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A New Folk Festival at Moira.

Acorn4 06 Jan 09 - 02:03 PM
GUEST,Graham Bradshaw 07 Jan 09 - 02:12 AM
Dave Sutherland 07 Jan 09 - 02:59 AM
Acorn4 07 Jan 09 - 03:43 AM
Acorn4 07 Jan 09 - 03:45 AM
Mr Happy 07 Jan 09 - 04:18 AM
GUEST, Cats minus cookies 07 Jan 09 - 06:03 AM
GUEST,Neovo 07 Jan 09 - 06:10 AM
Acorn4 07 Jan 09 - 06:38 AM
GUEST,Mr Red 07 Jan 09 - 07:37 AM
Mr Happy 07 Jan 09 - 07:46 AM
Mr Happy 07 Jan 09 - 07:51 AM
MBSLynne 14 Jan 09 - 03:12 AM
MBSLynne 25 Jan 09 - 06:44 AM
Acorn4 25 Jan 09 - 08:37 AM
Big Al Whittle 26 Jan 09 - 08:42 AM
MBSLynne 27 Jan 09 - 05:37 AM
Acorn4 27 Jan 09 - 06:29 AM
MBSLynne 18 Feb 09 - 05:15 AM
John J 18 Feb 09 - 11:58 AM
My guru always said 18 Feb 09 - 01:15 PM
Amos 19 Feb 09 - 03:09 PM
MBSLynne 20 Feb 09 - 04:18 AM
My guru always said 20 Feb 09 - 04:22 AM
John J 20 Feb 09 - 06:04 AM
My guru always said 20 Feb 09 - 08:17 AM
MBSLynne 20 Feb 09 - 09:31 AM
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MBSLynne 20 Feb 09 - 03:28 PM
MBSLynne 21 Feb 09 - 10:16 AM
Geordie-Peorgie 21 Feb 09 - 10:23 AM
MBSLynne 23 Feb 09 - 06:35 AM
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Betsy 25 Feb 09 - 11:11 AM
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Subject: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Acorn4
Date: 06 Jan 09 - 02:03 PM

News of a new date on the Festival calendar for this year. Fits in neatly between Sidmouth and Shrewsbury( but clashes with Whitby unfortunately).

Moira Folk Festival


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 02:12 AM

Is this anything to do with the National Forest Festival which ran in June? A re-branding maybe? Nothing on the club website yet, so maybe a new venture in competiton?!


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 02:59 AM

I was thinking the same thing Graham although National Forest have been using Conkers nr Ashby de la Zouch for their festival for the last couple of years I believe?


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Acorn4
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 03:43 AM

"National Forest" is a different festival and will, I'm assuming, be run by Mike and Nina as usual in 2009. Normally at start of July as I remember and run at "Conkers".

a href="http://www.affc.demon.co.uk/">National Forest Folk Club


"Moira Furnace" is a new venture by the organiser of the Scrag End Folk Club, Dave Johns:-

Scrag End Folk Club

The National Forest club usually runs its gigs at the Miners' Welfare, Moira, which has caused a bit of confusion.


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Acorn4
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 03:45 AM

Try the link again:-

www.affc.demon.co.uk


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Mr Happy
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 04:18 AM

There's a link [that works!] to the new Fest from here: http://www.scragfolk.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: GUEST, Cats minus cookies
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 06:03 AM

Has MBS Lynne got anything to do with this?


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: GUEST,Neovo
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 06:10 AM

I thought Moira Furnace was in Leicestershire even though it has a DE post code. Leicestershire County Council think it is.


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Acorn4
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 06:38 AM

Moira is very close to the Leics/Derby border, just a few miles north of Ashby de la Zouche.


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 07:37 AM

Ceilidh Fri night - the overview doesn't seem to mention it, the programme does.

A lot of dancers will have been at Towersey and going to Sidmouth, hope there are enough left for Moira.


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Mr Happy
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 07:46 AM

Went to a brill MBS Lynne do at Moira Miners 'bout 10 yrs back


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Mr Happy
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 07:51 AM

Her orig thread's here: thread.cfm?threadid=113719


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 03:12 AM

Hmmm...don't know what happened to the message I posted on this thread yesterday.

I should have been on here before but here I am now.

Yes, I am involved in running the festival. No it has nothing at all to do with the National Forest Festival.

I've been put in charge of sessions and sigarounds and will also be running the Ashby de la Zouch Folk Club in the furnace itself on the Friday evening. I'm hoping we will be able to have sessions in both of the two closest pubs (The Railway and the Woodsman)

My Guru and AlanWW are both on the bill.

Anything anyone would like to do?

Need stewards!!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 06:44 AM

Howcome threads die as soon as I post to them???

We are in need of stewards and people to lead sessions

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Acorn4
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 08:37 AM

Lynne,

We've already said we'll do some stewarding and Dave Johns has also asked uo to play at the festival, but we could possibly squeeze in running a session as well, depending on timings.

Acorn4 and Mrs Acorn


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 08:42 AM

Don't miss Gary Stacey (the most succcessful club organiser since forever) and his band Whats the Point!


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 05:37 AM

I thought What's the Point was Noel's band? We have them playing at the Friday evening ceilidh I think.

I have to go and talk to the pub landlords to see when I can run sessions/singarounds, then I can work out when I need people to run them. Thanks for the offer

Anyone interested in either a Middle Bar session or a Mudgather?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Acorn4
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 06:29 AM

You're both right -"What's the Point?" is Noel's band, but Gary sings with them.


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 05:15 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: John J
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 11:58 AM

I'm up for a Mudgather AND a Middle Bar session.

JJ


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: My guru always said
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 01:15 PM

John J: You're insatiable, You!!


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Amos
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 03:09 PM

Hi, back, Rafe!

A


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 04:18 AM

Ok, my thoughts so far are:
We have two nearby pubs who are happy to have something going on. I have yet to talk to the landlords properly but I thought possibly two music sessions, a fast and slower one, in there. Then we have "The loft" which has brilliant accoustics and, if the weather is good, the possibility of opening the door and using the bridge over the canal as well. On Friday evening we're having the "Ashby de la Zouch Folk Club" and I'd like a "Big Sing" on Sunday morning. The rest of the time I thought of a shanty session, a "King Coal and the Cut" session with mining and canal songs, Middle Bar Sing, Mudgather......anything else? The loft is probably available all the time so we could have continuous sessions of one kind or another in there. Could possibly put the Mudgather in the pub....I must talk to the landlords this week and see what THEY want and what accomodation there is for singing and playing.

So..what do you think?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: My guru always said
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 04:22 AM

Sounds fantastic Lynne! What's 'the Loft'?

Would be happy to run a MudGather (if there's enough interest) when nothing else is happenning, preferably in a pub *grin*

Good luck with the pubs, they're the key to a good festival!


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: John J
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 06:04 AM

You run the Mudgather Hils - I'll bring the chocolate.

JJ


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: My guru always said
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 08:17 AM

That's you & me sorted then John *grin*

Just off to Sidmouth for the weekend, catch you all next week. Have a good weekend all!
Hil x


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 09:31 AM

Hah! The first thing Shady said when I mentioned Mudgather was "Chocolate!".

Hils, thanks for offering, I had hoped you would run the Mudgather.

Moira Furnace is an old blast furnace (don't know a lot about that side as I'm not really into industrial archealogy) with a two storey building directly beside the canal. This was inhabited by a number of familes after the furnace stopped being used but is now a museum. The loft is the upstairs bit of the museum...not enormously big so I hope it will fit everyone, but with brick walls and roof giving it pretty good accoustics. There are big doors at one end which open out onto the bridge over the canal. I thought if the weather were nice it would be really great to sing out there.

I shall hopefully be going to talk to the landlords tomorrow so will know where and when we can do stuff and what they would like us to do if they have preferences, so I'll let everyone know when I've done that.

If we're going to do a Middle Bar sing I will see if I can arrange a bench-like setup, for which I will, of course need drivers, mates, cabin boys etc. There seem to be a few MBSers coming now so we should be good.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 09:54 AM

IMHO the actual vaulted Furnace area is one of the finest spaces that we have ever sung in. The sound is orgasmic, aurally that is.


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 03:28 PM

When did you sing there?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 10:16 AM

Well I'm feeling very enthusiastic, having just walked down to the two pubs near the furnace and been to check out the Loft again. Both landlords are quite happy to have music going all the time they are open, though one would prefer it not before noon. They have also each got quite a nice little area for the sessions, so a fast session in the Railway and a steadier one in the Woodsman could be good if we have enough people who want to do that.

The Loft is not vaulted like the room below, but Ted and I had a trial sing and the accoustics are really good. It's brick floor, brick walls and non-ceilinged, beamed roof. The only drawback is the large chimney stack running up the middle of the room, but I think we can get round that (If you'll excuse the pun. You actually get into the room via the bridge over the canal, which gives a nice feeling and, as I said before, if the weather is good we could maybe sing on the bridge.

Sorry Hils, I think the Mudgather will have to be in the Loft rather than the pub, but the alcohol won't be too far away!

On the whole, it really is rather a good settign for a folk festival

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 10:23 AM

Aah've aalready purrit in the diary and TLS says aah can gan so aah'll be there


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 06:35 AM

Getting lots of messages from people saying they're coming. It's beginning to look good!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: My guru always said
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 08:35 AM

Glad the Loft acoustics sound good Lynne, hoping that it's OK to bring tankards in????

Could I request that the MudGather is Saturday teatime? 4-6 would probably be good and is after the concert finish! We'll probably have to leave early Sunday afternoon so I'd rather not do anything on the Sunday if that's OK?


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 05:05 AM

Yes, tankards will be fine. I might bring one of those 4 pint plastic thingies we used to take to LNE years ago too. Saves walking up and down to the beer stand.

I was going to put the Mudgather from 3 onwards, but 4 will be fine. I hadn't anything planned after that until 8, so if anyone wants to go on they can.

The only thing I have planned for Sunday is a big sing, which I'm hoping Mike Gibson will lead for me, though I've not had a reply from him yet. That should be about 10. After that people can have the use of the loft to sing and play but nothing organised. The pubs should be ok too for anyone who is still around in the afternoon.

Ooooh! I'm beginning to get excited!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Betsy
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 11:11 AM

Does Moira have a Folk Club ? I checked the Web site but it seems to be an occasional concert venue ( apart from the Festival. Can someone clarify ?


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 11:24 AM

The National Forest Folk Club meets monthly in The Miners Welfare. They were previously at Ashby de la Zouch - as far as I know they operate a concert style club.


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 11:47 AM

Lynne, I should try PM'ing Mike again if I were you Honey. I'm pretty sure he was keen to help but might have mislaid your communication!


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Acorn4
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 05:25 PM

Betsy. The Moira Folk Club is actually nothing to do with this festival; it is run on a monthly basis by Mike Scott and Nina Szifris, and is in fact concerts by guests, with backup by Mike and Nina as "Hand on Heart". They do run a festival at Moira, but this is called the National Forest Folk Festival and is held in July.

National Forest Folk Club

Th festival is usually held at the Miners' Welfare , although the "Conkers" museum has been used in the past.

The Moira Furnace Folk Festival, in late August, is an offshoot of the Scrag End Folk Club, held at Oakthorpe, run by Dave Johns, and the Moira furnace has been chosen because of there not being anywhere suitable in Oakthorpe.

Scrag End Folk Club

Hope this has cleared the mists a bit!


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Betsy
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 05:28 PM

Thanks Dave S , I have a daughter who lives in Barrow-on-Soar and have often wondered about folk clubs when we stay with her on infrequent weekend visits.Barrow on Soar (being on a Monday night)is no good for us.Weekend musician sessions would also be good .


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 05:18 AM

Lynne
We sang there about 10 years ago when it had just been opened as a Museum
Betsy
There are sessions and clubs on the second Friday at Loughborough at the Packhorse and alternate Sundays at Swan in the Rushes On 2nd and 4th Saturdays at the Robin Hood in Long Eaton(actually the Tiger)
All are good
Ta Ra Me Duck


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 06:36 AM

Thanks Hils, I'll try Mike again

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 06:37 AM

Oh, I also meant to say that Moira Furnace was also chosen because it is a really nice place to have a festival!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 13 Mar 09 - 04:23 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: My guru always said
Date: 13 Mar 09 - 04:29 AM

Will we be alright to eat chocolate at the MudGather Lynne?


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Snuffy
Date: 13 Mar 09 - 05:10 AM

Will we be alright to eat chocolate at the MudGather Lynne?

Dare I ask what else you might be thinking of doing with it?


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 11:14 AM

Good grief no! There are very strict rules about eating chocolates, sweets, drinking cider or beer and generally enjoying yourself.

Of course it will!!!!!


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 13 Apr 09 - 08:29 AM

Still looking for people to sign up to steward. Come on guys! Time to think about buying your tickets too if you don't want to steward

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: My guru always said
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 04:37 PM

How's it going then Lynne, you got enough stewards yet? This looks like it's going to be a nice friendly festival & I'm really looking forward to it!


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 09:10 AM

I hear that the programme should be out quite soon and that there are to be some sessions in the Furnace, that should be good.
I hope that Dave and his Mob are rewarded for all their efforts"Keep up the good work "


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Subject: RE: A New Folk Festival at Moira.
From: Acorn4
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 09:14 AM

I saw Debbie over the weekend at Warwick and she was in the final stages of doing the programme (proofreading etc). Seems to be gathering momentum nicely!


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