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Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009

muppitz 03 Sep 09 - 08:17 AM
GUEST,Forgetful Guest 02 Sep 09 - 05:53 PM
Steve in Sidmouth 02 Sep 09 - 05:48 PM
Mr Happy 02 Sep 09 - 11:40 AM
Acorn4 02 Sep 09 - 11:35 AM
GUEST,Neovo 02 Sep 09 - 10:12 AM
Mr Happy 02 Sep 09 - 10:10 AM
GUEST,LDT 02 Sep 09 - 09:28 AM
nickp 02 Sep 09 - 09:25 AM
nickp 02 Sep 09 - 09:21 AM
GUEST,Bizibod 01 Sep 09 - 06:46 PM
GUEST,Guest (dont want to admit to being so forget 01 Sep 09 - 06:07 PM
GUEST 01 Sep 09 - 05:31 PM
GUEST,Joe G 01 Sep 09 - 02:27 PM
Steve in Sidmouth 01 Sep 09 - 02:03 PM
Steve in Sidmouth 01 Sep 09 - 02:00 PM
treewind 01 Sep 09 - 01:56 PM
GUEST 01 Sep 09 - 12:59 PM
Steve in Sidmouth 01 Sep 09 - 12:08 PM
BusyBee Paul 01 Sep 09 - 11:55 AM
Declan 30 Aug 09 - 04:15 PM
jeddy 30 Aug 09 - 02:27 PM
the lemonade lady 28 Aug 09 - 06:43 PM
GUEST,CA 28 Aug 09 - 02:20 PM
GUEST,HipflaskAndy 28 Aug 09 - 08:51 AM
GUEST,Jo 27 Aug 09 - 05:02 PM
Les in Chorlton 27 Aug 09 - 09:24 AM
GUEST 26 Aug 09 - 05:14 PM
Les in Chorlton 26 Aug 09 - 05:03 PM
Acorn4 26 Aug 09 - 04:40 PM
evansakes 26 Aug 09 - 04:25 PM
GUEST,HelenJ. 26 Aug 09 - 04:05 PM
Les in Chorlton 26 Aug 09 - 02:31 PM
Bainbo 26 Aug 09 - 02:29 PM
Les in Chorlton 26 Aug 09 - 08:38 AM
Mr Happy 26 Aug 09 - 07:32 AM
GUEST,Cuisineceolcraic 26 Aug 09 - 06:03 AM
GUEST,Jenny Brampton 25 Aug 09 - 05:32 PM
GUEST,aeola 25 Aug 09 - 04:18 PM
Mr Happy 25 Aug 09 - 05:01 AM
Mr Happy 23 Aug 09 - 07:54 AM
GUEST,Sandra 22 Aug 09 - 09:13 AM
GUEST,Guest Carole A 13 Aug 09 - 01:32 AM
GUEST,Becs 12 Aug 09 - 05:43 PM
jeddy 17 Jul 09 - 07:33 AM
GUEST,Richard Harrison 17 Jul 09 - 07:01 AM
GUEST,Alan 17 Jul 09 - 06:14 AM
GUEST,Graham Bradshaw 17 Jul 09 - 05:26 AM
GUEST,Paul 17 Jul 09 - 05:18 AM
GUEST,Alan 17 Jul 09 - 04:51 AM
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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: muppitz
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 08:17 AM

Highlights for me:
The lack of rain!
Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson (& Co!) - Well impressed with them!
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
The Wilsons
Chris Wood (I'd like his entire collection of CD's for Christmas please Santa!)
Tom Kitching and Gren Bartley
The QP

And apparently my 'Religions of the World' T-Shirt worn in the Moor & Coast food tent on Sunday!

I managed to see some stuff, not as much as I'd have liked but it was something and I didn't feel the need to bust out the wellies so all in all it was a decent weekend!

muppitz
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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Forgetful Guest
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 05:53 PM

"And the larks they sang melodious" - thanks Bizibod!

Following on with the Darwin theme of Shrewsbury, I was hoping a surfeit of cider might zap some of the dud brain cells, leaving only the fittest to remember names etc. Unfortunately it has not seemed to work yet!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Steve in Sidmouth
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 05:48 PM

Does anyone have a picture of what happened to the marquee at Shrewsbury?

Here is a photo of the failed connection at the roof apex at Towersey. The repair was left in place until the end (photo was taken as the marquee was being cleared of sound and lighting). Danco replaced a cracked main end vertical member if I understood correctly. The picture shows steel wire rope bound around to stop the strut falling down.

Not quite Rolls-Royce, more Heath Robinson?

http://www.seered.co.uk/140_4064_closeup.jpg


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Mr Happy
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 11:40 AM

'ope its a big 'un! 8-)


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Acorn4
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 11:35 AM

Thanks for the plug, Mr H - cheque in the post!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Neovo
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 10:12 AM

I was in there when the roof strut gave way and narrowly missed some members of the audience. It was a meet the artist session with Steamchicken, Chinewrde and QP and all credit to QP who rallied to give a smashing unplugged, though truncated, set in the open air. What talented young people they are - well worth keeping an eye on these chaps.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Mr Happy
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 10:10 AM

Got back yesterday, Tuesday after enjoying the best ever Shrewsbury!

Highlights for me were the sessions in the pavilion bar, beer tent & Wheatsheaf in Frankwell – a superb mix of songs, tunes, banter, beer & tremendous friendly atmosphere & craic!

Preferring the seshes to concert-going, I heard some big stars from afar, while touring the site with my litter picking MPV, Jez Lowe & friend sounded superb, as did Show of Hands.

Also sustained much pleasure from lesser known but brilliant home grown talent such as Dave Acorn 4- the man's a genus!! & the many astounding singers, instrumentalists in the song & tune sesshes.

Although preferring mixed song/tune seshes, also enjoyed participated the tuney do's in beer tent & bar.

The top o' the bill band, the Proclaimers were astonishingly good, splendid entertainment, superb songs & great voices, harmonies & instrumentation.

Full praise to organisers for putting together such a stupendous treat for one & all, especially arranging the weather so it only reigned at night & noone nobody got wet [only on the inside at beer festival!!]


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 09:28 AM

So that's why the Ceilidh got moved...


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: nickp
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 09:25 AM

Oh and Towersey again - Steve in Sidmouth's comment about the water - it was a Thames Water screw up, not the festival. Doesn't make it any easier for those affected but words were said to TW at a fairly high level.

Water off a duck's back, I guess, as far as TW are concerned. No pun intended.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: nickp
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 09:21 AM

Towersey...

Yes Steve did say 650 people at the Spooky workshop. Caused havoc when they all headed down the road to the narrow gate. Quick thinking to open the vehicle gate.

I don't think Danco were responsible for Shrewsbury - I'm sure someone will correct me. The temporary repair at Towersey was put together by the festival maintainance crew and it was passed as excellent by Danco's structural engineers when they arrived to effect the repair. They were quite happy to let the structure continue like that throughout the evening and sorted things out overnight.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Bizibod
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 06:46 PM

Pleasant and Delightful
( and the larks , they sang melodious... )


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Guest (dont want to admit to being so forget
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 06:07 PM

I thought Show of Hands were great! Phil Beer sang a song they hadn't sung for over 30 years, it was about the third one they did and was one of the old favourites, but I can't remember what it was - can anyone please help me with my failing memory!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 05:31 PM

Excellent fest, David Ferrard ( singer/song writer)& Spooky Men's Chorale were the highlights for me!!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 02:27 PM

Fantastic festival - I wondered what had happened to the dance tent! More from me later about highlights but surprise of the fest were the Proclaimers - I expected to hate them but really glad we stayed to the end to witness one of the highlights of the weekend!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Steve in Sidmouth
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 02:03 PM

Steve Heap said that 650 people turned up at Towersey for the Spooky Men's workshop when they were expecting the usual 40 to 60. Or did I hear incorrectly?


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Steve in Sidmouth
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 02:00 PM

I've got a picture of the (nearly) failed roof strut at Towersey, I'll put it on my website sometime in the next week or so. Their infrastructure is very well thought out in the main, apart from spending lots more money on a new larger water supply there is little one can suggest.

The failure at Shrewsbury was apparently very similar (Danco marquee again maybe?) but the failure was only noticed when a 12 foot long section of metal fell on the dance floor - lucky it didn't land on someone's head. Venue closed for repairs and two H&S inspections - one by marquee people and the other by local council - so I was told.

Strange but there appears to be nothing in the local newspaper!! Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place? Or maybe the Press Officer was doing her job and only feeding them all the good news?

Both weekends (Towersey and Shrewsbury) were dry but windy - in contrast to Sidmouth. For anyone who didn't experience it themselves this year - you can view some of the mud starting on this webpage:

mud glorious mud up to page folk139 if memory serves me right!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: treewind
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 01:56 PM

At Shrewsbury nobody was hurt either, and it was fixed properly, with a replacement roof beam, and certified fixed and safe in time for Pig Dyke Molly's Sunday morning dance workshop. Just as well as 150 people turned up!

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 12:59 PM

Blimey! I went on the Saturday and had a great time.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Steve in Sidmouth
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 12:08 PM

It was probably safer viewed at home if you were dancing when a roof beam failed and a section of the ceilidh marquee fell down? All according to stories circulating at Towersey - where the ceilidh marquee was closed for a while after a partly failed structural member was noticed. Danco mended it sufficiently to be able to certify it was safe to use for a while. High winds (or faulty rivets) mentioned in both instances!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 11:55 AM

It was better live!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Declan
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 04:15 PM

Have also been enjoying the festival vicariously from the comfort of my living room most of the day.

The joys of the internet.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: jeddy
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 02:27 PM

i have been watching online and it looks fantastic. i hope the weather there is better than here.

loads of love to all

jade and edi

x x x x x x x


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 06:43 PM

Jenny:

I'm at Upton on Severn Water Festival which looks as though it might be busy, and on BH Monday i'm at a little pony show in Purslow near Clun.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,CA
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 02:20 PM

Hi - just wondering if anyone is selling tickets for this weekend - myself and my husband and two young kids really want to go. if you are, I'm on 07775 518 328...

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,HipflaskAndy
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 08:51 AM

I'm doing two workshops as well as the band playing on Sat.
One on on Sun - one on Mon morn - shold be intimate!
Guitar tunings explored and guitar song accomp examined.
Hope to meet Catters! - Cheers - Duncan (McFarlane)


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Jo
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 05:02 PM

There's no mud!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 09:24 AM

Never mind that how's the mud?

L in C


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 05:14 PM

To Mr Happy,   We'll be there by 4.0pm tomoz, it's going to be great!!!

aeola


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 05:03 PM

Never mind that how's the mud?

L in C


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Acorn4
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 04:40 PM

One name on the list that I never miss is Trio Threlfall -sheer class!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: evansakes
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 04:25 PM

Of the non UK names that we don't see so often on the general folk circuit I'm particularly looking forward to Chris Smither, Eric Bibb and Ollabelle.

But having had a quick listen on MySpace I quite like the sound of a new name to me "The Dust Poets" who'll be around on all four days (and also seem to be heavily involved in the workshop programme)

http://www.myspace.com/dustpoets


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,HelenJ.
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 04:05 PM

Can't make it this year mainly due to game (ulcerated) leg. Two mates of mine will be there hopefully flying the Border Morris flag for those of us who can't be present. Go for it from Madchester Ged and Joules!

Helen.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 02:31 PM

Duncan MacFarlane Band

Exlnt

L in C


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Bainbo
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 02:29 PM

This will be our first time at Shrewsbury. Wellies already packed.

We'll be staying in a B&B on the Thursday, before pitching the tent on Friday. Anyone know of any singarounds, sessions, or anything happening in any of the pubs on Thursday night?

And what are people looking forward to? Our must-not-miss is going to be Chris Smither. There are great reports too, of course, of the Spooky Men's Chorale. But from the line-up, I think we're going to enjoy everything we get a chance to see.


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 08:38 AM

Any news on the state of grass and drainage etc?

L in C


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Mr Happy
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 07:32 AM

About 30 hours more, then we'll be off - Huzzah!!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Cuisineceolcraic
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 06:03 AM

Desperately seeking tickets for this years Shrewsbury festival...have some friends who have got caught out...who really wnat to go but left it too late to buy tickets and now sold out...anyone know of anyone who has tickets they can't use?


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Jenny Brampton
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 05:32 PM

I've got my tickets and can't wait to get in the car and motor down the M6 but i've just heard that my usual routine is not to be- Mrs Lemon isn't going to be waiting with my usual cup of lemonade. It won't be the same without her, where has she gone does anyone know?
Jenny B


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,aeola
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 04:18 PM

I don't know which is the greater, the guest beer list or the performers'list!! Either way it's a win win sit.!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Mr Happy
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 05:01 AM

...........& after today, only 2 days to go - Yipppeeeeeee!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: Mr Happy
Date: 23 Aug 09 - 07:54 AM

...........& after today, only 4days to go - Yipppeeeeeee!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 22 Aug 09 - 09:13 AM

will this do?

REAL ALES
Ma Pardoes
Entire
Original
Dark swan
Broughs Pale ale

Enville Ales
Enville Ale
Ginger Beer
Enville White
Old Porter
Nailmaker Mild
Simply Simpkiss

Timothy taylors
Landlord

Woods Brewery
Quaff
Craven Ale
AAA
Shropshire Lad
Woods Wonderful

Hanby Ales
Cherry Bomb
All Seasons
Scorpio Porter

Wye Valley Brewery
Best Bitter
Butty Bach
Dorothy Goodbodys
HPA

Salopian Brewery
Darwins Original
Shropshire Gold
Hop Twister
Lemon dream

Hobsons Brewery
Twisted spire
Town crier
Hobsons mild
Best bitter

3 Tunns brewery
XXX
1642 Bitter
Solstice
Clerics Cure

Hook Norton
Hooky bitter
Old Hooky
Hooky dark

Willoughby Brewing Co.
Tried and trusted
Trusted Gold

Greens gluten free beers
Bottled selections only

CIDERS & PERRYS

Burrow Hill Cider co.
Broadoak Cider co
Riches Cider
Brook Farm
Newtons Court Cider
Gwatkin Cider
Hecks
Dunkertons
The Welsh Cider Co
Westons Cider
West Croft Cider Co.
Barbourne Cider and Perry co.

...and if all that isn't enough, there will also available on draught
Guinness
Fosters
John Smiths Smooth
Stowford Press Cider
Kronenbourg 1664
Ciderhouse Special Cider


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Guest Carole A
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 01:32 AM

Maybe cos of that great big plug on radio 2 last night! I wont be there this year. Bit too big 4 me now. I like smaller more personal ff like Banbury for example. I am sure u will all have a luvly time. Festival hugs all round


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Becs
Date: 12 Aug 09 - 05:43 PM

Just noticed on the SFF website that its Sold Out!

Now all we need is some sunshine!


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: jeddy
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 07:33 AM

it is good to know that although we cannot be there, we can still be a part of something very special.
big thanks for trying it!!!
we wish we could make it, so lots of love and big hugs to all those we will not see for a while.

take care all

jade and edi x x x x


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Richard Harrison
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 07:01 AM

Hi guys,

Totally agree with you there Graham on the subject of audience mics affecting the sound quality and there are definately merits for both ways.
On the one hand, a completley dry, unaffected mix from FOH can sound great and if you were to listen to it without pictures it would be perfectly fine and an enjoyable experience. However, as Im sure you realise, once you put video to the sound feed, it can often not sound how it looks, which is where Alan and Charles are coming from. The process of adding audience mics into the equation is not as simple as it seems. As you rightly point out, you can hear reflections from the surfaces within the tent which you say degrades the sound quality. The positioning and mixing of the audience mics is vital to maintaining the quality of the mix and in most cases enhancing it. This process requires constant monitoring during every song to create natural lifts during clapping periods and audience participation and just enough ambience during the songs to make it sound LIVE. Therefore mixing to pictures is often the best way to approach doing broadcasting of any sort.

As far as the videos on the website go, they look great and capture the ethos of the festival but as you say Graham the sound is of varying quality due to the ambient instability.

Fantastic idea to broadcast via the website, and I do hope it all works well.

Am still available to help on this free of charge if you like Alan, but either way I will defianately be checking it out on the web as Im sure it will be a great show!

Good luck.

Richard Harrison


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Alan
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 06:14 AM

Sorry to leave you out Brad. not intentional, just brain fade.

And you're lovely to work with too.

Now get back to those adverts, or Mrs S will have a fit

Best

Alan


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 05:26 AM

And for further clarity (?!), the sound is taken as a feed from the FOH mixing desk, ie the mix as heard by the audience. This provided by CV Audio, not a Shropshire company in this case, but one that has a long association with Shrewsbury Festival (and previously Bridgnorth).

If you listen to the videos on the festival website, they are of vaying sound quality. (For my money, the Lunasa one is the best.)

This is because MicroVideo mixed in a feed taken from audience mikes (in order to introduce ambience, and give the viewer a sense of being there), and in my opinion this actually degrades the final quality, as those mikes are 'hearing' all the reflections from the tent. I have voiced this concern to Charles and Alan, as they no longer sound the sort of quality they could have been. But I realise it is a trade off.

As a contrast, listen to the YouTube vids from Southwell Festival. The sound was taken straight from the desk, and in most cases is exceptional when compared to most YouTube fare.

G


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Paul
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 05:18 AM

Wow sounds great!

As it is going to be broadcast quality, are there any plans afoot to actually broadcast on radio or TV?

Paul


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Subject: RE: Shrewsbury Folk Festival (uk) 2009
From: GUEST,Alan
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 04:51 AM

Hello Guest

yes it will be a live sound and vision mix direct to satellite, and yes we have a team lead by Charles and Heather Denscombe of MicroVideo, Shrewsbury, who work miracles for us. They did the video work last year, examples of which you can find on the festival web site. They use several remote cameras and just one at stage level with a real cameraman. Each artist will receive a live-mix DVD immediately after their perfomance, and obviously, as all of the channels are recorded separately, a remixed broadcast quality DVD can be created under instruction of the artist at a later date.

Paul Hutchinson, our festival web master, from Virtual Shropshire will handle the signal after it has left the satellite. A case of small Shropshire businesses working together, providing an astonishing result for the festival. And they are lovely people to work with.

And yes fingers crossed, we are regarding this first year as an experiment. We are very confident that it will work, and who knows where it will take the festival or our continued broadcasting of folk based content on the internet.

Hello Tim

Any wireless enabled device (lap top or telephone) will be able to connect direct to our WiFi output.

Cheers Guests thanks for your interest. I think this is all very exciting stuff.

Best
Alan


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