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Review: Wimborne Folk Festival, UK

SunrayFC 14 Jun 09 - 02:52 PM
Herga Kitty 14 Jun 09 - 05:18 PM
Rumncoke 15 Jun 09 - 09:21 AM
SunrayFC 15 Jun 09 - 11:28 AM
Sue the Borderer 15 Jun 09 - 04:54 PM
GUEST,Guest Broadside Man 16 Jun 09 - 07:54 AM
Fran 16 Jun 09 - 09:41 AM
Rumncoke 17 Jun 09 - 12:21 PM
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From: SunrayFC
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 02:52 PM

What a superb weekend.

Met loads of friends. Sang some songs. Heard loads more songs. Drank a bit. Drank a bit more.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Came home happy.

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From: Herga Kitty
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 05:18 PM

Came home slowly because of all the traffic... but thanks to everyone who sang in the White Hart (including SFC), and bought CDs!


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Subject: RE: Review: Wimborne Folk Festival, UK
From: Rumncoke
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 09:21 AM

The 'folk' folk were absolutly great, I had a wonderful time, and I was walking back from the White Hart to the car feeling really happy, but unfortunatly one of the local youths wanted the flowers from my hat.

I was roughly accosted in the street with demands for a tune, and others just had to bash my drum - as a result, at the end of the festival my antique bowler is badly damaged, I was rather shaken, and a watch band or ring has cut the drum skin.

I can just swap the top and bottom drum skins but the poor old hat was bent and squashed and a lot of pressure put on it to detatch the flowers, which were sewn on.

I really don't know where I could find a genuine old bowler, or afford to buy it if I did.

I will be back at the festival - but everything will be going into bags and boxes rather than being carried or worn, and I doubt that I will be staying late into the evening.


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Subject: RE: Review: Wimborne Folk Festival, UK
From: SunrayFC
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 11:28 AM

That is bad news- and I am sorry you had such an experience. Unfortunately the Festival has been somewhat overtaken in recent years. I well remember happier years when the whole town was the Festival.

Now it has two quite diverse factions. I had to fight my way into the session in the White Hart- I had the impression that some foreign bouncer was instructed to make it as difficult as possible.

If one ventured to the Arndale centre it was very different, BUT I want to enjoy the whole town and not be forced to avoid certain areas.

And this year was one of the strongest line-ups. And wonderful weather helped make it an enjoyable weekend.

Let's hope it continues.

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Subject: RE: Review: Wimborne Folk Festival, UK
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 04:54 PM

Oh Anne! What a shame - and how scary for you.
And your bowler is so much 'a part of you'!

I never thought I would have any regrets about a Conservative Club shutting down - but that was such a good place to sing whilst the White Hart was most definitely not.

The dance side of the festival though, was brilliant. As Exmoor Border, we had a wonderful time and danced our socks off. And on Saturday at 5 o'clock there were about 40 people dancing with Herbaceous Border (thanks to everyone who joined in). Lots of interested spectators both days too.


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Subject: RE: Review: Wimborne Folk Festival, UK
From: GUEST,Guest Broadside Man
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 07:54 AM

Went over on the Friday night and had a sing with Derek and others in the White Hart and I have to say it was a battle against the bands playing outside who were definitly not of a folk disposistion.

I like Bob can remember when the folk festival filled the town. I also agree with Sue about the Conservative Club.

Perhaps its time for the pubs to organise their own Festival at a different time to the Folk Festival !

And a quick thanks to Derek for Friday night. And to Kitty and Derek for a rather nice CD


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Subject: RE: Review: Wimborne Folk Festival, UK
From: Fran
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 09:41 AM

I went on my own last year and it was very scary going back to the hotel across the square from the Allendale Centre, you would not think it of a small Dorset town.

There was lots of police and ambulances and bottles being thrown around and broken glass and vomit everywhere. Crying girlie's dressed in very little. Fighting gangs, not very nice at all and I could hear from my hotel window it did not stop till gone 4am.

This thread and this sheds some light on why there is so much trouble.

It is a shame because by day it was a lovely festival and they always have an excellent line up, unfortunately I will not be going on my own again.

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Subject: RE: Review: Wimborne Folk Festival, UK
From: Rumncoke
Date: 17 Jun 09 - 12:21 PM

Having removed all the innards and outards of the distorted bowler hat and used a sponge and rag dipped in hot water to go over the damage, it seems that reports of its demise were exagerated.

Being made of wool - I supose, and felted, heat and pressure can reshape it. It isn't perfect - yet, but with more work it will surely recover!!

I just need to find out how to restore the tape and leather band of the inside, which seem to have been put together with lots of tiny stitches. There is also a shaping 'string' which is broken in several places and could actualy be a sliver of wood - but that is probably beyond my abilities to recreate. I could try a fine steel wire, folded inside a tape sewn onto the leather band then attached to the hat.

Then if anyone tries to scrag it again there would be the chance that the wire could pierce an artery.

One can but hope.....

Anne Croucher

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