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Fylde 2005

s&r 24 Aug 05 - 11:27 AM
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PennyBlack 24 Aug 05 - 11:46 AM
PennyBlack 25 Aug 05 - 06:14 AM
GUEST,Sally P 25 Aug 05 - 05:52 PM
s&r 25 Aug 05 - 06:23 PM
PennyBlack 25 Aug 05 - 08:24 PM
Alio 26 Aug 05 - 04:37 AM
PennyBlack 27 Aug 05 - 01:34 PM
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Herga Kitty 30 Aug 05 - 06:20 PM
PennyBlack 30 Aug 05 - 07:35 PM
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PennyBlack 31 Aug 05 - 04:53 AM
GUEST,MairSea 31 Aug 05 - 07:14 AM
Dave the Gnome 31 Aug 05 - 07:37 AM
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Subject: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 24 Aug 05 - 11:27 AM

Just to update the Fylde 2004 thread - have a look at hte Prog which PB supplied. Perhaps we're biased up here but we think it's one of the best

Stu


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 24 Aug 05 - 11:40 AM

Stu you beat me - Just about to post the 2005 details - so here you go everyone...

The Week ahead:- Pre Festival Events

Saturday 27th August 2005
The Houghton Weaver 30th anniversary Concert
Marine Hall, Fleetwood. Admission: £9.50 concessions: £8.50
(booking office: 01253 770547) Evening

Sunday 28th August 2005.
Alan Bell Band in Concert
Marsh Mill Square, Thornton-Cleveleys
Afternoon Free Event

Monday 29th August 2005
Folk on the Jacinta
On board the Jacinta, The Marina Fleetwood Docks, Fleetwood.
with Red Duster, Spitting on a Roast, Scolds Bridle, Alan Bell Band & Special Guests.
admission: £4.00 concessions £3.00 Evening

Tuesday 30th August 2005
Penny Black for Arcaid
Steamer Pub (oposite Fleetwood Market)11.30am -2.30pm
FREE - collection for A.R.C. (Arthritis Research Campaign)

Captain Cooper's Motley Crew
Victoria Bar. Hotel Elizabeth. North Euston Hotel. Fleetwood. Evening
FREE event.

Wednesday 31st August 2005
Pre Festival Fun - Song & Dance
The Falcon Htl. Hardhorn Way, Poulton-le-Fylde.
Singleton Cloggers, Penny Black, Tinker's Cuss, Scuttle Bugs, Solo Artists and More.
FREE from 8.00pm

Blues Night
The Steamer Htl, Fleetwood
Spitting on a Roast, Dai Thomas, Pete Ryder
FREE (Evening)

Thursday 1st September 2005
The Gathering
Dave Jones with Thistle
Euston Victoria Bar, Hotel Elizabeth, Fleetwood. 8.00pm-11.00pm

The Dave Ryan Concert
Spitting on a Roast with local Support Artists
The Ballroom, Hotel Elizabeth North Euston
£6.00 or £5.00 on production of your weekend ticket (Evening)

Sing in The Festival
with Ron Baxter
Sinclair's Bar, Steamer Hotel, Fleetwood. (Evening)
FREE


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 24 Aug 05 - 11:46 AM

Keep up to date with Fylde Folk Festival at:-

Fylde Folk Forum


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 06:14 AM

and who can you see at the festival:-


Fylde 2005 2nd 3rd 4th SEPTEMBER


Artists

Waterson/ Carthy(Sat), Roy Bailey, John McCusker Band(Sun), Niamh Parsons(Eire), John Wright Band, Sid Kipper(Fri), James Keelaghan & Hugh McMillan(Can), Ken Nicol, Eileen McGann & David K.(Can), Shirley Collins, Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, Mise(Eire), Threlfall, Ellison & Edwards, Bernard Wrigley, Gary & Vera Aspey, Tom McConville, Steve & Kristi Nebel (USA), Rory Ellis(AUS), Steamchicken Dance Band, Tich Frier, Strawhead, Sara Grey, Keiron Means, Alan Bell Band, Bryony, Stanley Accrington, Scolds Bridle, Brian Preston, Trouble at' Mill, Th'Antique Road Show, Andrew Green, Moorland Folk, Pat Ryan & Ken Howard, Thistle, Quartz, Tom Walsh, Elbow Jane, Rebecca Geen, Capt.Cooper's Motley Crew, Derek Gifford, Ratcatchers Skiffle Group, Ian Gartside Band, Penny Black, Paul Wrigley, Past Carin', Hugh O'Donnell, Red Duster, Ross Campbell & Richard Hone, Coal Train, Neil Brook, Joe Crane, Tallyman, Heyfeva., Jenny Coxon, Dylan Owen, Fleetwood Mashers, Rough Mix, Festival Ceilidh Band.

Comperes:
Matt Armour, Ron Baxter, Simon Hayhow, Ann Green, Dave Jones, Joe & Maureen Nicholson, Mick Peat, Clive Pownceby, Pete Rimmer, Dick Siddall, Jim Smith, Derek Stanton.

Outdoor Performers:
Flipjack Jugglers, Fiddling Green Jig Machine. Trim Rig & A Doxy.

Dance Teams:
Heage Windmillers, Mortimers Morris, Flag Crackers of Craven, Rivington Ladies Morris Dancers, Southport Swords, Singleton Cloggers, Argameles Ladies Morris, Wrigley Head Morris Dancers, Opamka East European Dance Group, Lancaster Pace Eggers, and more.. Iron Men & Severn Guilders?

Special Events:
"Cod & Ships" with Sid Kipper.
" America Over The Water" & " A Most Sunshiny Day" with Shirley Collins, Vic & Tina Smith.
"The Manchester Ballads " by Mark Dowding & Chris Harvey.
"Bold Nelson's Praise" with Strawhead.
"We Are The Women" with Scolds Bridle.

Clog Dancing Exponents:
Melanie Barber, Linda Burton, Harry Cowgill, Chas. Fraser, Jenny Hill, Marguerite Hill, Kath Morris, Tony Hill (musician.)

Weekend tickets £50 (Saturday Day & Eve ticket £30.)

FREE Children under 11yrs.

Box Office

33 The Lavenders, Dowbridge, Kirkham, Preston, Lancs PR 4 2YJ

Tel 01772 683 027 cheques payable: Fylde Folk Festival


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,Sally P
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 05:52 PM

No-one ever seems to mention The Penny Dreadful ! Boo-hoo !


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 06:23 PM

Please semd ideas for th e Peny Dreadful to this tread

Stu


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 08:24 PM

Penny Black will be selling the A.R.C. (Arthritis Research Campaign) wristbands at Fylde ONLY £1.00
(only available from ARC Charity Shops & Penny Black).

They're "In" thing for all festival goers - and you can use them to hang your instrument on a wall as well!

----There's One for the Penny Dreadful-----

:0)


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Alio
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 04:37 AM

Can't wait - I'm really looking forward to it!

Ali


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 27 Aug 05 - 01:34 PM

FRIDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2005
FYLDE FOLK FESTIVAL
Fleetwood Lancashire UK


10.30am Information & Ticket Desk opens - Marine Hall Foyer

12.00n-3.00pm Come All Ye & Sing, Sing around, Hosts: Penny Black - Sinclairs Bar, The Steamer

12.00n-3.00pm Mid Day Music, Camelia, Andrew Green, Eileen McGann & David K (Can), Hughie Jones and Guests - North Euston

12.00n-3.00pm Musician's Session - Mount Hotel, Front Lounge

1.00pm-2.00pm An Hour with Hughie Jones - Fleetwood Museum

3.00pm-4.00pm Down Home host Dick Siddall - Ball Room North Euston

3.00pm-4.30pm Heritage Walk guide Ron Baxter - Meet at Mount Hotel

5.30pm-7.00pm Singaround through 6 with Camelia - Mount Hotel

7.30pm The Friday Concert. Dave Jones (compere)
Heyfeva, Scolds Bridle, Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne (Eire)
9.15pm Interval
9.30pm Cod & Chips show with Sid Kipper - Marine Hall

7.30-11.30pm Folk on Friday. Tich Frier (compere)
Past Carin, Rough Mix, Jess Warner (USA), Gary & Vera, Captain Cooper's Motley Crew - Victoria Bar, North Euston

8.00pm-10.45pm Mount Music. Festival Ceilidh Band Session - Front Lounge, Mount Hotel

8.00pm-10.45pm Making Waves. Matt Armour (compere)
Hughie Jones, Trim Rig & a Doxy, Derek Gifford, Scolds Bridle - Mount Hotel, Restaurant

8.00pm-11.00pm A Taste of Lancashire.
with Pat Ryan & Ken Howard, Gary & Vera Aspey, Stanley Accrington, Oldham Tinkers - Concert Room, Gasworks Club

8.00pm-11.30pm Steamer Music. Ian Gartside (compere)
Spitting on a Roast, Penny Black, The Ian Gartside Band, Rory Ellis (Aus), Thistle - Lounge Bar, Steamer.

8.00pm-11.00pm Singaround. Host: Quartz - Upstairs Room, The Steamer

8.00pm-11.00pm Musician's Session - Sinclair's Bar, The Steamer

8.00pm-11.00pm Celtic Session with the A.69 Band - Wyre Lounge, Marine Hall

8.00pm-11.00pm Music at The Vic. Jim Smith (compere)
The Ratcatchers Skiffle Group - Victoria Hotel.

8.30pm-10.30pm Strawhead in Concert - Ballroom, North Euston

End of Friday Evening Session Tickets

11.30pm-1.30am Late Night Extra. Steamchicken Dance Band, MC & Caller: Mick Peat - plus guests - Marine Hall

11.30pm-1.30am(yeh! I believe that!) Cabaret Club. Dave Jones (Compere). Guest to be arranged


Well get planning Friday's treats and don't forget to get a copy of the Programme to find out What & Who's on over the weekend...


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,SallyP
Date: 28 Aug 05 - 02:02 PM

Git yore P.D. five times during FFF05. Five separate editions. All done by hand.   Unique. Collectors' copies only. You've always enjoyed it b4 - so now u cn Njoy it agen.

Any ideas v.greatfl recvd.

Ta. C U @ FFF

sal


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 30 Aug 05 - 02:05 PM

TONIGHT
30/08/05

Captain Cooper's Motley Crew
Victoria Bar.
Hotel Elizabeth.
North Euston Hotel.
Fleetwood.

FREE event.


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: muppitz
Date: 30 Aug 05 - 03:22 PM

The masterplan has come together, I'm coming to Fylde!

Hurrah!

muppitz x


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Grab
Date: 30 Aug 05 - 03:58 PM

Not that I'll be there, but make an effort to see Tich Frier if you can - he's an excellent entertainer.


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: The Barden of England
Date: 30 Aug 05 - 05:55 PM

There from Friday - just tomorrow and thursday to go now.


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 30 Aug 05 - 06:20 PM

Sorry, but I'll be at the Wareham Wail in Verwood. Hope you have a great time in Fleetwood.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 30 Aug 05 - 07:35 PM

Wednesday 31st August 2005

Pre Festival Fun - Song & Dance

The Falcon Htl. Hardhorn Way, Poulton-le-Fylde.
with
Singleton Cloggers, Penny Black,
Tinker's Cuss, ScuttleBugs,
The Ian Gartside Band,
Solo Artists and More.

FREE from 8.00pm




Blues Night

The Steamer Htl, Fleetwood
with
Spitting on a Roast,
Dai Thomas, Pete Ryder

FREE (Evening)


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Houston_Diamond
Date: 30 Aug 05 - 11:05 PM

Aaawww... I am sooo jealous. That line up looks unmissable but Im gonna miss it.

Hope that Fylde 2006 is that good (and I hope I can go there!!)

Enjoy all you lucky people.


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 31 Aug 05 - 04:53 AM

Houston- put it on your diary now - Sept 1st, 2nd 3rd 2006 :0)

This year. Pre Festival events are going great The Euston was packed last night and Dave Cooper and his Motley Crew had 'em dancing and singing their hearts out.

For anyone who wasn't there, Paul Wrigley was asked to sing a song from his new CD "Don't let them dance on your dreams", which will be released at the Festival, We've already had a chance to hear the CD, which consist mainly of Paul's own songs (in fact only one isn't) if you manage to get a copy do so its brill.

and from the Penny Black rumour kitchen; Dave Cooper's Motley Crew will be getting a new member soon, I can't say who, but here's a clue: he's just made a new CD, writes his own songs and his initials are P.W. but it's just a rumour :0)

See those who make it tonight at The Falcon Pre Festival fun and frolics at The Falcon from 8.00pm

PB


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,MairSea
Date: 31 Aug 05 - 07:14 AM

Better half and I will there from Thursday Night. Don't know what time we'll be arriving though. Hope to make it in time for the concert but all depends on traffic etc. Please say Hello - I'll be the fat lady using ski pole walking sticks as crutches!!! I promise I won't sing untill the very end!

Love and Peace

Ann and Richard


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 31 Aug 05 - 07:37 AM

Can anyone post what is on in the Marine Gardens on Sunday, preferably with approx times? I am unable to go this year coz we have visitors at home but I would love to bring them for the dancing outside. Guess there are also the free concerts at the Steamer and in the bar at the North Euston? Any 'sessions' going on outside the Marine Hall bar as well, seeing as I won't be able to get in there:-(

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,weelittledrummer
Date: 31 Aug 05 - 04:05 PM

hoping to get there and see y'all!

al


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Houston_Diamond
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 10:34 AM

Thank you PB, I should hopefully be there :)

I'll keep me eye's on the web to see the line up.


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 02:26 PM

Thursday 1st September 2005

The Gathering
Dave Jones with Thistle
Euston Victoria Bar, Hotel Elizabeth, Fleetwood. 8.00pm-11.00pm

The Dave Ryan Concert
Spitting on a Roast with local Support Artists
The Ballroom, Hotel Elizabeth North Euston
£6.00 or £5.00 on production of your weekend ticket (Evening)

Sing in The Festival
with Ron Baxter
Sinclair's Bar, Steamer Hotel, Fleetwood. (Evening)
FREE


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 02:30 PM

DtG

Dancing and free events Sunday

just a taster for Sunday (details I have at hand for our schedule) as I'm just leaving for the Euston. Will try and post some more details when I get back tonight (tomorrow?)

Sun – 11.00am – 12.00noon Coffee Music "Meet Penny Black" – Victoria Hotel

Sun - 12.00noon – 5.00pm Sunday at The Steamer with Ian Gartside Band (2nd on + 4 Bands)

Sun – 8.00pm – 10.30 Lancashire Night with Fleetwood Mashers – Euston Hotel Victoria Bar


Sun – Singleton Cloggers: 11.30-1.00pm exhibition dancing Marine Gardens 1.30-2.30 North Euston & Queens Terrace


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: LesB
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 02:34 PM

I'll be there, dancing with Southport Swords, (my wife with Argarmeles Clogs). Hoping to get there Fri late afternoon.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 06:02 PM

okey doke just got the accommodation fixed! See ya there everybody!


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 08:24 PM

DtG


Sunday Morris Dancing & Session additions to above:-

11.30am - 1.00pm Exhibition Dancing - Marine Gardens

12.00n - 2.00pm Musician sessions - Mount Hall

12.30pm - 2.30pm Singaround on Sunday -Steamer Hotel (upstairs room)

1.30pm - 2.30pm Exhibition Dancing - Euston & Queens Terrace

1.30pm - 2.30pm Exhibition Dancing - Marine Gardens


--------------------------------------------

Great Night at The Euston tonight - Met a lot of old friends and listened to some great Music from Thistle and had a few pints :0)

--------------------------------------------

Falcon Folk Wednesday (past) - Great Night thanks to:-

Singleton Cloggers, Steve Ferguson, Lorraine Murphy, Scuttlebugs, Tinkers Cuss, The Ian Gartside Band.

--------------------------------------------

Fylde Folk Festival 2005 - is Now


PB


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: John J
Date: 03 Sep 05 - 12:26 PM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Alio
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 02:10 PM

Just back, and it was wonderful! The Saturday evening concert in the Marine Hall was just amazing - John Wright Band, Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne, Roy Bailey and Waterson Carthy. Fantastic!

And we really enjoyed Mark Dowding and Chris Harvey's Manchester Ballads - if you get the chance to listen, then do! A very emotional journey which takes you back to life in and around Manchester 200 years ago.

Well done Alan and team!

Ali


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,John Lancs
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 03:55 PM

I've been a regular Fylde Festival-goer for many years, but Fylde now seems to be resting on its laurels. There is too much hanging about trying to avoid the same faces doing identical sets to previous years. It is great that local acts are offered so prominent a role ... but they shouldn't abuse it by not being bothered to learn new material or refresh their old stuff. Too much is tired, badly presented and, frankly, boring. I'll be skipping Fylde for a couple of years in the hope that things improve.

Enjoyed some of the headline acts - Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Niamh Parsons, Waterson:Carthy, and the John McCusker band were great. There just seemed to be a lot less to tickle my fancy this year and acres of filler. I made no "discoveries" at all - everything was safe and predictable, with no notable new-to-me artists - which is unusual at a festival of this size. Enjoyed the dance displays in the pretty perfect setting of the Marine Hall gardens.


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Alio
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 03:40 AM

John - think you must have been at a different festival to myself and all the people I met!
For a start, Fylde are better than any other festival I know at encouraging young and talented artists, the "headline acts" of the future, and giving them a platform to perform.
I also think it's great that Fylde do retain a committment to their local artists, and those I saw - Strawhead, Pat and Ken, Scolds Bridle for example - all worked hard and came across really well.
Ali


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: MairSea
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 04:22 AM

Got back last night through thunder, lightning and torrential rain and am now thoroughly exhausted! Another Fylde success, lots to do, lots to see and hear but too many venues too difficult to access using walking aids. Managed to get to Hughie Jones at the Museum but that proved too much physically. Great hour though with great songs and stories.

Was able to get to the superbe Friday Night concert and the even more superbe Saturday night (line up above) - what a weekend and the icing on the cake was the Alan Bell concert after which we had to leave.

As we were leaving Gosport the radio presenter was saying "It's grim up north!" - It certainly wasn't, the sun shone on the Fylde and the the music is in our hearts. Thanks to Alan and his committee - see you next year as the fat lady did NOT sing!


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 06:38 AM

For us on the committee we're delighted when people enjoy the Festival. John Lancs - PM me in confidence about what you felt wasn't up to scratch - we try always to add to the Festival, but retain a good proportion of what people see as the essence of Fylde.

We were delighted that the whole festival seemed to avoid any major cock-ups. The worst we're aware of was the guy who lit a cigar under a smoke detector and caused a mass evacuation of the Marine Hall in the middle of the final concert! Total evacuation, no panic, 800+ people in ninety seconds flat! Concert back on within less than ten minutes. Best fire drill ever.

New Young performers - Riddlers from Southport: four fiddlers - book 'em. PM me for details. Big plus to 11 year old diva Niamh Boadle who stepped in and did a set of three songs in the N. Euston when an artist was delayed

We believe that the wide choice of Fylde (140+ events) is a strength. It does mean the Fringe is flourishing (and free) and that local acts/new acts get exposure.

We do seek and welcome opinions good or bad: PM me or email Alan Bell (Alan Bell@fylde-folk-fest.demon.uk).

Stu


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,MMC Yorkshire
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 06:51 AM

John Lancs.

Having been involved in getting a Festival together, first may I say "well done" to Alan and his team, may I also point out the following:-

You complain "same old faces, doing the same old sets", I presume you are referring to the Fringe events in local pubs and hotels? The FREE events?

Having spent several happy hours over the festival in the like of The Steamer and the North Euston, which along with the other fringe venues that I attended, they that were packed to the doors with people who appeared to be enjoying the artists and singing along with the same old songs and even requesting them, I also heard many old songs I hadn't heard for years and a few newly penned songs and poems!

I also watched and enjoyed the Morris Dance Teams, even though they were dancing the "same old dances" to the same "old tunes" its almost a Tradition at Folk Festivals.

If you took the Fringe, Free events away from any Festival (and Fylde offers more than most) you would have even more Hanging around to do and also miss out on a lot of good music. So maybe instead of knocking these people you should say Thank You for giving up their time and talent to help entertain a lot of festival goers, including myself.

Well Done Alan, The Festival Team, The Artist (both BIG and small)and also the sound crew and Stewards (who always get forgotten)and everyone one else who went to the trouble and hard work to put together a great weekend for us Festival Goers.

It's not easy, I know.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: LesB
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 12:21 PM

Hi, Well done team for sorting the weather, it was glorious. A big thank you to the campsite stewards, the toilets were the cleanest and best stocked porta loos I have ever seen. Always enough loo paper, soap & even paper towels. Concratulations to the Riddlers for winning the Tallyman Trophy. James Keelahan & his amazing bass player were great.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 01:41 PM

loved it. With so many events it really felt like there was a festival going on - not just a crummy concert
I never knew Fleetwood was so nice - previously I had only been to the folk club there on cold , frostbitten winter evenings in August.

The dancers and their acompanying musicians were terrific. Ken Nicol's guitar workshop was really good - made me want a better guitar - but these are the hazards before us.. The stalls/craft market cost me a fortune but were brilliant. It was great meeting other songwriters in the songwriters workshops. To be honest I couldn't get to see all the things I wanted to see - so many events clashed.

Okay I made a prat of myself doing my opening number at the midnight concert with an untuned guitar, but I am too old to care. so there!

thankyou to the locals (Pete Skinner and martin roche)for telling me to get there - a terrific experience! I recommend it.

all th best

big al whittle


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 02:59 PM

Fylde is unusual in that the fringe events are an integral part of the Festival and Festival artists are programmes into many free events. This is because we believe that folk music belongs to the people, and the more people hear it the more new folkies we're likely to get

Stu


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: muppitz
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 03:03 PM

Had an amazing time!
Saw everyone I wanted to see and some that I didn't know I wanted to until I saw them!
Elbow Jane were fantastic, even with hangover(!), John Wright and the lovely Joe's brought the house down, James Keelahan is a new favourite of mine, however I can't say the same for the John McCusker band, sadly they weren't to my tastes, very good, no denying that but IMHO they lacked bite.

All in all a great festival, glad I managed to make it up there, the only thing to marr the weekend was the theft of various items from the Moor & Coast tent, sadly, I think they may have their reservations about coming again.

muppitz x


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 03:14 PM

We'll follow the Moor and coast through. We have security patrols to limit such things but I don't think Fleetwood is unique in having a few anti social people.

Muppitz - Richard Woods (Elbow Jane) was the first ever Tallyman Trophy winner, with Claire Mundy, and then three years later as a solo performer.

Stu


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: le cheffie
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 03:33 PM

We also enjoyed the festival. Everyone is so friendly. Lookin forward to next year.
Well done to Alan and the team


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 03:41 PM

We hear that six eggs and a bottle of Coke were taken.

Al, glad you enjoyed Ken's workshop. We're pleased with the workshop structure at Fylde and the use of Milton Street Community Centre.
Ken uses Fylde guitars, and has just had one built for him

"Long-time folk guitar hero Ken Nicol has been playing Fylde for over 10 years and now has a new Fylde signature model. He wanted a guitar that had all the power and intensity of the Falstaff but with a sweeter more mellow tone. He choose a Western Red Cedar top that achieves the sound he was after exactly."

Stu


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,John Lancs
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 03:50 PM

Oops. Sorry for being partly critical. I confined my comments to those in the published programme (i.e. part of the festival) and not the guys and gals in singarounds. There is much, as I said, that is good about the festival but there are some things that are really, really, awful. I really am bored to death of people doing mid-atlantic "Isle of Soap on a Rope" gloop and naff Lanky knockabout. Some of these performers could be excellent if they changed their material. Why are we Lancastrians so keen to put up with this 1970's end-of-pier variety show drivel? It is a tradition - but so were Val Doonican and The Krankies, and thankfully they aren't booked at folk festivals. I would like my culture presented in a better light, if possible. There is very varied material indigenous to the North West if people could be bothered to dig it out. There isn't any excuse for singing the same 5 pop songs ad nauseam - especially when linked with the same tired anecdotes. It has as much to do with folk as karaoke.

One of the things that strikes me about the Fylde audience is that it is pretty much like that of many folk clubs - moribund - rather than other folk festivals. Most other festivals I go to have a far higher proportion of younger people (i.e. under 60) in the audience than Fylde. We all know that folk clubs are ageing, on the whole, but this is not my perception of folk festivals. Fylde does do its best to run competitions and workshops for youngsters but the main programme is obviously deeply unattractive to wouldbe festival goers in the their 20's, 30's and 40's. It doesn't have to get hip - but it does need to get interesting. There are many more younger people at the far smaller National Festival, for example, which presents a greater proportion of trad acts.

Every festival has years when its headline programming is not to everyone's taste. There were some acts that I found wonderful this year (Niamh Parsons, Sara & Kieron) and others that I couldn't care less whether I ever see again (John Wright, Cathryn Craig). In a successful festival, though, the personal appeal of the headline acts is only incidental. The "glue" that holds together a successful artistic programme is the local and lesser-known acts. Unfortunately, this is the area where Fylde has become very weak. Stalwarts of the local clubs are presented - year in, year out - as programmed events and yet can't be bothered to expend any effort in rising to the occasion by learning the odd new song or rediscovering aspects of their tradition. I am glad Alan Bell offers them the opportunity to shine in front of a wider audience but deeply disappointed that they waste the break he has given them. Perhaps he should use the same principle he seems to use with the headline acts i.e. you don't get a booking two years together? If they had a year off they could at least get the songbooks out. Perhaps a couple of the North West festivals could get together to "swap" some of their local acts for a year?

Folk is like anything else: it needs to have a point if people are to carry on buying tickets. As I said, I'm voting with my feet next year and will give Fylde another chance in a few years.


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 04:36 PM

I don't really see why you need to be so rude as to mention acts that you didn't like by name. By and large with folk artists, what they do on stage is what they have done with their lives - often at terrific personal cost. Nobody is dumb enough to be in it for the money.

if you knew anything at all about folk music you would know that pub venues where there is no cover charge need at least one act that is 'flameproof'- that is to say: knows their instruments really thoroughly; can pull together cohesively an audience when some dodgy experimental songwriter has half emptied the place - not everybody in bull ring gets to kill the bull - not everybody gets the privilege of making demands on an audiences attention in the way that say Martin Carthy does and his many fans expect of him. the people you are criticising are doing a different job, and I was quite impressed with the skill with which they did it.

anyway the workshops had my attention, I wish I could have attended them all. It was a great weekend. thanks to all organisers and players.

al


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: PennyBlack
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 04:55 PM

Al, nice seeing you again - caught the second song you did and from the look on the faces of the audience, the laughter and the applause (plus latter comments made) it more than made up for any earlier mistuning!

Enjoyed the sets I was involved in and looking at the set list from the three "local bands" I was playing with I must apologise to John Lancs as at least 8 of the 70+ songs we sang over the 3 days were performed last year as well, by way of an excuse 4 were requested.

Only one complaint, why oh why can't you get a glass of tap water in the Wyre Lounge? Excuses given, "It's not fit for consumption due the the mains burst", "we're not allowed to", "we sell bottled water, not give tap water away". Many of the Morris team members, who had been dancing in the sun should have had the availability of water, and although it might be traditional for them to rely on beer to top up their liquid intake not all do. Any chance of water dispensers next year? May I add that the Euston, Steamer and Victoria (not sure of any of the others)had no problem supply water & Ice to anyone who requested it.

Other than that small "whinge" a great (but very tiring)time was had by all.

PB


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 05:14 PM

As some of you will know Eric Roche should have appeared at Fylde, but due to cancer he couldn't (see Eric's site - sad situation.

"The guitarists" spot on Sat lunchtime with Ken Nicol and Brian Willoughby was a benefit concert for Eric and family; the exit collection and Penny Dreadful receipts made over £500.00 for this very worthy cause.

For interest, the PD receipts every year are sent to a charity for that year.

Stu


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,SPS: Fylde
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 07:43 PM

Another Brilliant Year!

Speaking from the young generation of Folkies (I'm 23 and was with 3 friends aged 22, 21 and 17) I found the bands playing this year were very lacking for my taste. Don't get me wrong, Artists such as Waterson:Carthy were brilliant and I have loved seeing them. It was ventured earlier in this thread about lacking in bands to bring in the young generation, I have been going to fylde for well over 8/9 years now and have seen some amazing acts. Groups like Bluehorses and Wolftones are some of the greatest i've ever seen and if they played again I wouldn't miss them for anything!

However, there's obviously a large number of "Older" folkies (if you'll excuse the term) that don't like some of the sounds from these groups. I remember a number of comments after Wolftones played and half of the main hall walking out when Bluehorses played. This leads to people complaining and these groups not being invited back and does therefore alienate a fans of these groups.

It's impossible to please everyone in a festival and this is understandable, however it's a shame people will say there isn't a large youth population at fylde as in the last 9 years i've seen the population grow considerably.

On a final note, the Milton Street Signing in procedure. This is a first in the 3 years of Milton Street. I popped in at 1:40 to catch the last 20 minutes of the youthwave session. I asked the people there if the session was still on, to be told they were on all day. I explained that I was after the session not a workshop and I was invited to start one in one of the empty rooms. Finally I found out that the session was still running but was in a room now not the main hall, the door was shut and I didn't feel like opening the door and disturbing things to join in. And as for having to sign in and out, I understand that for fire safety reasons a record needs to be kept but a simple count of incomming and outgoing people should have suited better and would have caused the queue to enter the building.

Otherwise, Great festival! Looking forward to next year already!

Simon


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 02:51 AM

Re Milton street.

I forgot to sign out.
for the record I am not still there.


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 03:13 AM

Thanks for that Simon, it's exactly that sort of feedback that helps us. The difficulty of joining a session in a room with a closed door is obvious, but we'd missed it.

Probably a re-jig of the downstairs area would allow for youth sessions there again (or on a weekend like Fylde this year a session outside)

The original idea of Milton St as you know was to provide non-licensed premises where under 18s could play easily. We need to revisit that perhaps.

Signing in and out was to provide some security for younger folkies: we feel that we are responsible for the safety of the - say - under 14s and that was just a way of achieving it. But we don't want it to be a disincentive, so we will certainly look at it again.

I'll PM you about the programming in more detail; you may be able to help us.

Stu and Rusty


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,muppitz at work
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 07:37 AM

Sadly there was a little more than eggs and coke taken from Moor & Coast, however, you are correct, anti-social behaviour is not restricted to Fylde, it was just unfortunate that they didn't leave it at that, the boys took it in good humour and packed everything away the next day and they still managed to find something to steal on Sunday and Monday.

But I digress... at least that was the only thing to spoil my weekend, I have discovered some people I didn't know about, saw people that I liked already, didn't get to any sessions or singarounds though, possibly due to laziness more than anything and you couldn't have asked for better weather I hope it's as good next time I go.

muppitz x


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,The Barden of England at work
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 08:14 AM

I enjoyed every minute of it. Saw who I wanted to see and spent a long time jamming in the Wyre Lounge at the Marine Hall as usual. Lots of old friends, quite a few new ones and great weather. Well done to the whole of the festival team and I am thoroughly looking forward to next year.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: s&r
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 01:20 PM

You'll see from another thread that Eric Roche, IMO one of the world's top guitarists, has died.

As part of the Guitarists concert at Fylde, Ken Nicol played the Water is Wide using some techniques which he attributed to the arrangement on Eric Roche's DVD.

Eric leaves a wife, and two children 1 & 3. More details here

Stu


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,Rusty Irons
Date: 12 Sep 05 - 08:34 AM

Being the wrong side of 50, even I noticed the almost total lack of youngsters attending this year's festival. I danced with a well known morris side in the early days of Fylde when I numbered amongst the youngsters. It was most depressing to see that there appears no-one coming up to take our place. I do agree with the end of the pier comment - it was old hat back then! No one has mentioned my own discovery of the festival - Rory Elis! Great!


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Subject: RE: Fylde 2005
From: GUEST,MairSea
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 06:39 AM

Having read through the comments so far, while I would agree with those made about the lack of numbers of young people at the concerts didn't anyone else notice the large numbers of youngsters outside on the grass, in the dark playing to their hearts content? Some of the little "bands" playing together could give some of the concert bands a run for their money. I think quite a few of them must have been at the Milton Street workshops and talking of those I wish to say sorry to Stu for not attending the guitar workshops this year especially as he had given us "homework" from last year! I attended, as an observer, the accordion and English concertina workshops which were excellent. Thanks to all concerned.

I love the Fylde Festival because it does have something for everyone, good singarounds, good sessions and lots of varied fringe activities to make you want to be in more than two places at he one time. That takes quite some organising and planning. On the point about the same songs etc.. yes, that does grate a bit but when the locals are asked to perform their party pieces by request what are they to do? Most of them only have "3 song slots" anyway! It is the booked and paid for acts that should be looking to their laurels and not performing the same sets in the same order at all their venues over the weekend. Sorry if that is too hypercritical but... I am allowing for requests though 'cos they are special. I don't think that I have heard requests like "will you play the same set this evening at the concert 'cos it was all wonderful"!

Thanks again Alan and Co for a great festival and am looking forward to next year, Eric Bogle, Mrs Ackroyd and all the "fringe repeats"! Lang may yer lum reek!!

Ann


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