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Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07

GUEST,A Choice Housewife 11 Mar 07 - 12:15 PM
GUEST,Ralphie 11 Mar 07 - 02:13 PM
GUEST,Alan 13 Mar 07 - 05:19 AM
treewind 13 Mar 07 - 05:31 AM
GUEST,Ralphie 13 Mar 07 - 05:33 AM
Folkiedave 13 Mar 07 - 05:34 AM
GUEST,Ralphie 13 Mar 07 - 05:36 AM
GUEST,Ralphie 13 Mar 07 - 05:41 AM
treewind 13 Mar 07 - 06:34 AM
Surreysinger 13 Mar 07 - 07:16 AM
The Borchester Echo 13 Mar 07 - 07:59 AM
GUEST,A Choice Housewife 13 Mar 07 - 02:29 PM
Surreysinger 13 Mar 07 - 02:33 PM
Folkiedave 13 Mar 07 - 05:05 PM
GUEST,Alan 13 Mar 07 - 05:56 PM
Folkiedave 13 Mar 07 - 06:32 PM
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Subject: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: GUEST,A Choice Housewife
Date: 11 Mar 07 - 12:15 PM

Having sat through the first gig of Housewives' Choice at the dance in Hartley Wintney, Hants last night (10/3/07) I thought I might as well post some feedback... The sitting (and occasionally standing up and jigging on the spot) was occasioned by back problems - which proved to be intensely frustrating at times last night - I really was itching to be up and dancing along!

The line up is an interesting one ... banjo, melodeon, concertina, huge drum kit (!), trombone, tuba and sousaphone (help - did I get the last two brass instruments right - I always get my euphoniums and my tubas mixed!) - the personnel have an illustrious track record - Ed Rennie, Ralph Jordan, Tim Normanton, Pierce Butler, Trevor Bennett,and Alan Rawlinson - the noise level is LOUD, and the music is very bright and bouncy. One of the dancers that I was chatting to remarked how nice it was to be able to dance to cheerful tunes - and they were certainly that. It was evident that the dancers were really having a good time - I have one or two photos to prove it - smiles and grins were in evidence throughout, and the applause for the band at the end of each number increased throughout the evening. For a non-dancer, I was grinning quite a lot myself.

Obviously there were a few rough edges to the proceedings - eg one or two of the dancers complained that it would have helped if they had had warning that one of the dances which would normally have been danced to a 32 bar tune was using a 48 bar tune, which threw them (must admit that to me, as a non-dancer that was something that had escaped me) - but I reckon that a few glitches are only to be expected on a first live outing.

So - to sum up - the band were great fun, they were obviously enjoying themselves (which transmitted itself to the rest of the hall) - and more to the point so were the dancers!! If you get the chance to see them in action over the festival season or at a local dance, I think I'd personally suggest that you should try to get there :-)

Oh, and you could try looking at their website http://www.englishdance.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 11 Mar 07 - 02:13 PM

Ha! Choice Housewife indeed!!!
But, you're thoughts are kindly received, and I'll pass them on to the "Boyzies"!!
Yes, it was slightly nerve-wracking, and a few of the arragements need tweaking.
But, the dancers were up for it, and thanks are also due to caller Baz Parkes, and ex Beeb colleague "Shiny" Phil Deakin doing the sound. (A great weight off my mind.)Fine chaps both.
If you thought it was loud in the hall, you should try sitting three feet away from Mr Butler in full cry. Thank God for the In-Ear monitoring! (Something I would recommend thouroughly to all artists).
Particularly the large China crash cymbal, (although I might suggest that he actually looks at it whilst trying to hit it. He missed it completely a few times!!)
I get confused by naming the plumbing. Def two trombones, Tuba, Sousaphone, and a brace of Euphoniums.
That side of stage did resemble an explosion in a scrap metal yard.
All in all, very happy with the debut, 'twill be honed to perfection(?) by the time we get to Sidmouth and Towersey.
Don't know if I can do full dinner suit with metallic tie in the summer though. was getting a bit hot.

The Web Site is a bit lacking in stuff as yet, but, lots of piccies should soon be made available, in case anyone really wants to look..

If anyone who was there last night reads this. You made our debut a joy. Thank You.

Come and say hello in the summer sometime.

Ralph Jordan.

(Now got to go away and practice "Little Red Monkey!)


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: GUEST,Alan
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:19 AM

Hello and thanks to Choice Housewife from the not-so-frozen north for such an enthusiastic appraisal of our efforts on Saturday. Yes, Ralphie's right about the plumbing. For those sad enough to need to know more, the trombones are both in Bb and F, the euphs are both in Bb, Trevor's tuba's a BBb and my sousa's an Eb.

And I plan to introduce more plumbing at gigs in the future -- at least an Eb soprano cornet -- so our side of the stage should be a labyrinth of exquisitely twisted metal.

Now I'm off to practise Little Red Monkey too!


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: treewind
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:31 AM

Shouldn't that be a "a brace of Euphonia"?

A pedant


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:33 AM

Hi Alan.
If all the plumbing that you and Trevor own are in the keys of F, B Flat, and E Flat........How do you play in D and G Major?
It's a black art, and no mistake!!!!
Going to start work on editing the recording today, might take some time!!!!
Best Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: Folkiedave
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:34 AM

Hi Ralphie,

I wasn't at the gig, two trips to Hants from Sheffield in successive weekends would be a bit much even for me!!

Are you likely to be up north?

I know our mutual friend in the South-West has been really helpful in the genesis of this band, what a shame she has left the board (she says) just as it comes to fruition. Still no doubt she will catch you at Sidmouth!!


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:36 AM

Hey, Anahata...
Thats not big, and it's not clever!!!!!!!
Hi Mate
Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:41 AM

Dave.
Have got a gig in North Shropshire at the end of April, It's a birthday party, but, I'm sure you would be welcome.
As far as Sidders is concerned, that should be interesting!!
Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: treewind
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 06:34 AM

You'd better get those tweaks sorted out for Sidders, and I'm looking forward to hearing you there.

...and jealous of all that plumbing. Lots of brass in a band is a wonderful thing when it's done right.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: Surreysinger
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 07:16 AM

Hey Ralphie... it may not be big or clever, but I believe it's oh so right! Another pedant!

And Anahata, 'twere wondrous loud and fun ... you'll like it (if not - sue me!! vbg)
Irene


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 07:59 AM

Nobody outpedants me.
'phonium' is derived from Greek 'phone = voice', a first declension feminine noun.
Therefore the plural ends in 'ai'.
Not 'a'. That would be a Latin neuter plural.
Far simpler to call them 'serpents' or 'tenorbasshorns'.


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: GUEST,A Choice Housewife
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 02:29 PM

Alan - thanks for praise are quite unnecessary - just said it as I saw it, and am looking forward to seeing you lot in action at later gigs, with or without the extra plumbing!


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: Surreysinger
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 02:33 PM

Countess - I'm deeply impressed! My Latin studies went no further than O level (and that not terribly successfully) - I doubt whether I would be able to dredge up sufficient of the grammatical stuff to be able to compete....

An Outpedanted pedant...... who is confused at the thought of a euphonium being female!


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: Folkiedave
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:05 PM

It's all Greek to me.........

There is a place for you in Private Eye - they have a new pedant column......I am desperately trying to make it in there.

At meeting of the Curmudgeon's Club tomorrow I am being presented with an award for being on the Curmudgeon's favourite radio programme "Feedback" and having a letter in Guardian Technology likening the technological decline of my ISP (who sponsor Sheffield Wednesday) to the decline of that football club. All this in one month.

I'll get mi coat.


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: GUEST,Alan
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:56 PM

Yes, I remember all that bellum, bellum, bellum, belli, bello, bello, etc. But I also remember that every brass bander (now there's a cheeky challenge!) I've ever known called more than one euphonium euphoniums. And I'm a professional speller, punctuator and grammarian, as well as a writer and critic of style books. I can out-pedant the best of you! It's a question of communication...

alan


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Subject: RE: Review: Housewives' Choice 10/3/07
From: Folkiedave
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 06:32 PM

Professional speller, punctuator and grammarian. Wow that's a challenge.

Certainly a sentence can begin with a conjunction, modern English usage allows that. Doing it twice in one short paragraph looks as if it is a trap that has been set for the unwary pedant.

There is a case to be made for commas after brass bander and at the end of the clause in parentheses. I would definitely argue for a comma after euphonium, and that the second exclamation mark is superfluous.

What do you mean put this white coat on?

Ok doctor I am coming..........................................

Sorry about the thread drift Ralphie......


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