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Moira Furnace Folk Festival

autoharpbob 30 Dec 10 - 03:10 PM
My guru always said 29 Dec 10 - 04:40 PM
VirginiaTam 29 Dec 10 - 02:09 PM
Seaking 29 Dec 10 - 02:00 PM
Seaking 29 Dec 10 - 01:58 PM
MBSLynne 29 Dec 10 - 01:45 PM
Acorn4 13 Sep 10 - 04:07 AM
Bounty Hound 06 Sep 10 - 09:30 AM
MoorleyMan 04 Sep 10 - 08:41 AM
Cats 04 Sep 10 - 05:05 AM
Seaking 03 Sep 10 - 10:32 AM
My guru always said 03 Sep 10 - 09:15 AM
MBSLynne 03 Sep 10 - 08:28 AM
MBSLynne 02 Sep 10 - 03:56 AM
Dave Sutherland 01 Sep 10 - 11:59 AM
MBSLynne 01 Sep 10 - 11:31 AM
OlgaJ 01 Sep 10 - 11:24 AM
Noreen 01 Sep 10 - 09:44 AM
MBSLynne 01 Sep 10 - 09:38 AM
Acorn4 01 Sep 10 - 07:01 AM
OlgaJ 01 Sep 10 - 06:21 AM
Cats 31 Aug 10 - 10:51 AM
MBSLynne 31 Aug 10 - 08:03 AM
My guru always said 30 Aug 10 - 06:46 AM
GUEST,Betsy 30 Aug 10 - 06:30 AM
GUEST,Steve T 29 Aug 10 - 07:34 AM
Cats 29 Aug 10 - 04:40 AM
MBSLynne 29 Aug 10 - 03:52 AM
Cats 28 Aug 10 - 05:24 PM
Betsy 28 Aug 10 - 12:47 PM
MBSLynne 28 Aug 10 - 11:55 AM
Betsy 28 Aug 10 - 06:07 AM
My guru always said 28 Aug 10 - 03:58 AM
My guru always said 28 Aug 10 - 03:56 AM
GUEST,Muddle C 27 Aug 10 - 07:23 AM
GUEST,Newbee 27 Aug 10 - 07:04 AM
MBSLynne 27 Aug 10 - 03:59 AM
John J 27 Aug 10 - 03:26 AM
Orac 26 Aug 10 - 12:28 PM
MBSLynne 26 Aug 10 - 11:42 AM
Snuffy 26 Aug 10 - 09:47 AM
VirginiaTam 25 Aug 10 - 01:40 PM
MBSLynne 25 Aug 10 - 09:20 AM
GUEST,Seaking at sea without a cookie 25 Aug 10 - 05:33 AM
GUEST,John J...cookieless 25 Aug 10 - 05:02 AM
MBSLynne 25 Aug 10 - 03:26 AM
MuddleC 24 Aug 10 - 07:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: autoharpbob
Date: 30 Dec 10 - 03:10 PM

Found this just in time to catch some of Lucy Ward's set - great!


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: My guru always said
Date: 29 Dec 10 - 04:40 PM

Bu**ger, bad timing, we'll be in Newport and not able to listen. Wish they had a listen again facility...

Enjoy it!!!


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 29 Dec 10 - 02:09 PM

http://www.hermitagefm.com/#/hermitagefolk/4544635680


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Seaking
Date: 29 Dec 10 - 02:00 PM

Oops - that was an attempt at making a blue clickie..

Failed !


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Seaking
Date: 29 Dec 10 - 01:58 PM

Thanks lynne..

It's

a href="http://www.hermitagefm.com/#/hermitagefolk/4544635680">Here

Chris


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 29 Dec 10 - 01:45 PM

Hi guys. On Thursday 30th at 7 pm, Hermitage Radio will be presenting a two hour special with stuff from this year's Moira Furnace Festival.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Acorn4
Date: 13 Sep 10 - 04:07 AM

We bumped into the people from Hermitage FM at the Scrag End Club last night.

They are going to be broadcasting part of the festival this coming Thursday at 7.00pm and will be playing tracks by Winter Wilson and Lucy Ward.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 06 Sep 10 - 09:30 AM

Our version of the Waterboys song, A Man is in Love, from our Friday evening set at Moira Furnace 2010. From the recordings kindly done by our new friends from Hermitage FM

John

http://mysp.ac/9X9URG


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 08:41 AM

And me...


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Cats
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 05:05 AM

And me.....


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Seaking
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 10:32 AM

Me too Lynne please. I'll be able to listen to the broadcasts via the internet (I think) if not at work but can't listen in offshore.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: My guru always said
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 09:15 AM

Thanks for the info Lynne, I'd be really interested in a copy of the broadcasts!!


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 08:28 AM

I've been asked to let everyone know that the 2010 festival T-shirts are available to order until the end of October at a cost of £10 including postage.

I've also been told that the material recorded at the festival by Hermitage FM will be broadcast near Christmas in two 56 minute folk specials. We will endeavour to get it recorded so that anyone who can't tune in can also hear it

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 03:56 AM

Just had a message form someone who wants to be kept informed about a session in the Railway and is prepared to come from quite a long way away

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 11:59 AM

Betsy, if you are still around on the Sunday night we are running a singers night at Tiger Folk in the Stumble Inn, Tamworth Road, Long Eaton.
Its about 30 minutes drive from Barrow on Soar.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 11:31 AM

Yes the Saturday night session was brilliant. One of the best I've been to I think.

I know Lefty would come over for it Olga, specially now he has wheels!

We are hoping to re-start the Quarter session too, in the Turks' in Donisthorpe.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: OlgaJ
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 11:24 AM

We would probably start it off as a pub session to see how it goes and if it proves really popular we would have the option of moving it upstairs. We would envisage a good mix of styles of song and music but would hope to keep it more folk based (preferably acoustic)and we would prefer it to be informal rather than going round the room if you know what I mean. Its just a thought at the moment as we haven't broached it with the pub yet, but will let you know what is happening. We couldn't make the Saturday session this time but if it was anything like last years it would have been brilliant.

On a different subject did anyone see Ripley Morris on the Michael Ball Show this afternoon? I know its sad but I have to do something while I'm ironing the enormous pile of t-shirts that came back from nearly two weeks away!


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Noreen
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:44 AM

Sounds like a good plan- I'd come over for the sort of night we had in the Railway on the Saturday!

(It's only an hour from me if I use the M42 instead of coming through Birmingham as my SatNav made me...)


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 09:38 AM

There is a brilliant upstairs room which Lefty showed me. It's really big and with great accoustics. When Graham, the landlord was alive he wasn't keen on the idea of using it for a folk session but Diane seems quite in favour of the idea so it may be worth a thought, though that does cut you off from the non-folkie regulars.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Acorn4
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 07:01 AM

The Railway singaround/session is a good idea, Olga - it will keep the pub on board for the festival as well as raising funds.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: OlgaJ
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 06:21 AM

Hi everybody

We've only just got back from a short break in the Peak District followed by a brilliant weekend in North Yorkshire so haven't been anywhere near a computer since the festival. Quite a change really.

Brilliant time was had by all of us and we are already looking forward to next year.

Like MuddleC I didn't turn anyone without a wristband away from the loft as I thought they should be allowed into the museum part even if they weren't interested in the singing.

We had intended to join the survivor's session but by the time we had eaten and got down to the beer tent there wasn't enough room for all of us so we set up a splinter session in the Railway which went down really well. Just don't mention sausage rolls to Steve!

Speaking of the Railway, we were thinking we might approach the landlady to see if we can run something there, possibly a mixed song and music session, maybe every two months or so,in aid of the festival. Would anyone local be prepared to support us if we did? We already make fund raising collections at our club at Worthington on the second Monday of the month which were very much appreciated by the committee.

I don't think a couple of big names will hurt, especially as the ones already booked should bring in quite a few single event ticket buyers which will help to boost the funds. It also means that some of the 'lesser known' artists get the chance to play on the same bill and therefore get a bit more exposure. What we don't want is a bill full of 'big names' and no chance for up and coming artists to get a look in. From next year's advance posters it looks like next years prices will remain the same as this year until the end of May so keep an eye on the website for when bookings open.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Cats
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 10:51 AM

disappointing that, Lynne. had they told us that we could have let them have cd's of our stuff to use but they said they were recording it to go out..... never mind, a copy of it would be good anyway.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 08:03 AM

Sorry Hils, I meant to tell you. Richard has recorded it, but, though the whole programme was about the festival, they only played CDs of the artists. They said something about not being qualified yet to use the stuff they recorded. They're hoping, perhaps to play some of it later in the year

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: My guru always said
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 06:46 AM

Lynne, did anyone manage to get a copy of the Hermitage radio broadcast of the festival??


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Betsy
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 06:30 AM

Thanks for the info Steve.
Will check it out .


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Steve T
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 07:34 AM

"Betsy", for folk events around Barrow on Soar check out Pete Burnham's Leicester Folk Diary (http://lfd.org.uk/lfd.html)    .


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Cats
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 04:40 AM

All I need now is a really good musician and another really good [male] singer....... then I can work on the whole thing and get it ready for Moira ... and then anywhere else that wants a version of it....


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 03:52 AM

I thought it might have Kathy! Really looking forward to it! It should be so polished and professional with a year to work on it.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Cats
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 05:24 PM

just got back from whitby and wanted to say a huge thank you to all involved with Moira, brilliant time had by all. And yes Lynne, the idea has grown even more... now, have we time to make a CD of it by then.......


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Betsy
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 12:47 PM

Thanks for "listening" Lynne.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 11:55 AM

Well you're right place wrong time again! The Scrag End Folkl club in Oakthorpe is on Sunday evening, but presumably you will have gone by then. There's another club locally on Monday. Not sure about others in the area. Noel and Olga?? When's yours? Dave Taylor,or runs one in Seagrave, which isn't too far away but I don't know when that is either.

Not much help really. Sorry

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Betsy
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 06:07 AM

My wife is going to Barrow on Soar next Thursday 2nd Sept til the Sunday to keep an eye on our daughter and husband's house and cat.
She trying to persuade me to go with her.

Are there any Folk sessions, gatherings or clubs in the area which might persuade me to join her - Moira is certainly within distance.
Would appreciate any advice.

Story of my life it seems - right place / wrong time.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: My guru always said
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 03:58 AM

BTW, the second section of my Register list were Guests, sorry!!


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: My guru always said
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 03:56 AM

Just starting to catch up with stuff at home since bringing Max down South from Whitby on Thursday, so apologies for the delay.

What a wonderful festival Moira is, thanks so much to Lynne, Ted, Dave and all the team who provided us with such a wonderful weekend. Last year was just fabulous, but this year even more so, despite the rain! Our apologies for any late-night disturbances fron our parties in the caravan, perhaps 'quiet' areas should be introduced in the site?

Many thanks to Moira for giving me the chance to sing again, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and it gave me a chance to build on my experience of performing. And I think that's part of what makes Moira so very special, friends singing and playing to and with each other. Hearing Alie & Steve and Chris King is a rare opportunity to be cherished and there were other wonderful performers there too, too many to mention!

Having a headline artist or two can only be good for the festival and will attract more ticket sales, but as many have already mentioned here, please don't push the festival to grow too big! It would take away that 'magic' feeling and I certainly appreciated the fact that we weren't all packed like sardines in the campsite. I'm so glad that the Committee are seriously looking for feedback and I'm sure that they will take note of our concerns!!

Thanks to all who attended the MudGather, who made, brought and ate chocolate, shared songs and tunes and made it such a good Gather!! I must admit, I didn't realise that anyone had been turned away at the door and wish that hadn't happened. MudGathers aren't normally stewarded at other festivals, we usually take care of ourselves. Anyway, here's the Register:

Shorty Brenda
Bounty Hound
Daughter
Seaking
Miskin Man
Eyelander
Noreen
Sooz
Mr Sooz
Autoharpbob
Virginia Tam
The Silent One
Torch & Guest Nicky
Selchie – (RS)
Snuffy
Cats
Richard Atkins
El-punkoid-nouveau
MuddleC
Gedi
JohnJ
MBSLynne
My guru always said
MoorleyMan
Sue the Borderer
Cernhat
Apologies from Cllr

Piers Cawley (is he Catter pdcawley?)
Susan Clegg
Gill Cawley
Christine Coole
Chris Chambers
David Gibbons
Rachel Honeyford
Ian
Sarah
Karen

Go on, who have I missed this time????


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Muddle C
Date: 27 Aug 10 - 07:23 AM

When I was 'green jacket' at the loft I let anyone in... (even MSBLynne), but the 'tourists' generally turned around at the sound of singing... wristband checking at the Marquee and cedlidh was more stringent, but as pub sessions are free-for-all, I presume beer-tent venue is too?(so long as they have a drink in their hand?)


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Newbee
Date: 27 Aug 10 - 07:04 AM

IMHO booking well known folk artists is the ideal way to attract more visitors to the festival but this will also push up the price of festival tickets.

What attracted me to Moira in the first place was 1) Small 2) Affordable 3) I knew it would be a FOLK festival because of MBS Lynne's involvement.

I don't know what others think, but if you want to keep the festival the same then you must continue to do the same. Nothing wrong with the odd tweek here and there, but booking big names comes under the heading of 'Let's grow this festival'.

I feel that I must temper my original comment of 'I'll be back next year', to ' I MAY be back next year'.

I do hope the changes aren't too dramatic.

Just a thought, the site and general facilities are quite limiting. Bigger numbers will be difficult to manage, I don't think you could get many more on the campsite without it becoming unpleasantly crowded.

Alistair


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 27 Aug 10 - 03:59 AM

Orac? Is that you Colin?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: John J
Date: 27 Aug 10 - 03:26 AM

"we have a couple of well known folk artists next year"

Oh dear.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Orac
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 12:28 PM

Although we have a couple of well known folk artists next year the majority will be lesser known performers similar to this year and last. This will not change nor will it become a clone of the other festivals which sometimes all have the same few artists. We are very happy with the way the festival seems to be carving a niche for itself. Reading the comments above it seems that despite our complete lack of experience at organising anything like this we ain't doing too bad. Thanks to all that helped ... now we start all again !


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 11:42 AM

Hmmm...I replied to VT's post but it hasn't appeared. Oh well.

Certainly at the start of the weekend the steward who was on at the Loft was told about letting people in to the museum. I wasn't aware that anyone was being turned away but I shall bring it up with the committee.

Tam, it's all very helpful...thank you. The problem with a portaloo near the bottom of the ramp late at night when there's no one around is a good point. We may possibly have a marquee on the football field to the right as you come down the ramp next year so a loo is an issue I guess.


Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Snuffy
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 09:47 AM

Surely the Loft is part of the Museum, and anyone visiting the Museum is entitled to look round it without having to pay anything extra or get a wristband. Although events in the loft would still need to be stewarded from a Health & Safety/Insurance perspective, daytime sings should be non-ticket.

Couldn't you just instruct stewards that any "non-folkie" visitors during museum opening hours do not need wristbands, but they should be informed that there is an event going on and asked nicely to complete their visit as non-disruptively as possible.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 01:40 PM

I liked sort of hiding behind the chimney....

Continuous running sessions might be hard on some who can't sit for long periods. I rather liked the breaks between sings for doing other events. I wouldn't sign up for a floor spot kind of thing. Too shy.

Portaloo near the bottom of ramp would be great but I would worry about yobs tipping it in the canal at night.

Really helpful, ain't I? I'll just slink away now.


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 09:20 AM

Don't want the Loft to be a spontaneous singaround since the pubs are available for that purpose. I have some ideas and plenty of people who have offered to run things so we'll see how it all goes for next year.

Someone else has mentioned the problem of tickets and the Mudgather. I will talk to the committee about it.

I'll also talk to the committee about the possibilities of drink in the Loft as it's a long way to go for a pint. The loo as well. Andy J said when he went that it was such a long way to go for a wee that he had two while he was there! We have permission to use the football field to the right as you come down the ramp from the Loft and if we have anything else on there next year it will be sense to have a loo too...that would sort it for the Loft. Again, I'll discuss it with the committee.

I think the chimney breast is an object up with which we will have to put. (Did you like the grammar there?) It's just a case of judicious siting of chairs I think.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions...keep them coming!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: GUEST,Seaking at sea without a cookie
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 05:33 AM

It seems a shame that people were turned away from the singarounds. Could you maybe introduce a nominal fee/contribution, payable on the door, for those without wristbands who would appreciate the singaround and maybe even contribute by singing themselves.

Some large mirrors carefully positioned may help to reduce the 'chimney effect' in the room. Not sure how practical or costly that would be though.

I remember the great singarounds in the Mill at Miskin and as far as I can remember they weren't scheduled or formally run, they 'just happened' and developed their own life as the weekend evolved over the years. One thought may be to provide the building, advertise it widely as the place to meet for a singaround and just see what happens. A limited bar in the room and some loo facilities a bit closer may also add to the appeal.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: GUEST,John J...cookieless
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 05:02 AM

Re: the Mudgather singaround in the loft:

Some day visitors / tourists were turned away because they didn't have wristbands - they had chocolate with them though!

I've not been to many Mudgathers before, but they've always been open to the public.

Re: the chimney in the loft, I know some big lads who would shift it for you...for a nominal fee of a lot of beer.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 03:26 AM

Thanks both.

Sue last year when I had a singaround running over lunchtime, no one actually turned up, which is why I left gaps. Admittedly there were a lot more people around this year so it may be a more viable proposition. Perhaps if I just left shorter breaks between? Like a beer break and for change over of session leader? It's also been suggested that perhaps I should do some sort of mini-concerts, with feature spots of several songs from some people. Anyway, the Loft is available to use all the time so I shall certainly make more of it next year. It was ahrd to know what to expect this year, basing things on last, but the large increase in numbers means it's a quite different thing now.

Tim the accoustics in the flat are absolutely wonderful but we would never have fitted the number of people in there that were in a couple of the singarounds. You're right, the chimney breast is a pain. Not sure what we can do, though I think the way I had the chairs set out in the first place got more people in in front of it than the way it was set out on later occasions. I guess we could try having two smaller singarounds running simultaneously....not sure that's a brilliant idea though for a number of reasons.

Any more suggestions? (Polite ones only please!!)

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MuddleC
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 07:53 PM

The loft is a wee bit strangely shaped causing some to get lost behind the chimney stacks... plus often 'tourists' slogged up there to find us lot singing and then had to wander back down..
Lynne, have you tried the acoustics in Martha's flat?.. those arched ceilings sound wonderful... plus, as the grumpy cider cellar put paid to liquid refreshment... the kitchen in the flat could be used for making coffee/tea for participants (unless the cafe complains).... I know, singaround in the narrowboat, anchoring out of reach of shore... and sell duty free cider!


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 04:38 PM

I had a great time too.

Lynne, I wonder whether the singarounds in the Loft could be a rolling programme rather than stopping and starting. Different MC's could take over and keep things running all through the day. My 'free time' usually seemed to coincide with when nothing was on in the Loft or it was due to end soon so I didn't do anywhere near as much singing as I would have liked.

Herbaceous Border had a good time too. Our two sessions in the Courtyard were very successful - especially 6.00-7.00pm on Saturday when we had about 40 dancers (from tots to grandads)and 18 in the band (including 4 small children.) Plus there were plenty more watching. Thanks for inviting us!

Sue


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: MBSLynne
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 03:08 PM

Time to take early retirement!! Then you can folk as much as you want

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Moira Furnace Folk Festival
From: Seaking
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 03:07 PM

Just checked my offshore rota for next year's MFFF (I assume it's w/end 19-21 Aug) and looks like I'm working. Bugger !

Roll on 2012 then.

Chris


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