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Title: Sidmouth
Post by: Rob Lands on July 10, 2019, 01:38:07 PM
I know I'm not the only one going - after all Anahata seems to have a block booking at the Woodlands hotel (where I am volunteering).  The full program is now published https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/full-festival-programme-2019-now-live/ (https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/full-festival-programme-2019-now-live/).  Any suggestions on what not to miss - I am on the volunteer team for Tony Hall on Saturday and am sure to catch Anahata on at least one of three evening sessions.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Dick Sadler on July 10, 2019, 03:34:46 PM
Trying to ascertain details times/dates/locations of workshops but nothing seems to give me this information. What am I doing wrong?
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Helena Handcart on July 10, 2019, 04:26:35 PM
Trying to ascertain details times/dates/locations of workshops but nothing seems to give me this information. What am I doing wrong?

If you click on the word 'here' in the sentence beginning 'You can download...'  you'll get the whole programme: Sidmouth Folk Festival (https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/festival-programme-2019-download/)

It's not very clear as there are no visual clues that it is a link, but it is.

[Edit - edited to add a direct link to the programme (http://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Festival-Programme-2019-Final.pdf) ]
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Rob Lands on July 10, 2019, 04:42:35 PM
If you want a workshop.  Don't look through the main listings of concerts etc.  There are separate lists with enough information further into the program.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Wicked Lady on July 10, 2019, 04:44:43 PM
Have you got it yet Dick?
I'm planning on doing the John K 9.30am Workshops Mon-Fri plus various others. Last year a few of us met at the YMCA, I think it was running Mon-Wednesday, for an informal late morning session with cake!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Rees on July 10, 2019, 06:14:03 PM
I'm playing for the Dartmoor step-dancing workshop on the Wednesday.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Dick Sadler on July 10, 2019, 06:15:13 PM
Ooh, that’s a lot of information to digest and sort out. Very many thanks.

Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Anahata on July 10, 2019, 11:53:21 PM
Quote
Anahata seems to have a block booking at the Woodlands hotel

Yes, three events at the Woodlands, and two of them are a "Trad Night Out" with MC Dan Quinn, Chris Ormston, Harbour Lights Trio and Jeff Warner all appearing at both. There are some different acts too...

I'm also "officially helping" Nick and Mary Barber in their Big Band workshop (sitting in the band and playing, that's all), and we have a few other events including an Anchor Gardens ceilidh with English Rebellion and Martyn Harvey.

(Edit: typo)
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Rob Lands on July 11, 2019, 10:18:35 AM
The melodeon specific workshops
DG Melodeon absolute beginners – Ed Rennie, Sun – Thurs 3:30 – 4:15 & 4:30 – 5:15pm Kingswood & Devoran Hotel
DG Melodeon intermediates – Mel Biggs, Tues – Thurs 4:00 -5:30pm Lower Methodist Hall
Melodeon relative beginners – Bob Ellis, Sat & Sun 4:30 – 6:00pm  Rugby Club
Melodeon Master Class - Saul Rose, Mon – Wed 4:00 – 5:30pm Rugby Club
Song accompaniment on the Melodeon – Hazel Askew, Sun 2:00 – 3:30pm, Primary School Classroom

Could get into a different discussion on absolute, relative, intermediate - I assume master refers to Saul himself!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Winston Smith on July 11, 2019, 10:27:21 AM
"I assume master refers to Saul himself!"

If it doesn't , then it certainly should do! He's fabulous.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Wicked Lady on July 11, 2019, 03:26:44 PM
Bob Ellis' Well Known Tunes at a Steady Pace are also very melodeon friendly.
Monday 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Tuesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Wednesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm and Thursday 6pm - 7.30pm.
All upstairs at the Rugby Club.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Hugh Taylor on July 11, 2019, 04:03:54 PM
I think we could do with a 'Little known tunes at a steady pace' session, a bit like Frank Lee's 'Tune swap' workshop at Whitby.
Any takers?
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 11, 2019, 08:59:08 PM
Thanks, Rob and Wicked Lady for the plugs for some of my workshops. I will also be offering a How to Learn Tunes by Ear workshop for players of any instrument on Sunday (09:30 - 11:00) in the upstairs bar of the Rugby Club and will be running our usual open session every night along with my colleagues in the Loose Knit Band from 20:00 in the downstairs bar of the Rugby Club.

Your suggestion of a Little Known Tunes session is a good idea - it just needs someone to lead it and a venue and it could be offered as part of the 'fringe' festival. The venue could be the downstairs bar in the Rugby Club one lunchtime or afternoon and I think you might have just volunteered yourself as the leader! If you want to do this, I could liaise with Sarah and Brian at the Rugby Club on your behalf, since I know both of them well.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: David A on July 11, 2019, 11:10:41 PM
Bob: Have you decided which tunes you are going to teach in your Relative Beginners workshops? Some advance notice would be very helpful for those of us that struggle to pick up tunes either by ear or from dots if we only find out what the tunes are at the start of the workshops. Cheers, David
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 12, 2019, 11:47:26 AM
Yes, David, I have decided which tunes I intend to use for my melodeon workshops at Sidmouth. While I can't guarantee that these won't change, I'll probably use Valse à Bouffard (Patrick Bouffard's Waltz) for the first workshop, which is entitled "Playing with Feeling", although this title doesn't appear in the programme. For the second workshop, entitled "Foolproof Basses and Beyond", I'll use some or all of Click Go the Shears (a.k.a. Strike the Bell), The Oyster Girl and Mazurka Limousin.

Bear in mind that most people won't know in advance which tunes I am using and therefore, while all the tunes are fairly well-known, there will be some people in the workshops who are unfamiliar with them, so I will need to spend some time teaching the basic tunes. Therefore, there may not be much advantage in learning the tunes beforehand. I will also change the fingering during the workshops so that different arrangements can employ different basses, which means that anything you learn in advance may be different from the fingering we use in the workshop.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: David A on July 13, 2019, 08:29:43 AM
Many thanks Bob. I fully understand there will be changes during the workshops but at least now I’ll know what the tunes sound like and be able to get an initial version into my brain & fingers. Cheers, David
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: baz parkes on July 13, 2019, 03:21:16 PM
I'm playing for the Dartmoor step-dancing workshop on the Wednesday.

Have you learned the tune? >:E >:E :|glug
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Katie Howson on July 25, 2019, 03:25:55 PM
Don't forget the Squeezebox Concert on Tuesday, 3.00-5.00 in the BEdford!!

Myself, Brian Peters, and Conor Keane, plus Keith Kendrick hosting. You probably know roughly what to expect from me and Brian Peters, but may not know Conor Keane.

He's appearing with wonderful fiddle player and singer Eileen O'Brien several times over the week, but also doing a solo spot on the said Squeezebox Concert.

Don't miss him, he's a brilliant player of Irish traditional music and also a composer of tunes, some with a distinctly French flavour (he lived there for a while I think). Here's one of the latter to whet your appetite.

"The Star of Brittany" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvuxSkt-3Dw...

Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Mike Hirst on July 25, 2019, 03:33:53 PM
"The Star of Brittany" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvuxSkt-3Dw...

Thank's. That's reminded me that I was going to learn the "Star of Brittany" prior to a very low key concert appearance at the Fête de l'Oignon, Roscoff, at the end of August.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Rees on July 25, 2019, 10:27:24 PM
I'm playing for the Dartmoor step-dancing workshop on the Wednesday.

Have you learned the tune? >:E >:E :|glug

Which one? Lisa keeps finding new ones!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: baz parkes on July 26, 2019, 04:10:40 PM
I'm playing for the Dartmoor step-dancing workshop on the Wednesday.

Have you learned the tune? >:E >:E :|glug

Which one? Lisa keeps finding new ones!
'Nother pigeon on 'nother gate, boy.... :|glug

Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: MelonBox on July 27, 2019, 08:57:14 AM
Thanks Rob for posting the workshop times!

I'll be looking at How to take your playing to the next level intended to give intermediate players tips and tricks for how to challenge their improvement and challenge the plateau effect!

Sidmouth Festival don't specify workshop level requirements, so I am expecting a wide range of abilities and that's A.OK with me! It is a festival after all. However, I am gently stipulating that participants have reasonable grasp over left-right hand coordination and good knowledge of your left hand bass map.

If these two things are something you struggle with, I'm not saying 'don't come, you won't get anything out of my workshops!' - quite the contrary - but you may find them extra challenging. I'm all for challenging people in workshops as it gives you something to take away and work on in your own time, so this isn't a bad approach.

Also good to note that the three workshops will not be progressive so you can come to one or all as you please.

See you soon!  8)
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Bob Ellis on July 27, 2019, 09:11:09 AM
Yes, David, I have decided which tunes I intend to use for my melodeon workshops at Sidmouth. While I can't guarantee that these won't change, I'll probably use Valse à Bouffard (Patrick Bouffard's Waltz) for the first workshop, which is entitled "Playing with Feeling", although this title doesn't appear in the programme.


Having realised that I have used Valse à Bouffard twice before in workshops at Sidmouth, I have decided to ring the changes, so for the first Relative Beginners Melodeon workshop I'll use the Bledington Morris tune, William and Nancy and The Chanter's Song (aka The Chanter's Tune and The Song of the Chanter) an Irish variant of the English song known variously as The Rambling Soldier, The Rambling Sailor, Young Johnson and The Trim Rigged Doxy.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Hugh Taylor on July 30, 2019, 10:07:05 AM
Uncommon tunes at a steady pace
Rugby Club downstairs, Thursday 1.30

Following on from Frank Lee's 'Tune Swap' workshop/session at Whitby two years ago, Peter Corkhill on fiddle and myself on melodeon, will be running a similar session which we've called 'Uncommon tunes at a steady pace'. The idea is to play tunes that are not part of the usual session repertoire, and for attendees to introduce their favourite tunes that other musicians may not know.
Peter and I will start off with 2 or 3 of our tunes played a few times thru' at a steady pace, giving other people time to pick them up. We'll then ask for contributions from others. There will be no obligation to contribute!
If any of you Melnetters attend, please make yourselves known.
Cheers
Hugh
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Rob Lands on July 30, 2019, 11:22:42 AM
You are clashing with Granny's Attic at the Woodlands Hugh. Sadly I cannot make your session as I'm "on Duty"
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: David A on July 31, 2019, 03:51:53 PM
Having realised that I have used Valse à Bouffard twice before in workshops at Sidmouth, I have decided to ring the changes, so for the first Relative Beginners Melodeon workshop I'll use the Bledington Morris tune, William and Nancy and The Chanter's Song (aka The Chanter's Tune and The Song of the Chanter) an Irish variant of the English song known variously as The Rambling Soldier, The Rambling Sailor, Young Johnson and The Trim Rigged Doxy.

Thanks Bob. See you on Saturday.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Hugh Taylor on August 01, 2019, 05:41:16 PM
You are clashing with Granny's Attic at the Woodlands Hugh

Well with a program like Sidmouth's, we were bound to clash with something. Hopefully not everyone will be at the concert.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Gena Crisman on August 02, 2019, 07:57:05 AM
I have a plan to be there for Sunday, along with the family (so my mum Anne and my husband Jason), so hopefully I shall see some of you all around.

I'm interested in trying to make it to Hazel Askew's workshop on squeezing adjacent to singing (#337) - I usually schlep around by the sea front & blackmore gardens, and the workshop is at 'C of E primary school classroom' - the school appears to be a 30 minute walk away from the coast. Is that the right location, and, any tips on getting there as efficiently as possible?

Hopefully will see many of you around! I'm not sure how late we're staying since we day trip, and often things are a bit too busy for me in the evenings.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Wicked Lady on August 02, 2019, 08:21:30 AM
Gena; the C of E Primary school is only a straight walk up the main road away from the sea (carry on past the cinema and it's on the right) and more like 15 minutes max, certainly not 30!

 I did a workshop there last year and the only problem I had was trying to find the correct classroom...……...
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Helena Handcart on August 02, 2019, 09:06:11 AM
... more like 15 minutes max, certainly not 30!

Yes, I'd second that. We did an Irish Set workshop there last year I think artists' reception has been there is past years.  A bit of a hike but not too far.


Just notice Hazel's workshop clashes with the jig competition. Oh well, that's Sidmouth.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Barry M on August 02, 2019, 10:19:49 AM
An hour with the wonderful Tony Hall (336) also clashes with Hazel Askews workshop on singing with melodeon (337)
Which is a shame
So much going on bound to be timetable clashes :-)
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Steve Fox on August 02, 2019, 10:19:57 AM
Can anyone suggest some friendly and welcoming sessions? I haven't been to Sidmouth for years and there's so much going on!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Helena Handcart on August 02, 2019, 10:41:09 AM
Can anyone suggest some friendly and welcoming sessions? I haven't been to Sidmouth for years and there's so much going on!

Hi, check out the Loose Knit Band's nightly sessions in the ground floor bar of the Rugby club. You won't get friendlier sessions anywhere in Sidmouth*



* other friendly sessions are available.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Steve Fox on August 02, 2019, 11:12:03 AM
Thanks, Helena. That's really helpful. Any suggestions for daytime sessions?
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Helena Handcart on August 02, 2019, 11:28:11 AM
Thanks, Helena. That's really helpful. Any suggestions for daytime sessions?

You could try Bob's 'Well known tunes...' which is more or less a session otherwise try the Swan, the Radway or the Bedford.

The Bedford tends to the Irish side of things sometimes, the Swan can be hit and miss and the Radway *may* appear unfriendly but actually isn't.  The Radway gets my vote simply because you can find/cause tunes at pretty much any time.

I don't think we've met but do say 'hi' if you see me - I look remarkably like my profile picture.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 02, 2019, 11:46:32 AM
I have heard that the landlord/owner of the Bedford Hotel is encouraging people to try and 'improve' the sessions in it, to get away from every third tune being Captain Pugwash or something similar. I know one of our good local bands are taking residence I think on Wednesday and will run the session. Might even take a look myself.
Q
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Hugh Taylor on August 02, 2019, 11:51:12 AM
Depends on what kind of music you want to play, but for English/Euro tunes I agree with Helena about the Radway. There will usually be music being played between 11.00am and 11pm, though tends to dip around tea time.
Say hello if you see me, I'm like my photo!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Steve Fox on August 02, 2019, 11:51:56 AM
Thanks,Hugh. Will do.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 02, 2019, 11:56:45 AM
Yep, the Radway is always a good bet.
If it gets quiet just have a pint and wait. Another group of people will re-populate it very sortly!
Q
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Helena Handcart on August 02, 2019, 12:02:22 PM
If it gets quiet just have a pint and wait. Another group of people will re-populate it very sortly!

If you start playing more people will appear magically.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Steve Fox on August 02, 2019, 12:34:31 PM
Given my playing, it would probably drive people away!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 02, 2019, 01:22:12 PM
Very true!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Steve Fox on August 02, 2019, 01:49:11 PM
Harsh, Thruppeny Bit, but true.  (:)
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 02, 2019, 02:01:26 PM
Argh.... abject apologies Steve.
My 'very true' was in reply to Helena's comment about playing a tune in the Radway and people come out of the woodwork.
It obviously cross - posted  :-[
I certainly would never  cast aspertions about anyone's playing.
I do apologise.
Q
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: baz parkes on August 02, 2019, 02:06:12 PM
I have heard that the landlord/owner of the Bedford Hotel is encouraging people to try and 'improve' the sessions in it, to get away from every third tune being Captain Pugwash or something similar. I know one of our good local bands are taking residence I think on Wednesday and will run the session. Might even take a look myself.
Q

True...John Shepley  (who some may know even tho he plays a PA) has been charged with running sessions in a semi organised manner...my understanding is that there will be a band booked to lead tunes with opportunities for others to play along then lead a tune themselves...but that is only my understanding, which is frequently flawed... :|glug
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Gena Crisman on August 02, 2019, 03:46:59 PM
Gena; the C of E Primary school is only a straight walk up the main road away from the sea (carry on past the cinema and it's on the right) and more like 15 minutes max, certainly not 30!

 I did a workshop there last year and the only problem I had was trying to find the correct classroom...……...
Yes, I'd second that.

Disaster averted, it seems; rather than ask Google maps, I should have checked the venue map here https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/venue-map/ - in my defence I had wanted directions.

Google maps seems to suggest a very different location if you search for 'Sidmouth c of e primary school' vs 'Sidmouth Primary school', I'll edit in a pin in a bit to demonstrate because doing so on a tablet is a hellish experience.

Thats my legs saved, thank you both for sanity checking.

edit:

https://goo.gl/maps/qHT3rYLF1naY356MA Where google thinks "Sidmouth C of E Primary School" is, near the Balfour Arms, apparently.
https://goo.gl/maps/hQjfY1h15jkn6Gcx7 Where the venue actually appears to be.

They both have the same phone # and website so I imagine gmaps has managed to get itself confused.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Steve Fox on August 02, 2019, 05:27:30 PM
Argh.... abject apologies Steve.
My 'very true' was in reply to Helena's comment about playing a tune in the Radway and people come out of the woodwork.
It obviously cross - posted  :-[
I certainly would never  cast aspertions about anyone's playing.
I do apologise.
Q
No apologies necessary! I was only pulling your leg. And the comment was so beautifully apt.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 02, 2019, 05:59:47 PM
 :Ph
Thanks Steve!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 04, 2019, 08:10:16 AM
Off to Sidmouth in 2 minutes.

I shall wear a melnet badge.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Gena Crisman on August 05, 2019, 11:02:14 PM
I made it to Hazel Askew's singing accompanying workshop yesterday, and I enjoyed myself (despite being a very unskilled singer). I got to look at all the interesting melodeons everyone had, 2 Emmanuel Pariselle course boxes, a lady with a Castagnari 1914 was to my left, then Serenellinis, Dinos, Hohners & Castagnaris for days. It was my first box workshop so it's probably the most I've ever seen at a time. Mostly DGs, at least one person had a GC. We played & sang in E minor.

It was listed as "intermediate / advanced", and that seemed like an apt description. It was a mix of right hand chords/arpeggiation techniques/patterns, different bass patterns we could use and having an alternative chord sequence. An additional skill that came in handy was being comfortable matching the chords changes up with written words without eg bar lines or beats, which is something I do a lot at a ukulele singaround I go to.

At the end we picked out a different technique for each verse, to form a (overly busy) arrangement for the song (about 6 or 7 verses, no chorus), but it was a neat and empowering exercise.

I went to the Royal York and Falkner, for a song and music session hosted by English Rebellion, which was also wonderful. I didn't do much meeting of people this year otherwise, though. That's my sidmouth over for this year - hope everyone else has a good week!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: David A on August 06, 2019, 09:11:50 AM
Hi Gena. I was the “improver” but not yet “intermediate” with the Serenellini Lady on your right so here’s a belated hello. Playing the tune by ear was way beyond me, but once we got onto the various accompaniments I was more comfortable. I also went to Bob Ellis’s excellent workshops for Relative Beginners which are more my level and a great way of learning new tunes. I’ll be trying Mel’s Intermediate workshops too. Sidmouth has (almost) too many melodeon workshops this year.  (:)
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 06, 2019, 10:13:07 AM
There are never too many workshops!!
I remember leaving feedback to say we need more. At the time Ed Rennie was the only one doing absolute beginners.
I'm pleased they have taken on board repeated comments about melodeon workshops and broadened the choices hopefully to fit in with people'sv various abilities.

I've had a workshop with Hazel Askew a year ago at Halsway. It was an excellent workshop and run in a very laidback and caring way. A very talented lady!

Hopefully will get down tomorrow into the Bedford with friends running the afternoon session and then Bob Ellis's evening sesh... I hope!
Q
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Gena Crisman on August 06, 2019, 10:48:16 AM
Hi Gena. I was the “improver” but not yet “intermediate” with the Serenellini Lady on your right so here’s a belated hello. Playing the tune by ear was way beyond me, but once we got onto the various accompaniments I was more comfortable.

Oh, lovely! Very nice to meet you! I was vaguely surprised that I wasn't seeing more Serenellinis around, generally. I thought I had spied a Selli somewhere, the Lady's 2 voice cousin - I had been thinking it must have been yours at the workshop, but, evidently not. I hope that you have a good time at the other events & workshops! I was very pleased to find two scheduled events that were relevant for me, and both on a day I was actually there, too!

I do somewhat wish I had made a short recording of part of the song as few others opted to, to help keep the melody and which parts had the longer pauses in my head, but I'm pretty sure I have it right.
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: David A on August 07, 2019, 09:01:43 AM
My “Lady” has a “Selli” basses end which is where Serenellini put the model name so on first glance she appears to be a Selli but the stop on the melody end shows she is actually a Lady! And she’s called Selli to add to the confusion. Enjoy the rest of Sidmouth.  :||:  :||:
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Bob Ellis on August 09, 2019, 10:07:19 PM
Thanks to everyone on melnet who attended my workshops and Well Known Tunes structured sessions and also to those who attended the Loose Knit Band sessions in the evenings. I hope everybody had as good a time as I did.

Set off at 06:00 this morning for the return journey to beat the worst of the weather and met virtually no hold-ups anywhere on the 7-hour journey home. That's never happened before!  Maybe getting out of bed ridiculously early in the morning is the best way to avoid the traffic chaos. I'll have to try it again next year.

There was a pretty little polka played in the Loose Knit Band sessions that I think was called Plucking Raspberries. I've managed to transcribe the dots from my addled memory, but I can't find anything about it on the internet. Does anyone know whether it is an old tune or a recent composition and, if the latter, who wrote it?
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 09, 2019, 10:29:02 PM
Bob, that was a good plan.
Around late morning the M5  by Exeter really busy, backing back onto A30 and A38 as people evacuated from west.
Earlier East Devon council emailed the traders telling them the esplanade was closed due to forecast.
Have just heard the LNE cancelled and Bulverton evacuated due to concerns for safety of roof.
A lot have heeded advice and gone, my daughter had help dropping her tent as wind now horrendous so going home shortly.
Just hope everyone keeps safe in the winds....
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: David A on August 10, 2019, 05:13:22 PM
Thanks to Bob, Hazel and Mel for their respective excellent and varied workshops during the week. The early termination of the Granny’s Attic / Belshazzar’s Feast concert was disappointing but understandable given the way the roof beams of the marquee were flexing. Fortunately this morning was dry so there was only the wind to cope with whilst packing up. Is it too early to start planning for Sidmouth 2020?
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Martin P on August 11, 2019, 07:02:59 PM
“There was a pretty little polka played in the Loose Knit Band sessions that I think was called Plucking Raspberries“

Hi Bob

Plucking Raspberries is a tune discovered by Martin and Jacqui recently. That is not it’s proper title I believe. Contact Jacqui for dots.

Sorry I only got to one session this year, but too many other commitments.

Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Bob Ellis on August 11, 2019, 10:18:42 PM
Thanks Martin. I already have the dots. I just want to know the origins of the tune.

Sorry I didn't see you at more sessions or have the opportunity to talk. Hopefully, next year!
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Rob Lands on August 18, 2019, 11:48:46 AM
Just back from Devon, spent a week near Dartmoor after Sidmouth.  I made the Hazel Askew playing for song workshop and sat through some excellent music while volunteering at the Woodlands.  Including an excellent concert with Tony Hall & Damien Barber and of course the Granny's Attic which was great especially as I was at the aborted Bulverton Concert on Friday evening where they played a third of their set before the bouncing roof and lights caused the stop. I was saying to my neighbour I was glad I wasn't sitting under the lights just before the decision.....
Sadly my melodeon re(developed) a problem after the workshop so I was effectively melodeonless for most of the week and 'slumming it' on my Anglo.  Which visited an excellent Brian Peters workshop with my daughter.
No purchases despite hour spent in the music intrument places but my daughter bought a nice mandolin and native flute (I suspect the money used may have my handprint on it!)
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Broadland Boy on August 19, 2019, 10:33:18 PM
Meanwhile, in the upper reaches of the Sid............
Title: Re: Sidmouth
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on August 20, 2019, 06:50:43 AM
 ;D ;D ;D