldham may, and Bury definitely, will have play offs the previous week. It will all be made clear this weekend apparently!

The answer to almost all of your quesries was "no" - there's no funding for anything! I will have an Email address - probably something like 'folk@bbc.gmr etc' - I'll let you know next week. It will go out on the website eventually but the BBC bosses are in discussion about this at the moment because of Artists royalties. I will be available on 0161 628 2255 for around 30 mins. after each programme.

Friend of Longford Park (and other friend)- I know it's not much consolation, but in my practice run on Monday, I did mention your Day of Dance in my Diary Dates bit, so the thought was there!

Please keep the info coming in to me - you can always Email me at work - aobrien@nspcc.org.uk. If anyone wants to send me a demo CD I promise to listen to it, and give it some air time (is that the right word?)

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Ralphie
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 04:00 AM

Ali....

"A bit like Sex?"" Mmmm...you Northerners have some strange habits!!

Have a good weekend, and the offer of help still stands..

Cheers Ralphie


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 05:47 AM

"Us Northerners" - what's your point?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 06:06 AM

Sibelius,
You did not reveal yourself to me, ergo I was unable to provide the pledged seats. However there is always this year at Otley or the many other festivals were I assist with stwearding.

Raggy


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Ralphie
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 06:16 AM

Ali...Just never thought of Faders in that way before!!
So, Thats why DJ's are always smiling, Must change me job!
Ralphie


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Guest Melia man
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 03:05 PM

I can't believe anyone could suggest Lancashire drift as a model folk programme,one presenter is far too fond of her own voice with embarrasing gushing interviews and the other idiot can't use the bloody studio equipment properly resulting in misplayed CD'S and dead air time....so annoying and regular......


               PS if you want to listen to a well thought out professional folk forum listen to Stan Ambrose on radio Merseyside (Liverpool European city of culture)need i say more


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 01 May 03 - 03:29 PM

hserfeR


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 07 May 03 - 07:01 AM

I'm off to GMR this evening for my last practice - taking Geoff with me for moral support. Hopefully I'll get the definite start date tonight! (Fingers crossed!)
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 07 May 03 - 07:16 AM

Want some more moral support, Ali dear? I can bring you cups of coffee.. or something...


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Les the thread jumper
Date: 07 May 03 - 09:48 AM

Ali,
thanks for the mention of the Day of Dancing and such, it was a brilliant day. Much good singing and dancing, sunshine and lots of folks came out on the best day of the weekend.

The day was completed by an excellent evening of music when Chorlton Folk Club shuffled over from Thursday night at the South West Manchester Cricket Club to Longfords.

Oh, and best of luck with the much anticipated programme!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 08 May 03 - 05:43 AM

Noreen, that would be wonderful - what about a Jamiesons' every now and then?!

Had the final practice last night - seemed to go well. The definite date is TUESDAY, MAY 20TH, weekly, 7.00 - 8.00 p.m., initally through the summer.

I'm getting really excited now - that will probably change the minute I walk in the studio on the 20th!!!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Ralphie
Date: 08 May 03 - 05:52 AM

Ali...It must be great to have a start date at last!
Will it be available on the web?? If not, any chance of a cassette of the show? Would love to hear it...PM me for address. Us Londoners don't get such luxuries as our own show!!

Oh, and along with everyone else, the very best of luck, and sorry about the fader jokes !!

Regards Ralphie


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 08 May 03 - 07:11 AM

Thanks.... and no problem!!

It should be available on the web, but not yet - BBC are in discussion with their legal dept. re artists royalties arising from people using the website apparently.

I hope you all noticed that the time is now 7.00 - 8.00; Geoff thinks that's better, as people can listen to the show, and still have time to go off to a club after!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 08 May 03 - 09:35 AM

Got to get vital stuff like Bury's play-offs out of the way first! I'll be at Gigg Lane on Saturday :0)

Jamiesons no prob my dear- how about those fruity wines? Or p'raps not... or at least not 'til after the show.

Time is good, even though it clashes with the Archers. :0/


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 08 May 03 - 02:35 PM

Looking forward to it, Ali and & 7:00pm sounds an ideal starting time.

Good luck and best wishes......Harry.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 09 May 03 - 04:06 AM

I'd thought about the Archers - Geoff doesn't like to miss it! I'll soon find out where his loyalties lie!

Re. the fruity wines....Lancaster just wasn't the same this year! The George and Dragon have changed hands, and they don't sell them anymore!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 19 May 03 - 08:06 AM

Don't forget - this programme starts tomorrow night - 7-00pm


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 19 May 03 - 03:06 PM

Beat me to refreshing the thread. Mark!!

Looking forward to it....


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 19 May 03 - 03:18 PM

I'll get the tape ready :0)


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Alan
Date: 20 May 03 - 04:43 AM

Is there a contact number or email address for diary dates?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 20 May 03 - 12:44 PM

Ali is using Folkal Point as a basis for her diary dates, so if the info's in there, she'll already have it. For last-minute info, Radio Times gives the number for phone-ins (i.e. during the programme) as 0161 228 2255. There is an email address for the station, gmr@bbc.co.uk, but whether Ali would receive anything on that general addy is debatable, as she's only there for a short time once a week.

Only just over an hour to go! Can't wait! Good luck, Ali.

Joan


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: caz2ufolk
Date: 20 May 03 - 01:00 PM

Me too Joan!

I'll run round the house....and tune every radio.....            (break a leg Ali)

Caz


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 20 May 03 - 01:45 PM

10 mins to go....


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 20 May 03 - 02:10 PM

Sounds good so far- playing Jayne & Amanda Threlfall now, and 2/3 of th'Antiques Roadshow in t'studio...


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 20 May 03 - 02:32 PM

Well, Ali asked for e-mail feedback at ali.o'brien@bbc.co.uk, but mail is retuned undelivered.

I've tried it with & without the apostrophe in o'brien :0(


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 20 May 03 - 03:14 PM

Problems with the e-mail, Noreen...sure i'll be sorted out for next week. However - - 'twas an excellent first show and bodes well for the future...Pity the diary dates ran out after Thursday but I'm sure Ali will rectify that as well. :0)

Well done, Alison!! The girl done good......

Love........Harry.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: John Routledge
Date: 20 May 03 - 05:21 PM

A great start. Recognisable as a folk programme from the material rather than just the title :0)

Will be tuned in next week at 7 pm


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 20 May 03 - 06:38 PM

Good one, Ali! Yes, I heard about the e-mail probs after I'd been trying various combinations...! And I tried to phone after the show, but was engaged- a good sign.

Loved your choice of music, Ali. And you sounded so calm and collected. You obviously need some of us there heckling!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 20 May 03 - 06:49 PM

Great start for the show and the fact that lots of people were ringing in bodes well for the future. I managed to get through after waiting a minute and Ali said the phone lines were busy.

Now get your letters and emails in to the station to tell them how much you enjoyed it!

Here's to next week's show.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 20 May 03 - 07:12 PM

E-mail sent already......agea ago....when i 'phoned Ali was on the loo!!!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 20 May 03 - 07:48 PM

Should have read AGES......


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Bernard
Date: 20 May 03 - 08:17 PM

The girl done good!! ;^))

Obviously I'm dead pleased that Clive Gregson's gig at the Railway on Thursday (22nd May) got a big plug!! I'd be delighted to go into the studio and do a plug for my gig at the White Lion, Swinton... ahem...!!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 21 May 03 - 03:59 AM

Thanks so much all of you - I was a bit jet-lagged as I only got home from Turkey at 5.00a.m!!

Sorry I didn't get all the diary dates in - I was so worried I'd not have enough material that I took far too much, and then there wasn't time. I've already prepare next week's programme, and I won't make the same mistake (hopefully!!)

I've been logged on as a user, so my email is now ali.obrien@bbc.co.uk. I'll be going in during each week to pick up emails, collect my post, and work on the programme.

Haven't heard the programme myself, but all my family thought it was great - except Geoff and Gareth (my son) said that I kept saying "err" and "um"!! How picky can you get?

I did get loads of calls after the programme, which was lovely. Sorry about the loo - nerves I think! And I was recording an interview with Clive, so couldn't answer the phone at that time. He sang two songs for next week's show.

Thanks again - love Ali.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Ralphie
Date: 21 May 03 - 04:39 AM

Ali....
Congratulations from the BIG HOUSE in London town...
Maybe some kind soul can let me hear it one day....sure it was good though!!

Regards Ralphie


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 21 May 03 - 08:18 AM

I've sent my email to Mike Shaft - assistant editor at GMR - and had a reply back from him. He thought the programme was excellent and thought that Ali was great.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Bernard
Date: 21 May 03 - 09:08 PM

Lots of people must have been listening - the 'ticket hotline' for Clive Gregson at the Railway tonight (Thursday 22nd) went mad!!

I'll reciprocate by plugging the programme tonight, and I'll ask people to write in with their support.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 26 May 03 - 07:28 AM

Don't forget to listen in tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7-00pm for an interview and songs from Clive Gregson.
BBC GMR 95.1FM and 104.6FM
Ring in after the show - 0161 228 2255
Email ali.obrien@bbc.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 26 May 03 - 07:30 AM

Beaten me to it again, Mark.......


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Barb'ry
Date: 26 May 03 - 11:09 AM

Ali - belated congratulations from Andy and me! Problems with my emails, never mind yours! You're a natural... beats Terry Wogan any day! Will bring in Jamesons, cake and fruit wine next time we pass
good luck for tomorrow
Barbara xxx


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 05:39 AM

Don't forget to tune in tonight - 7-00pm just after the news! Jim Scofield is the guest talking to Ali.
Ring in after the programme 0161 228 2255
Email ali.obrien@bbc.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 07:32 AM

Thanks for that Mark. Yesterday I recorded next week's programme as we're off up to Scotland. As it was during the day I didn't invite a guest, so played loads of music - 11 or 12 tracks I think.

Future guests - Mark himself, John Howarth, Rising Sun Band (with Brian Peters), Anthony John Clarke, and a telephone interview with Eric Bogle.

The bad news is that my son is sure that football will be back on in August as GMR are great supporters of Manchester City, and of course, City are in the European Cup this year!

Oh well!
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 10:51 AM

Man Utd wont last long when they sell Becks so I would not worry.

Put presure on your bosses to keep you on the one time and day. Change and you will lose your following and have to work hard to re establish it.
Just like moving a date for a club or festival.
Place
Promotion
Price
Product    You need to get them ALL right.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 12:47 PM

Noddy, you're speaking to the converted here! Apparently GMR are BIG City supporters, so they're a big focus of the station.
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 01:23 PM

Hi Noddy

It's not really up to Ali to convince the bosses what a good programme it is - she's already done that - it's up to the likes of you and me to write in and tell them. If it's perceived nobody's listening then they will pull it - simple as that. The trouble with the GMR listening area is that it encompasses plenty of non-premiership football clubs as well as City and United (I don't think they've got a contract for commentary on Utd home games which is why they concentrate on City and Bolton) Tuesday night is usually when the likes of Wigan, Stockport, Rochdale, Bury, etc play midweek games and so there has to be some coverage to satisfy the masses. It may be possible for GMR to keep the 7-00 till 8-00 slot on a Tuesday for the folk show and start the sport programme at 8-00 but we need to convince the station management that we listen to it and we like it and we want it to continue. Write in now - not at the end of August.

Mark


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 01:25 PM

You're right, Ali...but even if it means a new time slot the important thing is to keep the programme on the air.

It's essential everyone keeps sending in e-mails and letters in support of the programme.

All the best.................Harry.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 02:03 PM

Just starting now.
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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: alanww
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 07:24 PM

Brilliant for you and for Manchester folk, Ali. Many belated congratulations! Look forward to hearing it when I'm up your way!

"And birds do whistle overhead ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 04:20 AM

You're all quite right - sending letters does make a difference.

The day after my fist show the boss of GMR, Steve Taylor, called me on my mobile to say congratulations, and also to say that it was good to get some very favourable Emails.

So please, please write in!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 07:28 AM

got stuck at work and missed you. bother. how did it go?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 08:59 AM

Went well, noddy, Ali coping extremely well with technical hitches, carrying on with an interview while probs sorted out.

I've just sent an email to Ali and another to mike.shaft@bbc.co.uk saying how much I'm enjoying the prog & long may it continue. More feedback the better, folks!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 10:22 AM

Sent an email to GMR Editor Steve Taylor this morning and got this reply back:

Thanks for this. Ali has certainly made a splendid start and I've been
pleased to receive several letters and e-mails like yours. It looks like the programme is going to pose me a problem (though a very welcome one) when the soccer season returns in August. We'll have to see what we can do.

Best wishes

Steve Taylor
Editor BBC GMR


Keep writing in!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 06:54 AM

They are very keen on football on GMR - since my programme started we've been listening to the station, and it's VERY heavy on sport in general! So I'm not holding out much hope at the moment!
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 16 Jun 03 - 07:05 PM

This is your weekly reminder to tune in to 95.1 or 104.6FM(if you're in Saddleworth) to Sounds of Folk this Tuesday night just after the 7-00pm news. No guest this week - it's all music and diary dates. Don't forget to tell Steve Taylor or Mike Shaft what you think of the show. steve.taylor@bbc.co.uk or mike.shaft@bbc.co.uk Tell them you would like the show to continue when the footy comes back on.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 11:18 AM

I WILL get home in time to tune in.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 18 Jun 03 - 10:31 AM

Did you?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: songs2play
Date: 19 Jun 03 - 02:37 AM

Mark, thanks for the reminder.
Well, I finally managed to tune my old transistor radio to GMR, and I'm very glad I did. An absolutely wonderful programme - Congratulations Ali.
The only fault I could pick up on was that it was too short.:-)
Good music, and very interesting, informative and entertaining dialogue between.
Keep up the good work.
Leighton.(one of Joan's "little helpers" at Wigan Folk Club).


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 19 Jun 03 - 04:25 AM

hi Noreen. Made it but only just, think I missed the first track or two.
Well done Ali.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 06:30 AM

Thanks for all the lovely messages eveyone - it's making me feel very emotional (mind you, that could be a result of all the "wee drams" we had in the Scottish Highlands last week!!!)

Ali

PS I had a lovely chat with Eric Bogle just before I went to Scotland - I'll be playing that on the programme just before Saddleworth Festival.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 02:56 PM

Many a malt imbibed I'll wager! Good luck with the show tomorrow, Ali..

All the best.......Harry.


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Subject: CORRECTION!!
From: Bernard
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 06:22 PM

Teensy correction needed...

Ken Perlman appeared at the Open Door LAST Sunday (22nd June)!!

Pity the cricket (Y-A-W-N!!) interrupted the programme... I've never been able to understand the attraction of listening to live cricket on the radio... it's like listening to concrete setting...!! (Miaow!!).

Yer doing a great job, Ali!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Raggytash
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 06:41 PM

Philistine


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: songs2play
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 02:38 AM

Another cracking show Ali, nice to hear from Derek Gifford and LocTup Together. Also congrats to Mark - nice bit of info about Four Fools Folk Festival and Folk Northwest.

Keep up the good work,
Leighton


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 07:58 AM

I thought Mark did really well. I've got John Howarth coming in next week, and the Rising Sun Band plus Brian Peters the following week.

I nearly had a stand-up fight last night - I was NOT amused about the cricket! And I actually got some complaints by phone after the show about the amount of cricket they'd been subjected to!

The good news is that I've been told that the BBC are very happy with the show, and with the number of supporting messages that they've been getting.

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 10:03 AM

Thanks for the comments Ali and Leighton. I really enjoyed doing the show - an hour soon passes - especially when it's reduced to forty minutes! We would both have liked to have a couple more tracks of music on and I had a bit more to say as well but those ominous words "...and now we're going to Old Trafford to join Andy Peebles" meant we had to cut it all out. Maybe next time.
I'll put a few pictures on the folk north west website later tonight - follow this link:
Pictures


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 06:22 PM

OK the pictures are on the site - please have a look


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 06:59 AM

They're great thanks Mark - wish I'd done my hair though!!

I've sent the web address to the GMR bosses - they like to see any publicity!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 11:19 AM

sorry Ali missed you again. At this rate it looks like I hear your prog once every two weeks.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 05:55 PM

Perhaps next week you could play Roy Harper's "When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease"......

Love..........Harry and Sara.

PS. Well done Mark!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 29 Jun 03 - 02:11 PM

The Ken Perlman error wasn't Ali's fault...he's down in 'Folkal Point' as appearing on the 29th. so there's been a communication breakdown somewhere.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 30 Jun 03 - 07:24 PM

Hope you 'catters that went to Four Fools had a good time - I certainly did. Hands up who wants to see more of Christina Smith and Jean Hewson!

Tonight's guest on the programme is John Howarth of the Oldham Tinkers who will be talking about the Legplaitters Ceiidh Band amongst other things - cricket, tennis, tiddlywinks, etc permitting!

BBC GMR Sounds of Folk 95.1 and 104.6 FM - 7-00 till 8-00

Don't forget to write or email after the show


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 05:17 AM

Sorry about Ken Perlman - it was wrong in City Life as well! I tried ..... but I failed!!!

John was good to interview last night - it was difficult not to laugh all the time - he's a real character! And there were loads of calls afer the programme wanting to know more about the Tinkers.

I've got the Rising Sun Band coming in next week, so that should be really interesting.

Thanks for all your support folks.

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Vince
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 08:25 AM

Hey what a great idea Harry & Sara. A great song by the 'aging raver'. In my opinion, Roy Harper's one of the best contempory song writers this country has ever produced. His guitar playing's a bit nifty too! See him in September at the Lowry.

Was you at his sixtieth at the Festival Hall? A great night that was.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 04:25 AM

Don't forget to tune in tonight to hear the Rising Sun Band live in the studio plus a chat with Brian Peters.

"Sounds of Folk" on BBC GMR - 95.1 and 104.6FM 7:00 - 8:00pm

Phone-in 0161 228 2255
Email ali.obrien@bbc.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Pied Piper
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 10:46 AM

At last some instrumental Music.
PP


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 12:37 PM

Sorry Pied Piper - I know my preference is for songs, but I have tried to include some instrumentals. You'll just have to keep reminding me I'm afraid. Hopefully tonight will redress the balance somewhat, as I'm also playing the track from mat Walklate's CD which I meant to play last week.

By the way, I was criticised by a Saddleworth local for not mentioning a club in the Tameside area, which I didn't even know about! If I don't mention a club, it's not because I don't want to; it's probably because no one has told me about it!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: songs2play
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 02:44 AM

Another cracking show Ali.
AND, Our Joan Blackburn got 3 mentions (at least I think I heard three, but I was up a ladder most of the time wallpapering at my lad's house)

Keep up the good work,
Leighton ( - one of Joan's little helpers)


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 03:15 PM

Eric Bogle interview tonight...


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