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Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK

12 Sep 12 - 10:29 AM (#3403363)
Subject: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

It's that time of year again!

Merek'n'Dary have arranged another wonderful Banbury Folk Festival for us from 12th - 14th October with headliners Barbara Dixon and Nick Holland!

Banbury is always a welcoming festival with a wide variety of styles and performers, both mainstream and local talent. Click link above for details on the Festival webpages!

And, there'll be a MudGather......

So, who's coming????


12 Sep 12 - 10:36 AM (#3403368)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: WindhoverWeaver

We are coming, but only for Saturday this year, so I hope the gather is on that day!


12 Sep 12 - 10:52 AM (#3403371)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

WW - yes the MudGather is on the Saturday & I'll post the times when I can check my info!


12 Sep 12 - 03:59 PM (#3403510)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Lenny's mum

We will be there, hopefully with the caravan following us! See you all soon.


13 Sep 12 - 03:40 AM (#3403718)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Herga Kitty

We'll be dashing from the Big Sing at Drayton Leisure Centre on Saturday lunchtime to perform in the Trades & Labour Club at 4pm... hopefully can then get to the Mudgather!

Kitty


13 Sep 12 - 06:37 AM (#3403754)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Hamish

Hope to be there...


13 Sep 12 - 02:04 PM (#3404012)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: JennyO

We'll be there too, towing our caravan behind us (if it hasn't been written off after a small incident on our way to the Wail a couple of weeks ago).

We'll bring that nice chocolate again for the Mudgather.

Looking forward to what I call "the festival of the hugs" :)


14 Sep 12 - 03:22 PM (#3404706)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Ah, Chocolate! Good on ya JennyO!


01 Oct 12 - 02:59 AM (#3412412)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Not long now!!


01 Oct 12 - 03:42 AM (#3412421)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Acorn4

Think we'll be down for the Saturday.


01 Oct 12 - 03:50 AM (#3412423)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: GUEST

We'll be there as usual. Also as usual, we'll probably find ourselves at the wrong end of town being busy, but we'll do our best to get there.


01 Oct 12 - 04:14 AM (#3412433)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Aha, possible mystery guests, lovely!!


02 Oct 12 - 03:57 AM (#3412904)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: GUEST

That was me sans cookie. I'll get it sorted.

Splott Man


02 Oct 12 - 05:17 AM (#3412924)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: GUEST,Noreen

Looking forward to it, as usual!

Hoping for fine weather for dancing outside the Mill.
Who's up for joining in? :)


02 Oct 12 - 09:24 AM (#3413007)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Hamish

Might just be there on the Saturday. Ukulele workshop in The Mill at 10.00, then probably take in a bit of the ceilidh and/or the MudGather.


02 Oct 12 - 10:07 AM (#3413030)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Mr Red

yup


03 Oct 12 - 04:05 PM (#3413820)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Banbury!

Thinking chocolate.....


03 Oct 12 - 05:06 PM (#3413861)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Richard Bridge

Oh blimey that's a long way away. What's the fringe like, what's the camping like and exactly where is it?


03 Oct 12 - 06:40 PM (#3413918)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Richard Bridge

Oh, looked on the linky. Looks promising.


04 Oct 12 - 05:12 AM (#3414109)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Richard: This is a lovely Festival and we wouldn't miss it for the world! Can I suggest camping at Drayton? It may be further out of town, but there's an excellent shuttle bus service and good fun to be had there, especially late night stuff! If you go for the camping only ticket, remember to pay for a bus pass, it's well worth it!

Meanwhile, I'm getting my 'mad money' ready for a swift potter around all the charity shops. Maybe this year I'll count how many there are *grin*


06 Oct 12 - 04:59 AM (#3415290)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Refresh for those who get a few minutes at weekends to potter around the Cat!


07 Oct 12 - 09:05 PM (#3416091)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: JennyO

We're camping at Drayton. The caravan is not going to be written off, so everything is fine there. The insurance repairs can be done later - it was only cosmetic anyway. Doesn't stop us from using it. Looking forward to it!


08 Oct 12 - 02:13 AM (#3416153)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Glad to hear that you'll be able to use the caravan and that it wasn't structural damage!

Now, where am I going to find the time to make something chocolatey?


09 Oct 12 - 05:01 PM (#3417140)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Did I mention the time for the Mudgather?

It's on Saturday from 3pm - 6pm in the Fine Lady Restaurant at the rear of the Banbury Cross PH (marked on the map in the program)

Hope to see you there!


10 Oct 12 - 04:04 AM (#3417368)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Splott Man

Will there be late night chort'n'peese?


10 Oct 12 - 05:03 AM (#3417390)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Ollie and Ellie

Never been to this one. Is there anywhere to head to for a session or two (Tunes preferably)?


10 Oct 12 - 06:42 AM (#3417417)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Herga Kitty

Free music sessions in the Bell Inn PH - Friday evening, Saturday lunchtime and evening and Sunday lunchtime. Ken Scullion and Clive Tierney are leading the Friday and Sunday sessions, Hugh Diamond the Saturday lunchtime and Bill McKinnon Saturday evening.

Kitty


10 Oct 12 - 08:01 AM (#3417441)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Pssst.... the MudGather is not stewarded & we welcome non-MudCatters too!


12 Oct 12 - 03:12 AM (#3418433)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

It starts today! Safe journeys everyone, see you there!


12 Oct 12 - 04:25 AM (#3418453)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Splott Man

Packing right now.


12 Oct 12 - 06:01 AM (#3418499)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: GUEST

See you later :)

All are invited to come and dance and/or play with Wild Thyme Border morris:

Saturday 1-2 outside the Town Hall
Sunday   11-12    outside the Mill


It's good fun to join in- we even dance with umbrellas if it rains....


12 Oct 12 - 06:07 AM (#3418501)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Noreen

Oo! Above anonymous GUEST was me :)


12 Oct 12 - 10:19 AM (#3418597)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: JennyO

Nsarly all packed now, including chocolate. Rob is hitching up the van as I speak and I'm off to have a shower. See youse all soon!!!!


12 Oct 12 - 10:20 AM (#3418600)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: JennyO

Nsarly = Nearly of course. That's what comes of typing fast and not previewing firs. Pity we can't edit :(


12 Oct 12 - 11:10 AM (#3418630)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: JennyO

Oh dear. Looks like there is a clash with the Barbara Dickson concert which we have bought tickets for. Not sure of the exact times of the concert. It just says doors open 2.15 - but if it starts at 3 and it's a fairly long concert, we might miss the Mudgather altogether, or at best only get there for the last hour or something. BU%x*!*3R!!!


12 Oct 12 - 01:28 PM (#3418696)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: GUEST,JennyO

I don't believe this! We have been sat on the same small stretch of road on the M5 for the last hour or more and it's still a carpark. Apparently there was a multi car accident a few hours ago and the M5 has been closed. It is open now but only one lane. Looks like we are going to be very late indeed :-(


15 Oct 12 - 10:51 AM (#3420210)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Herga Kitty

Many thanks to Merek'n'Dary and all the rest of the team for another great Banbury festival! Glad to see that Rob and Jenny did eventually get to Banbury...

Looking forward to the Song and Ale 5-7 April next year!

Kitty


15 Oct 12 - 12:00 PM (#3420257)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: WindhoverWeaver

Another great time had! Sadly, could only make Saturday but was for the best--had we booked the whole weekend we would only have made Saturday anyway due to a family medical emergency. Bit late to the Mudgather, but not too badly so, but HAD to see Something Nasty in the Woodshed first and fortunately the two didn't clash by more than a half hour.


16 Oct 12 - 04:48 AM (#3420571)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: Hamish

As expected, only managed the Saturday, but it was FAB!!! Early start to run the uke workshop which went well. Lots of ukesters and we had fun. Then the start of the theatre concert: Flaxenby were great... and the still mighty Dave Burland... then had to dep for Copper Kettle hosting The Reindeer Globe Room song session which was terrific (but did clash exactly with the mudgather hence me being a no-show there). Finally had a goat curry - yay! - and then caught the wonderful Rosie Hood's set in The Town Hall before doing the ceilidh. Steamchicken were fabulous and there were loads of enthusiastic dancers. And no wonder: every single dance was a cracker, not a duff one all night. Then went over to the golf club for a late night cuppa and a natter... and home for a domestic Sunday... (it's called "compromise")


16 Oct 12 - 10:15 AM (#3420718)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: JennyO

It was another great weekend at the "festival of the hugs" - after we eventually got there about 10.30 on Friday night. Started off with a late-night session at Drayton. We didn't get down to the town till Saturday. I've been reliably informed that we missed a GREAT event on Friday night with a Scottish pipe band. What a shame! But we managed to cram a lot into the next couple of days. Saw Rory McLeod and Barbara Dickson, followed by a good part of the Mudgather. Unfortunately we had left the chocolates we bought for it back in our caravan - but we were not left starving. Loved MGAS's little chocolate cornflake thingies, and scored a piece of her cake later on too!

We love the Caribbean food stall - I think it's our favourite of all the ones we've come across, so of course we had to have jerked chicken and plantains. We ate it in the foyer of the Mill Arts Centre while a couple of guys played popular songs and tunes. Great atmosphere! Then it was Patti and Ned, followed by Fake Thackray, Dave Burland and Cosmic Sausage - every one a gem! In fact we didn't see one act we didn't like all weekend!

Then it was back to Drayton for more late night sessioning - but not quite so late as Friday. We had every intention of waking up in time for the singing breakfast, but when the alarm went, bed was too comfortable, so we missed it. Maybe next year...

Sunday was just as good. Caught up with George P and Vanessa whom we hadn't seen for a while - then back in for a sing with the Exmouth Shanty Men, and the brilliant Becky Wolff and Steamchicken (probably the highlight performance of the festival for us) This resulted in us buying 4 of their CDs!

We were lucky to catch the Caribbean food stall again before they closed and had a lovely plateful of the mutton curry and salad. Then back to Drayton again where folks were chilling and working up to another session. This last one was a bit more intimate, and plates of sandwiches came out to go with the drinks. They are so helpful and welcoming there, and the camping site is excellent. Many thanks to them for all they do!

We stayed on Sunday night and packed up in a leisurely fashion the next day. It was only a weekend, but weekend festivals always seem longer (in the nicest way) because the days are so full. With all the stuff we did do, there was a lot we missed - never got to the dancing with Wild Thyme Border Morris, or the tune sessions, and we never made it to the Town Hall at all. But that's festivals for you - always so much to do! Thank you Merek'n'Dary for another fantastic Banbury festival! Looking forward to the Song and Ale in April next year, and of course next year's festival!!


17 Oct 12 - 06:26 AM (#3421172)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: GUEST,Noreen

We had a bit of a change this year, instead of spending most of our time in singarounds as before, we tried out the music session in the Bell on Friday evening- and had such a wonderful time there we went back on Saturday night and Sunday lunchtime! More a mixed session, which is what I really enjoy, tunes and songs interspersed. If I had a local session like that my playing would improve no end.

We also had a Wild Thyme to start each day- we had a good few takers outside the Town Hall on Sat, including a couple of 'lary lads', but 11am on a Sunday wasn't a popular time to get new dancers... and a mis-communication over the start of the Parade meant that I was the only musician playing for Wild Thyme through the town and the shopping centre; a character building experience :)

Great weekend altogether, thanks Merek and Dary- and Hils for the mudgather xxx


17 Oct 12 - 09:22 AM (#3421256)
Subject: RE: Banbury Folk Festival 12-14 Oct 2012 UK
From: My guru always said

Another great Banbury Festival!

Huge thanks to Merek'n'Dary and all the wonderful people who put so much time and effort into the weekend. Well Done!

We had quite a cosy Mudgather at the Banbury Cross pub on Saturday & several people brought chocolate *thanks* Quite a few people popped in, though I heard later that some couldn't find it in the program which is why they didn't come. It was amongst the 'around the town' events, but shown on the Friday page, which is probably why, ah well.

Anyway, here's the Register:

my guru always said
Torch
Battery
Murf
Mr & Mrs Scarecrow
Noreen
Gazza2
Sue the Borderer
Mr Yellow / Mr Red
Windhover Weaver
JennyO
Quantock
Richard Atkins
Lenny's Mum & Malcolm
Marion.h & Steve
Lady Policeman
Shorty Brenda

Also at the Festival / Apologies received:

Merek'n'Dary
Herga Kitty & the Horologist
RWJ
George Papavgeris
Nessie
Wild Flying Dove
Tig
Badger
MalcBedworth
GillBedworth
Alcester Marje
Dame Patti Smith EPNS
Splott Man
Hamish

As you all know, I manage to miss putting at least one Catter on the Register - who'd I miss this time?????