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Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« on: November 03, 2018, 04:00:40 PM »

Posted on behalf of t'committee, otherwise know as the Playgroup Elves.

The Original Melodeon Playgroup is back - returning for our seventh year.  We've tweaked the formula a bit to improve the learning experience for our improvers class - last year we had over 30 turn up for the class which was lovely but somewhat unmanageable.  Check out the full details on our hastily re-worked website:
https://melodeonplaygroup.wordpress.com/

Most importantly sign-up for the event online: https://melodeonplaygroup.wordpress.com/sign-up/   


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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2018, 04:02:31 PM »

New this year - Fettling Day

On the Sunday after playgroup the Fettler Elf (Lester) will be running an all-day fettling workshop to demonstrate how to fettle your melodeon and to let you have practical experience or the various techniques. Booking for the day is through the Playgroup website.

https://melodeonplaygroup.wordpress.com/fettlers-day/

https://melodeonplaygroup.wordpress.com/sign-up/
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2018, 09:18:15 PM »

Places are going fast, book soon to avoid disappointment

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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 03:59:01 PM »

Wow, less than 24 hours after I posted the announcement and Melodeon Playgroup bookings are about to cut over to standby lists for the improvers class already - an incredible response. I wonder if this means I will be able to avoid my annual 'sleepless nights wondering if there will just be four of us standing in a barn' thing this time around?

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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2018, 12:14:41 PM »

... and the Improvers class is now full.  Other spaces are filling up fast but we still have room for a few more on the Fettlers' Day and Beginner and Absolute Beginner workshops.


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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2019, 12:55:09 PM »

Here's a huge thank you to all the Elves at Melodeon play group,  very much enjoyed the day special thanks to Lester (and I didn't get noodled !) for his workshop ;  unboring tunes.
As a spin off chatting to folk from and near Bristol , there seemed to be interest in a Slow and Steady music session.
Well,  I have booked a room for such at " Pill Memorial Club" Heywood Road,  Pill near Bristol BS20 0DH on the 3rd Tuesday of the month for the next 3 months as a tester.  On bus route X4 from Bristol to Portishead  and AMPLE safe  car parking.
The format would be as per Lester and Bob Ellis' slow and Steady sessions,  all instruments welcome but especially D G melodeons, totally acoustic please, time from 8 to 10 ish pm in the long bar upstairs.
The initial session will be free!  ( but on one condition,  please support our club by buying your drinks in the members bar, the upstairs bar will not be manned)
Feel free to PM me if your interested and for my contact details.
First date booked 19th February,  then 19th March and 16th April . If it's permitted I will post  a specific message on the what's on site.
I hope to see some of you there.   :||:   :|||:  cheers John du Heaume.
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 06:26:48 PM »

I'll second that; it was a lovely day.  Thank you for organising it, and thanks to Mel for a great improvers workshop.  I was a bit intimidated at the prospect of doing it all by ear, but it worked really well. 

John - I'll PM you about the slow and steady session; sounds an excellent plan.  :||:
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2019, 09:46:09 PM »

Had a lovely time myself.  Perhaps next year I’ll not bring me guitar and plunge confidently in to a session with me melodeon.  Possibly not, I enjoy playing both.

A particular thank you to both Lester and Mel for their enjoyable sessions.  Very different but equally enjoyable.  My especial thanks must go to the chap from the Isle of Skye whose name I have clearly forgotten for his generous deployment of the jump leads to get my motor started after I’d foolishly flattened the battery.  I’d be grateful if my thanks could be passed on by someone who has his contact details.

Ah!  Me brain’s just kicked in.  Peadar.  I’ll PM him.
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2019, 10:25:33 PM »

First post on Melnet.  I had a  great time and  enjoyed the whole atmosphere of being in melodeon land all weekend.  Although  I attend Helena's session I was still  a teeny bit nervous about going.   I shouldn't have been as it was a friendly, fun weekend.  I wasn't sure initially what class I  should be in, opted for Lester's beginner class and learned plenty from it so I  felt I was in the right place.  Thanks all.
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2019, 02:53:44 PM »

Just to echo what others have been saying - thank you to the Playgroup Elves for all their hard work and enthusiasm in creating another fanatastic Evesham Playgroup.
Thaks also for the many, mnay repitions of 'Happy Bithday' - despite it all, one of the better ways to celebrate cpmpleteing another trip around the sun  ;D
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2019, 03:05:57 PM »

"If you can smile when things are going wrong"

That would be apposite in another current thread, don't you think?
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2019, 01:39:24 AM »

Back home on Skye (just)...had a wonderful time both days. Thanks to all the elves for everything..lots to think about and work on both for playing and fettling..
 
A special thanks from Deó to all those people who donated their lunch leftovers to her bowl and to Chris for making carrying the (car) emergency gear worthwhile....kind of glad I didn't need the snow shovel though.

Peadar

PS - It all started when I walked into the Blythswood charity shop in Broadford looking for a scanner and came out with a PA. On the way home I called into the Blythswood shop in Calasraid and walked out with a tankard...

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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2019, 07:25:16 AM »

A special thanks from Deó to all those people who donated their lunch leftovers to her bowl

It was lovely to meet both of you.  I was happy to share my dinner with Deó - she clearly likes cheesy potatoes and has excellent manners.

Charity shops are wonderful things but can lead you astray.  So will melodeons.
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2019, 10:19:24 AM »

Peadar, and thanks to you and Deo for sharing your car on the way back to the hotel, great to meet you.
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2019, 07:56:45 AM »

Thank you Elves from me too. It was a fantastic weekend and I've now got plenty to be working on at home. Particular thanks to Helena for telling me about it in the first place and getting me started. You're a star!
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2019, 11:46:17 AM »

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I may be a slow :||: learner but even I am beginning to work that one out :D

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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2019, 12:21:48 AM »

Fettling Day: The Aftermath

Saturday night's alright...for fettling
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2019, 07:31:05 AM »

Peadar, for just a fleeting moment there, I thought you'd been in my workshop/cupboard/storage area! Especially when I noticed the cheapskate's alternative cleaning up wipes. (Otherwise known as a half roll of toilet paper nicked from under your wife's nose from the bathroom, which also serves as protection for your interesting piles of lovely scrap in the case of an unexpected sneeze!)

I'm not denigrating your collection there, mind you, I have a similar stack of cheapies which have given me a great deal of fun, and have been a true source of education and wonderment. Good luck with them, and carry on regardless! 
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Re: Melodeon Playgroup 7 - Evesham February 2019
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2019, 08:41:13 AM »

Fettling Day: The Aftermath

Saturday night's alright...for fettling

Looks good. Meanwhile Colin has plans for our shed which for now remains full of misc. 'stuff'.
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