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Title: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on January 25, 2016, 10:24:14 PM
OK folks, it’s time to announce another beginners Melodeon Playgroup.

This one will be in Derbyshire at the Miners Standard in the village of Winster – yes, the home of the Gallop. The date for your diary is Saturday 15th October and the format will be as per the original Playgroup i.e. informal, no pressure to perform and all aimed towards beginners wanting to boost their playing confidence. Costs will be low but the quality will be high. We have Mel Biggs and Steve Dumpleton Ollie King as tutors and both will be planning their classes/coaching sessions in the coming months so keep an eye out for details.

I shall set up a Facebook page for the event but will keep updates coming here too.

In the mean time have a look at the Pubs web site (www.theminersstandard.com) and note that they have a camp site and do very reasonable sounding B+B. There is a Premier Inn opening soon in Matlock and the Derbyshire Dales has an abundance of other accommodation options.  Feel free to book rooms as the Playgroup will happen!

For non players, or if you wanted to add a day or 2 onto your stay, there is sooooo much to do in the area. Highlights include the Peak District National Park, Chatsworth House, Bakewell (home of the pudding (it’s not a tart)), Cromford (birthplace of the industrial revolution) and a number of steam trains, tram museums and other relics from the industrial past.

In keeping with the Playgroup way there is no need to book, register or pay up front for the day but it would be useful to know if you are interested so please PM me. Feel free to ask questions too.

That will do for now but I will keep updating as things come together.

Simon.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: JohnAndy on January 25, 2016, 11:01:29 PM
Excellent plan, thanks for setting this up, Simon!

Definitely going straight into my calendar.

I'm in Thorpe, so this is pretty much local for me.

The Miner's Standard was also the venue for ECMW (English Country Music Workshop) the year before last and the year before that. It proved to be a very suitable sort of venue for this type of event.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: NickF on January 26, 2016, 07:24:57 AM
Sounds interesting - will add the date to my calendar...
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: NickF on January 26, 2016, 07:34:37 AM
You forgot about The Winster Processional  :o

According to Wikipedia (whatever reliance you place on that...) a Bakewell Tart and a Bakewell Pudding are two distinct things with the tart being a variant of the pudding
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: 2rightfeet on January 27, 2016, 02:32:13 PM
Miners' Standard... now unless my memory is playing tricks, that's the pub where a surly bastard behind the bar was doing his best to avoid serving anyone but his regulars (Morris dancers especially unwelcome) a couple of years back. It seems to have mixed reviews - most people liked it, but a few seem to have had very bad experiences.
Living within commuting distance of Winster (Derby) I'm definitely interested, but with slight reservations about the choice of pub.
BTW, Winster is still home to Winster Morris Men, whose repertoire runs to rather more than just Winster Gallop.
Also home to Winster Secret Gardens (mid-July), a treat for gardening enthusiasts who don't mind a bit of hill-walking.
Bakewell pudding is said (in Bakewell) to have originated when someone mixed up the instructions for a Bakewell Tart. Bit of an improvement on the original, in my opinion.
And yes, loads of assorted tourist attractions in the area around.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: baz parkes on January 27, 2016, 06:29:41 PM
Miners' Standard... now unless my memory is playing tricks, that's the pub where a surly bastard behind the bar was doing his best to avoid serving anyone but his regulars (Morris dancers especially unwelcome) a couple of years back. It seems to have mixed reviews - most people liked it, but a few seem to have had very bad experiences.
Living within commuting distance of Winster (Derby) I'm definitely interested, but with slight reservations about the choice of pub.
BTW, Winster is still home to Winster Morris Men,

Mmmm...certainly not my experience at the ECMW a couple of years ago...very helpful staff, good food and good beer...but they could perhaps have done with a couple more staff...as to morris dancers I seem to remember plenty of photos of aforementioned Winster Morris on display...which would suggest some link or other.... :|glug
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Steve_freereeder on January 27, 2016, 06:37:51 PM
I've always found the Miners' very friendly and welcoming.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on January 27, 2016, 10:23:16 PM
Good stuff Simon.
I'm in and have sent a PM.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on January 29, 2016, 07:21:51 AM
Hi Folks.

Thanks to those that have got back to me showing an interest in the event. There now looks like there will be more than me and 2 tutors on the day.

I was at both the ECMW weekends and thought the staff handled the crowds very well, they were also keen to have Playgroup there. Anyway, I suspect we will be a somewhat smaller event so hopefully service at the bar will not be an issue.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on May 14, 2016, 10:49:32 PM
Hello folks,

Derbyshire Playgroup update time:
Firstly, there has been a steady trickle of people expressing interest. Thank you for the support and keep it coming. Get the 15th Oct in your diaries and make some plans to come visit for the weekend.
Secondly, Steve has had to pull out as one of the teachers but fear not, Mr Ollie King is joining Mel and will be taking the intermediates.
Next update should include a Facebook page as that seems to be the done thing nowadays but in the mean time let me know if you are interested in coming of if you have any questions.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Steve_freereeder on May 15, 2016, 07:44:25 AM
....Steve has had to pull out as one of the teachers

Yes - so sorry I can't do it but I have an unavoidable clash on that day.

Quote
but fear not, Mr Ollie King is joining Mel and will be taking the intermediates.

Great choice, IIMSS  (:)  :|glug
Ollie and Mel are both brilliant teachers!
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Sue on May 15, 2016, 04:13:36 PM
Have you set up a Facebook page?  I can't find it.
Sue
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on May 15, 2016, 10:29:51 PM
@sue.
No Facebook page yet but hopefully soon. I know a number of people here don't do FB so I will duplicate all the relevant info on Mel.net for all to see. Any questions though please ask away.
Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on June 19, 2016, 10:34:37 PM
Derbyshire Playgroup is now on Facebook so it must be official!

https://www.facebook.com/Derbyshire-Melodeon-Playgoup-269249080076214/

Like, share, say you are coming etc.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Strigulino on August 17, 2016, 04:54:51 PM
Hopefully can come. Am checking with Mr Spouse that we haven't got anything on for that weekend already.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on August 17, 2016, 10:00:13 PM
Would be great to see you.
Hope you can make it.
Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: NickF on August 18, 2016, 07:09:40 AM
Unfortunately I have to drop out :( My apologies - would have been good to meet up again.
Other commitment in the early evening back down here in Sussex (Demon Barbers :D)
Is it time to start talking about Evesham?  >:E
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on September 10, 2016, 11:31:51 PM
Hello again.

We are now just a few weeks away from the Playgroup and there has been a steady flow of people committing to the event. Mel and Ollie are preparing there workshops and I hope to share details of these soon along with the full timetable.
The day will start at 9 and official proceedings will end at 5.30 but after dinner there will be a slow and steady session in the pub. The day will be similar to the Evesham Playgroups where there will be workshops, a chance to play something in front of a sympathetic audience and most importantly a chance to socialise and share with people in a similar state as you.
The pub will be selling food and ale throughout the day and Pete from Acorn will be there with his stall of melodeon temptations. Give him a call if there is something specific you would like him to bring.
Whilst there is no need to register or book it does help settle my nerves (and allow the pub to plan food) if you let me know if you plan on coming.
We have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Derbyshire-Melodeon-Playgroup-269249080076214/ and you can contact me through that or here on the forum if you have any questions or want to come.
Hope to meet a few of you on Oct 15th.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on September 20, 2016, 06:38:52 PM
I can now tell you what the workshop titles are and a little about them.

Mel will be teaching a workshop called "Melodeon for Starters" and it is designed to take you on a journey of discovery using her own left hand in approach to learning. It is suitable for absolute beginners upwards and those who are unsure about using the bass end.

Ollie's workshop is called "Getting the most out of your D row". He will be using the tune Old Tom of Oxford to show you the most efficient way to play on the D row, including crossing rows etc, all aimed to enable you to get the right chords.

As always, there will be a chance to meet new people, play a few tunes and generally have a good day messing about with melodeons in a pub. What's not to love about that?
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on September 28, 2016, 09:41:57 PM
I have had a few folks contacting me about camping/camper vans at the weekend. The Miners Standard has said both are fine (they have a proper camp site with toilets, showers etc) but could people please contact them direct to book (01629 650279).

It might also be worth pointing out that I have not organised anything for the Sunday. As this is the first running in Derbyshire I thought I would start small and limit it to one day however, I'm sure if anybody wants to get together at the pub in the morning they will be fine with this.

As always, if you are interested in coming for the workshops please let me know so I can plan the day but there is no official booking process etc.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 06, 2016, 10:44:38 PM
Right then, here is the time table for the day. You can arrive from 9, grab a coffee from the bar and we will make a start at 9.30. Lunch can be ordered from the pub as can dinner in the evening. The pub has asked that people only eat and drink stuff on site they have purchased from themselves which seems very reasonable to me! The afternoon will have part 2 of the workshops and opportunities to play your party pieces. We will end around 5.30 but after dinner we will have a 'slow and steady' low pressure session.

Ollie's workshop is based around the tune 'Old Tom of Oxford'. I am awaiting dots from him but there is no need to learn the tune (it saves having to unlearn it as the workshop unfolds) however it might be a good idea to be familiar with it and maybe be able to hum it. Here is a nice clear version played here by Ladydetemps of this parish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik7SFDkmL6Q and then by then end of the day you should be (a bit) closer to this  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV59q--prjQ

Nothing to prepare for Mels workshop.

It might be useful if you can bring a music stand and a pen as well.
As always, please drop me a line if you are planning on coming but there is no official booking etc.

See you soon,
Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: playandteach on October 06, 2016, 11:05:53 PM
Can't believe I missed Sheffield. My son said "aren't you supposed to be somewhere today" at lunchtime. Hoping to get to Witney still and Derbyshire might be manageable. I have gleaned the date and start time but with the shortness of preparation time  can I ask if the sessions are something I'd cope with given my usual C-G style and lack of familiarIty with D-G and push pull playing?
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 07, 2016, 09:20:18 AM
Well, I play BC and have always come away from this sort of thing having learnt something.
Ollie's workshop is going to focus on playing on the outside row, cross rowing and selecting the correct basses for a tune in D but I guess the techniques will be transferable to a GC if you are happy for the tune to be transposed into G(?).
Mels workshop is aimed at beginners and as such she often uses button numbers as well as 'notes' so again as long as you are happy for your tune to be transposed then this should be fine too.
I think both workshops will touch on getting 'English ooomph' through push/pull techniques (Mels workshops often get quite animated at this point!).
Of course, you could always try and borrow a DG and get lost in the flock!!
Playgroup however is about so much more than the workshops. It is a great opportunity to meet and chat with people of a similar level, share experiences and tips and hopefully play some tunes in a low pressure environment.
Pete from Acorn will also be there with his stall of temptations...
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Strigulino on October 07, 2016, 05:11:26 PM
We are definitely coming. Not sure we'll be able to stick around Sunday even if there are things happening as the cat has just been diagnosed with diabetes and so we can't leave him too long without his insulin injections... in the long run we will find a cattery or friend who can do it but we're getting the dosages etc. sorted out now. Mr Spouse and self are both NHS so giving people injections doesn't bother us at all, but it seems a lot of people aren't all that comfortable with it... so we'll be heading off home early Sunday. But raring to go for Saturday though!!
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 07, 2016, 08:50:19 PM
Yay!!!
See you in a week.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 10, 2016, 10:33:24 AM
Here is the timetable for the day...

Derbyshire Playgroup.
Miners Standard, Winster.
15th Oct 2016.
9.30 – 10.00: Welcome, introduction, admin.
10.00 - 10.15 Order lunch
10.15– 12.00: Workshop session 1
      Mel with Beginners
      Ollie with Better Beginners (Old Tom of Oxford in D)
12.00 – 1.30: Lunch/social time
1.30 – 2.00: Regroup and Party Pieces
2.00 – 4.00: Workshop 2
4.00 – 4.45: Melodeon autopsy / social time
4.45 – 5.15: Final chance for your party piece.
5.15 – 5.30: Close, goodbyes and thanks.
7.00 - …: Session.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 10, 2016, 09:48:27 PM
Message from Ollie, "By "be familiar", I just want people to recognise the tune and know how it goes in their head. Don't worry if you can't play it all the way through, definitely don't worry about not being able to the play the basses - that's what the workshop is for!"

And from Mel, "Still nothing to prepare for my workshop, although please familiarise yourselves with this tune. Get listening folks! My afternoon workshop *may* contain a little bit of learning by ear depending on how the morning one goes. I'm trying to be over prepared rather than under prepared!
So pop your headphones in and enjoy getting to know this tune!"

https://youtu.be/K7xY7iHTbxc


See you all on Saturday.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Netta on October 11, 2016, 10:10:52 AM
Only just found out about the playgroup in Derbyshire.  Sounds fantastic and with Mel and Ollie it will be brilliant for all comers.
Would be very interested in a repeat if at all possible as I cannot make this one  Grrrr! Grrrr! 
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MelonBox on October 11, 2016, 10:18:27 AM
Still nothing to prepare for my workshop, although please familiarise yourselves with this tune. Get listening folks! My afternoon workshop *may* contain a little bit of learning by ear depending on how the morning one goes. I'm trying to be over prepared rather than under prepared!
So pop your headphones in and enjoy getting to know this tune!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7xY7iHTbxc

Looking forward to meeting everyone on Saturday!
Mel  :|||: :||:
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: pete /acorn on October 13, 2016, 08:58:53 PM
Hi
I am actually on site from late afternoon Friday and will be pitched in the car park,if anyone wants to try any of the Melodeons please knock on camper door or I will be in the pub.
You can still come along even if not taking part in the event

You can sit in the camper try some boxes and have a chat and cupper.

I am staying over till Sunday

Pete

Acorn Instruments
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Strigulino on October 14, 2016, 12:32:05 PM
As usual, I've got to looking at what tune I'm supposed to know the morning before it starts. :)
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 14, 2016, 02:23:11 PM
You only need to be able to hum your way through the tune which is why no dots have been produced - you could do that in the car on the way up!
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Strigulino on October 14, 2016, 04:54:11 PM
We usually listen to pirate metal on the way to folkie things. Alestorm and Red Rum and the like.

I'm bringing my badge press. Ollie needs his teacher badge. And you need a prefect badge. Hopefully you don't have a whole load of punters as my printer is kaput so I can't print any more out.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 14, 2016, 06:40:49 PM
Pirate Metal...

Well, that's my Youtube viewing sorted tonight!
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Strigulino on October 14, 2016, 09:51:20 PM
Pirate Metal...

Well, that's my Youtube viewing sorted tonight!

https://youtu.be/f55CqLc6IR0
https://youtu.be/9rvnKsjnpTU
https://youtu.be/fTchwDtziug
https://youtu.be/qHjPp7EK2nU
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 14, 2016, 10:22:39 PM
Right, so if Adam Ant and the Wurzels' had kids who lived by the sea, that would be the makings for a Pirate Metal band! 😁
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Strigulino on October 14, 2016, 10:25:27 PM
I like to think of it as the British equivalent of all those Scandinavian metal bands that do all that Norse mythological stuff a la Dethklok.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Lyra on October 16, 2016, 03:31:46 AM
Not going to happen due to bandwidth (ironic snurk) and other issues but it would be cool if all Mel's skypelets could have a playgroup one day.
Ah well ...
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: 911377brian on October 16, 2016, 12:53:05 PM
Thanks for that Strig, I am now a Pirate Metal fan...really...
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Molly on October 16, 2016, 01:14:47 PM
Thanks for the brilliant inspiration yesterday, even though I only managed to make the afternoon. Reconnected with my determination to learn the beautiful box.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on October 16, 2016, 09:39:53 PM
Great event. Many thanks to Simon, Mel, Ollie and Peter (Acorn). Also, to Penny for travelling so far to support this new Playgroup. Most of all, everyone got stuck in and supported each other with the usual sense of humour. Finally, I liked the pub - the staff were welcoming and even the regulars seemed to like our "sound".  So, it lived up to the Melodeon Playgroup Brand.
Now, Evesham to anticipate and the date is eagerly awaited!
I wonder whether anyone might like to venture up to a Northern version in the Borders, eg Newcastle area! 
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Strigulino on October 17, 2016, 03:07:33 PM
I have brought pirate metal to the world. Lovely :)

And it's not that far. I live in Essex, my parents and in-laws live in Devon, and I go to Blackpool every year. A four-hour drive is a pretty regular occurrence for us.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on November 20, 2016, 05:39:28 PM
Only just been registered as a member here so can only add my thanks now. It was a great day and inspired me to upgrade to a Serenellini Lady. I'm looking forward to bringing her to the next Derbyshire Playgroup. Any ideas when that might be?
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Lester on November 20, 2016, 05:41:05 PM
The first and original playgroup  8) at Bredforton will run on 11th Feb next year
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on November 21, 2016, 08:57:33 AM
I'm really pleased you were inspired by the day and thank you for coming along.
I am sort of thinking about the next one and I guess I would aim for the same weekend (the one before October half term begins) but I'm not sure about the venue. The staff were great, locals friendly and plenty of accommodation choices but the second room was a bit, well, snug really. So assuming that a few more folk might come along, I recon we will need a bigger pub. Currently searching and testing them to find the One.  :|glug
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on November 21, 2016, 12:19:19 PM
Your suggested date looks good for next year. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and staff at the Miners Standard and hope that you could somehow keep it in Winster. I've sent a PM.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on April 09, 2017, 10:14:31 PM
OK, so the Derbyshire Playgroup is back!  :|||:
October 14th and once again in Winster near Matlock but this time we will base the day around the rooms of the Burton Institute before moving to the Miners Standard pub for dinner and a session.
Your tutors for the day will be Mel Biggs and Steve Dumpleton and we will also be joined by Pete from Acorn with his stall of things to try and buy.
The format will follow the now well established Playgroup format of workshops aimed at beginners along with the opportunity to play in front of or with a sympathetic audience in an evening session.
I will get the facebook page up and running as well as keep update coming here too.
Hope to see some of you in October.
Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on April 09, 2017, 10:19:16 PM
Oh no, this clashes with Hartlepool Folk Festival and I've already booked to go there!  :'(
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on July 25, 2017, 02:16:03 PM
Just a reminder that we are all go for the second running of the Derbyshire Playgroup. Oct 14th in Winster, Derbyshire.

I haven't posted any updates recently as there isn't anything to up date really, the tutors are booked, the venue is sorted and Acorn Instruments will be supporting too. Several people have booked into the Miners Standard Pub, who also offer camping and parking for vans, but I here tell of a Melodeon doss house which Nigel is coordinating. Contact him direct if you are interested.

As with all the Playgroups, the aim is for beginners to experience a couple of workshops delivered by top tutors in a friendly, relatively informal setting and hopefully by the end of the day they will feel confident enough to join in with a nice and slow session in the evening. Its also a great opportunity to meet a group of folks of a similar level who you will more than likely continue to meet up with at other festivals and workshops.

In the sprit of playgroup there is no need to register or book but it would be nice if you were to let me know if you are hoping to come along. Similarly, if you have any questions please ask away.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on July 25, 2017, 10:00:03 PM
"I here tell of a Melodeon doss house which Nigel is coordinating"

That's me, the landlord from hell!
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on September 22, 2017, 12:55:46 PM
Just a few weeks to go now so the tutors are busy preparing their workshops and I hope to have any material to learn up very soon.
The itinerary for the day (14th Oct) will be:
9.30 – 10.00: Welcome, introduction, admin.
10.00 - 10.15: Order lunch
10.15– 12.00: Workshop session 1
      Mel with Beginners
      Steve with Better Beginners
12.00 – 1.30: Lunch(bring your own pack up or go to the pub)/social time and a good chance to look and fondle the lovely kit from Acorn Instruments.
1.30 – 2.00: Regroup and Party Pieces
2.00 – 4.00: Workshop 2
4.00 – 4.45: Melodeon autopsy / social time and more kit fondling
4.45 – 5.15: Final chance for your party piece.
5.15 – 5.30: Close, goodbyes and thanks.
Move to the Miners Standard pub
7.00 - …: Dinner and Steady Session.

There are still places if you are interested and there is no formal booking or deposits although it would be nice if you let me know if you are coming.

This is a great opportunity to meet and play in a relaxed friendly environment before dipping your toes in the world of bigger music workshops, sessions and events. Don't be shy!

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on September 22, 2017, 01:45:30 PM
Great News Simon.
Some players staying in Winster have arranged to meet for an evening meal in the Miners Standard at 8pm on the Friday night.  It will be followed by an informal session in a dedicated room. Everyone and all instruments are welcome. We'll order food from the bar menu. Last orders for meals are normally taken at 8.15pm but the landlady might be slightly flexible. It would be advisable for latecomers to check by phoning the pub (01629650279) or texting me (07767215532).
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on September 25, 2017, 01:07:42 PM
Steve has now given me his workshop material and they are all great tunes which many of you will already be familiar with. The level is aimed at improving beginners to intermediate.

There are four tunes:
1. Speed The Plough
2. Harry Gidley’s Waltz
3. Bear Dance
4. Rochdale Coconut Dance (spare tune for if time allows)

Participants should at least try to familiarise themselves with the tunes but full learning/fluency is not expected. We will work on that on the day and explore the many possibilities which the tunes offer for both melody and basses/chords.

Steve has provided me with dots and a few notes for each tune. If you are planning on coming to playgroup and would like the material let me know here or on the Facebook page and I will send it to you.

cheers.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 09, 2017, 02:11:07 PM
Just a few days to go now but it isn't too late to come along. No booking needed, just drop me a message if you are interested.

Also, a reminder that Pete from Acorn Instruments (www.acorninstruments.co.uk) is once again supporting the event so if you have any specific requests for instruments you would like him to bring for a demo, please contact him direct and discuss. He also does a fine, and justifiably popular, range of gig bags as well as replacement wooden finger boards for Hohner's which allow you to easily reduce button travel.

To those that are coming, if you have a music stand it would be worth bringing it along as well as a pen and a jotter. We will have tea/coffee at the venue but if you want anything specialist then you had best bring it yourself. Lunch wise, you are welcome to bring your own or you order from the pub on the day. There is also a small village shop. I'll post some maps and a parking guide later so watch this space.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: NickF on October 10, 2017, 06:10:39 AM
Very sorry to say that I have to pull out :(
I probably have to be in court on Friday (as a witness I hasten to add!) - probably as I won't know until Friday...
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: pete /acorn on October 10, 2017, 01:09:32 PM
Looking forward to meeting you all again,
I will be staying at the Miners Standard site on Friday night therefore if anyone wants to try instruments at the session then no problem.
I will bring as much stuff as possible but as Simon mentioned,if there is anything you would like to try please let me know.
If anyone in the area wants to see the instruments and is not taking part please call,I will gladly show what I have.
Pete
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on October 19, 2017, 08:44:02 PM
It was a brilliant weekend. Many thanks to Simon, Mel and Steve with the usual support from Pete (Acorn). It was sad about Mel's Car but, thankfully, no-one was hurt and beloved boxes were not burnt. My Melodeon "doss" house (as described by Simon) proved to be a wonderful place and I've already booked it for the Play Group weekend in 2018!
Now eagerly anticipating the 2018 date for the first and original Play Group in Bretforton.
Finally, planning of the 2018 North East Play Group started today.
It's a grand life.   
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on October 19, 2017, 10:26:51 PM
Best let me have the dates you've booked for and I will sort a playgroup for you!
Top weekend! Thanks to everybody.
Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on October 19, 2017, 10:54:54 PM
Gee Si, you're offering to do one specially for me? No, I've provisionally booked my "house" with options on  October weekends should you decide to do one next year and it's in October. I didn't want to lose the possible opportunity of using this house. 
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Steve_freereeder on October 20, 2017, 12:26:49 AM
It was a brilliant weekend. Many thanks to Simon, Mel and Steve with the usual support from Pete (Acorn)....
Yes, it was indeed a lovely day. I enjoyed being a part of it. Thank you to Simon and Nigel for organising it and for asking me to be a tutor.

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It was sad about Mel's Car but, thankfully, no-one was hurt and beloved boxes were not burnt.
This is a reference to the dramatic events which happened just after lunch. A car parked in Main Street went on fire due to an electrical fault. As we were walking down the hill from the pub back to the village, we could see a thick plume of black smoke rising. We got to the street corner and saw the fire which had become very intense very rapidly. Mel's car was parked right next to it and obvious that the fire was likely to spread to it. As there were small explosions happening, as well as the intense heat, it became clear that it was simply too dangerous to approach to try to move Mel's car out of the way. The fire brigade came within ten minutes but not before the fire had spread not only to Mel's car but also to a couple of the adjacent buildings, shattering windows and damaging the window frames and some of the stone-work.

It was all very dramatic, not to mention traumatic for poor Mel. I don't know how she managed to hold it together to return to teach for the afternoon and the following day, but she did. What a heroine!
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on October 20, 2017, 04:31:08 PM
Best let me have the dates you've booked for and I will sort a playgroup for you!
Top weekend! Thanks to everybody.
Si
Hi Si. Please would it be possible for you to avoid a clash with Hartlepool Folk Festival in 2018 (12-14 October)? It was a really enjoyable festival but I also want to attend my local melodeon Playgroup. Cheers, David
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on November 14, 2017, 12:50:15 PM
would the 20th Oct 2018 ( :o) be acceptable?

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on November 14, 2017, 01:08:49 PM
would the 20th Oct 2018 ( :o) be acceptable?

Si

Yes, please.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on November 15, 2017, 10:49:58 PM
That would be great. Thanks, David
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MelonBox on November 17, 2017, 12:30:14 PM
It was all very dramatic, not to mention traumatic for poor Mel. I don't know how she managed to hold it together to return to teach for the afternoon and the following day, but she did. What a heroine!

Thank you Steve. You were my hero in my moment of complete and utter emotional breakdown! All is well and sorted now. The claim has been processed, new (to me) car has been purchased and I've actually got some money left over! That, plus the new house is just gawjus and I'm feeling very settled and contented!

I have pencilled in 20th October into my diary for the next Derbyshire Playgroup. And I have also put in a question mark for the Sunday for another Thinking Outside The Box workshop! I think there will be enough interest for this to go ahead. There's demand for it on the Sunday after the North East Melodeon Playgroup too! Woop woop
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on March 20, 2018, 09:01:07 AM
would the 20th Oct 2018 ( :o) be acceptable?

Si

Hi Si.
Hartlepool Folk Festival has just changed its dates !!!!!!! It's now 19-21 October. Grrrr 😡😡😡
Is it too late to move the Derbyshire Playgroup to the week earlier or later? I'm coming to Winster whenever it's on.
Cheers, David
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 20, 2018, 10:18:08 AM
Hi Si.
Hartlepool Folk Festival has just changed its dates !!!!!!! It's now 19-21 October. Grrrr 😡😡😡
Is it too late to move the Derbyshire Playgroup to the week earlier or later? I'm coming to Winster whenever it's on.
Cheers, David

Unfortunately I have other commitments either side of 20th October, so if you moved the date I wouldn't be available as a tutor, sorry.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MelonBox on March 20, 2018, 10:40:01 AM
Hi Si.
Hartlepool Folk Festival has just changed its dates !!!!!!! It's now 19-21 October. Grrrr 😡😡😡
Is it too late to move the Derbyshire Playgroup to the week earlier or later? I'm coming to Winster whenever it's on.
Cheers, David

Unfortunately I have other commitments either side of 20th October, so if you moved the date I wouldn't be available as a tutor, sorry.

Ditto for me too! I guess we all must make our diary sacrifices, David! It's hard being popular... ;-)
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on March 20, 2018, 01:23:47 PM
Hi Si.
Hartlepool Folk Festival has just changed its dates !!!!!!! It's now 19-21 October. Grrrr 😡😡😡
Is it too late to move the Derbyshire Playgroup to the week earlier or later? I'm coming to Winster whenever it's on.
Cheers, David

Unfortunately I have other commitments either side of 20th October, so if you moved the date I wouldn't be available as a tutor, sorry.

Ditto for me too! I guess we all must make our diary sacrifices, David! It's hard being popular... ;-)

Ok. I'll give Hartlepool a miss this year (and Manchester Folk Festival!). Winster on 20 October it is.  :||:
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MelonBox on March 21, 2018, 08:09:00 PM
Ok. I'll give Hartlepool a miss this year (and Manchester Folk Festival!). Winster on 20 October it is.  :||:

Shit! We'd better make it even better if you're sacrificing two top festivals for it ;-) (NO MORE CAR BONFIRES THOUGH, OK?!)
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on March 21, 2018, 11:53:48 PM
Ok. I'll give Hartlepool a miss this year (and Manchester Folk Festival!). Winster on 20 October it is.  :||:

Shit! We'd better make it even better if you're sacrificing two top festivals for it ;-) (NO MORE CAR BONFIRES THOUGH, OK?!)

A day with you and Steve tutoring will be far better than attending any festival you're not playing at! 😉 Did many people camp at the Miner's Standard last year? I'm wondering about bringing my caravan to save driving on Saturday night.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on March 22, 2018, 12:08:06 AM
Hi David. I think that 4-5 people/couples stayed on the site. We had an informal session and meal on both Friday and Saturday night. Some continued to stay there after Mel's workshop on the Sunday.   
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on March 22, 2018, 08:31:32 AM
Hi David. I think that 4-5 people/couples stayed on the site. We had an informal session and meal on both Friday and Saturday night. Some continued to stay there after Mel's workshop on the Sunday.   

That sounds fun.  :||: :||: :||:
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on May 25, 2018, 12:51:48 PM
Here is a little info sheet about the day.
A few people have already 'signed up' and a couple have booked rooms in the pub  :|glug :||: :|||:

If you want any more info please ask away.
Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on May 25, 2018, 12:58:50 PM
We plugged it during and since the North East PlayGroup and I'll continue to do so up here. I'll attend. As we did last year, we're renting a house in the village through airbnb. There were similar places available last time I checked.   
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: David A on May 31, 2018, 05:49:19 PM
I've just booked a B&B in the village for the Friday and Saturday nights.  (:) (:)  :||: :||:
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: NickF on July 23, 2018, 10:26:49 AM
Damn, will have to miss a local Faustus gig on the 21st as I don't think my driving license can withstand getting back in time :(
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: brianread on July 23, 2018, 11:34:40 AM
Is Mel doing an "advanced" day on the Sunday?
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on July 23, 2018, 12:03:04 PM
Yes she is. I don't know what the topic of Thinking Out The Box3  (TOTB3) will be but I'm sure it will provide plenty to think about and work on out side the workshop.

We also have a new member on the tutoring team. This year we are also pleased to welcome Vicky Cooper to the team. After very well received debuts at the North East Playgroup and Melodeons in Wensleydale, Vicky will be on hand to give 1-2-1 help or take absolute beginners. Welcome to the team Vicky.

Updated flyer attached. Please feel free to distribute it around your local sessions, teams and mates.

Thanks

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on July 27, 2018, 01:21:28 PM
Great news Simon. This has to be another dream team of tutors for the PlayGroup and TOTB III on the Sunday is the icing. I could bring a spare DG box for absolute beginners, if needed.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on July 31, 2018, 12:46:05 PM
I spoke with the new owners of the Miners Standard and they are more than happy for us to take over the dinning room on Saturday evening for a session(tables reserved for a group dinner too). We are also welcome on the Friday evening should there be any early arrivals.
Lunches will be available on Saturday and we can order in advance on the day. The chef has stayed with the pub and the menu is just about the same so expect decent pub grub and reasonable prices.

As always, please get in touch if you want to come along or have any questions.

Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Steve_freereeder on July 31, 2018, 12:49:16 PM
Excellent news, Simon! (:)
It was a great session last year, as was the whole weekend (apart from poor Mel's car :'().
Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: NickF on August 01, 2018, 08:55:09 AM
I also have a spare D/G I can bring along if required...
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: denqua on August 01, 2018, 05:32:16 PM
Hi!  Is the camping still available please?
Denise.
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MatlockBather on August 01, 2018, 09:10:17 PM
Yep, camp site is open but please give the pub a bell to book. Will be good to see you again.
Thanks to those that have offered to bring spare boxes.
Si
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: pete /acorn on August 26, 2018, 11:03:37 AM
I will have 3 or 4 boxes available to loan if anyone fancies coming along and having a go

Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MelonBox on September 04, 2018, 12:55:08 PM
Hello! It's not too long to go now until the 3rd Derbyshire Melodeon Playgroup. I have taken over the reins of organisations temporarily whilst Simon relocates himself and his family.

I was looking down the list and notice there are no absolute beginners signed up! We have the very talented and patient Vicky Cooper with us to lead the AB sessions - so don't be shy! Come and meet other fellow beginners and have a go at learning something new and getting those muddles sorted out.

There are also plenty of spaces in my beginners and Steve Dumpleton's improvers groups.

And don't forget you can make a weekend out of it by attending my mixed ability workshop Thinking Outside The Box on Sunday 21st October (hopefully this year without any car fires!!). There are only 5 places remaining so get your place saved soon! More info: https://bit.ly/2Q1BKN4

If you would like to attend either event, or would like more information send me an email (as I don't check here very often!): workshops@melbiggsmusic.co.uk
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: Nigel on September 04, 2018, 01:44:34 PM
The Absolute Beginners don't even need to own a box. Spare boxes will be available. What a nice way to start to fall in love with this instrument and make lots of new friends at the same time.   
Title: Re: DERBYSHIRE Playgroup
Post by: MelonBox on September 05, 2018, 01:01:31 PM
The Absolute Beginners don't even need to own a box. Spare boxes will be available. What a nice way to start to fall in love with this instrument and make lots of new friends at the same time.

Very good point! Thanks for pointing that out!

TOTBIII UPDATE: 1 PLACE REMAINING!