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Sidmouth now?

Ella who is Sooze 13 Aug 01 - 03:44 AM
GUEST,Callie 13 Aug 01 - 01:26 AM
McGrath of Harlow 12 Aug 01 - 06:08 PM
Callie 12 Aug 01 - 05:54 PM
Gervase 12 Aug 01 - 03:29 PM
McGrath of Harlow 12 Aug 01 - 01:48 PM
GUEST,RiS 12 Aug 01 - 12:31 PM
McGrath of Harlow 12 Aug 01 - 07:26 AM
The Shambles 12 Aug 01 - 07:06 AM
Roger in Sheffield 12 Aug 01 - 07:00 AM
McGrath of Harlow 11 Aug 01 - 04:14 PM
Roger in Sheffield 11 Aug 01 - 04:14 PM
Roger in Sheffield 11 Aug 01 - 02:26 PM
Roger in Sheffield 11 Aug 01 - 02:18 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 Aug 01 - 12:49 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 Aug 01 - 12:45 PM
GUEST,Challis 09 Aug 01 - 06:33 PM
The Shambles 09 Aug 01 - 02:31 PM
Trevor 09 Aug 01 - 04:15 AM
Trevor 06 Aug 01 - 05:06 AM
Hawker 05 Aug 01 - 08:20 PM
GUEST,Challis 05 Aug 01 - 06:41 PM
Richard Bridge 05 Aug 01 - 07:39 AM
GUEST,Challis 05 Aug 01 - 06:25 AM
Liz the Squeak 04 Aug 01 - 07:50 AM
GUEST,Challis 04 Aug 01 - 04:25 AM
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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 03:44 AM

I was in Sidmouth too... well only on the Thursday.

Did the set dancing workshop and went to the Irish tradition concert.

Got soaked through to the skin, and went to the Bedford for a music session.... hmmm!

And where on earth was the Volunteer pub... oh yeah and got the car wheel arch kicked in by some horrible unthinking caring YOB!

Concert was good though.

E


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: GUEST,Callie
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 01:26 AM

If the Sidmouth internet shop hadnīt charged five pounds for fifteen minutes, I might have!!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 06:08 PM

First rule of life, on anything from festivals to car repairs, check with the Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Callie
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 05:54 PM

Dang - I was there at Sidmouth but didnīt think to check Mudcat to see if any folk were there!! I caught the Middle Bar a few times (and my partner went into the sea with them!) but found it a bit noisy & smoky.

The festival itself was absolutely brilliant. I was in 2 Australian groups who performed and we seem to have gone down really well, which is very encouraging!

I caught Tom Robinson in concert and thought he was inspiring. My other favourite gig was any where Heather Heywood performed. I hadnīt heard her before, and was able to catch her a few times in the week.

Iīm in Barcelona for 3 weeks, recovering (some have it tough!), and then itīs back to Australia for me.

Cheers Callie


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Gervase
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 03:29 PM

Amen to all of the above - bloody brilliant Sidders (and no, it's not a tan, it's rust).
I managed not to spend virtually the whole week in the Anchor, and got to see some superb stuff. As for 'Catters - I met a couple, but CRS and a new quart tankad wrought havoc with the grey matter, so other than Kevin I can't for the life of me remember who.
Off to France now, but I'll doubtless add more when I get some sleep and sober up on my return.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 01:48 PM

Sounds like me, R of S. Weskit, guitar, and I went on a diet earlier this year.

No tankard on the belt though - mind, the old buggers who do that, and get laughed at for it, had their own back on the day when the bar in the Ham ran out of glasses, and they were the only ones who were able to get a drink.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: GUEST,RiS
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 12:31 PM

If you are now thinner than your photo, were wearing some kind of waistcoat, brought in a guitar case and left it at the side of the marquee - then it could have been you McGrath - or someone else !!

Is it a custom that folkies shall have their own tankard and have it proudly displayed clipped on their belt? I just lined up several wobbly plastic glasses of beer under my seat to help me combat the heat of the radio 2 tent


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 07:26 AM

was it that I always saw wearing a Mudcat T-shirt, saw him at the Tony Rose benefit

That might have been me. Honest, I didn't wear it all week... (I've a picture in the Mudcat rogues gallery.)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: The Shambles
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 07:06 AM

Having performed in there (once). I can confirm all of the above.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 07:00 AM

I was surprised to see that some of the audience seats in the Bedford are around the corner from the stage with a good view of the rest of the audience and the windows !


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Aug 01 - 04:14 PM

I found a huge Tick climbing up my arm

It really is remarkable how close the resemblance sometimes is between Sidmouth and the Mudcat...

The Bedford Dining Room is a dreadful venue. Hot, a badly shaped room for the audience, and a sense that we aren't really too welcome there anyway.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 11 Aug 01 - 04:14 PM

.....so who was it that I always saw wearing a Mudcat T-shirt, saw him at the Tony Rose benefit I am sure and several other places, long after I had stopped wearing mine


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 11 Aug 01 - 02:26 PM

Oh but I didn't like the Bombards (I think thats what they are called) that were played during one performance at the Bedford - very loud in such a small room
And one day we walked from seaton to lyme regis along the coast path and I found a huge Tick climbing up my arm - Aaaaarrrrgggghhhhh.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 11 Aug 01 - 02:18 PM

I just got back too
The Tony Rose benefit was a real tear jerker at the end - nice to see Eliza Carthy too - shame so many people gave it a miss. Who were the rapper act they were fantastic

I have to agree with Challis that Ouse Washes Molly Dancers were fantastic, specially when they were playing outside the council offices and got moved on (we were paying a parking fine at the time)
I really liked the Shropshire Bedlams too, maybe because they had a habit of running across the road in front of traffic during a performance, or was it the Tuba that made the music stand out
The Johnson girls followed by Norma Waterson/Martin Carthy, was a wonderful night
Danu were spectacular, with Dan Milner/Bob Conroy/Johnson Girls kicking the night off
Now I am looking through the program to see who I have missed.....
Bill Jones and 422 were both superb (did we ever hear the broken plate? - or is it a comedy routine they pull every time)

There were lots of great pipe players doing their stuff in different groups and loads of talents youngsters everywhere

Once it was hard to concentrate on the music while Dave Swarbrick was looking so ill in a very very hot marquee

Fantastic Week, very tiring, think I need a holiday


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Aug 01 - 12:49 PM

Just arrived home and reporting in.

Had a great time. Ran into a couple of Madcats wearing the regulation Mudcat T-Shirt. I missed out on the Middle Bar of the Anchor because I like to breathe when I'm singing and drinking. So I tended to use the Theatre Bar instead for singing, when I wasn't charging around trying to see performers.

Mudcatters Sam Pirt and Ralph Jordan were both well in evidence on stage, in various guises, and doing good stuff. It occurred to me, looking at Ralph up there with the Fraser Sisters on Friday night, that he'd make a great Puddlegum, if they ever want to do an authentically musical version of The Silver Chair by CS Lewis.

I gather from people who saw The Incredible String Band that sadly they demonstrated the truth of the old proverb "here are no birds in last years' nests". Which doesn't mean that people can't keep on performing, which would be crazy to say in the context of folk music, but that you can't just recycle your greatest hits.

But I can't say for sure, since I missed them, and I went instead to the Cosmotheka Productions presentation of The Bakelite Boys' Pop Goes the Century, which was brilliant.

But one of the highlights was Shirley Collins re-emerging to give three brilliant talks in the Arts Centre about folk music, illustrated with tapes - in the course of which she sang once more - the ballad of Dives and Lazarus.

And then a few minutes later her eyes lit up and she charged over the window and threw her arms round this skinny guy leaning in - and it was Nic Jones, first time in Sidmouth for 20 years or so, and looking pretty good.

And later on at the end of the concert to raise funds for Tony Rose, at the end on came Tony and Nic together, along with all the people who had performed, and they joined everyone in singing The Summer Time is Coming. Magic.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Aug 01 - 12:45 PM

Just arrived home and reporting in.

Haad a great time. Ran into a couple of Madcats wearing the regulation Mudcat T-Shirt. I missed out on the Middle Bar of the Anchor because I like to breathe when I'm singing and drinking. So I tended to use the Theatre Bar instead for singing, when I wasn't charging around trying to see performers.

Mudcatters Sam Pirt and Ralph Jordan were both well in evidence on stage, in various guises, and doing good stuff. It occurred to me, looking at Ralph up there with the Fraser Sisters on Friday night, that he'd make a great Puddlegumif they ever want to do an authentically musical version of The Silver Chair by CS Lewis.

I gather from people who saw The Incredible String Band that sadly they demonstrated the truth of the old proverb "here are no birds in last years' nests". Which doesn't mean thta people can't keep on performing, whgichg woudl be crazy to say in the context of folk music, but that you can't just recucle your gretest hits.

But I can't say for sure, since I missed them, and I went instead to the Cosmotheka Productions presentation of The Bakelite Boys' Pop Goes the Century, which was brilliant.

But one of the highlights was Shirley Collins re-emerging to give three brilliant talks in the Arts Centre about folk music, illustrated with tapes - in the course of which she sang once more - the ballad of Dives and Lazarus.

And then a few minutes later her eyes lit up and she charged over the window and threw her arms round this skinny guy leaning in - and it was Nic Jones, first time in Sidmouth for 20 years or so, and looking pretty good.

And later on at the end of the concert to raise funds for Tony Rose, at the end on came Tony and Nic together, along with all the people who had performed, and they joined everyone in singing The Summer Time is Coming. Magic.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: GUEST,Challis
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 06:33 PM

Just back!! First time and it was great - absolutely loved it!

Best bits? Monday night half the evening in the Middle Bar and "LADIES" night!! (that deserves a thread all by itself!!) Other half in the Swan - great session - nearly everyone from Sussex! - (How come nights in Sussex aren't this much fun? Altho' managed to palm off most of the newsletters from our new club here in Worthing - So, that's why I had so many left last week - every one was in Sidmouth!!)

Chris Smither - Arena venue - new to me and BRILLIANT!

It was just a revalation walking around the town and hearing so much going on!

Ouse Molly were fabulous last night - ditto Punjabi dancers..

Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tho' after dear little child in camper van on next pitch was frantically looking for her harmonica for a workshop session at unearthly hour ...slam...slide....slam...scrape...slam....slide..scrape.."Muuuuuuuummmmm!!" .. slide...scrape ..

Ah! the joys of camping!

What was your best bit?

Cheers, Hille xx


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: The Shambles
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 02:31 PM

"a comment which suggested that the Incredible String Band gig was less than perfect".

Well I never saw one that was but that was never the point.........


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Trevor
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 04:15 AM

Back in work now after my first visit to Sidmouth. What a brilliant atmosphere! I just loved the singarounds in The Anchor (even though I committed the cardinal sin of passing the twig the wrong way after my song) and the Theatre Bar, and I got to hear Gervaise sing. Blue Murder were great - how do their voices stand it night after night? Does anybody know what happened on Monday night - somebody on stage in The Arena yesterday afternoon made a comment which suggested that the Incredible String Band gig was less than perfect.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Trevor
Date: 06 Aug 01 - 05:06 AM

Well, I can't resist any longer. I've got the sickie arranged for tomorrow and Wednesday and, being a first-timer as well, am looking forward to taking your advice. (Although I have booked for the Blue Murder gig).


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Hawker
Date: 05 Aug 01 - 08:20 PM

Just come back from a VERY enjoyable Sunday night sing in the Anchor Middle Bar. For those of you who were there, I was the one who sang Union Miners! So now you know who I am, next time, make yourself known to me!
May try to make it on Thursday Lunch time for silly song session and singing in the sea! If not I'll be at Dartmoor, you can usually racognise me by the presence of 2 little girls of 10 & 6 and a beardy husband with a VERY loud voice!
Cheers!
Lucy


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: GUEST,Challis
Date: 05 Aug 01 - 06:41 PM

'ere - mentioning Hazlitt isn't likely to bring on some kind of spasm or anything, is it? :) I'd hate to ruin someone else's Sidmouth for them! :)

Cheers, Hille xx

PS - I think one of you Maids wanted me to let them know how our new club here in Worthing was getting on - a charabanc outing was mentioned? Let me know if that means any thing to you...


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Aug 01 - 07:39 AM

Bedford Hotel.

Make Don Thompson's day. He's the bloke of about 60 who sings funny songs and plays a quite rare (but not sort of collectable like Martins or Gibsons) Framus of about 40 years ago.

Ask him about Hazlitt FOlk (our club in Maidstone Kent)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: GUEST,Challis
Date: 05 Aug 01 - 06:25 AM

Dear LTS,

Many thanks for that!!

Off now - just so long as I can find the tent :)?

Hille


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 04 Aug 01 - 07:50 AM

Middle Bar, Anchor Pub, just off the market square, down by the side of (I think) the York Hotel. Look for bright yellow Tshirts with anchors on them in red, and follow them. You may end up in the wrong toilet, but you will eventually get to the Anchor Bar.

Don't sing the Wild Rover in any form as there is a Ģ5.00 fine - although I believe the tune is acceptable if the words are different...... but that may just be wishful thinking as I wrote a song to the Wild Rover tune, but have never dared sing it there. It's about toilet paper so if anyone does sing it there, remember it was me that wrote it and I charge a pint of beer for its performance in a public place.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth now?
From: GUEST,Challis
Date: 04 Aug 01 - 04:25 AM

Ignore this! It's just popped up on the threads below....unless anyone who hasn't replied to that, hasn't gone yet can up date?

Cheers,

See some of you there, hopefully?

xx


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Subject: Sidmouth now?
From: GUEST,Challis
Date: 04 Aug 01 - 04:03 AM

I know it's already started (so, you're probably all there?) but I'm going to Sidmouth early MOnday morning - never been before

Any advice on sessions, etc?? Where do Mudcatters go? (I unsuccessfully tried looking through the forum search)

Thank you for help

xx


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