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Title: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 12, 2017, 11:36:33 AM
Swaledale has for many years had an event for concertina players called 'The Swaledale Squeeze", which seems to be popular and successful - although I've never attended it. It has been in the back of my mind for sometime that there might be sufficient interest to make a similar event for melodeons in Wensleydale worth organising - a northern version of Melodeons at Witney in beautiful scenery. I've not done anything about it because I didn't want to put Dave Townsend's nose out of joint. However, if the general feeling is that the Witney Super-Squeeze is not what melodeon players want, then a 'Melodeons in Wensleydale' event might be worth considering. However, I would be inclined to see how the Witney Super-Squeeze goes this November before considering whether to organise an alternative event.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 12, 2017, 11:41:20 AM
It has been in the back of my mind for sometime that there might be sufficient interest to make a similar event for melodeons in Wensleydale worth organising - a northern version of Melodeons at Witney in beautiful scenery. I've not done anything about it because I didn't want to put Dave Townsend's nose out of joint. However, if the general feeling is that the Witney Super-Squeeze is not what melodeon players want, then a 'Melodeons in Wensleydale' event might be worth considering. However, I would be inclined to see how the Witney Super-Squeeze goes this November before considering whether to organise an alternative event.

Oh Yes Please!  (:)
Just do it please, Bob! I'm sure Dave Townsend would not object. If it was in the spring time it wouldn't clash with Witney, yet still be early enough not to clash with the big festivals.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Sue on June 12, 2017, 12:29:37 PM
i would love an excuse to visit the Dales (not that I really need one), one of my favourite parts of the country.
Sue
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Phil Howard on June 12, 2017, 12:38:09 PM
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considering whether to organise an alternative event.
Additional rather than alternative, surely!

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If it was in the spring time it wouldn't clash with Witney, yet still be early enough not to clash with the big festivals
Presumably "spring" would be after Melodeons & More?

As an aside - I play D/G "socially" but am increasingly wanting to get into/improve playing more in G/C: are there any events catering for G/C in the UK, or might there be scope/a market for some G/C provision at one that's primarily D/G? I haven't spotted any, but have met a couple of people who're playing French music on D/Gs "because I have to be able to play with people".
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 12, 2017, 12:42:40 PM
D'you know there have been mutterings about putting Melodeon Playgroup on a more formal and commercial footing but I have resisted these thus far as I feel it would  rather ruin the spirit of playgroup.  This makes me think again - if Super Squeeze isn't doing it for us as a group then maybe there is a gap in the market for an alternative/additional event.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on June 12, 2017, 12:44:35 PM
Great idea Bob. The first melodeon weekend at Halsway two weeks ago was really good - I'm hoping that it will become a regular event - but obviously it's a long trek from the north.
I really enjoyed the two Witney weekends I've been to - and was looking forward to this year's event, brightening up November as it does. I do wonder whether the p.a and concertina players have similar misgivings about the super squeeze...

J
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Lester on June 12, 2017, 01:35:08 PM
D'you know there have been mutterings about putting Melodeon Playgroup on a more formal and commercial footing but I have resisted these thus far as I feel it would  rather ruin the spirit of playgroup.  This makes me think again - if Super Squeeze isn't doing it for us as a group then maybe there is a gap in the market for an alternative/additional event.

Mind reading again
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: malcolmbebb on June 12, 2017, 01:39:58 PM
We seem to be burying the event before it's had time to die  :o   although the discussion does look to have a "self-fulfilling" air about it.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 12, 2017, 01:41:58 PM
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considering whether to organise an alternative event.
Additional rather than alternative, surely!

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If it was in the spring time it wouldn't clash with Witney, yet still be early enough not to clash with the big festivals
Presumably "spring" would be after Melodeons & More?

As an aside - I play D/G "socially" but am increasingly wanting to get into/improve playing more in G/C: are there any events catering for G/C in the UK, or might there be scope/a market for some G/C provision at one that's primarily D/G? I haven't spotted any, but have met a couple of people who're playing French music on D/Gs "because I have to be able to play with people".

Yes - M&M in Mendlesham is at the end of March, and just for one day. A weekend Melodeons in Wensleydale could usefully come at the end of April or early May.

it would be nice to get some alternative tuning sessions/workshops going on - several times I have tried to persuade Dave Townsend to run a G/C workshop as part of Melodeons at Witney, but he didn't think there would be enough takers. Maybe it would work 'oop north' - perhaps get Emmanuel Pariselle or Christian Maes as tutors?

We seem to be burying the event before it's had time to die...

No, not burying, just thinking about some alternative/additional options.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Anahata on June 12, 2017, 01:49:32 PM
I play D/G "socially" but am increasingly wanting to get into/improve playing more in G/C: are there any events catering for G/C in the UK, or might there be scope/a market for some G/C provision at one that's primarily D/G? I haven't spotted any, but have met a couple of people who're playing French music on D/Gs "because I have to be able to play with people".

Find a local French music/dance group that runs music workshops? They seem to be happening all over the country.
For example on the rare occasions when I manage to get to a Cam-French meeting, it's a chance to get my G/C box out.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on June 12, 2017, 02:17:14 PM
Swaledale has for many years had an event for concertina players called 'The Swaledale Squeeze", which seems to be popular and successful - although I've never attended it. It has been in the back of my mind for sometime that there might be sufficient interest to make a similar event for melodeons in Wensleydale worth organising - a northern version of Melodeons at Witney in beautiful scenery. I've not done anything about it because I didn't want to put Dave Townsend's nose out of joint. However, if the general feeling is that the Witney Super-Squeeze is not what melodeon players want, then a 'Melodeons in Wensleydale' event might be worth considering. However, I would be inclined to see how the Witney Super-Squeeze goes this November before considering whether to organise an alternative event.

you can put me down for it NOW!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: folkypete on June 12, 2017, 02:31:57 PM
And me too.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Choonz on June 12, 2017, 04:19:35 PM
Me too.  I have never been to Whitney, the long motorway drive has always put me off but I would be up for tootling up to the Dales.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on June 12, 2017, 04:33:09 PM
We seem to be burying the event before it's had time to die  :o   although the discussion does look to have a "self-fulfilling" air about it.
I know what you mean, but it may partly be in hope that the changes aren't made, or that we can add something else to the calendar - and further north too.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 12, 2017, 04:36:49 PM
Having just looked at the map.....further north is ok but somewhere relatively central would be more accessable for a majority of people.
Q
realising how far Wenslydale is, and how far Bob came when I last saw him!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 12, 2017, 05:38:00 PM
Having just looked at the map.....further north is ok but somewhere relatively central would be more accessable for a majority of people.
Q
realising how far Wenslydale is, and how far Bob came when I last saw him!

Like Bretforton for example? >:E

Barnful of Boxes anyone?  :|glug
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Sue on June 12, 2017, 05:49:59 PM
I would avoid May.  If you're involved in Morris it can get quite hectic after May Day.
Sue
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 12, 2017, 06:01:28 PM
I'm taking note of the comments and thinking seriously about it - weighing up the practicalities. IF Melodeons in Wensleydale is to be anything more than a pipe-dream, a number of issues need to be addressed. Firstly, the question of whether southerners would come. A fairly high proportion of the attenders at Melodeons at Witney come from the north, but some of the comments already posted here suggest that southerners might not be as willing to travel north as northerners seem to be to travel south. If that is the case, then it would not be viable.

If the event were to take place further south, then I don't think it would work in Bretforton. It works well for Melodeon Playgroup, but I don't think there are enough teaching spaces or a large enough assembly area for a larger event. It also has limited parking and B&B facilities, whilst accommodation for motorhomes and caravans is also problematic. That is not to say that somewhere else in that area (e.g. Evesham or Upton) would not be feasible.

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on June 12, 2017, 08:00:01 PM
Wensleydale is 90 miles south from me. Witney's an EXTRA 200 miles. But I chose to live here.
I understand the uphill thing, my family think it is so much harder to come north than go south.
Keep it brewing Bob. There must be an app to find where central is. But actually, I guess it would be wherever is most convenient for you, if you're considering it.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Lyra on June 12, 2017, 08:47:31 PM
What would be uber cool would be to livestream one of the sessions. Not the whole thing, obviously as that would miss (much of) the point of the weekend, but one workshop I would gladly sit up for and (fork out for) as 200 miles is a stretch but umpty thousand is a non-starter.
I realise it's just a pipe dream/workshop envy but still. Maybe one day ....
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: heartshaped1 on June 12, 2017, 09:03:44 PM
I'm taking note of the comments and thinking seriously about it - weighing up the practicalities. IF Melodeons in Wensleydale is to be anything more than a pipe-dream, a number of issues need to be addressed. Firstly, the question of whether southerners would come. A fairly high proportion of the attenders at Melodeons at Witney come from the north, but some of the comments already posted here suggest that southerners might not be as willing to travel north as northerners seem to be to travel south. If that is the case, then it would not be viable.

If the event were to take place further south, then I don't think it would work in Bretforton. It works well for Melodeon Playgroup, but I don't think there are enough teaching spaces or a large enough assembly area for a larger event. It also has limited parking and B&B facilities, whilst accommodation for motorhomes and caravans is also problematic. That is not to say that somewhere else in that area (e.g. Evesham or Upton) would not be feasible.



Bob you could count me in, Wensleydale would be absolutely great and I imagine out of high season has lots of different accommodation to offer.  If coming North is a real issue for some, then maybe somewhere with reasonable transport links?  As you know I've always used public transport to get to Witney with no real issues (except the time when the driver of the bus I was on fell asleep at the wheel...)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on June 12, 2017, 10:26:24 PM
There must be an app to find where central is.
I've just come home from Stepping Stones Folk Festival. The week before I stayed in Haltwhistle which is half way along Hadrian's Wall and claims to be the geographic centre of Britain. Wensleydale is south of this. I'd certainly be interested in attending.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on June 12, 2017, 10:37:31 PM
There must be an app to find where central is.
I've just come home from Stepping Stones Folk Festival. The week before I stayed in Haltwhistle which is half way along Hadrian's Wall and claims to be the geographic centre of Britain.
Nobody should get to Haltwhistle and not make it to Hexham - about a 20 minute drive, and whilst I don't want to put Haltwhistle down, Hexham is lovely.
I'd drive for around 3 hours each way to get to something akin to the Witney weekend.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on June 12, 2017, 11:06:20 PM
Nobody should get to Haltwhistle and not make it to Hexham - about a 20 minute drive, and whilst I don't want to put Haltwhistle down, Hexham is lovely.
I'd drive for around 3 hours each way to get to something akin to the Witney weekend.
Didn't get to Hexham, but did like Corbridge. There is probably much more accommodation available in the towns that around Haltwhistle. But Wensleydale would actually be more convenient for me as I live in the Peak District.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 13, 2017, 01:17:51 AM
I think the whole point about the putative Melodeons in Wensleydale is that it would be a northern thing and hence would not clash geographically with Witney. Bretforton, Evesham, etc., are too close to Witney. There could well be a fair number of northerners who are put off going to Witney because of the distance involved, but who would welcome the chance of a northern gathering. To the southerners who think Wensleydale is too far and in the territory of polar bears and 'here be dragons', I would just say that it's definitely worth the effort of a bit of travelling. The north of England is friendly and lovely.  (:)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: squeezy on June 13, 2017, 01:22:30 AM
I like the idea of Melodeons in Wensleydale, but I've heard that the tunes can get a bit cheesy.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Pat. on June 13, 2017, 06:26:31 AM
I like the idea of Melodeons in Wensleydale, but I've heard that the tunes can get a bit cheesy.
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on June 13, 2017, 07:15:42 AM
I like the idea of Melodeons in Wensleydale, but I've heard that the tunes can get a bit cheesy.

Groan. But as some people seem cheesed-off with Witney...
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 13, 2017, 07:37:29 AM
I'd put a blanket on Whitney ......

Yes it makes sense to give the north a chance for something, as wherever you centre it someone is faced with a long trip. I'd have to think seriously as I'd be looking at nearly a 6 hour trip and about 350 miles so I'd need to tie it in with a holiday of some sort if possible.

Steve 'Here be Dragon' signs are positioned at the Devon border to remind us when we leave!
Apparently the M5 is cobbled this side of Bristol....wherever that is  :o
Q
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Choonz on June 13, 2017, 09:38:33 AM
I think Steve is right,  it would be good to have some sort of northern meet on similar lines to Melodeons at Whitney and Melodeons and More.  I don't even think there is anything for Melodeon players at the Adult Folkworks Summer School this year?  You may be on to something Bob!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Winston Smith on June 13, 2017, 09:39:52 AM
"Apparently the M5 is cobbled this side of Bristol....wherever that is"

Very good!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Phil Howard on June 13, 2017, 12:20:33 PM
Find a local French music/dance group that runs music workshops? They seem to be happening all over the country.
For example on the rare occasions when I manage to get to a Cam-French meeting, it's a chance to get my G/C box out.

Thanks Anahata, I'm only in Bedford - it's crossed my mind, but having once been to DanseHerts near Hitchin as a dancer to scope it out last year, real life has persistently gotten in the way of going again. Whenever as now I remember or am reminded of CamFrench it's to find I've just missed something and nothing shows in the near future - plus I want to improve my G/C at an "event" before subjecting innocent bypassers to it!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 14, 2017, 11:26:59 AM
I think that any future discussion of Melodeons in Wensleydale should be in a separate thread, so I shall start one and hope that Theo or Clive can transfer the relevant posts from this one to the new one.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Theo on June 14, 2017, 11:42:37 AM
[[ADMIN]]

This is split off from the "Witney Super Squeeze" (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,20608.0.html) topic.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 14, 2017, 11:59:46 AM
I have just come back from the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, which I think would make a suitable venue for a Melodeons in Wensleydale weekend (or should we call it Melodeon Hawes?!?) The DCM is also an information centre for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It has a reasonable size lecture theatre/exhibition area, which would be ideal for a Friday night session and Saturday night tutors' concert. It could also be used for one of the workshops. There are two other rooms that could be used for workshops and an open area on the mezzanine floor of the museum itself, so that provides four areas for workshops. There is no bar, but there is a small café serving drinks, snacks and light meals. There is a large car park and motorhomes may be able to park there overnight (I would need to check that). However, there is a Caravan and Motorhome Club site 300 yards away and two other caravan and camping sites within walking distance. Hawes also has four pubs (two of which have held sessions in the past), several other eating establishments and more B&Bs than you can shake a stick at!

The premises are booked quite heavily for art exhibitions, lectures, concerts and other events, so the only suitable dates next spring that would be available would be the weekend of 18-20 May (I have reserved it provisionally). Alternatively, we would be looking at September/October, which is getting rather close to the Witney Super-Squeeze and to the Festival des Panards, where I am heavily committed, so I wouldn't be keen on organising something then.

I don't think there would be a problem booking tutors - I already have some in mind, so there are two issues to resolve before making this a firm commitment.
     1. Will enough people commit to it to make it financially viable? Clearly, I don't want to catch a financial cold (or pneumonia!) over this.
     2. I am not willing to organise it entirely on my own. I would need others to share the burden. Any volunteers?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Nigel on June 14, 2017, 12:10:38 PM
I will attend and volunteer to help before and during this weekend. 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 14, 2017, 12:27:42 PM

The premises are booked quite heavily for art exhibitions, lectures, concerts and other events, so the only suitable dates next spring that would be available would be the weekend of 18-20 May

That's a real shame. That'll be one of the busiest weekends of the morris season then :(

Edit: just to say that if it were to be September/October I'd be more likely to support it. May is just too busy for us morris tarts, this is a real shame because I quite fancy attending Melodeon Hawes (can I have a t-shirt please?).
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve Fox on June 14, 2017, 12:32:40 PM
I would certainly attend and am happy to assist in organising the event.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: heartshaped1 on June 14, 2017, 01:01:50 PM
I would attend and anything I can do admin wise from Sheffield, happy to help.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Choonz on June 14, 2017, 02:19:00 PM
I will attend and would be willing to help out with admin and during the weekend itself.  September/October or 18-20 May is fine for me.

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Sue on June 14, 2017, 02:52:59 PM
I would love to support this, but that date in May is not easy as there are so many Morris commitments in May.  I do hope you can make it work.
Sue
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 14, 2017, 03:34:16 PM
Bob - the proposed date is not so good. PM sent.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: folkypete on June 14, 2017, 04:38:54 PM
Hi Bob - I've booked a hotel in hope.  I coming up from the South by Public Transport.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Phil Howard on June 14, 2017, 04:58:35 PM
In principle I'm up for it, but find it hard to commit fully on limited information - a circular problem given it's hard to develop the event and give full information without commitments!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on June 15, 2017, 11:59:35 AM
 (:) have asked OH and he's happy to come along and carry melodeons for me  :|||: will pencil it on the calendar for next year  ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Anahata on June 15, 2017, 03:39:48 PM
I'm not committing myself to anything yet, but following this with interest, as by that time I should be enjoying my retirement* in Riddlesden only about 50 miles away.

*a.k.a. full time job with no holidays...
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 15, 2017, 05:54:12 PM
A few people have indicated that May is not a good time due to Morris events and other commitments. There isn't a lot of wriggle room at the museum which would be the venue for the event because we would have to fit in around their exhibitions and other commitments. However, an alternative that is available is the weekend of 20-22 April. Easter Sunday is on 1 April next year, so the weekend of 20-22 April would be after children (and teachers) have gone back to school. However, it is very close to St. George's Day, which would be the day after the melodeon weekend would finish. It will be impossible to fit in wit everybody's commitments and preferences, but would 20-22 April suit people better than 18-20 May?

Initial discussions about the format of the event are tending in the direction of something along the lines of how Melodeons at Witney used to be before it changed a few years ago: four tutors (provided there are sufficient participants) each providing one workshop throughout Saturday and another one throughout Sunday with music circulated in advance. There would be two workshops at basic/intermediate level and two at intermediate/advanced level each day. Basic level is defined as the next step on from the various Melodeon Playgroups that cater for beginners. There would be a session on the Friday evening and a showcase concert on the Saturday evening followed by a session in a local pub. We would also hope to have an instrument repairer on site and at least one trader, although this can't be arranged until we can confirm the date. It is too early to determine the cost yet, but we hope that it will be no greater than Melodeons at Witney and hopefully a bit cheaper.

Comments would be appreciated. We won't be able to please everybody with the date or the format, but we'll do our best.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on June 15, 2017, 06:13:43 PM
 (:) April would probably be easier for us, will pencil those dates in too  :|||: ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Mike Carney on June 15, 2017, 06:14:55 PM
I'd be interested to support this but my priority is Melodeons and More and the Morpeth Gathering. Fortunately next year the Gathering is on early April...6 to 8, but the dates shift around. So count me in for the first one, provisionally.
Mike
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Rees on June 15, 2017, 06:50:33 PM
I'd like to be involved.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pete /acorn on June 15, 2017, 07:18:22 PM
Hi Bob
Would certainly like to be involved as a trader at the event.

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Rees on June 15, 2017, 07:33:38 PM
Hi Bob
Would certainly like to be involved as a trader at the event.

That's two for starters  (:)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on June 15, 2017, 07:37:07 PM
I'm also ok for any of those dates, and would be happy to help, I am "reasonably" local (West Lancashire), so could be there before (and/or after) for on-site help and also happy to help on the email/IT etc side remotely. (email lists, website, facebook pages, etc).  Also although I'm not qualifed to teach how to play a melodeon, I do have a few years experience of running a "slow and steady" session for people who are not comfortable in a full session.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 15, 2017, 08:18:57 PM
Thanks very much for the positive responses so far. I'll get round to PM-ing everybody who has offered to help, but please be patient. There's a lot to do and I'm still trying to get my head round what needs doing and in what order. I'm also trying to fit this in between finding a new venue for the Euro-sessions for Whitby FolkWeek (Chris Nash and I are going over there for three days next week to inspect potential venues), clearing up after a major flood when an expansion tank exploded in our loft, preparing my workshops for Sidmouth and Whitby, liaising with Sidmouth Rugby Club over the Loose Knit Band sessions, working on my book on Dales tunes, oh! and trying to get on with other aspects of my life!

Steve_freereeder (who has generously offered to help with the planning) and I have discussed the format, which gave rise to my previous post, and we have begun to contact potential tutors, technicians and traders. We'll be in touch further as developments unfold. It is looking increasingly likely that this event will go ahead, but we need to consider it from all angles before making a firm commitment.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 15, 2017, 09:05:00 PM
Bob you could count me in, Wensleydale would be absolutely great and I imagine out of high season has lots of different accommodation to offer.  If coming North is a real issue for some, then maybe somewhere with reasonable transport links?  As you know I've always used public transport to get to Witney with no real issues (except the time when the driver of the bus I was on fell asleep at the wheel...)

This reminds me that some people might be under the mistaken impression that you can't get to Hawes by public transport. You can - quite easily! Take the train to Garsdale and then the Little White Bus the final six miles to Hawes. The Little White Bus is timetabled to meet most trains into Garsdale and can be requested (at no extra charge) to meet the ones it isn't timetabled to meet. People will just need to let me know nearer the time the train on which they are arriving and I can ensure there is a bus waiting for them.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 15, 2017, 09:07:42 PM
What would be uber cool would be to livestream one of the sessions. Not the whole thing, obviously as that would miss (much of) the point of the weekend, but one workshop I would gladly sit up for and (fork out for) as 200 miles is a stretch but umpty thousand is a non-starter.
I realise it's just a pipe dream/workshop envy but still. Maybe one day ....

We could look into it. I can't promise anything more than that at this stage.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on June 15, 2017, 09:15:50 PM
Good for you and the others who are committing to helping. I can only say that I will do my best to make it.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 15, 2017, 10:47:04 PM
A couple of people have asked about the possibility of a G/C workshop. It's possible, but we would need to know that there were sufficient people committed to it to make it feasible economically. If enough people PM me saying that they would be very likely to attend one, then we'll see what we can do.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Nigel on June 15, 2017, 11:03:42 PM
April dates are god for me.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Winston Smith on June 15, 2017, 11:06:34 PM
Perhaps we shouldn't be bringing religion into this, Nigel?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Andy Next Tune on June 15, 2017, 11:07:06 PM
I'm definitely interested in attending, and happy to provide support and assistance over the weekend.

Nice one, Bob!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Choonz on June 15, 2017, 11:13:41 PM
Sadly I don't think I will be able to make my escape for the weekend in April :(
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Lyra on June 16, 2017, 02:39:25 AM
What would be uber cool would be to livestream one of the sessions. Not the whole thing, obviously as that would miss (much of) the point of the weekend, but one workshop I would gladly sit up for and (fork out for) as 200 miles is a stretch but umpty thousand is a non-starter.
I realise it's just a pipe dream/workshop envy but still. Maybe one day ....

We could look into it. I can't promise anything more than that at this stage.
It would be fab - but I accept it may be a pipe dream, and probably more than year 1 would want to cope with .... maybe someday.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: NickF on June 16, 2017, 07:24:01 AM
I'd certainly be interested in attending.
Not afraid of a little travelling (can't get much further south from without either needing flotation devices or getting very wet!)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Oscarmouse on June 16, 2017, 08:02:45 AM
Hi Bob. With Lovely countryside, lovely people and no M40, If April's a goer count me in.
Tony
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Sue on June 16, 2017, 05:51:56 PM
April dates are in my diary, all being well I will be there.
Sue
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on June 16, 2017, 08:47:49 PM
Have provisionally booked B&B ( with free cancellation) for April dates as when looking up places to stay in Hawes the available beds seemed to be getting snapped up for that weekend  ;D  :|||: 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on June 17, 2017, 01:38:22 PM
Much prefer the weekend in April. I've put it in my diary. Hope it goes ahead. David
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Andy Next Tune on June 17, 2017, 05:31:22 PM
May please :) The April weekend is out for me as already booked for a St George's event.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 18, 2017, 02:42:45 PM
The good news is that Steve and I have reached the point in our pre-planning where we have convinced ourselves that we can do this and are willing to do so. (As I write this, my wife is making an appointment for me to see a psychiatrist!)

So, this event is now officially going to happen. The Dales Countryside Museum has been booked for the venue and three of the four main tutors have been booked. A trade presence has been arranged and a master-fettler will be on hand. Other arrangements are well in hand - a lot has been done in the last three days!

The bad news is that, whichever date we choose, it will be inconvenient for some people. However, responses here and attempts to discover what else would be on at the same time have led us to the conclusion that Friday 20 - Sunday 22 April 2018 is the most suitable of the dates available to us, so that is when it will be.

I will take the lead on the organisational side and Steve will handle the booking of the tutors, liaising with them and arranging for the music to be available to participants before the event.

We''ll use this thread and a dedicated website to keep you up to date with developments as they occur and we are also looking into establishing a presence on Facebook. Please don't try to book places yet. We anticipate taking bookings  from the beginning of January. Meanwhile, if you are interested in attended, please make a note of the dates: 20-22 April 2018.

For people who want to book accommodation early, I will have an accommodation list available in the next few days. However, you might like to know that The Fountain Hotel, Market Place, Hawes, is allowing us a room free of charge in which to hold sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings (after events have finished in the museum), so you may wish to patronise that establishment for accommodation, if it suits your needs and budget.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Phil Howard on June 18, 2017, 05:11:40 PM
Thanks Bob and Steve (and those who've offered help and I'm sure you'll put to work well!) - I'm looking forward to it already.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on June 18, 2017, 05:16:52 PM
 ;D Yippee!  and the dates are the ones the B&B is booked for so we don't have to alter them.  OH may smuggle in an Autoharp for sessions ....... after all I've been taking melodeons and concertina to the UK Autoharp do's for the past few years  to tempt people to try boxes  :|||: >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 19, 2017, 01:35:46 AM
Other instruments will be most welcome in the sessions. A variety of instruments has to be preferable to wall-to-wall melodeons!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: folkypete on June 19, 2017, 07:58:09 AM
Fantastic effort from both of you. Hotel booked...great stuff.




Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 20, 2017, 07:31:35 PM
Hotel booked -  looks like another year I won't make it to Oxford Folk weekend.

I shall look forward to receiving further details  :|||:
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 20, 2017, 11:53:14 PM
I've just finished preparing a list of accommodation. It is not exhaustive but it provides a good choice of hotels, B&Bs and caravan and camping sites, all within walking distance of the venue. I can't vouch personally for the quality of any of the places on the list because, for obvious reasons, I have never needed to stay in any of them, so you'll have to judge them from the information on their websites. I'll put the list on the website when we get one up and running. In the meantime, PM me with your e-mail address if you would like a copy. You'll need to do this because the list is a Word document, which will be sent as an attachment and I don't think you can attach files to PMs.

As a result of discussions I held with the National Park yesterday, we'll be able to offer free parking passes for the weekend in the Pay & Display car park alongside the museum. It is likely that the prohibition on motorhomes staying overnight on this car park will also be lifted for course members from Friday 20 until Sunday 22 April. For people who want an electric hook-up, there are four caravan/motorhome sites within walking distance, one only about 400 yards away.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on June 21, 2017, 11:51:46 AM
Sounds like you were born for this.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Sue on June 21, 2017, 12:03:20 PM
Thanks Bob.  The parking pass will be very helpful.  Thank you for taking this on!!! :|||:
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 23, 2017, 12:00:33 PM
There has been some indecision about the official name of the event, but we have now finalised it as Melodeons in Wensleydale. The programme has been agreed and, with one exception, the tutors are booked. We'll publish the line-up and programme once the final tutor is in place.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Guy on June 24, 2017, 11:59:49 PM
Brilliant effort! Well done Bob....I've booked accommodation in anticipation....

Cheers,
Guy
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on June 26, 2017, 03:20:43 PM
I've just finished preparing a list of accommodation. It is not exhaustive but it provides a good choice of hotels, B&Bs and caravan and camping sites, all within walking distance of the venue. I can't vouch personally for the quality of any of the places on the list because, for obvious reasons, I have never needed to stay in any of them, so you'll have to judge them from the information on their websites. I'll put the list on the website when we get one up and running. In the meantime, PM me with your e-mail address if you would like a copy.
Hi Bob. Thanks for organising this event. I've just sent you a pm regarding the accommodation list. Cheers, David
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 26, 2017, 03:54:06 PM
We now have a provisional line-up of tutors arranged for Melodeons in Wensleydale, subject to contract:
John Spiers, Mel Biggs, Issy Emeney and Steve Dumpleton (i.e. me).

We'll be publishing more details soon, along with a website link when it is ready.
In the meantime, by all means sort your accommodation if you wish but it is at your own risk. As Bob mentioned earlier, please do not try to book for the event at the moment. It's early days yet and there is still quite a bit to be organised. We will probably be opening bookings around next January.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 26, 2017, 05:24:38 PM
Sigh.....
That looks like a great lineup.
Wonder if I ripped out  a page of my road atlas it might make the journey shorter?
Q
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 26, 2017, 06:09:56 PM
In the meantime, by all means sort your accommodation if you wish but it is at your own risk.

Happily there's plenty of accommodation with free cancellation meaning it is relatively risk free.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: squeezy on June 26, 2017, 06:46:29 PM
Brilliant work Bob, Steve and everyone involved ... I'm very happy to be on board!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on June 26, 2017, 06:56:58 PM
In the meantime, by all means sort your accommodation if you wish but it is at your own risk.

Happily there's plenty of accommodation with free cancellation meaning it is relatively risk free.

 It's a beautiful place to visit even without the added attraction of melodeons  :|||: :||: ;D  .......... and there's the Wensleydale Creamery ....... Cheese Gromit ...... you can't beat a bit of Wensleydale  :D    my OH is addicted to it
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 26, 2017, 09:07:30 PM
It's a beautiful place to visit even without the added attraction of melodeons  :|||: :||: ;D  .......... and there's the Wensleydale Creamery ....... Cheese Gromit ...... you can't beat a bit of Wensleydale  :D    my OH is addicted to it
Ann - I think you have the quotation somewhat astray. What it really should be is 'Squeeze, dammit ...... you can't beat a squeeze in Wensleydale'  ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 26, 2017, 09:15:30 PM
We hoped to use the Wallace and Gromit connection in the advertising leaflets we are designing, but we got a firm "No!" when we asked Aardman Animations for permission to do so. Don't let this put you off the cheese, though! The Wensleydale Creamery has no connection with Aardman Animations. I shall be approaching them tomorrow in the slim hope that they might be willing to sponsor the event. However, getting money out of Dales folk is notoriously difficult - we were all born deformed, with short arms and deep pockets.  >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on June 26, 2017, 09:22:38 PM
...........  getting money out of Dales folk is notoriously difficult - we were all born deformed, with short arms and deep pockets.  >:E

    The definition of a Yorkshireman ...... A Scot with the generosity taken out  ;D

  (Ann .... 3/4 Yorkshire, 1/4 Scottish
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Anahata on June 26, 2017, 09:30:57 PM
What it really should be is 'Squeeze, dammit ...... you can't beat a squeeze in Wensleydale'  ;D

Is it too late to rename the event "Wensleydale Squeeze" ?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 26, 2017, 09:48:20 PM
What it really should be is 'Squeeze, dammit ...... you can't beat a squeeze in Wensleydale'  ;D

Is it too late to rename the event "Wensleydale Squeeze" ?

+1 Oh please, please do :)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 26, 2017, 10:56:25 PM
Is it too late to rename the event "Wensleydale Squeeze" ?

Formally it is now definitely 'Melodeons in Wensleydale' for business/accounting purposes but I suspect Anahata's description might well catch on colloquially! Mind you, if we didn't include the word 'melodeon' in the event title, we might get concertinas and accordions turning up. (And then where would we be?  >:E )
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: baz parkes on June 30, 2017, 12:16:49 PM
Is it too late to rename the event "Wensleydale Squeeze" ?
Mind you, if we didn't include the word 'melodeon' in the event title, we might get concertinas and accordions turning up. (And then where would we be?  >:E )
Somewhere else beginning with "W" ?  >:E  >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 30, 2017, 08:33:02 PM
What it really should be is 'Squeeze, dammit ...... you can't beat a squeeze in Wensleydale'  ;D

Is it too late to rename the event "Wensleydale Squeeze" ?

Just over the hill from here, there is already a Swaledale Squeeze weekend each year for concertina players. Perhaps we could organise an event specifically for squeeze boxes with leaky bellows and call it Wensleydale Wheeze - no, stop it!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Winston Smith on June 30, 2017, 08:59:15 PM
"boxes with leaky bellows and call it Wensleydale Wheeze - no, stop it!"

Ahh! What a shame, my little charges and I would have fitted in perfectly.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on June 30, 2017, 09:08:59 PM
'Wensleydale Wheeze ' - like it ! Just needs an elite group of fettlers on hand to provide therapy...

J
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Anahata on July 01, 2017, 07:51:43 AM
That would be a wizard wheeze!  >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Chris Ryall on July 01, 2017, 10:22:52 AM
.
    I was charitably wondering if Anahata might have typo'd a 'w'
   instead of 'c'  at start of t' second word?   But ... it seems not ::)

   At least Steve got it right 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Gary on July 02, 2017, 04:52:38 PM
Sounds a fine gathering and worth my drive from North Scotland.For any one else interested I have located a campsite about 10 mins walk away. http://www.bainbridge-ings.co.uk/site_details.htm
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on July 03, 2017, 08:40:52 AM
For any one else interested I have located a campsite about 10 mins walk away. http://www.bainbridge-ings.co.uk/site_details.htm
I'm planning to stay there too, in my caravan.  (:)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Choonz on July 03, 2017, 09:51:48 AM
I have stayed on the Caravan Club site at Hawes, it is a short walking distance from the centre of Hawes.  I don't think they open bookings for 2018 until December.  It is a big site, but the facilities are excellent.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 03, 2017, 11:26:21 AM
The Caravan Club site is only 2-3 minutes walk away from the museum where the workshops and concert will be taking place.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on July 03, 2017, 12:52:12 PM
The Caravan Club site is only 2-3 minutes walk away from the museum where the workshops and concert will be taking place.

This would be very convenient but Caravan Club sites often don't accept tents, so if you have a tent (or have friends with tents) the Bainbridge Ings site may be more suitable. And it is only 10-15 minutes walk from the museum.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 04, 2017, 12:46:23 AM
That's true, David. Bainbridge Ings is a nice well-run site just along the road from my house and it caters for tents, caravans and motorhomes.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 04, 2017, 05:29:34 PM
Progress continues: the tutors have all been booked, a bank account has been set up, Steve has produced an eye-catching publicity flyer, which is on its way to the publisher, and Brian has acquired a domain name and e-mail address and has begun work on the website.

We have not forgotten that several people here asked about a G/C workshop. If we provided this in the main part of the programme, it would restrict the choices of those people who don't have a G/C box (we can't lay on an extra workshop because we don't have an additional workshop space available). However, we are planning to have 80-minute Melodeon Maintenance workshops towards the end of Saturday afternoon alongside a Dales Tunes workshop. It would be possible to lay on a G/C session-cum-self-help-workshop alongside the Maintenance and Dales Tunes workshops, if there is sufficient demand. We wouldn't be able to provide a tutor for this, but people could play tunes together and share their experience/expertise of playing G/C instruments. Would that be acceptable to G/C players who are thinking of attending?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on July 04, 2017, 11:32:08 PM
I'm not sure there's any real difference in 'expertise' in playing a GC box  - despite it being a bit more prone to cross rowing. It might be better to suggest a repertoire than a skill set. I had to buy a DG box to attend Witney, so I don't think it's too unreasonable to have a specific GC workshop.
Well done again for taking the lead in this.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Phil Howard on July 05, 2017, 07:25:59 AM
Thanks Bob, that sounds like it could be a fun and relaxed way of doing it - and it's certainly not unreasonable to prioritise the main programme to be as widely accessible as possible.

Any feel for roughly how many G/C-ers said they were likely to attend?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 05, 2017, 05:07:43 PM
I've heard from about half a dozen G/C players so far, but some of them might prefer to attend the Melodeon Maintenance workshop or the Dales Tunes workshop. I won't get a clear idea until I receive people's application forms from January onwards.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 06, 2017, 06:38:14 PM
STOP PRESS: Our website is now live! The URL is www.melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk
The information on there includes the provisional programme, an accommodation list and ability levels but please bear in mind that it is still under construction, so not all of the information is there yet.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on July 08, 2017, 06:59:40 PM
We now have a flyer too, which will be distributed at various festivals, etc. over the next few weeks.
Contact me by PM if you would like a higher resolution version, suitable for printing at A5 or A4 size.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Nigel on July 08, 2017, 09:23:08 PM
Hi Steve. I'm happy to distribute the flyer at Shrewsbury FF. You would need to post copies to me by 16 July or email the fine resolution version. Nigel
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on July 08, 2017, 09:24:51 PM
Hi Steve. I'm happy to distribute the flyer at Shrewsbury FF. You would need to post copies to me by 16 July or email the fine resolution version. Nigel
PM sent
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 21, 2017, 11:18:22 PM
After further thought, we have decided to bring forward the date on which bookings will open for Melodeons in Wensleydale from 1 January to 1 November. Details of what each tutor will be offering will appear before bookings open, so that people can make an informed choice. For up-to-date information, check our website, www.melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk or, better still, sign up for our Mailing List.

A word of advice: since Hawes is a popular holiday destination, accommodation can book up a long time in advance, so early booking of accommodation may be advisable.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on July 25, 2017, 10:47:19 AM
Will there be cheese ???

 ;)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on July 25, 2017, 11:04:15 AM
Hotel room booked , and add me to the GC player list !
Anybody for CF ?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on July 25, 2017, 11:25:40 AM
Hotel room booked , and add me to the GC player list !
Anybody for CF ?

I'm more an Bb/Eb man myself.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 25, 2017, 01:52:55 PM
Will there be cheese ???

 ;)

Of course, Pikey! You can get it directly from the cow's udder!  :D (note the cheesy emoticon)

Glad to hear that you will be coming. It's always good to have a subversive element!  ;)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on July 26, 2017, 10:33:18 AM
Would you like me to run a 'Playing Delilah' workshop ??

 >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on July 26, 2017, 10:48:53 AM
Why?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on July 26, 2017, 10:52:04 AM
Why?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on July 26, 2017, 10:55:11 AM
Why?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on July 26, 2017, 11:02:26 AM
Why?

Help - I think we are in some sort of time loop here.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 26, 2017, 11:26:32 AM
Would you like me to run a 'Playing Delilah' workshop ??

 >:E

Of course, Pikey - provided you play it Over the Hills and Far Away!  >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on July 26, 2017, 11:27:55 AM
Would you like me to run a 'Playing Delilah' workshop ??

 >:E

Of course, Pikey - provided you play it Over the Hills and Far Away!  >:E

E.g. in Swaledale...  >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on July 27, 2017, 01:35:31 PM
Would you like me to run a 'Playing Delilah' workshop ??

 >:E

Of course, Pikey - provided you play it Over the Hills and Far Away!  >:E

In Dentdale ?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on July 27, 2017, 05:13:25 PM
Well, I've booked the b+b, simply on the basis that there'll be a Delilah workshop. If it's going to be in Dentdale, I'll have to rebook I suppose... >:E

Seriously, looking forward to the weekend - and the cheese...

J
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on July 27, 2017, 06:56:47 PM
It's always good to have a subversive element!  ;) [/color]

Just the one?  ;)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on July 27, 2017, 09:04:17 PM
It's always good to have a subversive element!  ;) [/color]

Just the one?  ;)
>:E I'm smuggling in a concertina and my OH will have a loaded Autoharp  ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on July 28, 2017, 10:08:13 AM
It's always good to have a subversive element!  ;) [/color]

Just the one?  ;)
Are you coming up too ?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on July 28, 2017, 11:51:18 AM
It's always good to have a subversive element!  ;) [/color]

Just the one?  ;)
Are you coming up too ?

It's a distinct possibility, hotel booked (with free cancellation) at the moment I'm thinking about potentially bringing the campervan up and staying for a  few days.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on August 15, 2017, 10:48:56 AM
The workshop details for the main workshops at Melodeons in Wensleydale are now on the website, as are the main tutor biographies. Visit http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk to view them.

Bookings won't open until 1 November, but, if you haven't already done so, you can sign up to our mailing list to be kept abreast of developments.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on August 15, 2017, 07:11:51 PM
Reserved a room at the Fountain Inn. Hoping to make it - good that it doesn't clash with the school break.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on August 15, 2017, 07:41:21 PM
I look forward to welcoming you to beautiful upper Wensleydale - and hopefully many more people as well!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on November 01, 2017, 07:34:56 AM
Bookings open I see ! Congrats to Bob (and everyone else involved) - great stuff - looking forward to the weekend.

J
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 01, 2017, 08:05:43 AM
Bookings open I see ! Congrats to Bob (and everyone else involved) - great stuff - looking forward to the weekend.
Everyone who has previously registered their interest in advance has been sent an e-mail with a link to the booking and payment forms. General booking for everyone else should be available via the MIW website very shortly. The weekend is proving very popular, so early booking is advised.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on November 01, 2017, 10:15:45 AM
Booked.  (:) :||:
It's going to be a great weekend.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Phil Howard on November 01, 2017, 12:50:36 PM
Booked.  (:) :||:
It's going to be a great weekend.

Ditto - so that's 2.5% of the places gone already!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on November 01, 2017, 01:47:03 PM
 :D booked also  :|||: 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on November 01, 2017, 03:07:04 PM
Everyone who has previously registered their interest in advance has been sent an e-mail with a link to the booking and payment forms. General booking for everyone else should be available via the MIW website very shortly. The weekend is proving very popular, so early booking is advised.
Steve, I haven't had an email, but I did already book my accommodation - could you send me a link?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 01, 2017, 04:27:16 PM
Everyone who has previously registered their interest in advance has been sent an e-mail with a link to the booking and payment forms. General booking for everyone else should be available via the MIW website very shortly. The weekend is proving very popular, so early booking is advised.
Steve, I haven't had an email, but I did already book my accommodation - could you send me a link?
I'm not in control of the booking process, but you can sign up to the mailing list here:
http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/how-to-book/

Alternatively, the 'how to book' webpage should be going live for all comers by 2nd/3rd November.

Alternatively (2) send an e-mail or PM to Bob Ellis (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php?action=profile;u=617) or Brian Read (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php?action=profile;u=174) of this parish.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 01, 2017, 05:05:08 PM
Everyone who has previously registered their interest in advance has been sent an e-mail with a link to the booking and payment forms. General booking for everyone else should be available via the MIW website very shortly. The weekend is proving very popular, so early booking is advised.
Steve, I haven't had an email, but I did already book my accommodation - could you send me a link?

If you haven't received an e-mail, it is probably because you haven't joined the Melodeons in Wensleydale mailing list, which you can do from the website. If you have joined the mailing list and haven't received an e-mail, please PM me because something must have gone wrong.

We felt that it was only fair to to let those on the mailing list have first chance to book, otherwise there would be no benefit to joining the mailing list. However, the website will permit bookings from everybody else from tomorrow.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on November 01, 2017, 05:24:07 PM
Can I double check - as I can't quite find the answer in the thread. Saturday is working with one tutor group all day - not two separate groups (same on Sunday) - so choice 2 is only there as a back up? Is that right?

Oh dear. I missed a field on the form, directed back to complete it and then clicked to pay. Only then noticed that it had reset my group choices all to John Spiers.
Sorry - I'll pm real choices - to Bob?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on November 01, 2017, 05:40:09 PM
Pretend you are going to pay by Cheque and fill it in again.... (link on the pre-amble of the paypal form)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on November 01, 2017, 05:50:44 PM
Thanks. Is it one tutor per day?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on November 01, 2017, 06:30:09 PM
Thanks. Is it one tutor per day?

yes.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on November 01, 2017, 06:35:22 PM
Excellent. Choices made. Payment made. John Spiers session opted for - don't want to be dis-mayed. French maid.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on November 01, 2017, 06:38:27 PM
The booking is now open to all.

Click on this link to go to the "how to book"  page which will direct you to the booking forms, depending on your payment method.

http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/how-to-book/

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: heartshaped1 on November 01, 2017, 06:41:29 PM
Booked! :)  Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Jan Ivarson on November 04, 2017, 06:27:52 PM
Hi Bob,
just sent my GBP 80. My wife is joining me to Hawes. She will not take part in any workshops but like to join for the tutors concert. The website does not say anything about extra tickets for the concert. Can you advise?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 05, 2017, 01:46:10 PM
Hi Jan,

Yes, we have received your booking and payment. I'll e-mail you about how to book an extra concert ticket for your wife.

Bob
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 05, 2017, 01:55:19 PM
After an initial flurry, bookings for Melodeons in Wensleydale are continuing steadily. Two-thirds of the available places have been filled and some of the workshops are almost full. If you are planning to book, then it would be advisable to do so as soon as possible, or you may find that one or both of your preferred workshops is already full.

We are planning to send out sheet music and recordings of the tunes to course members in February so that you have plenty of time to familiarise yourselves with the tunes in advance of the workshops. This will enable the tutors to focus on technique, expression and interpretation rather than spending valuable time teaching the basic tunes.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on November 05, 2017, 02:50:13 PM
I really approve of getting the stuff out with a long run in period.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on November 05, 2017, 09:22:11 PM
I'll e-mail you about how to book an extra concert ticket for your wife.
My wife would like to attend the tutors' concert too. Please would you let me know how to book a ticket too?
Cheers, David
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on November 05, 2017, 09:23:48 PM

We are planning to send out sheet music and recordings of the tunes to course members in February so that you have plenty of time to familiarise yourselves with the tunes in advance of the workshops. This will enable the tutors to focus on technique, expression and interpretation rather than spending valuable time teaching the basic tunes.
Excellent. Thank you.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: tjsmithdog5 on November 06, 2017, 02:09:44 AM
I'll e-mail you about how to book an extra concert ticket for your wife.
My wife would like to attend the tutors' concert too. Please would you let me know how to book a ticket too?
Cheers, David

My wife would also like to attend. Thanks.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on November 06, 2017, 07:39:26 AM
I'll e-mail you about how to book an extra concert ticket for your wife.
My wife would like to attend the tutors' concert too. Please would you let me know how to book a ticket too?
Cheers, David

My wife would also like to attend. Thanks.

Emailing you details.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Phil Howard on November 06, 2017, 12:10:13 PM
I'll e-mail you about how to book an extra concert ticket for your wife.
My wife would like to attend the tutors' concert too. Please would you let me know how to book a ticket too?
Cheers, David

Ditto!

Thanks
Phil
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on November 06, 2017, 01:00:55 PM
I'll e-mail you about how to book an extra concert ticket for your wife.
My wife would like to attend the tutors' concert too. Please would you let me know how to book a ticket too?
Cheers, David

Ditto!

Thanks
Phil

 And my husband would like a ticket also if possible please  (:)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on November 06, 2017, 01:12:52 PM
My wife has specifically said that she doesn't. And don't ask about the kids.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Rees on November 06, 2017, 05:50:20 PM
My wife has specifically said that she doesn't. And don't ask about the kids.

I always tell them I'm on a golfing weekend.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Mike Carney on November 06, 2017, 06:44:35 PM
My wife has specifically said that she doesn't. And don't ask about the kids.

I always tell them I'm on a golfing weekend.
Do you play golf?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Sue on November 06, 2017, 07:35:30 PM
I'd also like an extra ticket to the concert for my husband.
Thanks
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Rees on November 06, 2017, 10:14:39 PM
My wife has specifically said that she doesn't. And don't ask about the kids.

I always tell them I'm on a golfing weekend.
Do you play golf?

Never in my life!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on November 10, 2017, 05:01:26 PM
The wife is also looking forward to the weekend (though has no intention to swap fiddle for melodeon !) and would like to come to the concert please.(Email sent to you Bob but might have got lost in cyberspace).

Many thanks

J

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on November 10, 2017, 05:07:43 PM
The wife is also looking forward to the weekend (though has no intention to swap fiddle for melodeon !) and would like to come to the concert please.(Email sent to you Bob but might have got lost in cyberspace).

Have sent you a paypal link...

fixed the quote tag - sorry for that!!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on November 11, 2017, 08:57:19 AM
Just noticed my credit card statement refers to this as "Melodeon sin"! I'm even more excited about the weekend but my wife is a bit worried. 😉  :||:  >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Nigel on November 11, 2017, 09:37:59 AM
Just noticed my credit card statement refers to this as "Melodeon sin"! I'm even more excited about the weekend but my wife is a bit worried. 😉  :||:  >:E

It will be naughty but nice.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 11, 2017, 09:43:54 AM
Just noticed my credit card statement refers to this as "Melodeon sin"! I'm even more excited about the weekend but my wife is a bit worried. 😉  :||:  >:E
It will be naughty but nice.
My Sunday workshop isn't entitled 'Passion and Darkness' for nothing.  ;)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on November 11, 2017, 09:45:46 AM
Will we need man size tissues ?  ;)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 11, 2017, 09:55:32 AM
Will we need man size tissues ?  ;)
I don't think so. There are proper loos at the museum.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 11, 2017, 01:25:27 PM
Just noticed my credit card statement refers to this as "Melodeon sin"! I'm even more excited about the weekend but my wife is a bit worried. 😉  :||:  >:E

Damn it, our secret's out!  >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on November 11, 2017, 01:37:51 PM
I think I’ll bring my ‘cello along , you can have too many Melodeons .....
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on November 11, 2017, 09:37:59 PM
Speak for yourself Mr P! The only man who's been rumoured to have contacted the Dean and Chapter of York to rent the Minster from them for his overflow melodeon collection!  :|glug
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Choonz on December 07, 2017, 04:27:39 PM
The Caravan Club are now open for 2018 bookings for anyone who is planning to stay on the site during Melodeons in Wensleydale weekend.  I have just booked my pitch (:)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on December 08, 2017, 12:55:42 AM
The Caravan Club are now open for 2018 bookings for anyone who is planning to stay on the site during Melodeons in Wensleydale weekend.  I have just booked my pitch (:)
Me too.  ;D :||:
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Badger on December 12, 2017, 07:06:41 PM
Well that now makes three of us staying at the campsite.  That makes a good start to the season/session. :||:
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve Fox on December 12, 2017, 07:49:17 PM
Make that 4.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Theo on December 12, 2017, 08:39:06 PM
Does the CC site take tents, and bookings from non members?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Choonz on December 12, 2017, 09:07:20 PM
Checked the handbook, it seems there are only hardstanding pitches and it states it is exclusive to members. 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on December 12, 2017, 11:16:19 PM
That's correct. The Caravan and Motorhome Club site is exclusive to members and does not allow tents because all the pitches are hard-standing. Bainbridge Ings and Blackburn Farm both take tents and are less than a 10 minute walk or 3 minute drive from the museum. For camper vans and motorhomes, I can arrange free overnight parking in the museum car park, but that isn't possible for tents or caravans.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Mike Carney on February 03, 2018, 02:18:30 PM
Just booked my spot at Bainbridge Ings for the camper. £25 per night with hookup for two adults and van.
Mike
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on February 03, 2018, 08:20:32 PM
 ;D not too long now, looking forward to seeing the tunes for the workshops  :|||:  have got leave of absence  from the Morris side for the annual St. Georges Day "do"  and have turned down all band bookings for that weekend  (:)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on February 04, 2018, 02:03:33 AM
...looking forward to seeing the tunes for the workshops  :|||: ...
<tease mode>
Oh, there are some good ones!  ;)
</tease mode>
 >:E
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on February 04, 2018, 01:28:01 PM
As I mentioned last month, we have received sponsorship from Outhwaites Ropemakers and we would like to use some of this money to provide bursaries for young people because the future of melodeon playing will lie in their hands. So far we have had no applications for bursaries, so, if you are under 25 or know somebody under 25 who might benefit from a bursary, please let us know. The bursaries cover 75% of the course fee and can be applied for by people who have already booked a place on the course as well as those doing so now. Further details can be found on our website: http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/

The current state of play is that 68 people have booked places and half of the workshops are full. However, there are a few places left on the remaining workshops for any later-comers, but you will need to be quick!

MP3 sound files and sheet music of the tunes for each workshop will be made available via the website next month.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on March 16, 2018, 06:09:47 PM
Bob
Email sent.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: MelonBox on March 19, 2018, 07:43:22 PM
As I mentioned last month, we have received sponsorship from Outhwaites Ropemakers and we would like to use some of this money to provide bursaries for young people because the future of melodeon playing will lie in their hands. So far we have had no applications for bursaries, so, if you are under 25 or know somebody under 25 who might benefit from a bursary, please let us know. The bursaries cover 75% of the course fee and can be applied for by people who have already booked a place on the course as well as those doing so now. Further details can be found on our website: http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/

The current state of play is that 68 people have booked places and half of the workshops are full. However, there are a few places left on the remaining workshops for any later-comers, but you will need to be quick!

MP3 sound files and sheet music of the tunes for each workshop will be made available via the website next month.

Great Bob! Just shared this to my Facebook page to see if any interest can be roused!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: RobLowe on March 26, 2018, 11:21:41 AM
I'm looking for a thumb-out emoticon!

Hi,  I'm travelling up to Wensleydale from Lancaster, but don't drive. I was wondering if there's anybody who might be able to give me a lift to Hawes (and/or more importantly back on Sunday after the showcase when there's no  train connections!). If anybody is either passing Lancaster or could meet me at a railway station (e.g., Kendal or Oxenholme) I would be very grateful.

Thanks in advance
Rob
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 26, 2018, 01:40:31 PM
Hi,  I'm travelling up to Wensleydale from Lancaster, but don't drive. I was wondering if there's anybody who might be able to give me a lift to Hawes (and/or more importantly back on Sunday after the showcase when there's no  train connections!). If anybody is either passing Lancaster or could meet me at a railway station (e.g., Kendal or Oxenholme) I would be very grateful.
The nearest railway station is Garsdale and there is the 'Little White Bus' service which connects with train arrivals and takes you to Hawes.
See here (scroll down): http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/how-to-get-there/
and here:
http://getdown.org.uk/bus/bus/113.shtml

But I'm not sure it will help you for the return journey on Sunday, sorry.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: RobLowe on March 26, 2018, 02:09:22 PM
Hi Steve,

Thanks - I know about the train to Garsdale, the website for the weekend is very helpful  (:) - however unfortunately the connections aren't so great (a minimum hour and  a half wait out on the Lancaster-Leeds line, and most of them two hours plus)... and there is no train aback after two on the Sunday.

Hopefully someone will be able to help (I imagine there'll be people coming up the M6, through the Lakes or stops on the Lancaster-Leeds),

Rob
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Hugh Taylor on March 26, 2018, 06:49:56 PM
Rob,
I live in Arnside and going to Hawes in my campervan on the Friday, returning on the Sunday. We should be able to arrange something, though I may be carrying PA equipment as well.
Email me on jhugh.taylor@btinternet.com
Cheers
Hugh 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Sue on March 31, 2018, 09:54:52 PM
I'm not able to get into MIW music downloads page at the moment.  I have the dots but I haven't saved the music files yet!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Sue on March 31, 2018, 11:27:45 PM
OK, I've got in now and saved the files. :Ph
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on April 04, 2018, 01:45:47 PM
Last call for Melodeons in Wensleydale! 67 people have booked places and we look forward to welcoming them to sunny Hawes (well, we can hope!) on the weekend of 20-22 April. If you are booked on the course, you should have received the code by now to download the tunes and have started going through them. You don't need to be able to play them note-perfect before you arrive, but it will help if you have learnt them sufficiently to be able to play them through approximately.

We still have a few places available, so, if you are free that weekend and would like a weekend of high quality tuition from superb performers and teachers in a beautiful location, visit www.melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk for further details and booking instructions.

PS. The snow has now left Wensleydale! Hurrah!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on April 04, 2018, 04:45:12 PM
Does anybody fancy an afternoon session on the Friday, if we can find a pub that doesn't mind?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve Fox on April 04, 2018, 05:36:32 PM
I would definitely be up for that.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Nigel on April 04, 2018, 06:35:28 PM
Count me in, Pikey
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Myra Cassar on April 04, 2018, 07:20:32 PM
Yes please. M
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on April 04, 2018, 08:00:07 PM
 :D sounds like fun  :|||:   :|glug
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: folkypete on April 05, 2018, 08:03:00 AM
I'll be around then and would certainly be very interested. 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on April 05, 2018, 11:57:14 PM
I'll ask around to see if one of the local pubs is willing and report back here.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on April 07, 2018, 07:49:58 PM
I've spoken to Angus, the landlord of The Fountain Hotel and he is happy for an impromptu session to take place in the backroom of the hotel on Friday afternoon. If he has a lot of diners, he uses that room as an over-spill dining area, so you wouldn't be able to start until the diners have finished and staff have had time to clear up, but the room should be available from around 3.00 pm. You would have to play it by ear for the start time and may have to wait until the room becomes available. The Fountain is the only pub in Hawes that has a separate room where you wouldn't disturb the locals and they won't disturb you. It is also the largest pub in Hawes, so I think this is your best bet. On the assumption that this would suit you best, I have booked the room from around 3.00 pm or whenever it becomes available.

We are not being charged for the room, so please patronise the bar so that the pub benefits from your presence. I probably won't be there during the afternoon because I will be organising things and greeting people down at the museum.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on April 08, 2018, 09:34:57 AM
 ;D lovely, have got our cat / house sitter lined up and plan to be in Hawes lunchtime-ish so we can stroll round at leisure before heading to the Fountain  :|||: then on to the B&B 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on April 09, 2018, 05:48:42 PM
Thanks Bob , I will be at the Fountain for 3pm, and promise I will use the bar!
I’m also staying there , so won’t have far to travel  (:)

Pikey
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Myra Cassar on April 17, 2018, 07:23:35 PM
Looking forward to the weekend in Hawes.    I will have with me , several of Dave Mallinson's new Melodeon tuition books and CDs, to sell on his behalf . Let me know if you would like to look at them .        Myra  x
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on April 17, 2018, 07:33:23 PM
Thanks Bob , I will be at the Fountain for 3pm, and promise I will use the bar!
I’m also staying there , so won’t have far to travel  (:)

Pikey

I'm also staying at the Fountain, and if Bob allows me out later in the afternoon, I'll come along for the session.

Anyone else at the Fountain?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on April 17, 2018, 07:42:17 PM
Not staying at Fountain but as Pikey will be buying will aim to drop in, subject to arrival time...

J

Ps where's good for grub ?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on April 17, 2018, 08:05:01 PM
 (:) the B&B's just 7 minutes walk from the Fountain and when we told the owners we planned to be in Hawes lunchtime ish to have a wander before going to the session the lovely lady said we can park the car and drop our bags off at the B&B, even though we're not meant to arrive until teatime.
 ..... anyone else at Southview down Gayle Lane?  ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Geoff P. on April 17, 2018, 08:13:01 PM
AnnC
Yes, I'm staying at Southview - will look out for you there.
Geoff.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Myra Cassar on April 17, 2018, 08:14:27 PM
Friday lunch, I will be heading to the cheese factory,  fabulous cafe , and a dining room, and the best ever cheese tasting . I haven't eaten in the pubs , but I've used several cafes, all good..   M..
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on April 17, 2018, 08:41:12 PM
Friday lunch, I will be heading to the cheese factory,  fabulous cafe , and a dining room, and the best ever cheese tasting . ...  M..
AnnC
Yes, I'm staying at Southview - will look out for you there.
Geoff
Myra and Geoff ..we might see you there at lunchtime then  (:) .. the cunning plan so far is to lunch in the cheese factory café then meander up to the Fountain for a drink and to book a table for evening meal, enjoy the session  :||: :|glug :|||: eat and stroll to the museum.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on April 18, 2018, 03:35:20 PM
Just sent out the "welcome" email to all who have booked for "Melodeons in Wensleydale".

If anyone does not receive it in the next 10 minutes and expects that they should have, PM me, or comment on here and I'll send them an individual copy.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on April 18, 2018, 03:45:15 PM
Thanks - looking forward to the weekend... Anyone got a spare music stand - left mine at home (at least I remembered to bring a few melodeons...)

J
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Nigel on April 18, 2018, 05:05:21 PM
Julian. I may have one or, at least, a table top one. It's something!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: brianread on April 19, 2018, 06:46:26 AM
I think I might have one somewhere - I'll see if I can find it and bring it along.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on April 19, 2018, 08:04:53 AM
Thanks !

J

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on April 19, 2018, 09:52:16 PM
I'll have a spare one with me that somebody can borrow because I think I'll be too busy to spend much time in any of the workshops.  :(
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pikey on April 22, 2018, 05:37:59 PM
Just to say well done to everybody involved in the organising and all of the tutors .
I’ve had a great weekend with great company , and I’ve learnt a lot - even if I didn’t get to play Delilah
 (:)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on April 22, 2018, 06:10:39 PM
 ;D ..... but your “harp” backing for the Welsh tunes made up for the lack of Delilah  :||:

It has been a wonderful weekend, so much to remember and practice ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Scobarandbar on April 22, 2018, 08:49:18 PM
What an inspirational weekend this was.....The tutors were great as was the concert last night they put on for us!

Thanks to all who organised this wonderful weekend and I will be back next year.

It goes without saying there was nice beer and cheese as well in good old Hawes


Scott
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Rees on April 22, 2018, 09:15:56 PM
A fabulous weekend. A big thanks to all concerned.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Theo on April 22, 2018, 09:17:52 PM
And superbly organised by Bob, Brian Read and Steve Dumpleton.  Everything ran so smoothly it's hard to believe it was a new event in a new venue.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Julian S on April 22, 2018, 09:29:55 PM
A fabulous weekend. A big thanks to all concerned.

Sums it up from me as well ! A great weekend after the long winter.

J
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: playandteach on April 22, 2018, 10:07:11 PM
Glad to hear it was a success. Sorry to have pulled out, but I'm sure you understand. Good to be playing a bit again, and hope to support the event in the future.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: squeezy on April 22, 2018, 11:07:04 PM
Yeah!  Really good job Bob and Steve and all the others behind the scenes who worked hard to make sure this first one was a great success.  I'm honoured to have been asked to be there at the first one.  Amazingly beautiful place too - it's one of the few parts of the UK I haven't been to and I had no idea what a gem I'd missed.

It's slightly further away for me than Witney, but I'm home safe now ... and I seem to have acquired a one-row with a Welsh accent.  Oh well.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Scobarandbar on April 22, 2018, 11:22:54 PM
Yeah!  Really good job Bob and Steve and all the others behind the scenes who worked hard to make sure this first one was a great success.  I'm honoured to have been asked to be there at the first one.  Amazingly beautiful place too - it's one of the few parts of the UK I haven't been to and I had no idea what a gem I'd missed.

It's slightly further away for me than Witney, but I'm home safe now ... and I seem to have acquired a one-row with a Welsh accent.  Oh well.

 ;D It was inevitable it was going to happen.  Every time you walked passed the red-dragoned bench you couldn't resist a quick poke...
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Phil Howard on April 23, 2018, 08:21:31 AM
Everything ran so smoothly it's hard to believe it was a new event in a new venue.
Better in fact than some longer running ones, at least to my mind - heartfelt thanks both to the key organisers and to those who helped with on the day tasks like the tea!

I found Mel & John’s workshops complemented each other really well, and the G/C session a really welcome opportunity too. I hope that the event can run again, and on dates I can make :-)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: RobLowe on April 23, 2018, 09:46:34 AM

Just writing to agree with everyone who said what a great weekend it was. With John and Issy's workshops I now have enough to keep me busy for 12 months,.. I hope I'll be able to return then for more! Thank you to Bob,  Steve, Brian, all the tutors, and everyone who made the weekend possible!  :D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: pete /acorn on April 23, 2018, 09:50:06 AM
Fantastic event and very well organised,


I think a special thank you should go to the museum staff also,especially the lady who had to stay back whilst I got my stall down and loaded.


Please organise again
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on April 23, 2018, 10:54:20 AM
I had a great weekend! It was great to meet up with old friends and make new ones.
Huge thanks to Bob for thinking of the idea in the first place and doing such sterling organisation work over the last nine months or so, especially liaising with the Dales Countryside Musuem, local businesses and others to make it all possible. It has been a privilege to work alongside him and Brian Read (website, booking system, etc.). We have got along brilliantly  (:)

Thanks also to the other tutors - John, Mel and Issy for being so inspirational; to Theo and Rees for running their two maintenance workshops, Vicky for the G/C workshop, and the traders - Pete, Rees and Murray, who all helped to make the atmosphere really vibrant.

A special mention also to my workshop participants. I threw some challenging stuff at you and you responded brilliantly! Well done!

Thanks everyone - it was a lovely weekend which I will remember for a long time to come.

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: heartshaped1 on April 23, 2018, 12:50:38 PM
Just to echo everyone's comments, I had an absolutely amazing time, and thanks to Bob, Steve, Brian, Jan and the hardworking museum volunteers who all helped to make it so great.

I really enjoyed the workshops I went to (John's and Mel's) and despite being ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED managed to survive leading the G/C session. Thank you to all who attended for your patience and good humour! On the Sunday I got to be terrified a second time as only three of us were available to perform Mel's showcase but we did it (with a large helping of excellence from Mel!) and I was really glad we did, it felt like a big achievement.

The venue and the town were so lovely and the Friday sessions in the Fountain were also great fun.  The concert was amazing and I was really pleased to see Rees and Theo up there too, I very much enjoyed their performances.  The whole event had a real sense of community to it with everyone pitching in helping out with moving chairs, collecting empty cups etc.

I really hope that there will be a Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019 and if there is, I'll be first on the list!

Now back to Oppland Upland and The Mallard and trying to remember a quarter of the brilliant advice from my tutors.....

Vicky.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Steve Fox on April 23, 2018, 01:54:53 PM
I echo all the above comments - it really was an outstanding weekend, with excellent tutors, a great venue and a stunning location. A big thank you to all the organisers. Please repeat the event next year. I'll be competing with Vicky to be first on the list! I've never played alongside a harpist before, so thanks to Pikey too!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Chris Rayner on April 23, 2018, 02:54:48 PM
Just to echo everyone's comments, I had an absolutely amazing time, and thanks to Bob, Steve, Brian, Jan and the hardworking museum volunteers who all helped to make it so great.

I really enjoyed the workshops I went to (John's and Mel's) and despite being ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED managed to survive leading the G/C session. Thank you to all who attended for your patience and good humour! On the Sunday I got to be terrified a second time as only three of us were available to perform Mel's showcase but we did it (with a large helping of excellence from Mel!) and I was really glad we did, it felt like a big achievement.

The venue and the town were so lovely and the Friday sessions in the Fountain were also great fun.  The concert was amazing and I was really pleased to see Rees and Theo up there too, I very much enjoyed their performances.  The whole event had a real sense of community to it with everyone pitching in helping out with moving chairs, collecting empty cups etc.

I really hope that there will be a Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019 and if there is, I'll be first on the list!

Now back to Oppland Upland and The Mallard and trying to remember a quarter of the brilliant advice from my tutors.....

Vicky.

Thank you for your leadership in the group, Vicky.  Your trepidation was not obvious, and I certainly had a good time.  In all the workshops and groups.  We were somewhat blessed with the weather, but even if it had been horizontal sleet the warmth and harmonious good fellowship would have evaporated the cold and damp.  I too shall be camping at the head of the queue to join next year’s weekend.  By then I hope to be able to play Iron Legs Hornpipe.  Even possibly Äppelbo Gånglåt.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Nigel on April 23, 2018, 04:53:08 PM
...... despite being ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED managed to survive leading the G/C session.
Vicky.

Terrified? I don't believed you, as you were  relaxed and confident - you brought everyone in. I hope that this session is repeated next year. I think that there is potential for a weekend event dedicated to GC boxes!
   
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: heartshaped1 on April 23, 2018, 05:11:46 PM
Nigel and Chris thank you both for your very kind words it was a pleasure to meet you both, I obviously hid my nerves better than I thought! :-\ I think there’s always room for more G/C sessions or events but then I am a bit biased!   (:)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: David A on April 24, 2018, 11:25:56 AM
A fabulous weekend. A big thanks to all concerned.
Absolutely. Superb organisation both before and during the weekend. And brilliant tutors - I went to Mel's on Saturday and Issy's on Sunday.
Already looking forward to the next one.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Hugh Taylor on April 24, 2018, 11:48:34 AM
Yes it was an excellent weekend, in a lovely area, and the venue was great. Thanks to all concerned, and Bob in particular. 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Bob Ellis on April 24, 2018, 04:16:43 PM
Thanks very much for all the kind comments about the weekend. I haven't yet finished analysing the feedback forms, but we have decided to try to hold another one next year.

Subject to confirmation of the availability of the museum that weekend, it looks as though it will have to be on 26-28 April, the only weekend next year that falls between Easter and May Day. Different education authorities have their Easter holidays at different times: some will be 13-28 April; others 6-21 April and two (Sheffield and Bury) 30 March-14 April, so running Melodeons in Wensleydale in the first half of April would be fraught with problems. The weather is too unsettled in the Dales to put it back into March and once we get into May there are too many festivals, Morris gigs and other folk music events, so 26-28 April looks to be the best date. Please pencil it in your diaries.

I will confirm this as soon as (a) the museum lets me know whether they can accommodate us that weekend and (b) we have heard from potential tutors about their availability then. This could take several weeks, but I'll keep everyone posted.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: AnnC on April 24, 2018, 05:30:29 PM
 ;D wonderful, thank you Bob.  Dates pencilled in and already researching B&B's/ holiday lets ready to book the moment you give the thumbs up  :|||: ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: MelonBox on April 24, 2018, 05:52:17 PM
... and I seem to have acquired a one-row with a Welsh accent.  Oh well.

I guess that shed will have to wait a little longer then, John  ;D

Just adding my voice to the thronging compliments that everyone is chucking out there - what a great weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed working and performing at the museum. The perfect spot for it I thought and with it being outside of school holidays, not too busy with non-melodeonists! Although I did get some curious passersby up on the mezzanine level on Sunday.

Thanks everyone for your kind words and feedback. I was rightly chuffed with both of my workshops. Some brilliant discussion on Saturday about how to survive in sessions when we're 'out in the wild' and throwing a reasonably tricky self-penned tune at you on Sunday. Rarely have I had better hard working, diligent and polite groups to teach so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I've already had a couple of bits of feedback that the SS skills are paying off for people in wild sessions so I think my work here is done! Glad that my tricky tune was deemed nice enough to bother persevering with by my Sunday group too. A great accolade!

Mel
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Tufty on April 24, 2018, 11:52:39 PM
Missed out this year, so just booked my room for next time!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Mike Carney on April 26, 2018, 03:25:59 PM
Well done and thanks for a really solid weekend..as has been said, hard to believe it hasnt been going for longer! One of the things I especially enjoyed was putting some more melnet names to faces! Great workshops. Lots to think about and to apply.
Mike
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Ian Mackay on April 28, 2018, 09:48:28 PM
I would also like to thank Bob, Brian and Steve for organising such an enjoyable weekend. You certainly planned it superbly! Many thanks to the tutors and to all of the other people who helped to make this such a successful event.

I certainly learned a lot about varying the basses and the chords, from John and Steve, and I'm enjoying playing the tunes that they gave us. I also like the Wensleydale tunes that Bob gave us, particularly the waltz.

I can recommend the Hawes Caravan and Motorhome Club site, which is less than a 10 minute walk from the museum. The facilities there are excellent.

Above all though, what a great setting for such an event, and what a nice group of people to spend the weekend with! I certainly look forward to returning next year!

Ian
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2018
Post by: Theo on June 09, 2018, 05:26:20 PM
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I've split the 2019 and 2018 Melodeons in Wewnsleyday into two separate topics. 

The 2019 topic is here (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,22438.0.html)