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Central London commuters' singaround?

matt milton 24 Nov 09 - 06:32 AM
Hamish 24 Nov 09 - 06:21 AM
Morris-ey 24 Nov 09 - 05:58 AM
Hamish 24 Nov 09 - 05:40 AM
GUEST,Elfcall 24 Nov 09 - 02:02 AM
IanC 23 Nov 09 - 07:07 AM
Hamish 23 Nov 09 - 05:23 AM
GUEST,SallyM - at work 23 Nov 09 - 04:58 AM
Pierre Le Chapeau 23 Nov 09 - 04:40 AM
Pierre Le Chapeau 23 Nov 09 - 04:37 AM
Pierre Le Chapeau 23 Nov 09 - 04:37 AM
BusyBee Paul 22 Nov 09 - 05:15 PM
Hamish 21 Nov 09 - 02:09 PM
GUEST,Essex Girl 21 Nov 09 - 11:53 AM
GUEST,Essex Girl 21 Nov 09 - 11:51 AM
GUEST,Essex Girl 21 Nov 09 - 11:50 AM
GUEST 21 Nov 09 - 11:49 AM
Hamish 20 Nov 09 - 02:57 PM
Herga Kitty 20 Nov 09 - 01:14 PM
Leadfingers 20 Nov 09 - 01:12 PM
Banjiman 20 Nov 09 - 11:52 AM
Jack Campin 20 Nov 09 - 11:47 AM
Hamish 20 Nov 09 - 11:43 AM
matt milton 20 Nov 09 - 09:56 AM
breezy 20 Nov 09 - 08:29 AM
Hamish 20 Nov 09 - 01:37 AM
GUEST,Pierre Le Chapeau 19 Nov 09 - 10:03 PM
Joe Offer 19 Nov 09 - 07:28 PM
Liz the Squeak 19 Nov 09 - 03:15 PM
Zany Mouse 19 Nov 09 - 02:45 PM
Leadfingers 19 Nov 09 - 02:06 PM
Hamish 19 Nov 09 - 01:58 PM
GUEST,matt milton 19 Nov 09 - 08:52 AM
Mr Red 19 Nov 09 - 06:48 AM
Folkiedave 19 Nov 09 - 05:24 AM
Gervase 19 Nov 09 - 04:14 AM
Hamish 19 Nov 09 - 04:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: matt milton
Date: 24 Nov 09 - 06:32 AM

I'm going to try to take some posters into Kings College today lunchtime. Their music department is on the Strand. I figure they must have a noticeboard somewhere. Question is, as a greying 35-year-old, can I still pass muster as a student to stroll past the security guard? I figure I'm scruffy enough to exude a 'mature student' aura - I do work in book publishing after all.

Maybe I'll do LSE too.


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 24 Nov 09 - 06:21 AM

There are no dress code expectations, Morris-ey, although the wearing of flip-flops and shorts may make the wearer feel conspicuous. There is no expectation on when people should get there or for how long they stay. It's commuter friendly with the accent on friendly. Even those who pop in for a quick half and "merely" join in on a chorus or two will be most welcome. There is only one rule: that everyone is respectfully quiet during turns.

~8^)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Morris-ey
Date: 24 Nov 09 - 05:58 AM

A pinstripe-suited sing-around - somebody take photos.


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 24 Nov 09 - 05:40 AM

Couple more quality folkie recruits last night...

...dropped off a couple of posters at the pub yesterday evening...

...and if it stays dry this lunchtime, I'll get that gig bag.

Without taking anything for granted, it's starting to feel very good.

~8^)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: GUEST,Elfcall
Date: 24 Nov 09 - 02:02 AM

Brilliant idea and time.

Unfortunately - instead of my usual central London - North London commute I am currently in Aswan - so 'droppping in' may be a touch difficult. Good Luck

Elfcall


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: IanC
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 07:07 AM

Good chance I'll be able to make it when I finish commuting to Lytham In March 2010!!!

Keep it going till then.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 05:23 AM

Whoah! Sal the Gal, too? It's gonna be awesome. Linda, Matt, Peter, Chris, Kelly, Terry, me... and we've still just over a week to go and all these various posters to go up and draw in even more participants and admirers. But it sounds like we've got a pretty strong core.

...my next project is to buy a gig bag so I can bring the "house" guitar without damaging myself.

~8^)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: GUEST,SallyM - at work
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 04:58 AM

- I might just be able to make it as well Hamish on my daily walk back up to Euston.

Sal the Gal


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 04:40 AM

Sod this Im trying to get used to drinking vodka again hic.
I have Pm ed email address to you Hamish


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 04:37 AM


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 04:37 AM


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 22 Nov 09 - 05:15 PM

Chris the Boat is going to try to make it too.


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 21 Nov 09 - 02:09 PM

Hey, Linda: that'd be just brilliant! See you there! ~8^)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 21 Nov 09 - 11:53 AM

Sod this!, I'm trying to get used to my son's laptop!I'll try to make it as I work in Charing X Road. Excellent.


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 21 Nov 09 - 11:51 AM


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 21 Nov 09 - 11:50 AM


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
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Date: 21 Nov 09 - 11:49 AM


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 02:57 PM

Yeah, but Kitty (and I guess the clue is in your MudCat name), that's the point. You could pop in for an hour and still make it to Pinner for 8 o'clock...

~8^)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 01:14 PM

Monday not a good night for those of us who have a local club to go to in the suburbs...


Kitty


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 01:12 PM

I can be there any time Hamish ! The delights of NO Day Job ! I'll see you ther early , and wont stay late as I'll be on Pubic Transport


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Banjiman
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 11:52 AM

Great idea Hamish, shame I have escaped the Southeast for more northerly climes.

Wendy has a few gigs down south and in the smoke next year, I'm sure she'll pop in if she's able.

Paul


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 11:47 AM

That sounds great - I should be in London sometime in January, I'll drop in.


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 11:43 AM

Pierre:

I've opted to go for a "start singing" time of 6.15: although I'll probably get there more like 6. I expect people will drift in (and out) pretty constantly throughout the following couple of hours (or more!). And that's fine. We won't be chastising late arrivals or early leavers. In a way, that's the whole point of it: to be "commuter friendly". Plus, being free to get in, there's no need to "get your money's worth".

Here's the text of the poster:

Acoustic/singers' open night

Monday 30th November, from 6.15pm

Commuter-friendly early evening session

All styles of unplugged music welcome – folk, singer/songwriter etc.

Come and join in: bring your voices, instruments and/or ears

...but please show consideration during performances

Free entry: just buy yourself some drinks!

At The Savoy Tup, 2 Strand Street, The Strand WC2R 0BA

Excellent, friendly pub with great beers and dedicated upstairs music room.


I'm getting a very good feeling about this... ~8^)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: matt milton
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 09:56 AM

It's not just booked, it's Facebooked:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175583819435&ref=mf


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: breezy
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 08:29 AM

So, Hamish have you got your skates on?

Good luck, obviously thinking outside the box.


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 01:37 AM

Good man, Pierre: I'll put a poster together and e-mail it to you if you pm me an e-mail address.

~8^)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: GUEST,Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 10:03 PM

I work at a Museum locally and this sounds good I will put a notice up regarding the event in the Museums mess room has we have a host of folk talent that work at the museum.
Also its only round the corner for us. Before I put up notice which will be my next shift(I do night security 3 on 4 off could you please confirm the times for the event. I hope this gets off the ground I am looking forward to it
kindest regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 07:28 PM

Gee, I wish I could join you. It almost makes working for a living worthwhile. If this singaround gets established, some day I will join you.
-Joe, retired in California-


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 03:15 PM

I'm up the road in Euston, but regretably, I don't work on Mondays (hey, I'm a Civil Servant, I barely work any days!) but will bear it in mind for future reference.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 02:45 PM

Oh what a wonderful idea. Sadly not for me these days as I now live on the Yorks/Notts borders. I worked for many years in and around Temple area and this would have been fantastic.

Ah well ...

Blessings
Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 02:06 PM

I might even pop in myself ! Free Travel in and out of London IS useful .


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 01:58 PM

Yes - it's The Savoy Tup and it's now booked for Monday 30th November - let's do it!!


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 08:52 AM

Definitely. I work in Shellmex House, 80 Strand. Is that the Savoy Tup you're thinking of? I've often thought of going in there and asking about putting on acoustic gigs... I even have a travel guitar under my desk, which can be whipped out at a moment's notice for lunchtime practice in the basement. Send me a PM - keep us posted!


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Mr Red
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 06:48 AM

and a pint of Chemi-Kazi for the first person to sing "on the Pains of Portaloo".


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 05:24 AM

What a great idea. Makes me glad I don't live in London though!! :-)


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Subject: RE: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Gervase
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 04:14 AM

What a great idea. Makes me wish I still lived in London, Hamish.
A virtual pint to the first person who does "The Trains of Waterloo"!


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Subject: Central London commuters' singaround?
From: Hamish
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 04:08 AM

Just taking a straw poll...

...anybody fancy an early evening singaround in Central London?

I'm thinking that by starting at 7pm (or earlier? 6.30? 6.15?) we commuters could have a couple of hours and still be home at not-too-late-o'clock. Your input gratefully received but here's my initial thoughts:

I've identified a perfect venue: quiet upstairs bar, not too big, not too small. It's at the north end of Waterloo Bridge so ideal for those commuting into Waterloo and Charing Cross. Handy for tube lines to everywhere else. End of The Strand adjacent to Covent Garden/Aldwych.

We can have it for free on quiet nights (i.e. probably Mondays unless a paying customer wants to pay real money for it)

Bombardier and London Pride on tap. The Pride is excellent.

I could perhaps bring a "house" guitar.

I'm working in Somerset House for a few months, so it'd be - for me, at any rate - an occasional and probably short-term commitment. But I'd be more than happy to set up a trial one-off and take it from there.

Realistically, we might be looking at the new year, but I'm sort of hoping we could squeeze in Monday 30th November if there's enough interest.

Your constructive thoughts more than welcome. But, more than that, your strong commitment to support it would be excellent!

Either post to this thread or pm me.

Let's do it!


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