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Bromyard Festival - who's going?

Schantieman 01 Sep 08 - 07:39 PM
GUEST,Connie 02 Sep 08 - 06:51 AM
Schantieman 02 Sep 08 - 05:58 PM
Mr Red 02 Sep 08 - 06:15 PM
Big Al Whittle 02 Sep 08 - 06:42 PM
GUEST,MC Fat 03 Sep 08 - 03:15 AM
JP2 03 Sep 08 - 03:41 AM
Snuffy 03 Sep 08 - 04:03 AM
GUEST,Connie 03 Sep 08 - 04:39 AM
Mo the caller 03 Sep 08 - 06:27 AM
Folkiedave 03 Sep 08 - 07:15 AM
JP2 03 Sep 08 - 07:20 AM
the lemonade lady 03 Sep 08 - 09:49 AM
GUEST,Connie 03 Sep 08 - 10:00 AM
DG&D Dave 03 Sep 08 - 10:08 AM
JP2 03 Sep 08 - 11:00 AM
treewind 03 Sep 08 - 11:03 AM
Folkiedave 03 Sep 08 - 11:40 AM
GUEST,merrylocks 03 Sep 08 - 01:15 PM
Schantieman 03 Sep 08 - 05:34 PM
GUEST,merrylocks 03 Sep 08 - 07:08 PM
Leadfingers 03 Sep 08 - 07:16 PM
JohnB 03 Sep 08 - 11:50 PM
GUEST,Connie 04 Sep 08 - 04:27 AM
Schantieman 04 Sep 08 - 07:43 AM
Mr Red 04 Sep 08 - 07:57 AM
Folkiedave 04 Sep 08 - 08:00 AM
Schantieman 04 Sep 08 - 09:05 AM
Mr Red 04 Sep 08 - 01:30 PM
JennyO 04 Sep 08 - 02:12 PM
GUEST,guest 04 Sep 08 - 06:43 PM
JennyO 04 Sep 08 - 08:30 PM
DG&D Dave 05 Sep 08 - 04:23 AM
JennyO 05 Sep 08 - 08:51 AM
Brian Peters 05 Sep 08 - 09:59 AM
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Subject: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Schantieman
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 07:39 PM

Tell you why I ask - apart, of course from looking forward to seeing you there - I'm taking my daughter, but am going on to the south coast and she needs to get back to the North-West.

Any offers? Gotta be worth a pint or two, not to mention a meal at Chez Nous!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,Connie
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 06:51 AM

I will be there - I try not to miss it as it is my favourite festival. But sadly I can't assist with transport for your daughter.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Schantieman
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 05:58 PM

Mine too - I'm looking forward to lots of dancing and singing.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Mr Red
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 06:15 PM

I don't think in favourites, but there are one or two below the line or beyond the pail. Bromyard is one I would not miss. When I lived in Malvern it was a local one for me.
The thing for me is that it is still the town that makes it - the pubs the atmosphere.
And they know what makes a ceilidh work. One festival has made the same arrogant mistake three years running. A seemingly little thing that is no little thing to a dancer. The organiser has to be a dancer to know. And has to sample their own product. It is not all about names, you dun gotta be in there doing it. And knowing who is advising at Bromyard - they got it there.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 06:42 PM

Show of hands is going.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 03:15 AM

Me also, MC'ing, singing and drinking lots of Wye Valley Ale


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: JP2
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 03:41 AM

I've just checked the weather forecast and it's looking pretty good,temperatures in the range 16 to 18 c,no rain and very light breezes.
I'd better pack some shorts!
Will there be a gathering of Mudcatters?
JP2.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Snuffy
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 04:03 AM

I don't think there's a Mudgather on the programme, but you can usually find a few of us in the Hop Pole on the Friday evening.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,Connie
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 04:39 AM

I hear the Hop Pole has had a makeover and the new people are really trying to make a go of it. It had become a bit tired in latter years but it's improved beyond recognition so I'm told.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 06:27 AM

Mr Red, you may be right about the Ceilidhs.
We always go to Bromyard but it annoys me every time that the thing that 'makes' the Saturday for us is ignored by the organisers.
Sheila organises a Day of Dance for the people who enjoy Playford and American, yet it gets barely a mention in the advance publicity, even when they advertise in festival programmes at Chippenham and Whitby, which attract crowds of dancers filling the Playford and American dances.
We enjoy the Sunday as a chance to hear people we've not heard before, sing some shanties etc., but without the day of dance we wouldn't travel.

Our journey back to midCheshire will be delayed, we plan to ramble and wander up the A49 sometime on Monday, detouring to Audlem for the session at the Shroppie Fly, and arriving home around midnight, so we can't help either. What are the trains like?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 07:15 AM

There will be a stall selling previously-cherished books on folk music from Saturday morning only.

I am happy to welcome visiting 'catters - please come and say "Hello" - no purchase necessary!

Dave - plugging "Collectors Folk".


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: JP2
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 07:20 AM

Shameless Dave!Shameless!


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 09:49 AM

The Rose and Lion is the place to be for a damn good session.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,Connie
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 10:00 AM

And a damn good pint of the aforementioned Wye Valley beer.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: DG&D Dave
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 10:08 AM

Glad to hear that the Hop Pole's improved, it's been a bit poorly in the recent past. Hope it's still got a dartboard though.
Having said that, I'm grateful for having been forced into the Red Lion and discovering Wye Valley "Butty Bach".
Looking forward to it.
"Pull for the shore, sailor..."


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: JP2
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 11:00 AM

Where's the Red Lion in Bromyard Dave?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: treewind
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 11:03 AM

Hello Dave - we'll look out for you!

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 11:40 AM

At last - our paths will actually cross. Great!


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,merrylocks
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 01:15 PM

Bromyard is one of my favourite festivals but is always bitterly cold at night and I mean BITTERLY - but near tropical during the day. Schantieman I will be going back to the north west but not till Monday morning - any use?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Schantieman
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 05:34 PM

Sadly not, Merrylocks, as she has to be back at school on Monday morning. Thanks anyway.

Can be chilly at night, but as long as you have a decent sleeping bag, mat, camp bed, woolly socks & hat, triple-insulated tent, central heating and someone to snuggle up to it's OK.   Was bloody freezing (literally) last year.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,merrylocks
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 07:08 PM

schantieman,
sorry i cant help, but why not offer a moor & coast breakfast instead, maybe more takers. Will be there the maiden of bacon serving breakfasts.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 07:16 PM

Got a HEAVY pencil for a Gig in Crewe - MIGHT get in for a look at MidDay on the way up !


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: JohnB
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 11:50 PM

We won't be there this year, bloody typical that Dave brings his books. Hope you had a good time with the Giants in Quebec Dave.
Hope to be back next year.
JohnB.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,Connie
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 04:27 AM

Sorry - must stop pressing the wrong buttons!

Mo the Caller - the BFF website info about the programme says the following:

"Workshops for dedicated dancers will be held all day, with a 'Dancers Dance' being held in the Leisure Centre in the evening."

And these are listed in the programme as it appears on the website.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Schantieman
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 07:43 AM

Happy to offer a Moor & Coast brekky in barter for a lift, but I suspect that's not the problem!

Not sure I understand the last bit of your post, Merrylocks ....?

Steve


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Mr Red
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 07:57 AM

Frost? Frost?

Long gone are the stories about tent zips freezing so hard the zip wouldn't open.
I can remember thick ice inside my car in the morning.

That was before the date moved from 3rd Fri (which can be quite late) to 2nd w/e.

And before global warming; which if you looked at a graph of temp v days it would show a shallow fall, and a small change in temp moves the frost point a long way. We are talking averages but the first year I saw Bromyard dust lit by the sunshine I knew global warming was telling us something incontrovertable.

But I now have 4 sleeping bags (double inside double) & a caravan - am I becoming a wimp in my dotage?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 08:00 AM

Wmip? Don't talk to me about wimp - we are booked into a B and B in Leominster. Getting nesh in my old age.

And seriously thinking about a motorhome for the future.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Schantieman
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 09:05 AM

Well, Cresby, there was frost on my tent by the time I went to bed at about 2 on Saturday morning last year!   Think I might do the double sleeping bag this year!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Mr Red
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 01:30 PM

Go to bed with a good book - or a friend who's read one.

That should warm you up.

Now why did I have to post more than once to get this to stick?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 02:12 PM

Oh great! Looks like we'll get to meet some UK Catters at Bromyard! I'm visiting the UK from Oz (see my thread here BS: JennyO visiting the UK in September) and meeting up for the first time with my friend Rob, who is coming from the USA to meet me and visit his rels and hopefully catch up with some old friends, and the first thing we are doing is going to Bromyard!

I'm all for a meeting of Mudcatters somewhere! Judging by the comments about the cold nights, I'm glad we chose to stay at a B&B in the area! Glad I packed some warm clothes too!


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 06:43 PM

what about the lift for his daughter?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 08:30 PM

Unfortunately we can't offer a lift because we will be in a rather small rental car full of suitcases and instruments, and we're not leaving till Monday either.

By the way, Rob's Mudcat name is quantock. He'll probably post on here later on.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: DG&D Dave
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 04:23 AM

Sorry JP2, for "Red Lion" read "Rose and Lion".
"Ah! Yes I remember it well..."


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: JennyO
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 08:51 AM

Refresh - any other Mudcatters we can meet? And can anybody help out Schantieman's daughter?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 09:59 AM

Where in the North West does she need to get to? I will be travelling up to Glossop via M6, M56 and M60, so Cheshire and South Manchester are en route. I'll be leaving after my last concert - I'm offstage at 4.45 and won't want to hang around too long.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Mr Red
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 10:05 AM

JennyO

I will be the one wearing..............


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: John J
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 10:49 AM

Yellow?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,Chaz Brewer
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 02:22 PM

Does anyone know of any cheap campsites near to Bromyard? I can't afford the extortionate season ticket price for the official festival site and anyway I only want to frequent the fringe.

Chaz


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,Chaz Brewer
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 02:31 PM

Folkiedave ... that's 15 miles away!!

Chaz


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 03:32 PM

I am hoping to come to an arrangement with my management....Shhhh!

Dave


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Mr Red
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 07:06 PM

John J
It can be arranged.

As for campsites in the area - not sure, but there has always been a festival w/e fringe campsite just down the road past the Holly Tree (or whatever they are calling it now). Never tried it and it does slope a bit, but I would guess it has the room for another wee tent- especially if you arrive early Fri. check this list they may be helpful


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 07:07 AM

Guest Connie said
'Mo the Caller - the BFF website info about the programme says the following:

"Workshops for dedicated dancers will be held all day, with a 'Dancers Dance' being held in the Leisure Centre in the evening."

And these are listed in the programme as it appears on the website. '

I found no mention of the day of dance till I'd clicked about 4 times. There was a brief mention on the Info page,under tickets. The bands and callers for these events may not be 'big names' like Show of hands, but they are the names that draw me and other dancers, and I can't find them till the programme is up on the site.
I go because I trust Sheila to book someone good.

But my point was that this is not ADVERTISED in a way that someone who didn't know about it would see. It's hard enough for someone who kn ows it's on to find it.


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,neovo
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 03:21 AM

refresh!


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 06:29 AM

Does anyone know the current state of the site. Has it been affected by the flooding around some of that area ?


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 08:10 AM

Mudcatters - I'll be there -calling the Fri night ceilidh with the wonderful Steamchicken, and working with the kids on Sat and Sun. Drop by and say hello!
I have been to EVERY Bromyard Festival, and been a booked guest there for the last 32 years!(only one person been booked more than me - Jim Magean)
Dave - (aka Dr.Sunshine)


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: muppitz
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 08:22 AM

I'll be at my usual station, dusk 'til late in t'food tent serving all you's drunkards when you've had your Wye Valley fix! ;-)
Hopefully I'll manage to see some of the festival too, not looking forward to anyone in particular, anyone I'd be clamouring to see, I've seen enough times this year anyway, but it's a good festival none the less!

muppitz
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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,BFF Committee
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 09:14 AM

MC Fat and everybody else wondering -

I have a message for you from the BFF Directors who are on site as I write this, overseeing the site build up. They have asked me to let you all know that the marquees are going up, ("The Shed" is going up this afternoon when the marquee chaps have finished their lunch) the ceilidh floor will be installed tomorrow, a metal roadway is going in to assist vehicle access. There was a bit of water in the bottom field but this has drained nicely and is drying out in the sunshine. So, direct from the Delahay Meadow site - (despite some rumours you may have heard!)it's business as usual at the football club in Bromyard.

If I have any more news I'll let you know - see you there.
The Committee


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Schantieman
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 03:35 PM

Southport, in Lancashire, Brian - not too close to Glossop I fear.

AND I've just looked at the website and seen the prices.   Severe second thoughts!!!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: GUEST,Chaz
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 03:56 PM

This little festival used to be so warm and welcoming. The cost of the season ticket was unextortionate. Unfortunately it has gone the way of the other 'big' festivals, squeezing money out of the camper. I fear it will price itself out of the market and more and more of us will find smaller more friendly places to go. I see there's a thread about cheap campsites in the area you may have noticed.

CB


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Subject: RE: Bromyard Festival - who's going?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 04:22 PM

Squeezing money out of the camper?

£8.00 for a weekend's camping?

£2.70 per night?

How much would you think would be reasonable then?

And what are the cheap ones charging?


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