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UK Old Time music festival, February '07

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Sooz 20 Dec 06 - 04:49 AM
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nickp 21 Dec 06 - 10:32 AM
GUEST,Pete Peterson 21 Dec 06 - 11:51 AM
BanjoRay 21 Dec 06 - 05:54 PM
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oombanjo 02 Jan 07 - 01:59 PM
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Subject: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 06:57 AM

Once again I have the pleasure of giving some advance notice...

The Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance. FOAOTMAD (for short) is a UK based organisation catering to the tastes of like-minded old time music fans, be they musicians, Appalachian cloggers and those who just like to listen.

Our major event of the year (and the premier old time music festival in Europe) is the Gainsborough Old Time Music and Dance Festival. This takes place at Castle Hills Community School in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire and for 2007 this will be on the weekend of 16th-18th of February.

Our headline guests for the festival are the Orpheus Supertones, comprising the legendary Walt Koken (Highwoods String Band), Clare Milliner, Kellie Allen and Pete Peterson.

Also featuring are Sara Grey & Keiron Means, New Deal String Band, Dave Marshall & Andy Imms, Shape-Note singing with Cath Tyler, Freestyle clogging with Rosie Davis & Old Faded Glory, Rough Deal String Band and that master of the autoharp, Mike Fenton.

With Friday and Saturday night concerts, workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a chance to perform on the open stage on Saturday afternoon plus almost continuous sessioning, how could an old-time music enthusiast miss this highlight of the UK oldtime year!

For more information on the Gainsborough Festival, FOAOTMAD membership or any of our activities, try FOAOTMAD where festival booking forms/flyers will be available to download in a matter of days.

Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 07:10 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 11:16 AM

Hi Nick,
We are certainly looking forward to being there! Been learning new songs and tunes and working out arrangements-- now even playing something in the key of E flat (without capos) which is not something too many OT musicans do. But if the East Texas Serenaders did it, so can we.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 12:40 PM

Hey Pete - if you start a session in Eb I'm outta there!
Looking forward to seeing you guys again.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 02:29 PM


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 02:33 PM

Careful Pete,

Old time sesions over here (U.K) mean you play for two hours in the key of D and then just in case you might want a change, 2 hours in the key of A and that's it !! And beware of the Old Time Police.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 03:54 PM

Last time I met Pete we played 5 hours in the Key of C - no problem whatsoever.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 04:24 PM

You actually managed to unhook your capo ??? or was it at Mt Airy and the temperature flattend your strings a whole tone, bet you even figured out G for an hour or so.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 07:35 PM

It was indeed at Mount Airy. Funny thing, temperature.
Apparently the latest Old Time Herald (which we won't get here in the UK for a week or two) has an excellent article on Walt Koken by Pete Peterson.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Sooz
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 04:32 AM

Do we need to get hay in for the mules or will you bring your own?


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 06:57 AM

Hi Sooz - No problem with the hay, but you need to get the moonshine still fired up before Christmas - not a drop is sold till it's 30 days old.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Sooz
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 11:25 AM

I'' see what I can do in the lab!


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 08:15 AM

I've got a half bottle of Georgia Moon - it's only for the tourists but I'll try and remember it in case we run out of kerosene for the lanterns.....

Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: fiddler
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 05:20 PM

Well is it about time I came back to old time music now?

And is this a good time!

Any beginers appalachian?

Andy

:-)


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 08:19 PM

Hi Andy - you're way past beginner, and you missed a superb Dave Bing workshop in October! There should be some great fiddle workshops, but the exact nature of them isn't quite ready yet. We should have workshops from Claire Milliner and Bob Winquist, both great fiddlers, and maybe the legendary Tom Paley. Claire Milliner is currently working on what will surely be the Old Time tune bible, with I believe well over a thousand tunes transcribed from fine fiddlers, though I don't suppose it'll be ready for the festival - sigh.
Check here for details
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 04:21 AM

Hi Andy, yes beginners and intermediate althought expect it to be tipped more at flatfoot than 'team clogging' and as Ray says fiddlers coming out of our ears. Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 05:52 AM

Ah - by 'Appallachian', Andy meant dancing, not fiddling - right, (slaps wrist)
Sorry (I think)
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: fiddler
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 09:20 AM

Nah thats fine Ray, unslap yourself, you expect me to be a fiddler. I hope to be there, It'd be nice to learn some dancing, but if not never mind I'll do some fiddling.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: oombanjo
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 02:06 PM

February, Can't come quick enough.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 04:41 PM

Actually, Ooombanjo, those of us doing the organising could do with a little longer!!!!!!!!!! Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: fiddler
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 04:59 PM

I'd be worried if it was nay other way Nick.

Andy


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 04:47 AM

A request - is there any chance of some place being put aside for us weirdos who sing old-time songs or like to play tunes in the less standard tunings. I know your organisation is "The Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance", but we like to Sing as well.
Quack!
Geoff the Duck.
(WEBFOOTS - We Enjoy Being Friends Of Old Time Song)


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 06:04 AM

Geoff, there will be a singing pond made available for a goodly amount of time although you may have to share it with the more vocal ones.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 09:54 AM

Geoff-
The Orpheus Supertones do a whole lot of singing, from lots of sources. Remember that our source musicians (Charlie Poole, the Skillet Lickers, the Shelor Family, Uncle Dave Macon, the Carter Family) thought of themselves as entertainers first and instrumentalists only a distant second.

There's the other side of us, too-- find somebody like Ed Haley or Clark Kessinger or "Jilson Setters" who DID think of himself mainly as a fiddler, transcribe those tunes carefully and then see if they fit into a string band setting.

We are really looking forward to Gainsborough!


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Sooz
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 01:16 PM

Anyone who fancies a break out could visit Gainsborough Folk Club on the Friday evening!


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 01:24 PM

I usually stick to the key of B Natural!Is their room for a strummer at these things?


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 02:57 PM

B Natural !! you'd probably be run out by the Old Timey Police for having bluegrass aspirations.

Remember it's A or D or at a push G or C, depends if the banjo players have lost their capos.

But I'm sure you'll have fun.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 08:12 PM

If you can think of any old time tunes in B natural, we'll play 'em. You may not recognise them, though! Any strummer's totally welcome at the fest, as long as you haven't just misspelled drummer.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 04:20 AM

Hey Sooz, who have you got at the club?


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 04:45 AM

GUEST,Pete Peterson - Thanks for the comments.
I came into old-Time stuff as somebody who sings and plays. I learnt my basics from listening to LPs of Uncle Dave Macon, Art Rosenbaum, Grandpa Jones, Sally Rogers plus the Rounder 5-String Banjo recordings from Galax County.
Most of what I heard was songs accompanied and that is what brought me into the style of music. I definitely regard what happened in America to be a tradition of singing plus music.
This whole FOATMAD scene crept up behind me while I wasn't looking and it was well underway by the time I chanced upon it.
Most of the people who go along to stuff seem to be into wall-to-wall tunes without a break. I prefer to mix my tunes with songs, playing along or listening depending on what is appropriate to the moment. I am sure that Mrs Duck and myself are not the only people who would appreciate the chance to sing and join in with other old-time singers, so I appreciate that Nick is making some provision.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Sooz
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 04:49 AM

Whoever turns up! We only have occasional guests (the next one is Sensible Shoes on Feb 2nd)


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 08:21 PM

In a new departure for this festival, we'll have Cath Tyler leading a couple of shape-note workshops, which I admit I love the sound of, as well as a singing room reserved for anyone who wants a singaround. I love it when people sing the words of a tune, but having a crap voice and a terrible memory for lyrics, I rarely do it myself. I like to join in in when there's enough people to drown me out.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 10:11 AM

We went to a Sacred Harp day in Haworth a few weeks back. It was led by Cath Tyler. It was all new to me, but very interesting.
I expect I'll go along to learn more.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 10:32 AM

Thanks for that positive feedback Geoff. There's always a bit of worry when we try out something that doesn't involve banjos....... Grin!
Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 11:51 AM

I see from my copies of the FOAOTMAD News that Carl Jones and Bev Smith have been teaching singing workshops whenever they come over, so I suspect that we'll be asked to do one or more sessions on singing. Kellie and I have adopted Ginny Hawker's advice and renamed it the "Price is Right" rule: sing the song in as high a key as you can without going over (the top).

Geoff-- looking forward to meeting you and swapping some songs-- bet we have a lot in common. When in a big jam I look for songs from Macon, Poole, Carter Family and the Skillet Lickers that have good choruses. The O'Tones learned on our last trip that we can even do songs with pretty complicated choruses-- we had the whole of the Bodmin Folk Club singing "Home by the Sea" on the second time through.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 05:54 PM

Pete - having been at the Bodmin Folk Club with the previous incarnation of the Gathering, I can testify that the Club, (and, I suspect, the entire county of Cornwall) is full of experts who can sing anything straight away. Tom, Brad and Alice were totally astonished.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 05:22 AM

Hi Pete, once the festering season is over I'll be in touch with you all about workshop themes and the boring technicalities. I'm sure that singing will be in there somewhere! In the meantime have a good Christmas. Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 10:13 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 01 Jan 07 - 04:18 PM

happy new year


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: oombanjo
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 01:59 PM

the days are getting longer, but the time is drawing in, 46 days and counting. H.N.Y. To all picker and pluckers. Oombanjo.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 07 Jan 07 - 12:58 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 07 Jan 07 - 07:25 PM

Well we're building up to a great festival - Sara Grey and Kieron Means only intended to be with us Sat and Sun, but it now looks like they'll be with us Fri as well. New Deal Band are going to have Rick Townend on fiddle and mandolin alongside Tom Paley and Joe Locker, so it looks like we should have a good mandolin workshop alongside all the others.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 02:41 PM

I went to gainsboro festival last year for the first time. I didn't realise how much I loved Old Time tunes until I went there. I honestly had the best time Iv'e every had, couldn't stop smilling all weekend ! Since then been learning lots of tunes so I can get even moere involved this year . .


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 03:32 PM

Well, GUEST,guest I don't know who you are but it looks like you definitely attended the same festival as I did. What do you play?
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 10 Jan 07 - 02:43 PM

The more the merrier! Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 12 Jan 07 - 06:43 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: oombanjo
Date: 13 Jan 07 - 05:02 AM

what time can we get in???


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 13 Jan 07 - 05:11 AM

Hi John - Don't get there before 5.30 unless you're a festival stewart and are helping with the work getting the place ready. We could do with some more stewarts - the current rate is a half price ticket. (full price of a weekend ticket is £35 for non-members, £25 for members)
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: oombanjo
Date: 13 Jan 07 - 05:39 AM

thanks Ray cheque's in the post


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 13 Jan 07 - 06:15 AM

'Stewarts'? Ray... That well known slip of the finger...

Can I re-iterate for those people who ARE coming. That means NO ACCESS TO THE SCHOOL SITE until 5:30 - no matter how far you've travelled!!!

It's still a school day, so sneaking in and sitting in the car park or canteen will be heavily frowned on, by us and the school staff who allow themselves to be disrupted for our benefit and whose patience is much appreciated. Sorry to sound an old whinger but it really is hard to arrive and get set up surrounded by people who we aren't ready for...

... or not ready for a little while!

Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 13 Jan 07 - 07:15 AM

Sorry Nick - I've obviously got my kilt on backwards.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Sooz
Date: 13 Jan 07 - 07:57 AM

You can disrupt me as much as you like :)


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 13 Jan 07 - 08:52 PM

That sounds like an offer not many would refuse - not even Old Time geezers.
tee hee
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 06:08 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 26 Jan 07 - 12:34 PM

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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: oombanjo
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 01:09 PM

not long, Rosin the Bow,and pucker up the pluckers.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 31 Jan 07 - 06:30 AM

If anyone fancies trying the autoharp - Mike Fenton will be bringing a bunch with him to use in his workshops. I'm going to be really scratching my head to decide on which to go to, though Clare Milliner's fiddle workshop will be one definite, and I'd quite like to try Cath Tyler's Shape Note singing.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 08:57 AM

Yes, we're trying some rather more esoteric workshops this year, makning use of a broad skillbase. There'll still be the usual ones but scattered around will be some that don't feature fiddles and banjos (shock horror!).

Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 08:57 AM

makning?


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 09:16 AM

Can't get much more esoteric than makning...
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Eugene Judge
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 04:41 PM

My ticket has arrived!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: oombanjo
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 02:59 AM

mine 2


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 07:04 AM

And with its legendary perfect timing-if you want t get into the swing of things then arrive a litte bit early and pop over the river to Cottingham Live on 14 February 2007 to listen to Rattle on the Stove Pipe-that'll get you in the mood fr te weekend. details on our website.

Cottingham Live


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 12:08 PM

Thanks for that Linda - they're an excellent band. Pete Cooper's a fine fiddler of many different styles including Old Time, Chris Moreton's flatpicking's as good as anybody's. Dave Arthur's not bad on the banjo, either. Unfortunately I'm practising with the Bootleggers in Scunthorpe that night, or I think I'd be there.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: The Villan
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 02:36 PM

Why haven't you got that on Folktalk Ray http://www.folktalk.co.uk/talk2.htm#Mar


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 07:58 PM

Thanks Villan - didn't know about it. I've just had an attempt at it, and will try again later if it doesn't work.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 08:18 PM

I've just found this on a mailing list I belong to:

"Orpheus Supertones have captured the essence of early country music."
                - Bluegrass Unlimited

"The band displays a familiarity that draws the audience in right off
the bat. 'Just pretend we're in the living room,' Koken says, 'having
a few drinks and playing a few tunes.' Oh, but don't be fooled by the
just-folks, easy demeanor. These people are take-no-prisoner,
downright hot musicians."

                - Eureka Times Standard

"The genius of this group lies in their ability to apply just the
right level of sophistication to each piece they play. They approach
each one from a suitable direction, and they never sound bored. As a
result, neither are we."

                - Old Time Herald

I can't wait.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: oombanjo
Date: 10 Feb 07 - 07:40 AM

6 to go and counting


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 10 Feb 07 - 03:21 PM

and 8 (and a half!) until I can relax. Thank heavens for the Sunday night session when I can catch up.

Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 10:28 AM

Draft Schedule
Here is the draft schedule for the Gainsborough festival. It may change but probably not by very much.

PLEASE NOTE: FRIDAY IS A SCHOOL DAY AND (with the exception of a small number of movers and shakers who have already been told who they are) THERE'S NO ACCESS UNTIL 5:30. Please time your arrival to suit.

All timings approximate and subject to change.

CONCERTS:

Friday from 7:30 pm

Rough Deal String Band (with Jock Tyldesley and Vera Van Heeringen)
Mike Fenton
New Deal String Band
The Orpheus Supertones

Saturday 7:00 pm
Dave Marshall and Andy Imms
Old Faded Glory (short performance featuring dancing by Rosie Davis)
New Deal String Band
Sara Grey and Kieron Means
The Orpheus Supertones

Followed immediately by a
Square Dance
Music by Old Faded Glory and possibly others
Callers Rosie Davis and Clare Sheridan.


WORKSHOPS
bring instruments and recorders for the most benefit.
There will be sign-up sheets for the workshops (generally limited numbers) displayed in the canteen area. If your name's not on the sheet, and the sheet's full please don't try and get in.

Saturday
10:00 to 11:30 am
Dave Marshall - Beginners banjo (techniques & simple tunes)
Mike Fenton - Autoharp (spare instruments available)
Andy Imms - Beginners guitar (principles and techniques)
Sara Grey & Kieron Means - Approaching singing old songs (t.b.c)
Jock Tyldesley - Cross tuned fiddle
Nick Pilley - Mandolin for beginners (some spare instruments)
Paul Sheridan - Introduction to flatfoot dancing

1:00 to 2:30 pm

Walt Koken & Clare Milliner - Fiddle & banjo duets (repertoire)
Pete Peterson & Kellie Allen - Old time vocal harmony.
(Songs as they were recorded in the early years , 1920's-40's. Come ready to sing)
Mike Fenton - Autoharp (spare instruments available)
Cath Tyler - Shape note singing
New Deal String Band - Meet the band (informal with Q & A)
Dave Marshall & Andy Imms - Arrangements for specific tunes to accompany banjo
Rosie Davis - Beginner's freestyle (simple steps & rhythms, working with the music)

3:00 to 4:30 pm

Walt Koken - Banjo mixed ability
(a simple tune and a complex one, perhaps with an octave variation, depending on class ability)
Clare Milliner - Intermediate Fiddle
(standard and crooked fiddle tunes)
Pete Peterson - What would Charlie Poole do?
Kellie Allen - Guitar accompaniment
(connecting the chords to old time tunes and songs)
Rough Deal String Band - Slow jam
Cath Tyler - Shape note singing

Open stage
from 3:00 to 5:30 pm (no later than 6:00 pm to allow for soundchecks)

Sunday
Annual General Meeting

Foaotmad members only
10:00 am to end by 11:30 am
The following committee positions are currently vacant:
Dance Representative (2)
Newsletter Editor.
We have three nominations for the dance positions so we will have the rare chance for an election!

****

Workshops
11:30 to 12:45 am

Orpheus Supertones - Working as a band
(learning to play together as a band, blending instrumentals and vocals)
Sara Grey - singing with the banjo (t.b.c.)
Kieron Means - guitar (t.b.c)
Rick Townend - mandolin (tunes & songs; questions & answers)
Tom Paley - fiddle (beginners/early intermediate)
Joe Locker - Banjo - simplified frailing without the drop thumb
Rosie Davis - Advanced freestyle (interpretation of the music through steps, dynamics, rhythm & style)

From NickP and BanjoRay


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 10:45 AM

And number of rooms permitting there'll be an advanced banjo workshop from Dave Marshall on Sunday morning as well. You lucky lot....

And needless to say that's sound recorders not blowy recorders!

Also, not specified above is that we do actually have a nomination for newsletter editor. But of course that's only really of interest if you are a FOAOTMAD member and benefit from our ever improving newsletter, The Old Time News.

Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 02:29 PM

We are still awaiting babysitter confirmation. Will it be possible to buy Saturday only tickets on the door?


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 03:29 PM

Yes indeed Mrs Duck. Assuming the ducklings can be catered for you can just turn up and we'll relieve you of your hard earned pounds....

Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 04:47 PM

Ooops, that extra 'advanced' banjo workshop from Dave should be 'intermediate' - but hey, who defines these abilities anyway!


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: The Villan
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 05:26 PM

>>Paul Sheridan - Introduction to flatfoot dancing<<

Hmmm sounds more up my street. Is this specially for people with artritic knees?


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: The Villan
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 05:36 PM

Banjo Ray
All you need to do is e-mail Jim at jim@folktalk.co.uk and give him the details and he should still be able to add the dates to folktalk
Les


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 06:39 PM

I've just sent Jim another email at Folktalk - maybe it'll work this time. Must do it earlier next year!
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 10:57 AM

The Orpheus Supertones are all packed and ready to go; the winter storm that brought snow, sleet and freezing rain last nightis slowing down and stopping so we HOPE that our plane will take off tonight and get us over to Manchester tomorrow, and then we can find our lodging, sleep off the jet lag and be ready to play at the start of the festival. I can't tell you how much we are looking forward to this!


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 11:17 AM

It'll be fine Pete, just remember to stop pedalling when you leave the runway!!!

Nick


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 15 Feb 07 - 06:48 AM

Well, Pete can definitely stop peddling now, they've landed at Manchester. So watch out for a bunch of musicians driving a Model T on the wrong side of the M62. Yahoo!
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: The Villan
Date: 15 Feb 07 - 09:30 AM

>>Jock Tyldesley and Vera Van Heeringen<<

Aren't they part of The New Rope String band as well ?


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 15 Feb 07 - 10:52 AM

Jock & Vera in New Rope SB ... yes indeed, multitalented those folks.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: The Villan
Date: 15 Feb 07 - 11:34 AM

Looks a very good line up for Friday evening. Just been looking at the websites for the performers.

How unexpensive is it?


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 15 Feb 07 - 11:45 AM

Friday evening is £10 for members and £12 for non-members.
Joining that night would reduce membership to £13, and get the Old Time News delivered to your doorstep. It could also get you £10 off a weekend ticket, and pay for itself if you came to our summer camp.
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 15 Feb 07 - 08:09 PM

Early friday morning: Just been jamming with the Supertones in Gainsborough at the house where they're staying. Debby McClatchy was there as well, playing fiddle. I'll tell you this - anyone coming to the festival is definitely doing themselves a favour. Those guys can PLAY.
Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Sooz
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 10:22 AM

What happened to your arrangement with the weather Gods? It's still chucking it down here


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 06:37 PM

Had a great day yesterday. Really enjoyed Sara Grey and Kieron Means especially since we thought they wouldn't make it. Mike Fenton has inspired me to take up the autoharp again so watch out for the Web Footed Ramblers!! Well done to all organisers - hopefully we'll get there for the whole weekend next year.


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: fiddler
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 03:27 AM

Well Mrs Duck, I would not go so far as to say I hate you!

I didn't get there at all and I intended to be there all weekend.

Huh

Hope you all had fun....

Andy


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: oombanjo
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 06:34 AM

I had fun, Once I got over Friday night. well done to all


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: BanjoRay
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 07:37 PM

Joke from Walt Koken of the Supertones:
Rumsfeld: "Mr President, three Brazilian soldiers have been killed in Iraq"
Bush: "So, how many in a Brazilian?"
The guy's a hoot!
Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 05:59 AM

I had a great time.... once I got home and unpacked the gear. No, but seriously, thanks to everyone who came and performed, sessioned, listened , ate, drank etc etc. It was worth all the effort and sleepless nights!

Book now for next year 8th to 10th Feb '08 (to be confirmed but I'm pretty sure of it). Guest artists to be thought about over the next few months and I'm not giving any sneak previews.

In the meantime, if you get the chance to catch the Orpheus Supertones in collaboration with Debby McClatchy as 'The Gathering' (mark 2) then do! See the gigs on this thread Supertones thread assuming it works!

Your ever caring festival organiser Nick!


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Subject: RE: UK Old Time music festival, February '07
From: nickp
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 06:17 AM

Oooops that was this thread, I really meant the right Supertones thread


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