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GUEST,Mike Ireland 01 May 01 - 02:39 PM
Wullie 01 May 01 - 03:32 PM
Tattie Bogle 01 May 01 - 08:02 PM
Scabby Douglas 02 May 01 - 04:26 AM
Scabby Douglas 02 May 01 - 08:14 AM
Scabby Douglas 03 May 01 - 07:01 AM
wysiwyg 04 May 01 - 02:21 AM
GUEST,Scabby Doug At work (PC ate the cookie) 08 May 01 - 07:01 AM
GUEST,Dita (at work) 08 May 01 - 08:45 AM
GUEST,Dita (at work) 08 May 01 - 08:52 AM
GUEST,SCabby Doug 08 May 01 - 11:56 AM
GUEST,John M 08 May 01 - 02:31 PM
GUEST,Mike Ireland 08 May 01 - 05:03 PM
GUEST,Dita (at work) 09 May 01 - 06:49 AM
GUEST,howya 09 May 01 - 07:25 AM
GUEST,Dita (at work) 09 May 01 - 08:39 AM
Scabby Douglas 09 May 01 - 11:19 AM
GUEST,Dita (at work) 09 May 01 - 11:44 AM
GUEST,Mike Ireland 10 May 01 - 06:16 PM
Maryrrf 10 May 01 - 10:06 PM
GUEST,Mike Ireland 11 May 01 - 08:57 AM
Maryrrf 11 May 01 - 09:31 AM
GUEST,Scabby Doug - (effin cookieless again) 11 May 01 - 10:32 AM
GUEST,Scabby Doug 11 May 01 - 10:37 AM
Maryrrf 11 May 01 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,Mike Ireland 11 May 01 - 05:31 PM
Maryrrf 12 May 01 - 05:10 PM
GUEST,Mike 13 May 01 - 03:36 PM
Maryrrf 13 May 01 - 09:32 PM
GUEST,Mike ireland 17 May 01 - 03:37 PM
Maryrrf 17 May 01 - 08:25 PM
GUEST,Mike Ireland 18 May 01 - 07:19 AM
GUEST,angie (scots exile in devon) 18 May 01 - 08:39 AM
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Subject: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Mike Ireland
Date: 01 May 01 - 02:39 PM

Hi All, Any Mudcatters going to the Girvan Folk Festival this May Day weekend? A few friends and I are going for the first time, I was wondering what to expect.

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Wullie
Date: 01 May 01 - 03:32 PM

Hi Mike, my good friend Tom Macdonald will be there, we're both exile Scots living in Yorkshire. He will be in either the Westcliffe which is more or less the headquarters, or the Ailsa Craig where they play a fair bit of Irish music or the Southfield Hotel mostly unacompanied, I know you will enjoy it have a word with Tom he's a great singer but don't tell him I said so. Wullie


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 01 May 01 - 08:02 PM

Might also go for the first time too. More details on their own website.


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 02 May 01 - 04:26 AM

I'm going to head down on Saturday with the family, I 'spect..

I'll post again once I have found out a bit more..

SD


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 02 May 01 - 08:14 AM

Yeah, looks good - probably hit 1 or 2 of the sessions on Saturday...

Might EVEN go in for the songwriting competish on Saturday morning if I can get them organised early enuff... "them" being the sproglets..

SD


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 03 May 01 - 07:01 AM

I'll be at Girvan on Saturday.

If I get there early enough, I'll make a complete fool of myself in the Songwriting competition..

Who else is going?

Scabby D


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 May 01 - 02:21 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Scabby Doug At work (PC ate the cookie)
Date: 08 May 01 - 07:01 AM

Tom MacDonald WON the trad singing comp. (Well Done, Tom) and(from a limited field of entrants) I won the songwriting...

Great weather, nice people...

Cheers..


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)
Date: 08 May 01 - 08:45 AM

Scabby Doug, can you contact Dita with a PM, when you get your cookie back. I spent all day Sunday trying to get your details, so I could get your cup to you. I won it last year, and forgot to pack it, sorry,

Well done by the way.
love john


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)
Date: 08 May 01 - 08:52 AM

Wore my Mudcat T-shirt, all day Saturday, MC'd two concerts wearing it, but no one spotted it and said hello.
The red headed American from a previous post was asking for me according to the organisers, but sadly we never met, Ah well, mabye some other time. (Just had the thought that the other 'catters did see me........)
love, a worried john.


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,SCabby Doug
Date: 08 May 01 - 11:56 AM

Hey - nice to (almost) meet you...

The red-headed American sang (I think) in the trad singing comp, too....

Anyway I'll get my cookie back and get the details to you...

Sorry I missed you.

I spent Saturday afternoon outside the Westcliffe... great crowed apart from the wee arse in the kilt....

SD


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,John M
Date: 08 May 01 - 02:31 PM

How were the open stage performers this year Mr McCreadie?

Jm


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Mike Ireland
Date: 08 May 01 - 05:03 PM

Got back to Belfast on Monday teatime after a fantastic weekend of sun,music and song at the Girvan folk festival. Spent three great days and nights playing music with the Girvan Folk club in Girvans answer to Faulty Towers the Queen's Hotel. The folk club made us very welcome and we (Alan, Bud, Martin and myself) would just like to say thanks for the hospitality and craic. Hopefully see you in October for your next Folk festival weekend.

We will be back next year.

XO to all

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)
Date: 09 May 01 - 06:49 AM

Hi, John M, the Open Stage was nearly up to the same high standard you set last year, Gillie Hewitt, George Dunn, Taggert & Wright, and some guy in a Mudcat T-shirt, (he didn't do any Ron Hynes stuff this year though). (BTW, have not forgot about the Archie stuff, will PM you when it's in the post, so much to do, play, write, listen to, so little time).
Scabby Doug, I was MCing inside the Westcliff while you were sitting outside. Got your PM and will be in touch to get your cup to you.
Why not post your winning song here, or on a new thread.
Mike Ireland, never got to the Queens, this year, see you next year.
love, john.


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,howya
Date: 09 May 01 - 07:25 AM

Anyone see a band called Fon a bhord at Girvan this year? Were they any good. I'm thinking of booking them for a ceilí but haven't heard them myself??


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)
Date: 09 May 01 - 08:39 AM

Had the pleasure of doing two concerts with Fon a bhord (Under the table)on Saturday. Great band, Mike Ward (ex Tannahill Weavers, Alba), Fiddle, Helen (Ex Blae na Gael)whistle, Pasty,(?Glenfiddoch fiddle champion) + vocalist, guitarist & piper, and they also added a clarsach player to the lne up, whom they met on Saturday morning. By Saturday night they were introducing him as a new band member, so they may be a seven peice by now.
Good blend of song and tunes, both sensitive and driving, nice way with the crowd, no airs and graces about them, and were great to work with. I can't recommend them highly enough. I've no personal axe to grind, know Mike and Helen to say hello to, from being on the same bill with them in the past.
My advice, GUEST, howya, is to book them while you can still afford them, they could easily go on to be headliners at Celtic Conections or any other festival in a year or so.
love, john.


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 09 May 01 - 11:19 AM

John, this is the song I sang at the comp.

I am a bit hesitant about creating a new thread just to blow my own bugle.

If I ever get the hang of abc'ing it, I'll post that as well... SD

At the crossroads

In the city of life are many busy streets,
But there's a crossroads where everybody meets
Whether you walk, or whether you run,
We'll gather at the crosroads at the setting of the sun.


CHORUS
At the crossroads, At the crossroads,
Where every path must end,
At the crossroads, At the crossroads,
I'll see you there, my friend.

You can lie in your teeth, steal the shirts from our backs,
And pile your money to the sky in empty shining stacks,
You'll have to throw it all away, leave your toys behind
When your footsteps lead you to the place where all the roads combine

If life were a thing that money could buy,
the poor could not live and the rich would never die
Count your friends around you and love that you have known
And on the road be comforted that you are not alone

So, we'll gather at the crossroads, the humble and the grand
We'll raise a glass in friendship and grasp a friendly hand
And shoulder up our burdens, lighter than before
For the crossroads is the place where every road begins once more


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)
Date: 09 May 01 - 11:44 AM

Reads great SD, look forward to hearing you sing it sometime
love, john.


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Subject: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Mike Ireland
Date: 10 May 01 - 06:16 PM

Hi ya GUEST,howya re Fon a bhord. They played with us in the Queens hotel after they had finished their sessions on both Sat and Sun nights(up to 3.00am). As GUEST,Dita said above book them quick. They had a fantastic sound, very tight. I couldn't say enough about their quality. .....hmmmm.... I wonder if they would travel over to Belfast????

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Maryrrf
Date: 10 May 01 - 10:06 PM

Hi, I'm the red headed American. I did ask around for you, Dita, but didn't know your last name and accosted several people asking if they were you who didn't know what Mudcat was and they got very confused. Congrats to you guys who won in trad singing and songwriting - loved the version of Wild Rover. I entered the traditional singing competition because when I came in the room at 11:00, when the competition was supposed to start they said they only had one applicant and needed more. Then lots of folks signed up and I was getting pretty nervous and wishing I hadn't picked a Scottish song to sing in front of a bunch of Scots. I was glad I did it, however, as it broke the ice and a lot of singers came up and talked with me afterward and some of them taught me songs. What a great festival! I came over with seven musicians from Northern Ireland and spent most of the time at informal sessions - that's why I didn't spot you, Dita, when you MC'd. Hope it won't be the last Girvan Festival I attend.


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Mike Ireland
Date: 11 May 01 - 08:57 AM

Hi Maryrrf, Where did you play over the weekend in Girvan, are you and your friends traditional players, where do you play here? Sorry for all the questions but its nice to make friends here in NI who are interested in travelling for music. What was the version of the Wild Rover? I missed the competition.

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Maryrrf
Date: 11 May 01 - 09:31 AM

Mike, I'm actually not from NI but live in Virginia. I met the musicians in Northern Ireland (all from County Antrim) in a Traditional Music Club over the internet. They very kindly invited me to accompany them to Girvan! All of them play traditional music and go to sessions regularly, but I couldn't tell you where exactly. We had two bodhran players, banjo, two fiddles, flute and mandolin. I do play a bit of guitar but not near enough to keep up with these guys. I had to confine myself to a bit of singing! We all stayed at the Westcliffe but played quite a lot at the Ailsa Craig and the Harbour Pub. As you can see I'm willing to travel quite a long way for good music and was not disappointed in Girvan!


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Scabby Doug - (effin cookieless again)
Date: 11 May 01 - 10:32 AM

I enjoyed your song Maryrrf, well done.

And the version of the Wild Rover that won the trad singing was the subdued one - I'm sure it's cropped up on a thread or two on Mudcat before. Same lyric (mostly) in the verses, but the chorus is different.

So - who's for Bute in July?

Cheers

SD


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Scabby Doug
Date: 11 May 01 - 10:37 AM

Try this - never could do a blicky to save myself...

If this blicky works - which I doubt...

I think these are the words that Tom Macdonand sang


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Maryrrf
Date: 11 May 01 - 10:48 AM

Yes, it was certainly not the commonly heard "Wild Rover" that gets done to death by "Plastic Paddies". I wonder if the slower version is the original that got revved up for the pub audience? The whole tone and meaning of the song changes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Mike Ireland
Date: 11 May 01 - 05:31 PM

Hi Maryrrf again

Would you be able to pass on the details of the 'Traditional Music Club over the internet' as I'm from County Antrim and I would love to meet more players. Five of us went over to Girvan three guitars one flute/whistle and one bodhran. We would be 70% song the rest tunes. I had two friends staying in the Westcliffe Mervyn and Steve both fiddle players. I was also in the Westcliffe about twice a day. It was a good weekend.

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Maryrrf
Date: 12 May 01 - 05:10 PM

Mike, what a small world. Mervyn and Steve were in the same group I was with. The club I belong to on Yahoo is called - imaginatively enough - Traditional Irish Music Club. Just get on Yahoo and click on clubs - you'll find it. It was actually through someone I met in that club that I ended up going to Girvan with the group. If you hung around Steve and Mervyn you must have seen me - the red headed American woman! I think we actually spent more time at Ailsa Craig and Harbour Pub than we did at the Westcliffe, although we were staying there. Our group was mainly instrumental but every now and then there was a song. What instrument do you play?


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 13 May 01 - 03:36 PM

Hi Maryrrf

We visited the Westcliffe on Sat morning (about 11am) Steve, Mervyn and a crowd (couple of bodhran players, couple of flutes, banjo etc) had a session going in the top end of the back room of the bar behind the pillars. We sat down at the toilets end of the room had a cup of coffe and listened for a while. It was a good tight session. We left and later called into the side bar of the Ailsa Craig for our tea, guess what Steve and Mervyn had another session going. We sat the other side of the snooker/pool table and had our tea. Steven and Mervyn left the session and went for a chip. A few young woman joined the session one had a backpack on another carrying what looked like a flute case. Would you have been one of these girls? We finsihed tea and when back to our hotel (the Queens - just over the road from the Ailsa Craig to start our evening session. We do play traditional music but are more into traditional folk/folk singing. Mervyn is actually playing with us later this month.

I sing, play bodhran, tin whistle and for the past year I've been learning/fighting with traditional flute. My jigs and reels are played at half the speed Steve plays them. The young flute player in his crowd is a fantastic player.

Thanks for the info on the yahoo clubs I'll visit them later. My lift has just arrived to take me to the Sunday night session in the Londenderry Arms Hotel up in Carnlough.

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Maryrrf
Date: 13 May 01 - 09:32 PM

Mike, Saturday morning I was at the traditional singing competition although I did sit in at a session at the Ailsa Craig for a while in the afternoon. I would have been carrying a guitar. (I kind of get my days mixed up as to where I was!!!) I didn't make it over to the Queen. If you see Mervyn please give him my regards!


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Mike ireland
Date: 17 May 01 - 03:37 PM

Hi Maryrrf re your message

'The club I belong to on Yahoo is called - imaginatively enough - Traditional Irish Music Club. Just get on Yahoo and click on clubs - you'll find it'.

The Problem is I can't find it in the clubs sections. Can I have some more info please.

ta

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: Maryrrf
Date: 17 May 01 - 08:25 PM

Hmm - I don't know how to make it into a link. Get on Yahoo which is www.yahoo.com (I don't know if it has to be Yahoo USA but I doubt it.) Click on Clubs. There is an area where you can search for club topics. Type in Traditional Irish Music. It should be the first club that comes up. When you pull it up you will see an Irish flag as the logo (that's the logo at present, anyway). Maybe you will liven that club up a little bit because it's been very boring lately!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,Mike Ireland
Date: 18 May 01 - 07:19 AM

Hi Maryrrf

Found it - now to go and investigate.

Where in the USA are you? My Family flew out on Monday to Miami to DisneyWorld for three weeks, I have a phobia about flying so I didn't go. I'll miss the pleasure of the holiday but have the pain of paying for it. Still it leaves me two weeks and six days to play music and one day to clean up... I have family in New York and Phillidelphia.

I'll post my email on the Yahoo site if you want it.

Thanks again

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone for Girvan this weekend
From: GUEST,angie (scots exile in devon)
Date: 18 May 01 - 08:39 AM

was at girvan ..had a great time as usual. spent a lot of time in the royal with my dad and twin sister just singing and soaking up the general vibe (and general alchohol) mabey see you all at rothesay in july???? take care xxxxxxxx angie


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