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Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008

13 Jul 08 - 06:37 AM (#2387683)
Subject: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

It's getting close to that time of year again - The first week in August

Lotsa Catters are regulars at Sidders so who's going this year - apart from me?

Dave


13 Jul 08 - 07:23 AM (#2387698)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

Me


13 Jul 08 - 09:04 AM (#2387735)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dick The Box

And me.

I'm playing for Great Western and will also be behind the bar in the Blackmore Marquee. Save a lemon or two for me Mrs Lemon....


13 Jul 08 - 09:08 AM (#2387736)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Bonecruncher

See you there, Dave.
Colyn.


13 Jul 08 - 09:12 AM (#2387738)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Cats

Jon is there all week and I'll be down for a part of it.


13 Jul 08 - 09:27 AM (#2387742)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

Yes Sally's Lemonade is a must.

Ya gonna keep the Catters list Sal?

Dave


13 Jul 08 - 09:32 AM (#2387744)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Leadfingers

I will be in to Sal for a lemonade sometime as well as being in The Newt a lot !!


13 Jul 08 - 09:59 AM (#2387750)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bfdk

I'll be there, looking forward to the Anchor Garden ceilidhs and dancing with Herbaceous Borders again!

Bente


13 Jul 08 - 10:09 AM (#2387755)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

Can't get there this year, I'm afraid, but Clive Lever will be there.

Don T.


13 Jul 08 - 10:42 AM (#2387767)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

I will be there (can't wait !), as will Wild Flying Dove----we shall be staying on the Salcombe Regis campsite with the caravan,as I am getting too old for all the noise on the Festival campsite ! Obviously , we hope to see Leadfingers and others during the week (especially Sue the Borderer and numerous other Herbaceous Borderers !), and will most certainly be in The Bedford and the York & Faulkner as much as possible, although we are treating it as our "Summer Holiday" this year, and may well have a day or two off just to visit Beer, or Exmouth, or wherever !!


13 Jul 08 - 11:50 AM (#2387793)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

See you there.


13 Jul 08 - 12:55 PM (#2387829)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Folkiedave

I'm playing for Great Western and will also be behind the bar in the Blackmore Marquee. Save a lemon or two for me Mrs Lemon....

Great Western Morris man behind the bar and drinking lemonade? Not the Great Western Morris I knew!!

Nearest they ever came to a bar was in front and the nearest to a lemon was when it was cut up and placed on top of gin and tonic......

Dave from Sheffield City Morris (who in fairness have also slowed down a little).


13 Jul 08 - 01:12 PM (#2387838)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

Ruth Archer !

I've seen the Working Prog.

You'm doing some MC work are you not?

Dave


13 Jul 08 - 01:14 PM (#2387839)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

I am, you know. And very excited about it, too!


13 Jul 08 - 01:16 PM (#2387842)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: John J

We'll be mostly in the Anchor, hopefully from Thursday onwards.

What's all this about a pub crawl on the Thursday Dave? You KNOW I don't drink....much.

John & Wendy


13 Jul 08 - 01:17 PM (#2387845)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Folkiedave


13 Jul 08 - 01:18 PM (#2387846)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

So far I have three birthdays to celebrate at Sidmouth this year. It could be even more debauched than usual...


13 Jul 08 - 01:27 PM (#2387852)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

I should clarify that the birthdays are not my own - they belong to other people. :)


13 Jul 08 - 02:34 PM (#2387895)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Herga Kitty

I'll be there from Thursday 31- JohnJ, the pub crawl is traditionally on Wednesday before the festival starts.

Kitty


13 Jul 08 - 04:05 PM (#2387938)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Folkiedave

It could be even more debauched than usual...

Sorry Ruth I read that as "I could be more debauched than usual".

Then there's the gin and tonic party. I shall unfortunately be strutting my stuff in Canada and miss all this including the sight of Ruth compering.

See here.


13 Jul 08 - 04:27 PM (#2387950)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: JHW

Hoping I might decide I can afford it (rarely good at the decisions)


13 Jul 08 - 06:00 PM (#2387985)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: the lemonade lady

I shall be there, as I've said in about three threads referring to the festival this year! Can someone space some time to link them all together?

Ok I'll keep a welcome in my trailer in the Blackmore Gardens for 'Cats who would like to come for a lemonade and sign in.

Lemonade has gone up this year, i'm really sorry to say. I've decided that if you can prove you are a mudcat member, and tell me your mudcat name along with "i claim my mudcat lemonade" you can have a reduction. To you it will be 1. I'm also selling it in bottles at 1.50 with a refill of just 1.

I'm really looking forward to the fest, as usual, even tho the pitch fee has gone up, yet again! Not fair really cos so has the price of lemons and the cost of fuel.

I'll get a sheet printed out.

just home from the Tewkesbury Battle. Pics in here in 'pics' strangely enough!

Sal


13 Jul 08 - 07:08 PM (#2388040)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

Like wot Kitty said the pub crawl starts on the Wednesday in "Build Up" week.

It starts at the Balfour and finishes in The Anchor -sober or not :-)


Dave


13 Jul 08 - 07:13 PM (#2388044)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

Yo Sally

Sorry about the prices but that's the way it's going innit?

See ya there:)


Dave


13 Jul 08 - 07:13 PM (#2388046)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

Uncle Dave, the G&T party is at Towersey...do keep up.


13 Jul 08 - 07:15 PM (#2388049)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

Well Roof I'll be at Towersey too But you'm chatting to t'other Dave aint'cha

Dave


13 Jul 08 - 07:26 PM (#2388056)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Folkiedave

She was Dave.

I am getting too old to keep up. Sorry.


13 Jul 08 - 07:27 PM (#2388057)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

Bless...


14 Jul 08 - 04:08 AM (#2388229)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GRex

I'll be there at most of the sing-arounds.

            GRex


14 Jul 08 - 04:15 AM (#2388235)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST

Looking forward to it

No idea what I am going to see yet though

I like the surprise


14 Jul 08 - 07:56 AM (#2388298)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST

mattkeen here
above guest and this one (!) is me


14 Jul 08 - 08:13 AM (#2388313)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: John J

Thanks for the pub crawl info both Kitty & Dave. I'm not sure if I can get there on the Wednesday but I'll see what can be done.

Cheers,

John


14 Jul 08 - 08:23 AM (#2388323)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,JemmaGurney

I'm going to be there - with ceilidh band Trinculo, and looking forward to it. :)


can anyone remember what time the lunchtime anchor ceilidhs finish? Our melodeon player has been asked to play for some jigs in the jig comp, which starts at two on the sunday...

Jems


14 Jul 08 - 08:29 AM (#2388329)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

lunchtime ceilidh is 12:00 to 14:30

BTW working prog downloadable from
Sidmouth Folk Week


14 Jul 08 - 08:33 AM (#2388331)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bfdk

2.30 according to the program, Jemma. Will see you on the Sunday there :-)

Your link's broken, here's a working one: Trinculo.

Bente


14 Jul 08 - 08:52 AM (#2388347)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Phil B

Hope this is the right place. The program has wrongly listed my guitar workshops on Monday and Tuesday as 'Masterclasses'. Very flattering but completely misleading! I will be doing my 'General Guitar Workshop' which is for EVERYONE regardless of ability. The same format as was when I used to do it four or five years back. Please don't be put off. Its fun, honest!


14 Jul 08 - 08:56 AM (#2388352)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,JemmaGurney

Ahh, well I guess he'll just have to run there when we finish! good job he's a relatively fit young man (comes from all that dancing with those mad hammersmith morris men:)


14 Jul 08 - 09:06 AM (#2388359)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Essex Girl

I'll be there from the Friday - really looking forward to it!!


14 Jul 08 - 11:16 AM (#2388475)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Folkiedave

he's a relatively fit young man

No wonder he is in demand then.............


14 Jul 08 - 11:21 AM (#2388481)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

But it's him that needs to be fit NOT his relatives.

Where did I put my coat?

Dave


14 Jul 08 - 11:25 AM (#2388486)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

Hi Phil,

My boyfriend helps to put together the festival newsletter, so I'll make sure he knows, and the correction can go into the newsletter at the beginning of the week.

And I'm MCing your concert on Friday night - see you there! Wheeeee!


14 Jul 08 - 11:28 AM (#2388493)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: The Barden of England

I'll be there from Friday, so no pub crawl for me, but I'll mae up for it during the week.
John Barden


14 Jul 08 - 11:30 AM (#2388500)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: mattkeen

I've just realised that I can now say with almost some justification that it is only a fortnight away!!


Great


14 Jul 08 - 12:13 PM (#2388564)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Phil B

Hi Ruth
Thankyou. I think the powers that be already know but if it can be changed that would be great. Looking forward to it.


14 Jul 08 - 01:49 PM (#2388705)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Phot

As much as we would love to be there, I don't think its going to happen this year...........Bum!

But hope to see loads of you at The Wareham Wail!

Wassail!! Chris and Fiona


14 Jul 08 - 02:45 PM (#2388768)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Kev The Clogs

The Bard - you're up for a pub crawl anytime!! (Hope you got back form Ely ok. Thanks for the port!).

Can't wait for Sidders to start - less than a month and counting!!!!

I'll be there from the Friday, along with Dilligaf. We are both working in The Manor Pavillion (come and say hello). Also, I'll be drumming for Herbaceous Border and Dilligaf will be dancing with them.

Looking forward to some serious sessions.

Miss Lemon - I will certainly be claiming my Mudcat Lemonade discount as I now have my new Mudcat badges (thanks Tig).

Safe journey there ladies and gents - see you during the week!!!

Kev :-)


14 Jul 08 - 06:40 PM (#2389078)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: vectis

See you all there probably wiv Liz


15 Jul 08 - 04:18 AM (#2389360)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: trayton

Starting to get twitchy at work, I can almost feel the bar of the Volunteer under my right elbow already.


15 Jul 08 - 05:41 AM (#2389406)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

I got a strange sense of deja vu there ... just 364 days ago you said almost exactly the same thing !!!


15 Jul 08 - 06:22 AM (#2389428)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

Hey I lost my Mudcat badge at Cheltenham Festival. Can anyone get me another and bring it to Sidmouth. I'll be there from Sunday onwards. Or Broadstairs. Be there from the Monday. There's a beer in it for someone.

Chas


15 Jul 08 - 06:49 AM (#2389441)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: trayton

Surreysinger,
I am indeed a creature of habit.


15 Jul 08 - 08:53 AM (#2389518)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Rumncoke

The DH decided that we would downsize the car to save money - money that I will be blowing on the hire of a van to get all my stuff to Sidmouth.

I will bring my drum to beat for Herbaceous border, my guitar, maybe a few other instruments, all the things which used to fit into the large car we had.

Just at the moment I am looking after a young Swift which I am really hoping will have fledged by the end of the month - I really don't want to be feeding insects 7 times a day instead of singing and playing.


15 Jul 08 - 11:42 AM (#2389679)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

"Just at the moment I am looking after a young Swift"

bring it along. Sidmouth loves young Swifts - especially the ones that morris dance and play the fiddle. :)


15 Jul 08 - 12:50 PM (#2389759)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

And I'll bet the morris dancing one doesn't eat insects 7 times a day !!

Trayton - yes, indeed you are a creature of habit, and I have photos several years running to prove it!! I on the other hand may possibly break several years' habit and end up in the Radway instead of the Volunteer one lunchtime ...it's been suggested to me that I should "out" myself with a concertina... I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not [grins]


15 Jul 08 - 04:06 PM (#2390032)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Schantieman

I'll be at Dartmouth all the week, but will try and get over to the Anchor one night. Hope it goes well.

Steve


16 Jul 08 - 03:42 AM (#2390382)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: trayton

Surreysinger,
I have the same problem with the Radway and my melodeon but I have always thought that the last thing the Radway needs is a bad melodeon player where as I think GF at the Volunteer deserves the odd bad singer (or should that be the bad odd singer in my case)


16 Jul 08 - 06:46 AM (#2390450)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

Hey Malcolm - what you saying about my concertina playing... is that fighting talk?? I'm not really going to abscond for more than one day or possibly two, as my heart belongs to the Volly (spent nearly two thirds of the week in there morning and night last year)... and I do have good reason to be outed... I need the practice in public before a gig later in the year. Never fear ... nobody will have to suffer me playing on my own as yet .. the world is relatively safe.

In the meantime, yes I agree GF needs the support of the odd bad singer - if you qualify, so do I !!! See you in there...


16 Jul 08 - 06:48 AM (#2390453)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

Ah no ... you said "bad melodeon player" ... I don't play one of those .... phew!!!


16 Jul 08 - 07:01 AM (#2390460)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bfdk

So, Chas, will the auld legs be up to some ceilidh dancing? I'll recognize you even without the badge ;-)

You missed a splendiferous festival at Skagen, btw!

Bente


16 Jul 08 - 08:24 AM (#2390503)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fee Lock

Snippety snip from Breton Cap:

>Ruth Archer !
>
>I've seen the Working Prog.
>You'm doing some MC work are you not?
>
>Dave

(altogether now:)
"Oooh, noo, Dayveed!"

Apologies.

Jems, get Chris & Tracey to schedule Nick for later in the competition and he could rush off after, ignoring the adulating fans screaming for more ...

Fee x


16 Jul 08 - 08:31 AM (#2390513)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

Keith Rusby does some excellent Archers commentary whilst MCing at Towersey...his Jack Wooley impression is priceless!


16 Jul 08 - 11:13 AM (#2390620)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

Yes Bente. The legs are raring to get going.

Chas


16 Jul 08 - 03:36 PM (#2390868)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Herga Kitty

I've just heard from Tim Edwards that the working programme says we're starting the Faulkner bar singarounds on Sunday morning, but we are in fact planning to start on Saturday!

Kitty


16 Jul 08 - 04:01 PM (#2390892)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

another one for the newsletter, perhaps...


17 Jul 08 - 02:50 AM (#2391150)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Herga Kitty

Ruth - is the info I've already provided sufficient for a newsletter correction about the singarounds? If not, can you please PM me.

Kitty


17 Jul 08 - 02:57 AM (#2391156)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

I've sent the info to Derek - I'll ask him if he needs anything else, Kitty.


18 Jul 08 - 05:25 AM (#2391899)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

Freshen up


18 Jul 08 - 07:35 AM (#2391971)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Cats

Schantieman, Tuesday would be a good night to get to the Anchor as that's when they usually do the Lifeboat evening with lots of shanties and songs about the sea and people can dress up as Pirates and drink grog, me harties!


18 Jul 08 - 09:38 AM (#2392050)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Dazbo at work

Internet ate my post:-(

No Late Night Extra on Sunday due to health and safety (grrrrrr!!!)


18 Jul 08 - 03:34 PM (#2392383)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Herga Kitty

It now turns out that the Faulkner bar is being used for a function on Saturday morning, so the singarounds will start on Sunday aftr all, as per the working programme... thanks to Ruth for liaising with t'Committee (aka Derek).

Kitty


18 Jul 08 - 07:32 PM (#2392578)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

:)


19 Jul 08 - 12:43 PM (#2392934)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

Right then. so that's

The Newt
The Bedford
The York
The Fulkner
The Balfour
The Anchor
Marine Bar
The Volunteer
The Radway

Any more worth a visit ?

Chas


19 Jul 08 - 01:50 PM (#2392973)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Tattie Bogle

The Swan of course, tho' did seem last year that all the smokers went off there as they couldn't smoke indoors in the other pubs, and managed to get away with it under the back yard canopy!
(I thought the law said you could only smoke in an area that's open on 3 sides? or maybe that's just in my homeland of Scotland?)So much for fresh air!


19 Jul 08 - 02:15 PM (#2392986)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,smith

Its good to hear from you Theresa.Give my love to Sidmouth and your in- laws.I see you may be a driver on Thursday you have come up in the world.



Smith


19 Jul 08 - 03:47 PM (#2393044)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Sue the Borderer

Chas, there's also the Esplanade outside the Royal York and Faulkner where you (and anyone else) can dance or play with Herbaceous Border - evenings 6.00-700pm starting Sunday and mornings 11.00am-noon starting Monday.

This year the morning sessions are for everyone (including people who've never danced before) but the evening sessions will be geared to people with dancing experience (either with morris or ceilidh dancing)

Sue


20 Jul 08 - 04:59 AM (#2393325)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

Thanks Sue.
Let the sticks fly then. See you there.
Bring me "Tattie Jackie".

Chas


20 Jul 08 - 05:15 AM (#2393330)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bfdk

Chas, dear, it's only one week - repeat: ONE week. Maybe you should leave out a couple of the bars? It's better for you by far to come dancing, anyway ;o))

Bente


20 Jul 08 - 07:04 AM (#2393359)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Saro

I've mentioned this elsewhere on Mudcat, but I hope lots of singers are going to turn up for "The Way Through the Woods" which will be a series of workshops (mainly learning some excellent songs in harmony) leading to a show on the final day. Manor Pavilion is the place to go, time 11.30 am (Sun to Friday). We need your voices!!
Saro


20 Jul 08 - 08:36 AM (#2393384)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Surreysinger - cookieless, it's good for the

Not again ... lost me cookie... that last was me.


20 Jul 08 - 07:34 PM (#2393724)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Steve in Sidmouth

From: GUEST,Dazbo at work - PM
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 09:38 AM

No Late Night Extra on Sunday due to health and safety (grrrrrr!!!)


This appears to be Environmental Health but I can't find a specific ruling on Sundays and stopping at midnight. Has any other festival been affected or is Sidmouth the only one that used to go on to the early hours? some links here:

alterations to dance programme


21 Jul 08 - 08:11 AM (#2394052)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: nickp

Guess I'll be in the old time session in the right hand room of the Bedford - at least for some of it. Nick


21 Jul 08 - 09:33 AM (#2394118)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Sid Muff

RE Fidjit's post of 19.7.To make sure nowhere is left out,in case there are some first time visitors,and to acknowledge the indulgence of the landlords:
The Swan,The Ship and the Lifeboat Club usually have sessions all the time.
The Black Swan,The Balfour,the bar in the High St by the bakers whose name I don't know have all had impromtu sessions.
Dukes run a brilliant open stage right on the sea-front for those inclined to perform as well as sponsoring acts in the evening.
Cheers Sid


21 Jul 08 - 10:48 AM (#2394186)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

Brown's Bar, off Fore Street, you mean ?? And don't forget the Black Horse, also in Fore Street !! And the Sailing Club ( where you can get a shower ), and by the Balfour did you mean Bedford ?? And then there's The Anchor, of course !!


23 Jul 08 - 12:05 PM (#2396042)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,MartinHughes

Also Sidmouth Sailing Club 8pm onwards running Friday 1st to Thursday 7th (Friday 8th you're on your own!). Mostly English but French and American also played. We welcome Radway Refugees/Bedford Bailouts/Regulars/Visitors and those who just want a change, as the musical mix is increasing all the time.


23 Jul 08 - 12:48 PM (#2396072)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Rumncoke

My little adopted swift chick is plumping up and exercising its wings - a whole 35 gms heavy now, it was just 27 gm when found.

They need to be in the 40s to migrate to Africa, but there is time yet - and I am feeding wax moth larvae - the insectivorous bird eqivalent of cream cakes, I think.

I have booked the van, I'm finding the necessary items for cooking and sleeping, the weather is totally glorious - pack sun screen and insect repellant - July is always so busy.!!


23 Jul 08 - 02:38 PM (#2396155)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Leadfingers

Well I am looking forward to seeing a few performers at The Newt as poor old Gerry is definately NOT going to make it this year . Jon Heslop has threatened to look in at lunchtimes and Giok is threatening evenings , so I wont e entirely on my tod . Nice of Chas to put The Newt top of his list !!!


23 Jul 08 - 03:08 PM (#2396182)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bfdk

Rightly, it should be 'A's for the Anchor'... ;o))


23 Jul 08 - 09:10 PM (#2396446)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Bonecruncher

Just a reminder that I will be running my Osteopathic Clinic on the Camp Site, as usual.
Free treatment for Stewards and Performers for injuries occurring during the week.
Season Ticket holders to pay a small fee.
Colyn.


24 Jul 08 - 11:20 AM (#2396803)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

We look forward to seeing you again ,Colyn ( but not for treatment, hopefully !)
                Roger & Karen...


24 Jul 08 - 05:02 PM (#2397059)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

Top of the list.
Yes as in P****ed as a !

Chas


25 Jul 08 - 10:55 AM (#2397622)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Leadfingers

Chas - Have you got one of the " I Got Pissed at the Newt" T-Shirts ?


27 Jul 08 - 04:10 AM (#2398624)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

Haven't been there yet Terry

Chas


27 Jul 08 - 06:26 AM (#2398657)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Bob TB

Of course all Mudcatters are welcome at Doom, Gloom and Despondency at 4.30pm Thursday in the Faulkener Bar. (Must be one of the longest running fringe events by now, along with the MBS and the one that doesn't happen on Friday afternoon.)

Appropriately subdued dress and demeanour is required throughout this sombre occasion and you will be evicted for failing to comply. There is a TROPHY for the most depressing song.

However it has been getting a little too serious of late. Trying to make people laugh, especially the judges, is encouraged but please do it in a despondent manner! Ah, I remember when MBS Lynne's brother won with a rather sad song about traffic lights. Those were the days. One year the judges had to evict themselves for levity!

Bob (for an on behalf of Alan W)


27 Jul 08 - 11:10 AM (#2398744)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

That last post made me think (I do it now and again)

We have a list

The Newt
The Bedford
The York
The Fulkner*
The Balfour
The Anchor
Marine Bar
The Volunteer
The Radway
Sailing Club
Lifeboat Club

Now we know it's Doom and Gloom at the Faulkner * (Thursday afternoon)
What's the name of the game at the other places?
Which ones are just voices and which are instrumental?
Which are both?
Where can I bring my Swedish friends with their fiddles?

Chas


27 Jul 08 - 01:56 PM (#2398808)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Bob TB

Just remember that there is no singing or music in the Dove.


(And what about the Ship?)


27 Jul 08 - 02:34 PM (#2398831)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

there's great sessions in the Ship.


27 Jul 08 - 02:37 PM (#2398832)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Mrs_Annie

Also at the Swan.


27 Jul 08 - 03:46 PM (#2398892)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Cllr

or indeed anything at all as there is no dove

the dove is now truly a meta-pysical concept.

cllr


27 Jul 08 - 04:13 PM (#2398908)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: The Barden of England

The Bedford has :-

On the right on entering normally the Old Timey Session (I hope that's right)with mainly music but some voices, and on the left all day music, singing and anything else that may, or may not happen. At night it spreads throughout the entire place - but don't say I said that.
John Barden


27 Jul 08 - 05:20 PM (#2398946)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bfdk

Uhm.. 100. Terry, where are you??

See you at the Anchor garden ceilidhs :-)
B


27 Jul 08 - 06:24 PM (#2398976)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Leadfingers

The Newt is a totally mixed session - ALL sorts of song including Jazz and Blues and Music Hall with lots of tunes , and even dancing , if the York Steps people get wet !!


28 Jul 08 - 01:44 AM (#2399192)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Ralphie

Message to Fidgit.
Swedish fiddlers would be welcomed in the Radway anytime.
Would be nice to hear the real thing as opposed to the ersatz versions (sorry Rad people, and that includes me!) that usually happens.
Look forward to seeing you there at some point

Ralph


28 Jul 08 - 01:44 PM (#2399600)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: alanww

Ah! I've finally managed to get to the Mudcat and Sidmouth starting later this week - panic, panic!
Bad news! My camper has been off the road for over a month and at present its heart (ie engine) in bits on the floor of a van engine re-manufacturer!
Good news! The parts they have ordered should be delivered early tomorrow and its likely to be ready soon!
Bad news!   But it maybe not be ready until Friday (that is, if there are no major problems - that sound very threatening!) - and then I'd have to get it ready to come down to Sidmouth. Oh, b#gg#r!!
Good news! Thanks to Bob TB for posting the earlier note about the Doom, Gloom & Despondency Competition.
More good news! I've just found the DG&D records and have produced all the posters, fliers and admin forms etc.
Even more good news! Just to repeat: the competition starts at 4.30 SHARP on Thu 7 Aug in the Faulkner Lounge at the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel.
What we need now is up to 14 song entries fot the competition - tragic but funny too! I hope you are all composing a song as I write this!
Oh, yes, and we also need my camper to be ready by this Thu, if at all poss please!
"Come all ye bold heroes ..."
Alan


28 Jul 08 - 02:12 PM (#2399619)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

I have often played in the "Royal York and Faulkener", and ,as a venue, it is enough to make ANYONE depressed, without playing a note !!


28 Jul 08 - 07:48 PM (#2399918)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: vectis

What time and on what day is the celidh in the ford not happening. I didn't miss it last year due to broken ankle.


28 Jul 08 - 08:11 PM (#2399933)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Tattie Bogle

Hi Vectis, I don't know; I wasn't there,and I didn't have a broken ankle, either before or afterwards, but if you ask Dick S while you're down, he'll not tell you when it's not happening (did it ever?)
How about Breton Cap giving us the wurds for his demise of the Dove song too? Another place that won't be happening, malheureusement.
Only 36 hrs and I'll be on the road!!! (Leaving black-belt son in charge of hoose, burglars beware!)


28 Jul 08 - 08:14 PM (#2399935)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Leadfingers

I always thought the Cheildh in the ford didnt happen on Thursday ! But I am always in The Newt , so what would I know ?


29 Jul 08 - 02:52 AM (#2400083)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Bob TB

I thought the ceilidh didn't happen on Friday. But I'm always in the Dove... ah, might have to go this year.


29 Jul 08 - 11:07 AM (#2400339)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Tattie Bogle

Definitely not on the Thursday as that's Silly Songs, Sing into the Sea and Doom, Gloom and Despondency.
If I remember rightly, it doesn't happen in the non-existent ford, on the Friday - the ceilidh, I mean.


29 Jul 08 - 11:31 AM (#2400363)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Eye Lander

as far as I remember it's not on Friday afternoon, nor is it at 3pm

Jillie


29 Jul 08 - 01:17 PM (#2400462)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST

Thaat's what I seem to not remember from the same conversation on here that we didn't have last year!


29 Jul 08 - 02:21 PM (#2400509)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Andy Jackson

Oh yes you did!!


29 Jul 08 - 05:39 PM (#2400713)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

That guest was me ... and where did my cookie go, Iwant to know??
I would like to know if its an annual occurrence that we don't have this particular conversation about what's not happening on Friday ??


29 Jul 08 - 05:58 PM (#2400736)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

Quite right Surreysinger.

The ceilidh in the ford doesn't happen every year at the same time.

I shall be thinking about you all during the week. Finances prevented my attendance, but I'll be there next year.

Don T.


29 Jul 08 - 06:48 PM (#2400783)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Sue the Borderer

I think the Sunday Morning Procession is not happening either. Not at 10.30am anyway. And not starting from outside the Bedford.

Sue


29 Jul 08 - 07:43 PM (#2400819)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Tattie Bogle

All will not be revealed soon then - or not?
"And I'm only 24 hours from Sidmouth"! (or not)
TB


29 Jul 08 - 07:46 PM (#2400824)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

Two sleeps to go!


29 Jul 08 - 09:12 PM (#2400880)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Bryony

Hello everyone, if you're planning on coming to the final LNE with the Demon Barbers hosting the dance party, don't forget to bring your fancy dress.....Warriors & Wenches! Spread the word!

Just busy sortin out mi corset!

Bryony


30 Jul 08 - 08:39 AM (#2401152)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: John J

Won't be arriving until Friday now...I'll miss the pub crawl.

Soddit.

JJ


30 Jul 08 - 09:38 AM (#2401201)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

I must remember to forget to go and not take part in the Sunday Procession that doesn't start outside The Bedford then---how exciting !! Something else not to look forward to !


30 Jul 08 - 10:09 AM (#2401242)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

I wonder - is there something in the waters at Sidders that induces this state of euphoric forgetfulness - do the waters of Lethe run through the Sid?


30 Jul 08 - 10:31 AM (#2401264)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,MartinHughes

Message to Fidgit.
Your Swedish fiddlers would be also be welcomed in the Sailing Club, as would any visitor to the UK, and Terry, Bill and myself will ensure that they get a chance to be heard. Ralphie hit the spot when he said that it would be nice to hear the real thing (or, more accurately, the genuine article)!

Regards
Martin


30 Jul 08 - 11:08 AM (#2401306)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bfdk

Sue, I shall endeavour not to be there on the Sunday morning!
B


30 Jul 08 - 06:41 PM (#2401744)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Sue the Borderer

OK then. So even though there is not a procession, people do need to be in morris kit for it! Dancers need to collect a stick from me on Saturday, so they'll have something to clash when they are not taking part in a procession. (Or they can bring their own)

Sue - who will be leaving home Thursday morning.


31 Jul 08 - 05:31 PM (#2402600)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: vectis

Van packed and ready for the off, should be there by about 4am. I'm driving overnight to avoid the f*=%^$" Sussex south coast traffic on Friday.
See yoo alllll sooooonnnnn
Look out for the beer towels, they're coming with me again this year!
Mary


01 Aug 08 - 09:42 AM (#2403022)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: billybob

Please give my love to Terry in the Sailing Club and tell him Bill and I wish we could be there!
Have a wonderful week all.
Wendy


01 Aug 08 - 05:33 PM (#2403291)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Tradsinger

Just to let y'all know that I will be giving a talk at the Arts Centre at 4 pm on the Sunday. MCs welcome! I might also be doing some pipe and tabor at 1200 Tuesday on the Front.

If you are a Mudcatter, make yourself known to me, as I don't know what y'all look like!

Tradsinger


09 Aug 08 - 05:45 PM (#2409518)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: naughtyforty

Just got back from my very first Sidmouth and I had an absolute ball!!! Despite the muddy campsite and odd drop of rain I can honestly say I haven't enjoyed a festival so much for a while. Can't wait until next year.


09 Aug 08 - 07:20 PM (#2409571)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

So what were people's highspots then? I must admit that mine were, as usual the lunchtime sessions in the Volunteer with most of the usual suspects. Thanks to the In the Traditions sessions being included in the programme again (or whatever reason) there were more bodies this year, and some good singing and playing. I finally made it to the Radway (once), and actually played concertina two or three times for the first time in public, as well as singing ... oh and giving a talk on Lucy Broadwood at the Arts Centre . But I have to admit that I didn't really do any mainsteam stuff ... (and on the whole, didn't really miss it that much).


10 Aug 08 - 05:54 AM (#2409750)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Jim Martin

Haven't been for 3 years so don't know when the bunting was last used on The Esplanade but was sadly absent this year. Have heard through the grapevine that East Devon Distric Council still have it but refuse to hang it up because it might be - you've guessed it - a potential health & safety hazard! The insane bureaucrats have definitely taken over the world. Anyhow, have made my feelings known to the Sidmouth Tourist Office and Festival.

The firewoks were good though and it was great to see some international dance groups back again (Provence/Latvia).

All things considered, it was a very enjoyable Festival but there does still need to be more dancing along The Esplanade apart from the Sunday which is good.


10 Aug 08 - 05:59 AM (#2409752)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: mattkeen

Highlights for me

Karen Tweed - though i know some will think it controversial but I thought it great to have such a female aspect to the festival (Jo Freya's Lal Project was great from this point of view to)

Chris Wood on Friday was outstandingly good


10 Aug 08 - 06:03 AM (#2409753)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Nick

First time I'd been but had a good time and it's a lovely place. It was good to put a few faces to names I've seen here on mudcat. Late evening in the smaller room at the Bedford was nice and enjoyed the Dove and the Anchor.


10 Aug 08 - 07:28 AM (#2409770)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Cats

Lifeboat night at the Anchor. Thanks Mike [Cllr] for organising.


10 Aug 08 - 08:22 AM (#2409789)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Leadfingers

Nick - I am surprised you enjoyed The Dove , as it has been a bulding site for more than a year ! We had some good sessions next to the ex Dove in the New Tavern .


10 Aug 08 - 08:33 AM (#2409798)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: John MacKenzie

As the New Tavern is not very well marked, he probably means that when he said The Dove. Many people I spoke to, did not know the location of the New Tavern, even less of The Newt, which is another of the 'in phrases' many folkies use, which puzzle newbies.
The same applies to the use of the term 'Sidders' which I loathe, it's both twee, and exclusive.
JM


10 Aug 08 - 08:41 AM (#2409804)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,The Barden of England sans cookie.

Just about getting over it. As always had a great time, and it was good to see you there John (MacKenzie). I hope the weather didn't ruin it for too many, and to think what it would have been like if the Arena were there - all that mud. At least all the venues are now under cover.
John Barden


10 Aug 08 - 09:02 AM (#2409810)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Wild Flying Dove

We had a great time and some days out too. Enjoyed meeting up with some old and new friends but missed a few people I knew were there - maybe next year!

I have posted some photos on Facebook which you can see at href=http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1208314&l=3fc20&id=595174881


10 Aug 08 - 09:07 AM (#2409813)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Wild Flying Dove

Sorry!

A few Sidmouth 2008 Photos

Hoping this one works.


10 Aug 08 - 09:30 AM (#2409820)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

Got there at last ,dear ---well done !! Anyway, as WFD says, we had a great time,and managed to have some days out of Sidmouth, ie in Budleigh Salterton, Otterton,Beer, and Branscome. I played a lot in the Bedford, as usual, mainly in the American Old Time Session, and met some nice Americans---- Jeff ,from Boston ( great banjo frailer and singer ) and Rod from Washington, who sang with Ric and me on the seafront. Also nice to meet and play with the Swiss lady and her banjo-playing husband from Penzance---anyone know their names ?? ( I think they"re in a group that plays at Bideford or somewhere). I also played with Doctor Rosie, late of Watford but now of Newcastle University, in the Radway----the first time I have EVER played there since starting to go to Sidmouth in 1965 !! All in all, a great Sidmouth for me/us...... despite the seemingly endless rain !! And the fireworks were really good, too.


10 Aug 08 - 10:21 AM (#2409843)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Saro

It was lovely to put some more faces to names (and get a discount on my lemonade)(and jolly good it was too) and pay my first visit to the Anchor. Lifeboat night was amazing, and who was the guy who sang The Little Pot Stove?

For beautiful singing, perfect professionalism and generally being ever so good, my singing highlight was Karine Polwart, closely followed by Stream of Sound. I also loved Gog Magog and Windsor Morris joining forces to dance "Windsor Safari" in the sunshine on Friday...

For all those who have sent good wishes to Moira re: her brother, I've just heard that Jimmy is gradually getting stronger, though there's a long way to go.

Saro


10 Aug 08 - 04:16 PM (#2410020)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Sue the Borderer

Saro - That's good news about Jimmy; I do hope he continues to make good progress.

Many thanks to Sidmouth Steppers for organising that procession which of course did not take place on Sunday morning. Amazingly the rain stopped in good time for it not to happen. And it was a lovely balmy evening for the torchlight procession on Friday.

Bubblyrat - I'm not familiar with the couple you mention (Swiss lady and banjo-playing husband). Think they might be from 'or somewhere', since it's about 100 miles from Penzance to Bideford. They would be very welcome here though.

Sue


10 Aug 08 - 05:50 PM (#2410062)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

Awesome Ware ?? No, that's in Hertfordshire, surely ?? But there can't be many Swiss Appalachian cloggers in the West Country generally, can there ?---And anyway, lots of people down that way seem to travel VAST distances to get a "fix" ! (Jo V., for example ).


10 Aug 08 - 06:50 PM (#2410100)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: melodeonboy

I had a great time, especially at The Bedford, York and Faulkner and Anchor.

As was stated before, the lifeboat singaround at The Anchor was something special. I'd never had to wait so long to lead a song (nearly three hours!), but it was all so rousing I didn't mind at all.

I also discovered the afternoon mixed sessions at The Ship - great fun! I'd never heard Pugwash played on the tuba before!

Thanks to all concerned,

Melodeonboy (he of the bright shirts)


10 Aug 08 - 08:07 PM (#2410138)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Richard Bridge

There's a filthy rumour about, Miss Naughty, that you had more than one ball...


11 Aug 08 - 03:09 AM (#2410294)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bfdk

I saw the first 4 groups of the Friday evening procession pass the Bedford, then I had to dash for my bus. Arrived back here on Saturday after a gruelling all-night trip across England to get the morning flight. Our bus driver seemed to think he was racing round Silverstone and not navigating the British highways and m'ways, so not much chance of getting a bit of shut-eye.. I was knackered when I got home!

That apart, I had a great time, good to meet up with old friends and make the acquaintance of some new ones as well.

Highlights for me, just like last year, Herbaceous Border and the Anchor Garden lunchtime ceilidhs. Whoever ordered the weather shouldn't be put in charge of that task next year!!

I have photos, but I don't have the time to sort 500+ photos and post the cream of them right now, so it'll be a while.

Best wishes,

Bente


11 Aug 08 - 05:55 AM (#2410366)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: nickp

Bubblyrat - you are thinking of Sibs (Sibylle) and Bob (I'll reserve mentioning their surname but you can find Sibs as a member of Buffalo Gals who will be at the Bideford Festival. Buffalo Gals

The OT Bedford session was fun, pity we could only manage the first weekend. Plans to return for the Friday night had to be put on hold when my wife strained her back.

Nick


11 Aug 08 - 06:07 AM (#2410372)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Nick

>>Nick - I am surprised you enjoyed The Dove , as it has been a bulding site for more than a year ! We had some good sessions next to the ex Dove in the New Tavern .

I thought it was a bit quiet... and dusty.
Make that the New Tavern


11 Aug 08 - 09:01 AM (#2410481)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Essex Girl

Brilliant week - as usual. Highlights for me were Show of Hands & the Pete Coe/Roy Bailey concerts where I stewarded at both. Then the sessions at the Anchor, Bedford & Swan. The sea was warm for the Middle Bar sing and the sun shone for the event that doesn't happen - what more could you want? See you all there next year


11 Aug 08 - 10:27 AM (#2410553)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

Thanks, Nick---Sybylle ( and Bob ) it is !! She told me her name, of course (we conversed in French quite a bit ) but I had forgotten it!And of course, I have been running through every female French name I know , except Sybylle ! If only Swiss girls were all called Heidi !! Thanks again. By the way, if you look on Wild Flying Dove's earlier comments on this thread, you'll find some photos of OT session---perhaps you are in them ?? I am the one with the cedar-topped cutaway Avalon guitar.....not very OT, I know, but I left the Martin at home this year.


11 Aug 08 - 11:08 AM (#2410577)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Marilyn

Had a wonderful time and definitely back next year.

The highlight for me was Zephyrus in the Manor Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon. Bought the CDs and am listening to their 'Halfe Hannikin' as I type!


11 Aug 08 - 02:21 PM (#2410799)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,flyingcat ( moira)

Sorry to use this thread but I just had to say thanks to everyone for their support and good wishes. My brother Jimmy is a very lucky man to have so many people that he doesn't even know rooting for him. He still has a way to go but things are still continuing to improve and we're very hopeful for his recovery. Thanks again, Moira (CMR) (flyingcat)


11 Aug 08 - 02:56 PM (#2410839)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: nickp

HI Bubblyrat, yes, I just creep in one of the photos hiding at the back with my mandolin - the one with my wife clogging in the orangey top.

Cheers, NIck


12 Aug 08 - 04:39 AM (#2411281)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: naughtyforty

Mr Bridge you really shouldn't listen to vicious rumours!!!


12 Aug 08 - 08:21 AM (#2411397)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: MBSLynne

I was a collecting steward for the firs time this year so got to see places outside the Middle Bar. Admittedly that was mostly the Anchor Garden (couldn't go TOO far away!) but I heard a lot of people I wouldn't normally have done. Loved Toothless Mary, and the Mumming afternoon was brilliant. I was impressed byt the fact that, when it started raining, the audience was enjoying it so much they just stayed where they were.

Middle Bar was good (the accoustics in there are brilliant) but it will never be the same for me as it was in the glory days in the real Middle Bar. I actually heard someone telling someone else that the "Top Bar singers" were in the Anchor.

The ASBO tent on the campsite was good in the evening too.

Pity about the rain...maybe better next year?

And I will try and make the whole week this time!

Love Lynne


12 Aug 08 - 12:59 PM (#2411644)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Tattie Bogle

I had a great week too, singing, playing, attending concerts and workshops, staying up too late, drinking too much Thatchers', doing daft fringe things, etc, etc.
The Festival seems to be going from strength to strength since the setbacks of a few years ago. I enjoyed most of the evening concerts I went to, but the John Tams/Barry Coope one rates top (narrowly)with me.
So pleased to hear that Moira's brother is improving, and a big tribute to Saro and Carolyn for coping with the masses in their very enjoyable workshop. I believe they said the performance was being recorded, but not sure whether that meant audio or video recording. I got a reasonable recording on my mini-disc anyhow.
Not sure who did "Little Pot Stove" on the Sea Songs night, as there are several MBS meembers who do it.
Great pics WFD: will try to get mine uploaded soon too.


12 Aug 08 - 01:22 PM (#2411679)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Saro

Tattie Bogle, it was an audio recording and it has come out really well. Let me know if there are any bits that haven't come out on yours, and I can supply the relevant tracks!
Saro


12 Aug 08 - 01:24 PM (#2411683)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Ralphie

Sid as usual was what it always is.

Took me three days to get to the seafront.
Spent most of my days in the Radway.
Jolly nice it was too!
And really good to not be booked to do anything at all...
You get a really different perspective on the gig if, you aren't running around all the time.
Sidmouth changes and evolves, but, basically it's the same today as it was in the 70's

Back next year in some capacity, I suppose

Regards Ralph J


12 Aug 08 - 02:53 PM (#2411763)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Houston_Diamond

I loved it... only thing is, I didn't get to do things in town till Wednesday onwards... Am upset I didn't get to sing at Ashby De La Zouch folk club (Sorry Lynne) or at the Middle Bar (sorry MBSs) or at the Faulkner (very) early singaround (Sorry Kitty and Tim)... I saved my voice for the ASBO marquee when I was really drunk and now my voice doesn't like me :(

Should be fine for Towersey though so I will attempt to get to the Barn to sing (sorry LTS ;p )lol And it's my Birthday on the Friday so lots of D&D from me ;)

Ruth Archer... I definitely wish to go to a song session with you... are you going to go to a singaround? Do you think you'll get to the late night session tent?


12 Aug 08 - 03:06 PM (#2411771)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: alanww

... and, for the record, here is the result of the Doom, Gloom & Despondency Competition:
There were 13 entries with the top placings being as follows:-
1st with 99 pts Heather Redding with "Leonard Cohen Carols"
2nd with 89 pts Trish Santer with "Last Days of the Napoli"
3rd with 87 pts Phil Shrouds with "The Embalmer"
Idris Roker, the 2007 winner, decorated the trophy by putting the coffin in a mausoleum.
My thanks go to the judges: Dave Earl, Terri Messenger, Elizabeth Eggington & Sandy Waller.
Thanks also to the audience who managed to keep their faces straight for most of the time...
"Isn't it grand, boys ...!"
Alan


12 Aug 08 - 03:10 PM (#2411776)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

I would love to get to a song session at Towersey - I haven't ever really plugged into the singing side of things there as most of my friends either dance or play in music sessions. So lead on, MacDuff!


12 Aug 08 - 07:40 PM (#2412067)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: alanww

Ooops ...
And, of course, a big thank you to Bob TB, who acted as bouncer!
BTW, sorry, it is Elizabeth Rimmington not Eggington!
Alan


13 Aug 08 - 03:43 AM (#2412286)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Miss Lemon

Well what a week of strange weather and discomfort with the Craft Marquee Traders.

I do hope Mudcat members visited the Craft Marquee, it was behind the wall next to the dance marqee in the Blackmore Gardens.

I had a pretty average week for Sidmouth even tho I didn't open the trailer on Tuesday until 2pm. Not a lot of point trying to sell lemonade in the rain.

The Gardens were disappointng this year. No dance demo stage (which could have had a roof incase of rain) and charging a fee to watch the dancing in the marquee. Last year it was all free. Many of my customers commented on this. On the dry days we had lots of picnics so the audiences were there, but as I say they were disappointed too. The childrens' entertainment was very good and Alex and his sister were stunning as usual.

I camped at King's Down Tail which was excellent, as per.

So all downhill till next year then!

Sal


13 Aug 08 - 04:56 AM (#2412322)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Surreysinger

Sal

I don't think you're right about dancing in the marquee being free last year. I certainly had to pay to watch the Smiffs in action, and wanted to get into something else which I'd have had to pay for. Maybe just some of the items were free of charge - although I have to admit that I have the impression that all the programmed events in there were ticket only.


13 Aug 08 - 09:30 AM (#2412444)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: DG&D Dave

Alanww,
Thanks for the DG&D Information.
Hmmm... Wonder if they want one at Fylde...
"Digging Graves is my delight..."
Dave.


13 Aug 08 - 11:35 AM (#2412531)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,Dazbo at work

Although I had a season ticket I never got in to see the teams dance in the Blackmore tent (too crowded and way too small a venue - scrimping on a bigger marquee for the craft fair I suppose). Missed the dance stage in the garden though; I really enjoyed it last year.


13 Aug 08 - 11:39 AM (#2412537)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: nickp

"scrimping on a bigger marquee for the craft fair "

Funny, but I wouldn't have thought the craft marquees in total were as big as last year.


13 Aug 08 - 12:27 PM (#2412587)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing

Houston Diamond - "the ASBO Marquee??" The mind boggles!


13 Aug 08 - 01:45 PM (#2412662)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,JM

The first rule of ASBO tent is - don't talk about ASBO tent.

The second rule of ASBO tent is - DON'T TALK ABOUT ASBO TENT.

It is a club to which, if you need to be told the magic word, you shouldn't be asking. ;)

Isn't that right Houston?


14 Aug 08 - 11:16 AM (#2413578)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Steve in Sidmouth

The Blackmore dance floor was made smaller this year because it was not fully utilised last year, also the clear grassed area was intended for lots of picnics in the sunshine. In the event, the Blackmore was insufferable in the heat of packed ceilidhs (Asha, Token Women), a major failing being that the side flaps could not be opened because of insufficient stewards and (as usual) fire regs and H&S meaning that everyone had to be broiled instead. There were similar problems in the Church House Lawn marquee last year. This needs sorting out using common sense - agreement to open side flaps to let in air and sufficient stewards to man them. Later in the week the breeze cooled the marquee.


14 Aug 08 - 11:48 AM (#2413611)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dick The Box

The floor space available in the Blackmore marquee was smaller than last year because about a third had been lost to the craft section. However, the dance floor itself was not that much smaller because although it was shorter than last year it was also wider which made a better shape for dancing. The main loss was to the area put aside for sitting and standing which was far too small forcing the excess people on to the dance floor. Next year they should go back to the full size tent, with a full width dance floor occuping two thirds of the length of the tent, and the remaining third for the bar and socialising.

We did the best we could regards opening the sides. Apart from the entrance there were two ten foot openings which were manned and a number of vents on the other side. It is not feasible to have more openings because we do not have that many stewards available and if the sides were totally open then they would be impossible to police.

The entrances to the tent has to be manned to prevent free-loaders getting in, to control numbers for H&S and fire reasons, and to prevent drinks from being taken off of a licenced premises. We often struggled to control the three openings even with four stewards, occasional bar staff and security staff all pitching in! So more openings would be a logistical nightmare. As Steve points out, a breeze is far more effective than more openings in cooling the tent.

Can't do much about the oppressive regulations but hopefully next year there will be a fenced off, licenced area outside the tent to alleviate the over crowding.


14 Aug 08 - 02:07 PM (#2413824)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: bubblyrat

That explains a lot !! We nearly died of hyperthermia at Warwick, due to the oppressive heat, and could not fathom out why in the name of the Blessed Cecil Sharp the side -curtains were kept shut !! Bollocks to Health & Safety---- let's have some common sense !!


14 Aug 08 - 02:46 PM (#2413864)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Houston_Diamond

The first rule of ASBO tent is - don't talk about ASBO tent.

The second rule of ASBO tent is - DON'T TALK ABOUT ASBO TENT.

It is a club to which, if you need to be told the magic word, you shouldn't be asking. ;)

Isn't that right Houston?


Wow... they never told me the rules... they just got me drunk, kept me up till 5am and told me to sing!!! Maybe they did tell me but I was just too drunk ;) lol

I must admit that it seems a poorly named marquee... it should've been called the SBO marquee ;) well I was being sociable!

I came to see you Sal... I got a couple of bottles of lemonade of you and they were lovely, so I just wanna say thanks and if I don't see you before I'll see you at Chip&ham :)

Ruth Archer; did you want to go to Tony and Pearl's thing in the barn @ the 3 horseshoes or go to whatever is going on in the village hall or do you think random singing in the Bar would work?


14 Aug 08 - 03:05 PM (#2413886)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Ruth Archer

I don't really know, Houston - I've got a meeting either Sunday or Monday afternoon in Aylesbury, so I have to work around that, but otherwise I'll go where there's singing (and maybe a pint of cider!)


14 Aug 08 - 03:53 PM (#2413936)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,watcher

I was told by a local that there had been complaints about the central grassed area of Blackmore Gardens being damaged by the craft tent last year, which was why there were craft stalls occupying part of what had been the dance tent, cutting down the space for ceilidhs.

There were indeed several noticable parallel lines on the ground in the centre of the grassed area but I don't remember there being a floor in the craft tent - can anyone confirm that there was? Or is the festival getting blamed for a different cause?


14 Aug 08 - 05:45 PM (#2414050)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,miss lemon

It's true about the marks on the grass being made by the craft tent last year. there was a plastic sheet laid down with rush matting ontop. the grass was wet and didn't a chance to dry out before the hot weather kicked in. the grass rotted beneath the sheet. it also happened in the marquee on the ham; don't you remember the foul smell? I would have thought the park keeper/council could have made a better job of repairing it tho. why didn't they returf it? it looked as tho they had just left nature to mend it. we traders aren't allowed to drive on the grass so all goods have to be trucked across to the craft marquee by sack trucks, trollies etc. I have to unhitch my trailer at the gate and man/woman-handle it into position. I can understand that the ground could be ploughed up in very wet weather, so i'm not complaining.

sal


14 Aug 08 - 05:48 PM (#2414051)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,miss lemon

Surreysinger : what i was trying to say was that entertainment on the stage on the grass in the gardens was free. I wasn't talking about the dance marquee at that point.

sal


18 Aug 08 - 01:53 PM (#2417031)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Steve in Sidmouth

A few collated comments on this webpage: it will be updated in a few weeks.

Sidmouth Folk Week 2008 - observations.

Does anyone have a few pics of the campsite mud?


18 Aug 08 - 03:08 PM (#2417106)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

Mr Wozniak,

That link throws up a 400 Bad Request Error code for my systems.

I did however find my way to your Seered site and read YOUR thoughts on the various matters.

Other readers may wish to see a link that works so that they can make up their own minds.

Personally, I made my views known to those I felt needed to know.

Dave


18 Aug 08 - 06:26 PM (#2417261)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Steve in Sidmouth

The link works fine, it is a collation of views, some mine some not, as always.

If anyone else has problems with the link please let me know.

The page will be modified as and when as other people send views and other thoughts.


19 Aug 08 - 07:07 AM (#2417590)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Dave Earl

http://www.mudcat.org/%5C%5Cwww.seered.co.uk/folk110.htm is what your blue clickie produces for me (on all computers I have used in the last day or two)

It looks to me as if the first half (from http:// to www.seered) is what causes the hiccup for me cos
http://www.seered.co.uk/folk110.htm goes direct to where ,I think, you intended to direct us.


19 Aug 08 - 01:45 PM (#2417877)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Steve in Sidmouth

Both links work fine for me - take your pick!!


19 Aug 08 - 03:15 PM (#2417951)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)

I'm only guessing, but it looks likely that a mudelf (silently)corrected an incorrect local link to the correct offsite link; it happens all the time. It was fine yesterday when I tried it.

Mick


19 Aug 08 - 03:53 PM (#2417978)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

Finally back in Sweden after many Festivals. Among them Sidmouth.
Spent most time there between Herbaceous Border on the esplanade, and the Anchor Garden lunchtime ceilidhs. also via the Newt. Where Terry and I had a laugh or two.
Jacks bar in the cellar of the Bedford and The Ship were my other haunts.

Looked in on the Radway - mostly diddley stuff like the Swan Not my cup of tea. As was the main bar session in the Bedford.
Got some dots from John KP.at the Rugby Club.
Caught Derek's talk on RVW. That was good.
Sorry Surreysinger I missed your Lucy bit. Found out next day.
The Volunteer was too far up the street for me.
In fact I found the whole of Sidmouth was far too spread out.
Missed you Lemon lady so never got a drink of that sort.
Sue. I had a really great time with the Hosepipe Band and all of HB.

Met a few friends and made a few new ones.
Having done them both now, i.e. Sidmouth and Broadstairs.
I must say that of the two, I prefer Broadstairs. Not so far to walk between venues there.

Chas


20 Aug 08 - 04:09 AM (#2418412)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: GUEST,c.g.

Diddley stuff in the Radway! Certainly not. That's in The Swan. We play rum-ti-tum.


20 Aug 08 - 05:50 AM (#2418445)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Kev The Clogs

Just got back from Broadstairs, that I went to straight after Sidmouth!

An interesting set of comments from Steve's link - many of which I can agree with.

This was my sixth Sidmouth and the second time that I Stewarded. For me, Sidmouth Folk Week is one of my proper holiday weeks. I loved it, every minute of it and hope that I will continue to do so for as long as I am a Folkie and able to get there.

The Festival is well organised, the people of Sidmouth are so friendly; all of the venues offer a wide range of FOLK content, the pubs are not jammed full to bursting - compare this to Broadstairs (I live in Kent, so I should be proud of it - check out the Broadstairs thread here ).

I am happy with my B&B, I am happy with the Stewarding that I am asked to do. It is great to see friends and meet new ones. I am more than happy to drive 200 miles, spend 28 hours working and pay 300 quid for digs - It's SIDMOUTH FOLK WEEK and I love every minute of it. During 152 Awake hours during Folk Week, there is just SO MUCH to do and see, even after I've Stewarded!

I will CERTAINLY be back next year! I PROBABLY will not be returning to Broadstairs next year (can't believe that I'm the only one on the thread that isn't happy) and am thinking of trying Whitby instead - I'm told that it is similar to Sidmouth.

To the organisers, good luck for 2009.

Regards

Kev


21 Aug 08 - 08:18 AM (#2419320)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Fidjit

Know I missed Ruth Archer.
Would have like to have met.
Another time.

Chas


22 Aug 08 - 04:14 AM (#2419932)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Essex Girl

From all of the above postings it proves that there's something for everyone at Sidmouth. I know I'll be back next year.


22 Aug 08 - 08:51 AM (#2420016)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Mr Red

Maybe I will make it for a whole week next year.

legs managed 2 ceilidhs a day for 5 days.

The whole point about Sidmouth is that it is an energetic way of relaxing. Or a relaxing way of being............


13 Mar 09 - 07:30 PM (#2588413)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: the lemonade lady

I know it's 2009 but I can't find a thread about the fest for this year. Can anyone point me to it? I need to book a pitch in the Blackmore Gardens, but no one seems to know who's incharge of booking anyone in the gardens at all.

sal


14 Mar 09 - 08:32 AM (#2588658)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Herga Kitty

Sal - I've PM'd you a couple of suggestions for people to contact.

Kitty


14 Apr 09 - 03:54 AM (#2610746)
Subject: RE: Sidmouth FolkWeek 2008
From: Mavs82

Sal,

If you haven't yet managed to contact someone about booking a pitch on the Blackmore, let me know and I'll let you have some details.

Mavs82