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Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009

Leadfingers 19 Oct 09 - 02:47 PM
Leadfingers 19 Oct 09 - 02:47 PM
Bat Goddess 18 Oct 09 - 06:47 PM
TRUBRIT 12 Oct 09 - 08:34 PM
Jon Bartlett 12 Oct 09 - 07:38 PM
GUEST,Bat Goddess 12 Oct 09 - 04:53 PM
SINSULL 12 Oct 09 - 03:41 PM
My guru always said 12 Oct 09 - 03:32 PM
Bat Goddess 11 Oct 09 - 09:31 PM
TRUBRIT 11 Oct 09 - 09:31 PM
Richard Atkins 11 Oct 09 - 09:06 PM
Bupkes 11 Oct 09 - 02:30 PM
Glostaman 10 Oct 09 - 03:49 PM
TRUBRIT 06 Oct 09 - 11:31 PM
Bat Goddess 02 Oct 09 - 07:46 PM
Barry Finn 02 Oct 09 - 02:26 PM
Barry Finn 02 Oct 09 - 01:01 AM
Barry Finn 02 Oct 09 - 12:40 AM
GUEST,Vicki Kelsey 02 Oct 09 - 12:30 AM
Jeri 01 Oct 09 - 09:14 PM
Bat Goddess 01 Oct 09 - 09:05 PM
Jeri 01 Oct 09 - 07:15 PM
curmudgeon 01 Oct 09 - 07:02 PM
GUEST,BB 01 Oct 09 - 06:38 PM
curmudgeon 01 Oct 09 - 04:53 PM
Bat Goddess 01 Oct 09 - 10:42 AM
SINSULL 30 Sep 09 - 08:58 AM
Bat Goddess 30 Sep 09 - 08:26 AM
curmudgeon 29 Sep 09 - 07:57 PM
GUEST,Peadar (formerly) of Portsmouth 29 Sep 09 - 04:43 PM
curmudgeon 29 Sep 09 - 02:52 PM
Barry Finn 29 Sep 09 - 02:57 AM
stallion 29 Sep 09 - 02:40 AM
Barry Finn 29 Sep 09 - 02:11 AM
Charley Noble 29 Sep 09 - 12:05 AM
Barry Finn 28 Sep 09 - 09:05 PM
stallion 28 Sep 09 - 06:21 PM
GUEST,guest 28 Sep 09 - 04:35 PM
Barry Finn 28 Sep 09 - 03:03 PM
Bat Goddess 28 Sep 09 - 08:44 AM
SINSULL 28 Sep 09 - 08:05 AM
Charley Noble 28 Sep 09 - 02:39 AM
RTim 27 Sep 09 - 08:24 PM
Jeri 27 Sep 09 - 08:21 PM
Bat Goddess 27 Sep 09 - 08:00 PM
Charley Noble 27 Sep 09 - 01:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Leadfingers
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 02:47 PM

And 100


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Leadfingers
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 02:47 PM

If its still the weekend befotre Getaway next year , I may well get to you !


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 06:47 PM

Thanks, Jon!

The book information for Rika is --

"As The Sailor Loves The Sea" by Ballard Hadman
"Ballard Hadman went to Alaska to visit-stayed to marry a fisherman and raise a family. This is the vivid diverting story of her adventures in that frontier land."

(Trade paper available online at http://www.yukonbooks.com/shop/customer/product.php?productid=4770 )

My copy is from 1951 -- She was a Western US artist who went to Alaska (near Ketchikan) during the Depression to live and fish with her brothers -- she met and married a fisherman and stayed. Definitely an interesting and unusual life bringing up a child and working with her husband on the water and wild coast far away by plane from medical facilities. Delightful reading.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 08:34 PM

Hils - it was a pleasure to have you here and I, too, thought Richard's voice was wonderful (and yours of course.....).....


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 07:38 PM

This One:

Chorus
YOU POP SIXTEEN TON AND WHAT DO YOU GET?
A WHOLE LOT STINKIER AND DEEPER IN DEBT
HONEY DON'T YOU CALL ME 'CAUSE I CAN'T GO
I SMELL TOO MUCH LIKE HERRING ROE.

1. Well, I got up one morning when the sun didn't shine
    I picked up my apron and I walked to the line
    I popped sixteen tons of grade A roe
    And the floor lady says, " You're going too slow."

2. When you see me comin', better step aside
    A lot of men didn't and a lot of men died
    I got a back of iron and a nose of steel
    And if the smell don't get you then nothin' will.

3. Well, you get on the bus, about seven o'clock,
    Another day coming working down on the dock,
    You can't find a seat 'cause the crowds are thick,
    At the next bus stop, you can take your pick.

4. Well it's Saturday night and we just got paid
    We're going downtown and we're gonna get laid
    So Ladner Hotel here we come
    And if you don't breath deeply, we can have some fun.

5. Some people day that fish is fine
    But a herring when it's sitting there, soaked up in brine
    Is slippery and slimy through and through
    And the blood and the guts splatter all over you.

by Kim Zander, Karen Dean and others with revisions by Rika Ruebsaat.

Jon Bartlett


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 04:53 PM

No, Mary -- "Sixteen Tons of Herring Roe".

Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 03:41 PM

This one, Linn?

Sixteen Stone

chorus

She weighs 16 stone and what do you get,
A whole lotta woman and that's a fact,
Take a close look and you'll agree,
There's no sharp corners on a woman like me.


You can't cuddle up to a bag of bones,
If her ribs stick out, leave her well alone
I've a big soft welcome for a man in need
I'm surely built for comfort if not for speed.

If you've seen more meat on a greasy spoon
She won't keep you warm, get rid of her soon,
So come on guys if you're down in the dumps,
Better get your arms around a woman that's plump.

The magazines say be skin and bone
But big girls never have to sleep alone,
We don't disappear when we turn on our side
And there's plenty of suspension for a bumpy ride!

If you see me coming, better step aside,
A lot of men didn't, a lot of men died,
Some give you desire, others a thrill
And if the tall ones don't get you, This short one will!


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: My guru always said
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 03:32 PM

Well, we got home last Wednesday after our wonderful whirlwind tour and are starting to catch up with things. I really wanted to post as soon as we got back, but between unpacking, laundry, making a fuss of our Cat and jet-lag, we didn't get a chance before we left for Banbury Festival on Friday. My apologies to everyone for the delay *sigh*

Huge thanks to everyone at PMFF for the opportunity to sing at the Festival, the wonderful welcome you gave us and all your very kind words. What a fantastic festival you've created, we really enjoyed the whole weekend! It was great to be able to sing so many songs and I was so glad that Richard managed to sing some too. Your encouragement has meant so much to him, I just hope that he'll continue to sing out over here in the UK.

Thanks too, to Barry, Sinsull and jacqui for looking after us so well, we knew we were in very good hands and you proved that in trumps!!! We were very glad to be able to get along to Dave Goulder's house concert too, what a lovely evening, thanks TruBrit!

It would be lovely to get across the pond again sometime, meanwhile sending you love & virtual hugs {{{{PMFF}}}}

Hil & Richard xxx


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 09:31 PM

I'm trying to listen to the music accrued during and post festival.

Tim Radford's CD is brill! Nice repertoire, lovely singing, tasteful accompaniment. (Can't miss John Roberts' concertina work.)

Hilary's is also a wonderful CD to listen to and I've been enjoying it a lot. (Would like to hear more of Richard, too.)

Haven't had a chance yet to listen to the Jon & Rika CDs I acquired -- I hope I remember to put them in the car tomorrow morning. Of course, the song I REALLY want to learn from Rika (the 16 Tons song) hasn't yet been recorded. Sigh.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 09:31 PM

Good news - want to see that!


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Richard Atkins
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 09:06 PM

Barry work still in process for your DVD and thank you again for your welcome


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bupkes
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 02:30 PM

Now that my voice is back, I can type again. (?ŃLike when you lose your eyeglasses, many other things become impossible.) I was touched by my friends' persistence in getting back that CD case to me, which I hadn't even realized I'd misplaced for a whole week.

This was my first Portsmouth Maritime Festival, and the warmth of all and the quality of singing were truly fine. And you were all so receptive to my friend and inspiration Tim Radford, whom I was proud to introduce to you; I hope to have him and his wife Jan Elliott visit again later this winter. The words and some notes about the songs on Tim's first album, Home from Home, are posted on its web site.


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Glostaman
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 03:49 PM

It was great to perform at the festival as part of Three Sheets to the Wind. Thanks for having us up there again. It's always a wonderful time! Wish I could have made it up there for Friday and Saturday too. Best wishes to Tom for a successful operation and a speedy recovery --Tim Perkins


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 11:31 PM

very few 'U tubes' to watch -- I wanted to see Finn & Haddie mark 3


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 07:46 PM

Mystery solved -- the case is Marty's. He hadn't yet missed it.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Barry Finn
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 02:26 PM

Heard from Marty & Tiim, the CD's aren't their's

Barry
Jon & Rika did bring in a box of CD's but I don't know if they left with them
I posted a message on the Getaway thread to ask seeing as I'll be at the getaway by Sunday morning (with Tinker in tow)

Barry


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Barry Finn
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 01:01 AM

Messages sent to bth, if they get back to me, I'll let you know tomorrow nite. Ask me cuz I may forget

BB, they (Marty & Tim) could get into the Saturday session at the Press Room but they wanted to eat & drink & that was why they went elsewhere

Barry

am I pushing a point???


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Barry Finn
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 12:40 AM

I will contact Tim & Matrty via facebook and ask

Barry


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: GUEST,Vicki Kelsey
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 12:30 AM

Yes, I was at the table with Paul and Charlene and my husband Bill, all from the Pick'n' and Sing'n' Gather'n', and saw the CD case at the end of the evening. It didn't belong to any of us. I was trying to find the owner myself and ended up leaving it with Linn when no one knew whose it was.
                                  Vicki


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 09:14 PM

OK, now I KNOW I had a good time!


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 09:05 PM

It was FRIDAY night -- early -- and Tim and Marty were sitting there. I'm not sure where the Schurr entourage was seated Friday night and Rose and Colin weren't there Friday. It was there on the floor right from very early in the session; I thought it might be Dave Hallowell's since it was close to his gear.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 07:15 PM

Others who were sitting there for a while at least were Paul (Schurr) and Rose & Colin. Also, a woman (didn't get her name) who always goes to Old Songs (BB knows).


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: curmudgeon
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 07:02 PM

Quite right, Barb, it WAS Friday; days tend to meld into each other sometimes.

Thanks for the advisory - Tom


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: GUEST,BB
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 06:38 PM

Tom - I understood that Tim & Marty couldn't get into the PR on Saturday... was the CD case found Friday, perhaps?? Or am I way off??

"Found: Case of CDs on Saturday at the Press Room, underneath the table where Tim and Marty (and others) had been sitting."

I'm trying to recall who was at what table. I may actually succeed, to some degree!
~Barbara


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: curmudgeon
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:53 PM

Here's another gem from Dave Hallowell, Mudhook at the Moffat-Ladd House singing "The Kangaroo." It's more remarkable as Dave is part of the group (left to right, Alan, Dave, Mike, Peadar)

No one has yet claimed the aforementioned CDs.

Stay tuned - Tom


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 10:42 AM

Didn't really get to hear Tim Radford at all, either -- last Friday night I was a bit of a social butterfly around The Press Room, doing more talking than singing, updating people both on Tom's health and the festival -- PR! PR! PR!

Didn't get to hear Jon & Rika or Robbie O'Connell except during the concert or David Coffin except when he was warming up Sunday morning at Oppenheimer.

I've got to learn Rika's herring roe song.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 08:58 AM

Hilary's CDs are wonderful but do not give you the quality of a live performance. She will have to return so Linn can experience it.


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 08:26 AM

Listened to Hilary Ward's CD both ways of my commute yesterday -- what a lovely voice!

Alas, the only time during the festival that I got to hear her was after my bit in the shanty blast when I stood between Sinsull and Hils. She, too, has GOT to come back! I want to hear her and sing with her -- (hmmm...maybe on our quarterdeck with a few margaritas).

Linn
(A bit stretched this week, but still riding the warm, high wave of the weekend's music.)


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: curmudgeon
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 07:57 PM

Found: Case of CDs on Saturday at the Press Room, underneath the table where Tim and Marty (and others) had been sitting. The selection could be that of many of the regulars. Please PM if it's yours - Tom


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: GUEST,Peadar (formerly) of Portsmouth
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 04:43 PM

Great weekend, as always. This year not only featured tremendous singers, but genuinely nice people who were happy to be a part of the 10th anniversary. An absolute pleasure to meet and talk with Tim Radford, Robbie O'Connell, Andy Kenna, Jon & Rika...everyone! Just a wonderful time all around.

BTW, if anyone has photos from this year's festival and you happen to be on Facebook, it would be great if you could share your favorites on the festival's Facebook page . I know there are lots of people who would love to relive the weekend.

Already looking forward to the starting the next 10 years.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: curmudgeon
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 02:52 PM

Where to begin? My head is still full of all the wonderfuls singing and camaradarie of the weekend.

One of the advantages, if it can truly be called such, of my not being able to sing, was the more time available to others. Special thanks to Chris Maden for taking up the slack for me at the Warner House, and to Linn for converting our usual duet at the Athenaeum to an exceptionally fine solo performance.

One of the many great highlights of the weekend was Andy Kenna, Liverpool singer, concertinast, tradition bearer and consummate performer. Since he and his wife were coming over for a visit, he looked around to see what might be going on and stumbled upon our website. After a couple of emails and CD exchange, we most fortuitously signed him up.

And now, for those who didn't get to see him, thanks to Dave Hallowell, here's   Andy Kenna at The Rusty Hammer.

We were fortunate to have a lot of this year's festival videotaped. Stand by for more.

I'll be back - Tom


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 02:57 AM

We hope to Peter, looking at the very last weekend of August & maybe the 1st half of September, I'll pm you

Barry


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: stallion
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 02:40 AM

Thanks for sharing the Photo's Barry, good to see the woods hole wooky out enjoying himself again, get Tims cd it's a corker. Are you guys coming over next year?
Pete


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 02:11 AM

I just put up some pictures, of the Friday nite session at the Press Room, on my facebook page
Here's a link to my facebook photos

Barry


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 12:05 AM

Barry-

Very nicely summed up. Almost makes me feel I was there instead of three thousand miles away!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, in Buckley, Washington


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 09:05 PM

Stallion, come for both, you're always welcome here. We finally got "Come Down You Bunch of Roses" down but could've used your backing, it was terrific

Barry


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: stallion
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 06:21 PM

cheers Barry, maybe Portsmouth instead of Mystic mmmmmmmmmmmmm dunno sounds just brill


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 04:35 PM

I can't think of enough good things to say about the festival! From our perspective, as performers, the event was well organized - any problems that might have occurred were handled quietly and efficiently so that the events ran smoothly in spite of the weather.

It was wonderful to hobnob with all the great singers who were part of the festival. There was a great sense of comaraderie and mutual support amongst them all.

Hats off to Tom, Linn, Barbara and all the others who put this together for the tenth year.

Fred Gosbee


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 03:03 PM

It was a great festival, best yet. I know alot of work went into this behind the scenes. Tom, Linn, Barbara (many hats, I think she does a bit of everything)) & Brue + the many others on the commitee, the many voluteers, the local supporters & sponsers, all who make this a FREE festivals & not to skip on the many performers who pretty much donate their skills, talent & time. This was truely a festival of camaraderie with audience & performer where one pretty much blended with the other, very much for the most part a participatory finishing off with an open air shanty blastwith every one shoulder to shoulder. It was great to ( and says so muchabout the festival itself) to have some great singers from afar. From England Hilary Ward who was just a peach & a very lovely singer with a great delivery fror onot only moving the songs but for very moving songs & then a wonderful hidden gem in Andy Kenna from the old school in Liverpool & one of the few whose's left who can deliver that unique style of singing. Then there's Rika & Jon from Vancover, BC, salwarts of the Northwest for their scholarship, research, collections & by all means their ufatiguing ability to roust the house to their feet.
As far as having fun the rain did nothing to damper the festival, it was a great time at least for the 3 of us (Finn & Haddie) just not long enough. It was spread out in a great way, intown but not so far apart that one who can't travel by feet alone, like myself had difficulty. Some of the venues held in pubs where the rowdy singing level was great for roof raising, as with 3 Sheets to the Wind had going on & where it wasn't just the festivals goers joining in but those at the bar drinking & those at tables eating also joining in (where it's sometimes a comptition to sing over the din of the regular patrons), to the quite venues where you could hear a pin drop if it weren't for the singers themselves. Then with the shanty sessions, the Friday unofficial opening of the festival was crowed but unbeatable, very much a joining in of festival goes & performers a great way to start off the blending atmosphere of mixing everyone together so that all would be shoulder to shoulder ear to mouth with each other, it's a shame that the Saturfay shanty sing was so crowded & understaffed that I saw a few singers not even bother to try & fight their way to a unavailabe fool spot & turn out the door & find another place to dine. A stwo singers were walking out my wife & singing partner & his wife turned to join them & leave me & Ken to wait for drinks & no food but I have to sya side from that the singing was penomenal. Maybe next year the committee will consider a larger venuse more accomadating with more than 1 umhappy
wait staff to attend to the hungry, thirsty crowd & paying crowd(sorry, my one & only staunch complaint, this was not a mistake it also happened last year). The last minute rain dodge bring the open air Market Sq venue indoor to the Ri Ra was a brilliant move, thanks to who ever managed that. We performed at the Ri Ra & the crowd in my opinion was better than it would've been had it been outside , even in good weather. It was a sit or stand as you please, drinks & food were available, the sound as far I i was concerned both as a performer & a listener was pretty good (far better that it would'vve been out side) it was still very much opened & available to passers-bye & hopefully it generated an unexpected cash flow for the venue (who was pleasantly staffed to handle the crowd), enough that they'd be happy to become a participating festival venue next year, maybe even a thought that they'd be a nice Saturday shanty venue.
Anyway, there you go Charlie. One more thing one of the best singing treats of the weekend was at Dave's party, festival geor Tim Radford (of England but as of lately from Woods Hole, Cape Cod) singing a Wassail song, it has to be one of the best, no the best, singing of a Wassail song that I have ever heard, in my entire life (& he was one of the singers that left the Press Room Saturday to get a bite
to eat elsewhere). Great to have seen & heard you sing again Tim, nice seeing you at the festival. So it was truely a wonderful abit small not so local festival festival that is slowly growing yr by yr. ino what will someday become a template for others.

A suggestion to the commitee, I know of a good number of out-of-towners (including my one of my singing partners) that stayed at various hotels, motels rooming houses. Maybe looking at one place that would discount & be opened to becoming a venue for additional festival bookings could be researched, it might also be an alt to housing some performers in the future.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 08:44 AM

Thought we'd paid our dues in the rain department last year when it poured ALL weekend. This year the weather Saturday was grand and on Sunday it was cloudy but didn't really get damp until after the shanty blast. And for the ten year history, we've actually had very little rain.

Jeri, what's that about not having the cash? The concert was FREE -- like every event at the festival. (Well, then there's the CD buying...)

And it's Hilary -- HILARY -- one "L"!!! I'm still apologizing for giving her and extra one (for free) on her name tag. Alas, except for later standing next to her at the shanty blast, I didn't get to hear her sing at all! (Got to hear a song from Richard, though.)

Gotta go -- gainful employment calls.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 08:05 AM

Three Sheets to the Wind were in top form and had the audience drowning out shouts from the kitchen as the poor guy tried to get orders picked up. There are so many talented people in that group. Always a treat to hear Rose and Colin in close harmony.

I caught Finn and Haddie. Now that they are three will they change their name? Between Ken and Barry the audience had no choice but to sing along.

John and Rika offered a treasure of songs from the Northwest. Stirs His Coffee With His Thumb - never heard anyone do that live before. I bought two of their CDs trying to get a recording of a haunting song they did about a tug sunk while hauling lumber. Finally had to ask Jon to send me lyrics.

Hillary has a beautiful voice that seems so effortless. Like Jeri I found myself closing my eyes and letting the music just flow over me. She will be doing a mini-concert at the Getaway. Don't miss it.

Richard is in trouble - he did not sing Lady Of Autumn for the non-Getaway folks. HARUMPH! He spent last night chasing my cats around trying to get pictures. Ed actually posed glaring into the lens with a very annoyed "Get out of my face" look.

David Coffin joined Great Bay Sailor at RiRa's as the final "act". WOW! Every singer and every song was spot on. The audience ate it up and (under threats) sang long and loud with beautiful harmonies.

The Portsmouth Festival just gets better and better every year. The audiences come in expecting to participate. They love the music and the friendly atmosphere. The line up of performers is nothing short of amazing. I can not begin to imagine the last minute glitches that occur behind the scenes. But it always goes off seamlessly. Both the performers and the audiences really enjoy themselves.

Congratulation to Linn, Tom, Barbara and all who make this possible. Once again - a phenomenal event. thank you.

One complaint - why do you always choos a rainy weekend????? I know CELLAR!


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 02:39 AM

Those of us from away hunger for more details!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, winding up things in Victoria, BC


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: RTim
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 08:24 PM

Back home on Cape Cod after a very enjoyable weekend, where I met lots of wonderful people, Thank you all for making me feel welcome.
Sorry if I didn't get to say goodbye to everyone, but I had to leave before the end.

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 08:21 PM

Translation: Peeing upstairs, computer downstairs.

Yeah, I'm tired too. Heard some wonderful music that I wish could have lasted forever. It wound up with a shanty blast with all the performers all lined up and everyone else around them. It turned into a big circle, several layers deep, and MAN, it was like being in the middle of a room built out of harmony.

I hope someone posts about the concert last night. I missed it. I didn't have the cash on me (didn't know I'd need it), but mostly just needed to get the heck out.

I hadn't heard Robbie O'Connell before, and I thoroughly enjoyed him this afternoon.

MGAS was a big hit. She has a voice like cool water in a parched, burning desert, and I found it impossible to not to want to close my eyes and just let it cover me, no matter what the song.

What a great weekend!


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 08:00 PM

Lots of indoor venues -- plus, it didn't really start misting heavily until after the shanty blast finale. (Under the canopy/overhang at the federal building across from The Press Room was a brilliant location for the shanty blast! Better than Market Square.)

WONDERFUL festival! It just gets better every year, but we'll make sure it never gets too big.

I'm very very tired; will post more...maybe tomorrow after work.

Besides... I desperately need to PEE! (And I'm not coming back downstairs.)

G'night!
Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 01:20 PM

Keep it rolling!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, in Victoria, BC


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 11:42 AM

Headed out in the rain. Hope there is an indoor venue. Maybe Noah's ark.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: stallion
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 03:00 AM

My O My really wish we were there it sounds brill.....we really miss you guys.. i so hate to miss a good party....anyway....party in the UK next year...or maybe 2011... i want to block of the street and have a street party for my 60th (if i make it) the nieghbours are all up for it, you are all invited! Keep the info coming, I want to know all the details, a big hello to all and especially Ken & Barry & Jacqui who visited us in July, Jo (t'other arf) says come back soon! A big up for Tom and Kendal and who knows we might be able to afford another trip in the next decade, maybe when the UK enters the euro zone!
Pete


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 11:18 PM

Just home from the first day of the festival -- didn't go to the performers party at Dave Hallowell's cuz it's a long drive home, not enough time to sleep and then turn around and get back to Portsmouth tomorrow morning for the performers' brunch and briefing (and handing out of the remaining name tags).

This afternoon's open sing at The Press Room was pretty amazing and the concert tonight was standing room only. It's a treat to hear Jon & Rika, Fred and Julia of Castlebay just get better every time I hear them, and Robbie O'Connell was delighted to have a singing crowd that knew the choruses (or learned 'em quickly).

Too much fun...

G'night.
Linn


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Subject: RE: Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Fest 2009
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 09:43 AM

I survived last night, and my voice (not to mention my hearing!) came though OK too.

What BG said, plus Tim Radford who is amazing. Fill up on coffee and back for more today.


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