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Title: Now Cancelled, Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: AnnC on January 11, 2020, 08:53:13 PM
 Early again to post I know but B&B's etc get booked up early, Whitby Folk Week (https://www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/) on the delightful North Yorkshire Coast, lots of melodeon interest  :||: ;D :|||:, and if you're lucky enough to have a fortnight to spare then  Saltburn FolkFestival (https://saltburnfolkfestival.com/) the weekend before 13th to  16th August, just up the coast a bit, is a lovely friendly little festival well worth supporting  ;D
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: AnnC on February 14, 2020, 08:40:00 PM
 ;D bumped into the friend who borrowed my spare DG for Steve freereeder's beginner's workshops last year and she enjoyed them so much she's bagged a loan of the box ready for this year already 🎶 :|||: ;D   Melodeons Rule Ok 👍
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on February 14, 2020, 10:28:08 PM
I shall be in attendance as usual

SJ
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: pbsalt on March 17, 2020, 07:06:42 PM
Was just about to send off for the Whitby season ticket -  but need to check the policy on refunds.
Still inclined to stay at our nice B&B though even if the festival is cancelled.

Paul
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on March 17, 2020, 08:57:16 PM
Yes I have paid a deposit at the Broadings camp site, but I really do think that Folk Week won't happen, sadly. Don't know if they do refunds
Don't wish to put the damper on things, but this thing could go on that long

SJ
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on March 17, 2020, 09:11:49 PM
I hope you are wrong, John, but I don't think any of us can predict that far ahead yet.

If Whitby does go ahead, I will be running my usual Well Known Tunes at a Steady Pace sessions and another of my How to Learn Tunes by Ear workshops. There may also be a presentation based on my new book There was None of this Lazy Dancing! about the folk dances and tunes of the Yorkshire Dales, which comes out next month. However, the presentation has yet to be confirmed.

On the fringe of the festival, Chris Nash and I will be running our Euro-sessions in the George on Baxtergate every afternoon and Les Panards Dansants are intending to host Euro-sessions each evening at venues yet to be confirmed.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on March 17, 2020, 10:02:05 PM
I hope I'm wrong too Bob

SJ
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Chris Ryall on March 17, 2020, 10:21:01 PM
I’m awaiting events. Suspect that booking B&B late might (first tim3 ever) not be a problem
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: AnnC on March 26, 2020, 10:10:47 PM
 (:) according to the website  Whitby Folk Week  (https://www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/) they've not cancelled yet so fingers crossed, but if they do, and then later restrictions are lifted and it's safe for people to travel and socialise but it's too late for the organisers to reinstate the festival this year, perhaps the "Fringe" could carry on as normal ( or as normal as the Fringe can ever be  >:E :||: :|glug :|||:)  Our friends who have bagged our spare room for the past 21 Whitby Folk Week's still hope to come to us for that week bringing their instruments  :||: (:) :|||:,  As long as the very necessary travel and social distancing restrictions have ended even if the festival has been cancelled.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on March 26, 2020, 10:15:11 PM
I have heard that they expect a second wave, but how soon  can't tell. I'm afraid that I for one won't be coming to Whitby this year, whatever happens. I have mild COPD, and I'm on blood thinning med's, so am very wary, and risk averse,
Sad isn't it?

Sir John
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: AnnC on March 26, 2020, 10:20:06 PM
Far better to be safe than sorry John, there's always next year   :||: ;D :|||: You'll have to come back some time to check that I'm looking after your Preciosa properly  ;D :|||:
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Peadar on March 26, 2020, 10:54:00 PM
I have heard that they expect a second wave, but how soon  can't tell. I'm afraid that I for one won't be coming to Whitby this year, whatever happens. I have mild COPD, and I'm on blood thinning med's, so am very wary, and risk averse,
Sad isn't it?

Sir John

I wouldn't second guess anything right now Sir John. I think staying put up beyond Lairg is very wise.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Winston Smith on March 26, 2020, 11:21:06 PM
"Sad isn't it?"

Yes it is, but it would be much sadder if you weren't here to enjoy next year just because you weren't careful enough this year! God bless you, oh ancient and wise one.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: pbsalt on March 27, 2020, 07:50:57 AM
Who can tell - but I think it highly unlikely that Whitby will be on - -  it would be a very sparse Whitby session at the social distancing spacing.

Will just have to listen to have a "Best of Previous Whitby's" by listening to my recordings of workshops and sessions over the last 20 odd years - might even catch up on some of the workshops.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 27, 2020, 08:07:09 AM
Who can tell - but I think it highly unlikely that Whitby will be on - -  it would be a very sparse Whitby session at the social distancing spacing.
I'm provisionally booked to be a workshop tutor again at Whitby this year but like Paul, I will be very surprised if the festival goes ahead. Even if there is an official 'OK' I would be very wary about attending a session in a crowded pub or going to a sweaty ceilidh. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is on hold too, so I wouldn't even get to watch the steam trains from my cottage next to the railway.  :(
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: george garside on March 27, 2020, 01:17:27 PM
recently  had email from organisers of Shrewsbury FF which  follows Whitby saying that they are going ahead with normal preparations.  But I  personaly have some doubts about it taking place this year

fingers crossed and all that!

george




















Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Wicked Lady on March 27, 2020, 06:40:07 PM
I have now mentally written off Sidmouth and Whitby and am pinning my hopes on Swanage FF in September.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: AnnC on March 28, 2020, 09:36:09 AM
There are police road checks on the main roads over the moors to prevent a repeat of last weekend's mad scenes, hordes of tourists descended on town as if it were Bank Holiday Monday  :-\ standing elbow to elbow in the streets and then clearing the supermarket shelves before they left ::)
 
 
Who can tell - but I think it highly unlikely that Whitby will be on - -  it would be a very sparse Whitby session at the social distancing spacing.

Will just have to listen to have a "Best of Previous Whitby's" by listening to my recordings of workshops and sessions over the last 20 odd years - might even catch up on some of the workshops.

 I think you're quite right  (:), put this year on hold and plan a cracking next year ;D :||: :M :|||: :|glug
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on April 03, 2020, 09:41:02 AM
I have now received my Whitby Folk Week contract for my workshop tuition. There is absolutley no mention of the coronavirus uncertainties whatsoever. I guess I will have to sign the contract and return it to the organisers, but there does seem to be an element of denial on their behalf. I am very wary about committing myself to spending several days in busy venues. I also have misgivings about staying in the town and risking the displeasure of the local residents by potentially spreading infection and competing for their food resources in the local shops.

I know it's a far bigger event, but the Edinburgh Festival scheduled for the first three weeks of August has been cancelled, but Whitby and Sidmouth still seem to be going ahead regardless. Similarly with Whitby Regatta. I can't help but feel that optimism is one thing but foolishness is quite another.

 :(
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: GPS on April 03, 2020, 10:02:32 AM
I have now received my Whitby Folk Week contract for my workshop tuition. There is absolutley no mention of the coronavirus uncertainties whatsoever. I guess I will have to sign the contract and return it to the organisers, but there does seem to be an element of denial on their behalf. I am very wary about committing myself to spending several days in busy venues. I also have misgivings about staying in the town and risking the displeasure of the local residents by potentially spreading infection and competing for their food resources in the local shops.

I know it's a far bigger event, but the Edinburgh Festival scheduled for the first three weeks of August has been cancelled, but Whitby and Sidmouth still seem to be going ahead regardless. Similarly with Whitby Regatta. I can't help but feel that optimism is one thing but foolishness is quite another.

 :(

I'm not involved in any way, Steve, and wouldn't have been coming anyway, but in your position I'd feel exactly the same.  Hard choice for you to make, but the organisers have made it that way.   Personally I'd cancel if I were in charge, particularly as the UK infection & mortality figures seem to be on the rise.

Graham
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Helena Handcart on April 03, 2020, 10:24:33 AM
.... Whitby and Sidmouth still seem to be going ahead regardless. Similarly with Whitby Regatta. I can't help but feel that optimism is one thing but foolishness is quite another.

 :(

Both festivals have 'wait and see' type messages on their websites, and it is still early days.  I guess there's a balance to be struck between taking action too soon and being prepared for every eventuality - that will be a different balance for each event. Either way these are challenging times and we're all being force to operate in ways outside of the norm.

Do I think either event will go ahead? In my heart of hearts, no.  Can I bring myself to quite face up to this yet. Absolutely not.

My head says we have lost an entire season but my heart still wants to dance in the sun with my friends.

Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: rileycat on April 03, 2020, 10:52:40 AM
Perhaps the organisers are hoping that there will be enough 'immunity' by then to make things viable?  Given the age profile of many festival goers, I'd guess caution might yet rule our heart's desire to be there, even if both festivals run, - very understandable and very hard on all who have to make the final 'call,' knowing what cancellation will mean to performers and audience alike. not to mention the traders of the towns.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Lester on April 03, 2020, 11:06:02 AM
Sidmouth is now cancelled

https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/ (https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Helena Handcart on April 03, 2020, 11:09:20 AM
Sidmouth is now cancelled

https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/ (https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/)

Crying  :'(
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on April 03, 2020, 11:11:07 AM
Sidmouth is now cancelled

https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/ (https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/)

Crying  :'(

That's our fun day
 :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on April 03, 2020, 11:23:36 AM
Broadstairs is next in line, I just checked their site, and it's still on so far.

SJ
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on April 03, 2020, 11:24:27 AM
Sidmouth is now cancelled
https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/ (https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/)

I would think that Whitby won't be far behind now.  :'(
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Helena Handcart on April 03, 2020, 11:27:20 AM
Sidmouth is now cancelled
https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/ (https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/)

I would think that Whitby won't be far behind now.  :'(

Agreed. See also Towersey, Shrewsbury and possibly even Swanage.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Alan Pittwood on April 03, 2020, 12:07:30 PM
4-5 July 2020

Potties festival, Sheringham, Norfolk

=Cancelled=
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Anahata on April 03, 2020, 12:20:14 PM
We are booked for Whitby, and really don't want to have to go. No contract yet, and I feel we'll be in no hurry to sign it when it comes.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on April 09, 2020, 12:49:31 PM
We are booked for Whitby, and really don't want to have to go. No contract yet, and I feel we'll be in no hurry to sign it when it comes.

I signed and returned my contract yesterday, but with the caveat that I was unhappy about the Health and Safety implications of the festival still continuing to go ahead.

I have also heard from a couple of Whitby residents (not including AnnC of this parish) who have said that they are unhappy with the idea of the festival going ahead (and the Regatta the previous week) even in mid-late August.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: AnnC on April 09, 2020, 01:57:53 PM
We are booked for Whitby, and really don't want to have to go. No contract yet, and I feel we'll be in no hurry to sign it when it comes.

I signed and returned my contract yesterday, but with the caveat that I was unhappy about the Health and Safety implications of the festival still continuing to go ahead.

I have also heard from a couple of Whitby residents (not including AnnC of this parish) who have said that they are unhappy with the idea of the festival going ahead (and the Regatta the previous week) even in mid-late August.

  Add me to the list of nervous locals  (:) The more information that comes out about the virus the more reluctant to take part in large social events, even when restrictions are eased, I get. Especially if they involve lots of people travelling from all parts of the country to get here  :-\
 Much better to miss out on things this year and enjoy them safely in 2021, as my Mum used to say " Better to be late in this life than early for the next"
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Chris Ryall on April 09, 2020, 08:23:46 PM
Think I said elsewhere - no festival this summer is likely. There will be virus about until a vaccine comes, next spring if we’re REALLY lucky.  Both cramming into sweaty pubs, and taking deep breaths to belt out song choruses are proven effective ways to pass infection on to all in the room.  Several recent USA TB breakouts were spread via choirs, and in a  christening in Kentucky 36 caught Covid-19   

Stay hime, keep safe, WASH those hands … and dream on 🤔
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Julian S on April 09, 2020, 09:00:31 PM
Much as I love Whitby and have been hankering to go back to the folk week as a punter sonetime soon, the thought of all the crowds in the streets - never mind the pubs - means its an absolute no - no for me. I can't see the folk week going ahead when so many other events have been cancelled.
I suspect restrictions will have been eased before the summer, but I can't see that the risks of infection will have abated in any way. Just hope for a vaccine before next summer - but saying that pub sessions and concerts anywhere could be jeopardised for a long while yet.

J

Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on April 10, 2020, 07:29:29 PM
I haven't received my contract yet, which means that I can put off the decision about whether to go. Like others have said, I hope Whitby 2020 is cancelled, which will take the decision out of my hands. If it does go ahead, I think that few performers will want to commit themselves until much nearer the time, but the organisers will probably want an early commitment. If a significant number of performers are reluctant to make an early commitment, this may force the organisers into cancelling.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on April 11, 2020, 02:06:41 PM
I have just heard by e-mail from Barry Evans, one of the Whitby organisers who deals with the contracts. He writes:

Hi Steve
We will be making a decision [about going ahead or cancelling] in the next month.
Regards
Barry
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Chris Ryall on April 11, 2020, 03:56:22 PM
Gosh, hi Barry! We were in adjacent hospital beds once 🤨

I’d offer that it’s not just about contracts. You also have to be able to sell tickets!  Month to assess events seems a good idea.

Btw what is t’ Regatta doing? Nothing ever stopped that,  in the past! 🤔
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on April 11, 2020, 04:07:13 PM
Btw what is the Regatta doing? Nothing ever stopped that,  in the past! 🤔
The Regatta website (https://whitbyregatta.co.uk/) is just sailing on as if nothing untoward is happening.  ???
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on April 11, 2020, 04:59:47 PM
I'm just waiting for them to get the wind up.

SJ
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Stotty on April 11, 2020, 05:13:15 PM
I'm just waiting for them to get the wind up
SJ

I wouldn't want to get in a row with you, but I think it is mainly oars at Whitby.
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on April 17, 2020, 12:25:50 PM
Whitby 2020 is now cancelled. See this post/thread.
http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,25369.msg302102.html#msg302102

The new dates for 2021 are
Sat 21st - Friday 27th August 2021

See also https://www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/
Title: Re: Whitby Folk Week UK 22nd to 28th August 2020
Post by: AnnC on April 17, 2020, 01:27:33 PM
 Thank goodness for that, sad but the wisest thing to do.  ;D My "next year's workshops fund" is coming along nicely in anticipation of a cracking 2021 festival  ;D :|||: :M
 
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