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Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017

28 Apr 17 - 03:22 AM (#3852852)
Subject: Barking Folk Festival
From: GUEST,FolkieMcFolkface

Hi guys, I just wanted to draw your attention to the Barking Folk Festival that is happening on Sat 10th - Sun 11th June this year.

The highlight of the event is Abbey Ruins Live, where a number of folk acts will be performing over the weekend. The current running order looks like this:

Saturday 10 June

4pm Kitty Macfarlane
4.45pm Lucy Ward
5.30pm Blair Dunlop
6.30pm Damien O'Kane
8pm Kate Rusby

Sunday 11 June

4pm The Leylines
4.45pm Beans on Toast
5.30pm Lucy Spraggan
6.30pm The Young'uns
8pm Newton Faulkner

The best thing is that it's completely FREE, although you do still need to book a ticket online. All the information about the event is here.


28 Apr 17 - 06:18 AM (#3852864)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival
From: Georgiansilver

Great line up but not able to make it..... Hope it all goes swimmingly well. Cheers, Mike.


28 Apr 17 - 06:45 AM (#3852867)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival
From: Richard Bridge

Fringe?


28 Apr 17 - 10:48 AM (#3852899)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: severed-head

The Rom Shanty Crew sang at last year's Barking Folk Festival, and we felt it really needed an informal singers and musicians session away from the main arena.
On Saturday 10th June 2017, we are inviting all singers and musicians to join us at The Boathouse Cafe & Bar, 80 Abbey Road, Barking, IG11 7BT. It is a lovely venue with a terrace overlooking Barking Creek, and about 10 minutes walk from the Festival site. We will be there from 12 Noon onwards, and finish time will depend on how many people turn up to support the event. It would be great if we could keep it going throughout the afternoon, until perhaps 5pm or 6pm.
We are circulating flyers to local folk clubs and if you could tell your friends about it, that would be great!
Many thanks
Garry


28 Apr 17 - 06:09 PM (#3852937)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: Richard Bridge

Liking that. An (alas sober) afternoon's drive.


29 Apr 17 - 08:38 PM (#3853055)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Guest

Well I am gobsmacked!!

So somebody goes to the trouble of putting on a couple of decent concerts for FREE and still people want to go off and do there own thing?

The folk world has gone mad - in line with the rest of the world.

I used to think we were different but we aint.


30 Apr 17 - 06:51 AM (#3853091)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: MoorleyMan

Is it just a coincidence that a number of threads have suddenly appeared seeking or concerning dog-related songs?
Perhaps everyone's going Barking mad?
(Paws for thought...)


30 Apr 17 - 12:48 PM (#3853125)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: Leadfingers

GUEST guest - A lot of us are like the Late Great Jake Thackeray and are NOT just listening Oiks -A lot of us are PLAYING oiks


30 Apr 17 - 01:45 PM (#3853131)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST

The trouble with events like these is that they can promote an interest in folk music among the "listening oiks" who then expect decent performances in return of their money in folk clubs.


30 Apr 17 - 07:29 PM (#3853168)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Guest

I am the original guest and really wonder why people seem to feel that a fringe or whatever you want to call it is necessary.

In these days of mass social media why not just meet up at somewhere mutually agreeable and do your thing?

Lots of people in other walks of life manage it eg Ladies who Lunch.

What is the attraction of doing something outwith of at an event?

Regarding the other guest; I assume from your posting you consider the standard in folk clubs to be poor!?


30 Apr 17 - 09:51 PM (#3853174)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,ripov

"What is the attraction of doing something outwith of at an event?" -

To many of us, as Leadfingers has said, folk music is something we do, rather than what we just listen to - "Music in the Community".
Formal concerts provide a nucleus, and usually we do dip in and out, but several days of just listening to other people - no matter how skilled - doing it gets boring.
You might even consider that the point of a folk concert, from a musicians point of view, is to see what the "leaders in the field" are doing, and take it away with you as inspiration for your own playing.


30 Apr 17 - 09:57 PM (#3853175)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,ripov

Having said that; well done for bringing it to this area where nothing musical seems to happen. Have you put it in the Newham Magazine?
I find it strange that the "every child a musician" initiative seems left to wither on the vine as the kids grow up. The events section of that magazine doesn't even list the Newham Academy Orchestra.


01 May 17 - 11:38 AM (#3853254)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Hootenanny

Perhaps Barking isn't in the London Borough of Newham ??


01 May 17 - 05:19 PM (#3853308)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: JHW

'I am the original guest and really wonder why people seem to feel that a fringe or whatever you want to call it is necessary.'

Years since I laid on events but I tried for the atmosphere of a fringe without any substantive festival.
Still, someone always would start something else so not to be a part of the 'official' programme.


01 May 17 - 05:57 PM (#3853318)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: punkfolkrocker

Some people just need to think they are diferent and special - somewhat superior to the mainstream...


it's one of the aspects of middle class 'folkie culture' that I've long time found off putting...

.. anyway.. Barking Folk Fest.. so where's Sir Billy Bard of BBC4 Folk then... ???


05 May 17 - 11:20 AM (#3853408)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing

I understand that Guff Productions, who will be running the BBC Folk Awards show in 2018, have allocated a number of empty rooms for "Fringe" events to take place while the show is running. It would appear the idea is to meet the requirements of the "Inclusivity Agenda", so sacred to "Auntie".


05 May 17 - 06:41 PM (#3853455)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Guest Guest

So the fringe is all about "MEE"

But that's the society me live in post Thatcher.


06 May 17 - 04:50 PM (#3853574)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,ripov

Sorry Hootenanny; you're quite right it's not. Just rather close. At least I take it it's that Barking? And that Newham will remain short of culture.

And if you want to put it that way G_G_Guest, yes it is about MEE, doing something I love in the company of like minded friends. is that so bad? And other than that they listen, whereas we play, are not audiences doing that same thing?
As regards festivals, consider the process of condensation in clouds; given a suitable nucleus, water vapour condenses, and ultimately produces refreshing (or at least usually necessary) rain. The festival is a nucleus, musicians collect around it, and the community is (we hope) refreshed '(take tongue out of cheek)'!

The fringe doesn't happen because someone organises it; if it did it wouldn't be a 'fringe' but part of the festival. It happens because the festival is a good place to be, and there's a good pub nearby. Don't knock it.


06 May 17 - 05:31 PM (#3853580)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: Leadfingers

WELL I have registered for both days - The advantage of free travel in London - so will be free to wander round between the Festival and the Boathouse session .


06 May 17 - 06:29 PM (#3853586)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,ripov

Bloody jammy londoners with yer freedom passesd!


07 May 17 - 11:36 AM (#3853695)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Guest Guest

I thought the free travel only applied to the wrinklies and disadvantaged but no doubt Leadfingers can clarify this.

IMHO there is nothing jammy about living in London although it is usually an interesting place to visit.


07 May 17 - 11:44 AM (#3853699)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Guest Guest

Re your last Ripov.

Putting aside the pedantics regarding who does or does not "organise" the fringe it is at best opportunist and at worst parasitic.

Normally I would ask that people taking advantage of others efforts and risk taking would at least contribute financially. (LOL)

If the event was not there then neither would you be!


09 May 17 - 07:30 PM (#3854154)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Keep it going

Refresh!


10 May 17 - 08:17 AM (#3854215)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: ripov

G-G-Guest

1. Whatever faults London has, and they are many, it has a wonderful public transport system. You arrive at a bus stop, wait a bit, and a bus comes, maybe a bit less frequently in the wee small hours. Compared with buses 09.00 and 16.30 market days only!

2. I won't publicly hazard a guess at Leadfingers age; but I am certainly a wrinkly, of an age where it is also appropriate to be a grumpy old git. And I am not at all jealous (publicly that is) of his having a pass which works on trains as well as buses!

3. Perhaps you could justify your statement that in terms of folk festivals Leadfingers, Richard and myself, for example, are basically parasites.

4. "If the event was not there then neither would you be! " - true, but we could well be playing somewhere else.



I wonder how many performers at the "official" festival themselves play at fringe venues, or at least did before they had enough paid work?


10 May 17 - 07:40 PM (#3854322)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Guest Guest

Ripov

I did not accuse you or anyone else personally of being parasites - but if the cap fits!

You may well make a significant financial contribution to events you attend - but there an awful lot that don't.

At Barking, of course, it being free event even if you wanted to you could not.

I just think that you are being rude by suggesting to run something at odds with an event that someone has probably put a lot of time and effort into for no obvious gain.

And finally in answer to your point 4 - so p... off and do it somewhere else and I don't care if I am being rude.

I will just close by wishing the event the best of luck and saying I would love to be there but have a previous commitment.


11 May 17 - 06:24 PM (#3854506)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: ripov

All right, parasitic was at the end of the range you referred to. But you still said it.
I simply don't understand your reasoning. Or unpleasantness. Which aspect of musicians (and possibly other artists) attending a festival and doing their own thing when they're not actually at the organised bits, do you find so abhorrent? Most places that host festivals have - let's call them 'venues' - that are only too happy to host informal gatherings, or even engage professionals to encourage them. Severed head said "it really needed an informal singers and musicians session", and has pointed to a suitable venue. So where do you see a problem?
Nobody has suggested running an alternative event.
Even the street people that invariably accompany festivals add to the ambience and festive spirit (not sure about amplified pan-pipers!)

I hope you have a pleasant day elsewhere, and that no folk musicians turn up to spoil you enjoyment.


03 Jun 17 - 04:40 AM (#3858594)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: severed-head

Just one week to go folks!


08 Jun 17 - 04:10 AM (#3859542)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: severed-head

Refresh


08 Jun 17 - 02:45 PM (#3859661)
Subject: RE: Barking Folk Festival - June 10-11, 2017
From: GUEST,Pete from seven stars link

If there is no fringe where other musicians can play, it may be that they will listen to the main acts . However , I suspect they would just stay home instead of going to play , and then give a listen to main stage