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Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?

Fibula Mattock 29 Nov 02 - 11:21 AM
Fibula Mattock 29 Nov 02 - 11:23 AM
Mr Happy 29 Nov 02 - 11:23 AM
sian, west wales 29 Nov 02 - 11:27 AM
Noreen 29 Nov 02 - 11:28 AM
Fibula Mattock 29 Nov 02 - 11:31 AM
Declan 29 Nov 02 - 11:32 AM
Noreen 29 Nov 02 - 11:32 AM
Fibula Mattock 29 Nov 02 - 11:32 AM
Declan 29 Nov 02 - 11:35 AM
Declan 29 Nov 02 - 11:40 AM
Fibula Mattock 29 Nov 02 - 11:42 AM
MudGuard 29 Nov 02 - 11:57 AM
Noreen 29 Nov 02 - 12:01 PM
Fibula Mattock 29 Nov 02 - 12:02 PM
Noreen 29 Nov 02 - 12:05 PM
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Fibula Mattock 29 Nov 02 - 12:10 PM
MudGuard 29 Nov 02 - 12:17 PM
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sian, west wales 29 Nov 02 - 03:00 PM
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Big Tim 29 Nov 02 - 03:44 PM
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Llanfair 29 Nov 02 - 04:29 PM
GUEST,Claymore 29 Nov 02 - 04:48 PM
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GUEST,Ard Mhacha 30 Nov 02 - 05:18 AM
GUEST,forty two 30 Nov 02 - 07:10 AM
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Subject: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:21 AM

Me an' some reprobates in the chat room were just wondering about a Mudcat Meet in Ireland, mainly because they want an all-night session on a ferry.



Anyway, we raised the possibility of a Mudcat Gathering in my fair home spot of Portaferry, Co. Down. (That's about 30 miles south of Belfast and on the end of the pointy-out Ards Peninsula - bclicky.)


It's a very scenic, nice wee spot. It has a lovely tourist hostel, a small caravan park, potentially the use of a garden for tents, 11 or so pubs (2 of which are especially great for sessions), pontoons for boats for anyone brave enough to sail into Strangford Lough, and there's all manner of music and festivals that have happened there, so there'll be no startling the locals!


Only drawback is ye have to get there. But it'd be nice to meet up with the Irish catters. Oh, and I'd get to visit my family at the same time.


Any interest?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:23 AM

Oh, and the proposed timing was February 2003. Someone mentioned that Stoney Stratford might not be happening, y'see. But I'll happily got to Stoney Stratford instead!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:23 AM

moi!

cheers fib- keep us posted


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:27 AM

Geez, that was quick! I only mentioned it in jest but ... I'd sure be in on it, work permitting!

sian


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Noreen
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:28 AM

Moi aussi...
great idea, Fib, thanks.
Better warn the parents? :0)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:31 AM

Ach Noreen - my parents are way ahead of me when it comes to the sessions and parties - I learnt all I know from their example!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Declan
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:32 AM

Interested in principle, but February wouldn't be a runner for me. Anyway if I wanted an all night session on a ferry (and I'm not sure I'd want to repeat some previous experiences of that type) I'd have to go from Dublin to Portaferry via the "Mainland" (sorry wrong thread!).


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Noreen
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:32 AM

And you're applying for funding, right, Sian? :0)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:32 AM

...March? (With no N. Ireland pun intended!)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Declan
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:35 AM

Maybe towards the end. Anyone know what date Easter is next year ?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Declan
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:40 AM

Just checked Easter isn't until mid April. Don't change your proposed date on my account, because I mightn't be able to make it in any event. I'll keep an eye on this thread and if something is organised I'll see if I can manage to get along.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:42 AM

Oh, it's definitely at the "preliminary investigation prior to potential planning" stage!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: MudGuard
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 11:57 AM

Might be interested (I remember Portaferry being a nice spot!)
How is public transport from Belfast Airport to Portaferry? Is there a bus line?
Alternatively, from Dublin?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Noreen
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 12:01 PM

:0)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 12:02 PM

There's a good bus service from Belfast International to Belfast itself.
Belfast City airport is only 10 minutes from the city centre. The bus service to Portaferry is less good. Much less good. But there are buses, and that's the main thing. It takes about an hour or more to go the 30 miles from Belfast by the direact route. The indirect route (serves the other side of the peninsula) takes a good bit longer.



From Dublin, it's probably easier to get to Belfast first, and then go to Portaferry, although it's theoretically possible to go Dublin --> Newry --> Newcastle (where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea) --> Downpatrick --> Strangford --> ferry boat (takes 10 mins) to Portaferry. The hardest part there is probably the very poor Downpatrick to Strangford bus service.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Noreen
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 12:05 PM

What about a Mudcat festival


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: MudGuard
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 12:09 PM

Noreen, what happened to the nose of your smiley?

Fibula, thanks for the fast answer!

I know about the ferry, I used it already (1999).
While waiting for it, I parked my bicycle with its red panniers next to one of these red post office columns - and some passer-by asked me whether I worked for the Royal Mail ;-)

1 hour is not too bad for going from Belfast to Portaferry by bus...


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 12:10 PM

1 hour...minimum!!
I think it's probably 1hr15 mins, and more than likely 1hr45mins given the state of the roads once past Kircubbin (local village where tarmac seems to stop).


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: MudGuard
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 12:17 PM

More important than the time it takes is that it is possible to reach Portaferry on public transport... ;-)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 12:22 PM

The tourist hostel I mentioned: Barholm. It's nice. Or at least, it was when I worked there about 7 years ago...


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 03:00 PM

Just realized - February wouldn't work for me either. Folk music conference on the 8th, and my works conference on the 21st/22nd. And ... camping in February?

Funding? Yeh, if we had more time, and if we left from a Welsh port, there might be some Interreg money. Bet between the 2 of us, Patrish and I could write an almost credible application! Think it takes a few months though... (and I have an 'orrible feeling that we'd be found out!)

sian


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: diesel
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 03:07 PM

If it's going ahead - you musicians will need an audience - and a drinking one at that ...Put me on the mailing list ! Date flexible !

Diesel


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: alanww
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 03:28 PM

Count me in as a probable, FM!
Sounds like there should be some interest. Have you got a specific date in mind yet? Personally, I couldn't make 21 to 23 Feb (or 21 to 23 March for that matter) but obviously everyone will have some other commitments which would take precidence.
Its usually possible to hire a whole youth hostel cheaply if there are enough takers. But I guess that that would be quite a financial risk and anyway maybe it would be too late to do it for this winter season.
The key thing is getting a good base, as there were for Llanfair and Stony Stratford. Good luck with your "preliminary investigation prior to potential planning". Let us know if we can help in any way.

"She'll be wearing pink pygamas ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Big Tim
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 03:44 PM

Fib: I'd suggest that since you're the "host", you fix a date that suits you, as no date will suit everybody.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: mooman
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 03:59 PM

I'd certainly be interested....count me in as a possible!

moo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: songs2play
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:14 PM

Kool idea Fibbie.
snogs


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Llanfair
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:29 PM

Count me in.
Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:48 PM

I'm truely interested, but I will have to check with the Sceptre Tour folks for cheap dates and car rentals. As you know, I'll need one of those famous disposable cars that they rent in Ireland. But I would love to see you and Ms. Moore again.

Final question, do you know if they plan to hold the Fleadh in the North this year? I've heard Newry, but nothing is confirmed. Any information would be appreciated. (Did you get a chance to see the Fleadh brochure this year, and did you notice that inside the front cover; they had a picture of me and the Shepherdstown folks playing to a crowd on the church steps in Listowel). What a hoot!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:53 PM

Claymore! I think you're banned from every car rental place in Ireland, North and South! Haven't heard anything about the fleadh, although every year they say they'll think of the north, but it's never there...
Glad there's a positive response so far. I'm flexible with dates, so most weekends in Feb/March are good for me. I'll give my folks a call over the weekend and see what they think of the whole idea.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Snuffy
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 08:55 PM

Great idea, Fib. March would be better for me, cos Feb has Shellbacks gathering Jan 30-Feb 1 and Sidmouth Middle Bar reunion Feb 21-23.

WassaiL! V

PS Do kazoos have a similar reproductive capacity to bodhrans? Is there a wild population in Ireland, or are they a controlled species? Will mine be impounded at Larne/Aldergrove?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: mg
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 10:33 PM

it sounds great. If I had the money and could get off work I would jet on over. mg


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Den
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 12:36 AM

I'll be over there next year right enough... but Portaferry fuck off Fibbs your puttin' us on.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST,Ard Mhacha
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 05:18 AM

A great wee spot is Portaferry, but in February, Fib have you insurance out on the guests?. It would bloody freeze you in this haven of delight right up to June, as I say a lovely senic wee spot but bring your blankets. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST,forty two
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 07:10 AM


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST,forty two
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 07:14 AM

OOPS sorry second time lucky

Portaferry anytime has got to be good. Count me in. Can I suggest maybe a meeting point in the John Hewitt in Belfast so that those who have flown or boated in might get a lift down with some of us locals.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST,Ard Mhacha
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 07:14 AM

Even scenic Portaferry, too many bears. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 08:00 AM

Them bears9'll get ye every time Ard Mhacha!

Aye Den, Portaferry right 'nuff. Sure we could do a wee run to Ballymartin for you as well!

Snuffy - to my knowledge I have one of the few kazoos in Portaferry. All this can change though!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock on another computer
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 08:05 AM

Guest above was me, sorry! I'm abusing my friend's computer today.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Sibelius
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 08:15 AM

Please can I come?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: MudGuard
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 08:25 AM

forty two, sounds like a good idea - but what is John Hewitt? A Pub? And almost as important: where?
I'd be interested in transport, as I fly in - if I come...?

I've been to Belfast, but I can't remember very much, certainly not a John Hewitt...
The only "Hewitt" I could locate on my Belfast street map is "Hewitt Parade" (between Strandtown, Bloomfield and Ballyhackamore)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 06:00 PM

Mudguard - the John Hewitt is a pub on Donegall St. in Belfast (round and about the "Cathedral Quarter" area in the city centre - the oldest part of Belfast). It only opened a couple of years ago, in fact, I don't think it was open all that long before I left Belfast, because I worked not far from there. It has good sessions apparently!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 05:03 PM

I can vouch for the John Hewitt! Sang there this year at the "Lagan Fleadh". Nice pub, nice space to sing in.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: chordstrangler
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 07:54 PM

I'll certainly come if you finalise a date!   I will even sing.>>>>>M


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 07:59 PM

And to you US folkies, I think (I may be wrong here) that the $99.00 each way flights are still available on Aer Lingus. If you book now,you can fly each way for that price. They have flights out of Chicago, New York, and Boston.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: momnopp
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 10:12 PM

Well, I was planning to treat myself to a trip to Ireland to celebrate my 40th birthday in July 2003 -- any chance of doing it that time of year either instead or again? :-) I haven't really figured out how I would structure my trip, but it MUST include lots of music and good company...

I've never been to Ireland or anywhere in the UK, so I'm open to suggestion.

Peace,

JudyO


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: alison
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 12:51 AM

tents in February!!!!!!........ I hope you have lots of thermal undies!!!......

wish I could be there but there ain't no way I'm leaving 40C in Oz... for -2 in Portaferry!!!....... hahaha

mind you the thought of being able to pop over to the "Lobster Pot" for some scampi is very appealing


slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Morticia
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 04:21 AM

You can count me in, Fibs and I'm happy to drive over if people need a lift.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 05:05 AM

Hallo Claymore!

Well, the fleadh this year is in Clonmel - not the north (No surprises there then!) Twould be nice to meet up in Portaferry - and I've a few friends over there I'd persuade to come along.

Going to have to have a look a my leave, work - and other things before I can consider it properly though....

And Claymore - me thinks you may be better buying an old banger rather than a brand spanking new rental.... ps everyone - Claymore should have a five mile restriction zone - infact, we'd better synchronise watches to make sure we're not around - witness - anywhere near Claymore, sheep, or walls when he's out and about...

Sounds good!

E


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 05:53 AM

*puts both hands in the air waving madly at Morticia*!!!!

We will both have a lift if you are offering!!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Gathering, N. Ireland, 2003?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 06:01 PM

Mick, the agency I usually book through, Sceptre Tours, (secptreireland.com) is offering $198 round-trip out of NY on Aer Lingus, for three periods, Nov 15-Dec 17, Dec 27-Dec 9, and Mar 23-Mar 29. the period Dec 18-Dec 23 is $509. and the period covering St. Paddy's, Mar 10-Mar-22 is $318. Incidently, the $198 fares also cover Chi Town and Bean Town.

So Fib, since it's the day you leave that sets the fare, for the US crowd, please keep the above dates in mind. And don't mind the comments about the cold, I bet Mick and I would spend the day in a sport shirt and vest. As my Dad used to say, "We Moores have the body shape that won Northern Europe".

(And Ella, that comment only applies to the Newtonards-to-Nova Scotia-to-Boston, branch of the Moores...)

Finally, yes, two of the three accidents I had were in the North, but in the first case, the gal with the baby carriage stepped out just as I hit the top of the hill and she should have heard my motor, and in the second, that damn sheep didn't move at all. You know, every evasive action skill an American develops in the course of forty years of driving (18 in police pursuits) goes out the window when you start the action from the wrong side of the road to begin with...


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