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GUEST 25 Jun 14 - 08:28 AM
Jack Campin 25 Jun 14 - 10:16 AM
GUEST 25 Jun 14 - 01:55 PM
GUEST,trews 26 Jun 14 - 06:06 AM
Jack Campin 26 Jun 14 - 07:26 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 26 Jun 14 - 07:49 AM
GUEST,trews 26 Jun 14 - 11:30 AM
GUEST 27 Jun 14 - 12:31 PM
GUEST 28 Jun 14 - 05:02 AM
GUEST,trews 28 Jun 14 - 07:43 AM
Joe Nicholson 28 Jun 14 - 10:04 AM
GUEST,Richie 28 Jun 14 - 12:27 PM
Willa 28 Jun 14 - 01:28 PM
GUEST,trews 28 Jun 14 - 07:08 PM
Jack Campin 28 Jun 14 - 07:25 PM
Mo the caller 29 Jun 14 - 04:41 AM
Murpholly 29 Jun 14 - 06:36 AM
selby 29 Jun 14 - 07:38 AM
GUEST 29 Jun 14 - 08:03 AM
Jack Campin 29 Jun 14 - 08:18 AM
GUEST,Guest 29 Jun 14 - 11:49 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 19 Jul 14 - 07:41 PM
Jack Campin 19 Jul 14 - 08:13 PM
GUEST,Guest 20 Jul 14 - 07:12 AM
Jack Campin 20 Jul 14 - 08:24 AM
selby 20 Jul 14 - 09:51 AM
Mo the caller 20 Jul 14 - 11:45 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 20 Jul 14 - 02:58 PM
r.padgett 20 Jul 14 - 04:00 PM
GUEST,Raggytash 20 Jul 14 - 04:49 PM
Mo the caller 20 Jul 14 - 05:08 PM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 20 Jul 14 - 08:05 PM
GUEST,Raggytash 21 Jul 14 - 05:46 AM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 21 Jul 14 - 08:45 AM
r.padgett 21 Jul 14 - 10:54 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 21 Jul 14 - 12:23 PM
Raggytash 21 Jul 14 - 04:26 PM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 21 Jul 14 - 08:53 PM
Raggytash 22 Jul 14 - 02:44 AM
Mo the caller 22 Jul 14 - 05:33 AM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 22 Jul 14 - 06:39 AM
GUEST,trews 23 Jul 14 - 06:11 AM
GUEST 03 Aug 14 - 05:04 AM
GUEST,Linda Kelly 03 Aug 14 - 01:23 PM
GUEST,trews 03 Aug 14 - 01:42 PM
GUEST,Peter 03 Aug 14 - 02:06 PM
r.padgett 03 Aug 14 - 02:36 PM
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Subject: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,trews
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 08:10 AM

we are going for the first time for years - where's the best places for instrument sessions?


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 08:28 AM

There are a variety of organised sessions which you will find in the festival programme.

For informal sessions perhaps you should give us a hint of the style that you like to play.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 10:16 AM

It's also worth looking in the Whitby Wailer (at least for the first couple of days, it stops being much use after that). If you can find one - usually it's only available in the sports centre where the stalls are. A Twhitby Twhitter would do the same job better.

I could be at any of the not-just-Irish or not-just-singing sessions. There should be a Eurosession (mainly French) at the Yacht Club in the afternoons which won't be in the programme and might not be mentioned in the Wailer.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 01:55 PM

The Board Inn tends to lean toward old time american music with a bit of Irish.The Ship was traditionally a great pub for Irish sessions but for some reason last year it was out of favour, its hoped that the sessions will take off again this year. The Fishermans Rowing Club last year was busy with musicians most evening after 7.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,trews
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 06:06 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 07:26 AM

Whitby is a pretty small place. The only session you wouldn't find by simply walking round the harbour area is the First In Last Out (mixed singing and instrumental) - search on this site for info about that.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 07:49 AM

Hi Trews,

The sessions in Whitby are many and varied. For instance last year there were workshops (normally mid morning) on Whistle, Melodian, Concertina, Fiddle and Ukelele. Past years have seen other instruments, Guitar, banjo, Bodhran etc etc.

Last year the organised music sessions (as opposed to the fringe) where held in the Middle Earth, Fisherman's Rowing Club, Dolphin, and Conservative Club.

In addition to the festival "proper" there is a huge fringe element at Whitby which can normally only be found by wandering round and listening out for the music.

You're sure to find something that ticks the box during the week. Good Luck!


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,trews
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 11:30 AM

Thanks everyone!


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 12:31 PM


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 05:02 AM

avoid like the plague the closed Irish sessions run by the Leeds crowd


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,trews
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 07:43 AM

"avoid like the plague the closed Irish sessions run by the Leeds crowd"
duly noted!
where's that?


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Joe Nicholson
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 10:04 AM

I do not know if there is an Irish session run by a Leeds crowd at Whitby but if I wanted to go to it then I would. The whole point about going to Whitby is that there is so much going on that if you make the effort, use your ears your eyes your voice but most of all your feet then you will find what you are looking for.

Joe Nicholson


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 12:27 PM

Trews ignore the guest above, I've been going to the Irish sesions in Whitby for the best part of 15 years and there are NO "closed sessions" run by any particular group of people. The music at these sessions is of a high standard and everyone is made welcome.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Willa
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 01:28 PM

Well said Joe! looking forward to hearing you and Mo again at your singarounds.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,trews
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 07:08 PM

really helpful advice here - thanks a lot :)


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 07:25 PM

It would be nice to know what instrument and genre "trews" plays. Warning: sessions are usually too crowded for a steam calliope to be safe and there isn't usually room for an alphorn.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Mo the caller
Date: 29 Jun 14 - 04:41 AM

You could squeeze in a lot more musicians if they didn't need elbow room, and somewhere to put the instrument cases.

Jack, there is already a Whitby FW twitter and Facebook page, session organisers could use that if they wanted others to join them.

I love Whitby, highlight of the folk year. So many helpful people sharing expertise at so many levels. Where else would you arrive early for a session and find a bagpipe tucked under your arm?

The season tickets are excellent value if you want to go to concerts and dances and sample lots. Or you can find a lot of events in pubs for the price of whatever you want to put in the collecting tin, and pay as you go for other events. Worth buying a programme anyway.
There are moderate speed sessions (look out for George Garside, he doesn't allow racing), normal sessions, May Cheadle runs an extra slow session in the Spa (useful for beginners and those trying a new instrument), and if there are 'closed Irish sessions' then it keeps those who want to play fast from getting bored and leaves more room in the other sessions. Enough pubs for us all - though running up and down the hills between them can be tiring.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Murpholly
Date: 29 Jun 14 - 06:36 AM

Have to tell the Whitby faithfulls that Nev. Nichols (spoon player and singer especially of mining songs) who for many years stewarded at Whitby camp grounds has lost his fight with cancer. He will be sorely missed by local clubs and at many festivals. Wonder what the spoons and harps sounds like but I am sure Nev is letting fling up there.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: selby
Date: 29 Jun 14 - 07:38 AM

Whilst what Mo tells you is very true, the reverse is true, you do come across some self centered arrogant people. Remember they are in the minority not the majority.
Keith


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jun 14 - 08:03 AM

Nev was a great guy with his spoons.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Jack Campin
Date: 29 Jun 14 - 08:18 AM

George Garside can't make it this year. See melodeon.net for rather more than you might want to know about why.

Hope it goes well, George.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 29 Jun 14 - 11:49 AM

O, come on Jack.

Do tell!!


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 19 Jul 14 - 07:41 PM

Festival programmes should be in the local shops in the next day or two. I've already bought a copy for the distributor.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Jack Campin
Date: 19 Jul 14 - 08:13 PM

Same palaver to get a programme in advance as in previous years - you have to send a cheque and SAE to an address in Bradford, they can't process a card transaction or address an envelope.

I give up. I'll just buy one when I get there (instead of ordering two in advance).


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 07:12 AM

Take 2

Poor old Jack - it never works for you does it?

There are perfectly good reasons for asking people to apply by post for a programme in advance, not the least of which is the need for accuracy when dealing with large numbers of applications and the absorbitant cost of small card transactions.

I seem to remember that at one time you had to send your applications to Selby but that was before you became an expert on all things Whitby!


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 08:24 AM

I can't make any sense of that last sentence and I'm not sure I want to. Who, where or what is Selby?


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: selby
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 09:51 AM

Jack
Selby is a market town south of York.
Keith


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Mo the caller
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 11:45 AM

I would willingly pay estimated postage in advance with my season ticket. It annoys me every year.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 02:58 PM

There are just 5 people who arrange the vast majority of Whitby Folk Week, they do it (as far as I am aware) for free. They willingly give their time, trouble and expertise year after year. There are numerous other people, who again give their time for the benefit of the thousands of people who attend every year,(Stewards etc)they also should be given credit for the work they do. If the biggest of the gripes that you have is you have wait till you get to Whitby to buy a programme I'd say they were doing a bloody good job.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: r.padgett
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 04:00 PM

Selby at a guess would have been Malcolm Storey and Bradford Val Marsden maybe

Ray


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 04:49 PM

Trew

The music sessions in the programme are

Sat:
Con Club            1 - 3
Fishermans          1 - 3
Middle Earth       5 - 7
Dolphin             5 - 7
Fishermans          5 - 7


Sun:
Con Club            1 - 3
Fishermans          1 - 3
Middle Earth       5 - 7
Dolphin             5 - 7
Fishermans          5 - 7

That's it for now, I'll look at the rest of the week tomorrow!


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Mo the caller
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 05:08 PM

It's often useful to know who is leading the sessions as styles vary.
Some leaders go round the room, some ask for suggested names of tunes, with some it's a free-for-all. And the type of music that the leaders play themselves affects the type of participants that turn up. Though no-one will say that you can't play your favourite (or only) tune.

Raggy, who's leading the Saturday Sessions?


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 20 Jul 14 - 08:05 PM

The Padgett is of course correct.

I usually keep well clear of these pointless discussions but if anyone can tell me exactly how much postage is going to be next July, when you look at the complicated rigmarole the (ex) Royal Mail has imposed in recent years to boost profits for shareholders, then can I borrow your crystal ball please?


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 05:46 AM

Incorrect Malcolm, I don't think Ray does the music sessions

Sat Lunch 1-3

Con Club             - Dearman, Gammon, Harrison
Fishermans          - Chris Dyson & Friends

Sat Eve 5 - 7
Middle Earth         - Ken Watson
Dolphin             - Not Given
Fishermans          - Robin Garside


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 08:45 AM

No wonder I do not usually bother!

I am not wrong Raggybits - I was referring to Ray's latest post about festival addresses and not about sessions.

Would suggest for clarity that date and times be quoted in any response.

ie

Ray's 20 july 2014 4pm

Yours 21 july 2014 5.46am

I presume the times are USA EST

Trust this will not be misinterpreted.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: r.padgett
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 10:54 AM

Agreed Malcolm, often up in the middle of the night

Ray


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 12:23 PM

Apologies Malcolm, could I suggest I might have taken alcoholic liquid refreshment a stage too far!


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Raggytash
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 04:26 PM

A little thread drift:

The annual Whitby to Glaisdale Folk Express is on again this year, raising money for the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat. Please see the separate thread.

Cheers


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 21 Jul 14 - 08:53 PM

Thanks Raggybits

That's the first time someone has actually acknowledged that I could be right.

Good luck with the Glaisdale trip.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Raggytash
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 02:44 AM

Far from it Malcolm, without your hand at the tiller WFW would not be the power that it is, and I for one will always be grateful for the immense amount of work you must have put in over the years. Through Whitby I have made loads of mates from all over the country, heard some great singing and playing and generally had a load of fun for decades.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: Mo the caller
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 05:33 AM

I'll second that. Marvellous value for money too.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 22 Jul 14 - 06:39 AM

Please Raggybits - spare my blushes - methinks you go too far!

But thanks anyhow.

cheers


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,trews
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 06:11 AM

Thank you all for your contributions. Most helpful. See you all there.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 05:04 AM

Parking restructions in Whitby changed at Easter. Would anybody with local knowledge care to comment on the enforcement?

I did notice that pensioners passes do not get you a free trip on the Park and Ride bus which also gives a nice convenient daytime shuttle between the station and North Terrace (for Spa and Whalebones).


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Linda Kelly
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 01:23 PM

The Fleece pub has new management and the landlady is all ready to welcome folkies during folk week. I believe it fell out of favour with musicians over the last couple of years and she would like everyone to know all are welcome.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,trews
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 01:42 PM

I can't find good details of bus routes - we're going to stay on the outskirts on Larpool Lane and could do with a bus ride now and again. Anyone got local knowledge?


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 02:06 PM

Times for Arriva North East, not Arriva Yorkshire as you might think.

Most journeys are usually quicker on foot.

Last year there was a bus from the station to the Football club nicely timed to let you eat in town and then get to the evening session just after all the decent seats had been taken.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: r.padgett
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 02:36 PM

Is the Endeavour up and running again?

Ray


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Geoff the Duck
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 04:37 PM

In answer to an earlier guest, The Ship last year was under new management after the previous landlord, Matthew passed away. I believe it has now changed ownership and may be in favour again.

Just round the corner from the Star, along the back road past the Shell Shop, The Star is now owned by a folkie, who will be hosting some official and unofficial festival events. It may be worth checking out what happens.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: whitby FF 2014
From: GUEST,Commander Crabbe
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 07:34 PM

Hi everyone

Just to let you know that due to a widening difference in expectations on both sides we will not be running sessions in the First Inn Last Out during folk week this year. Nor is it intended to continue with the regular Tuesday or first Saturday of the month sessions.

In the interim we have agreed with the Fleece to run a session each Wednesday starting at 8:30 ish. We will also be found in there during folk week.

Chris


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