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Sidmouth 2010 comments??

Mr Red 07 Aug 10 - 05:29 AM
Leadfingers 07 Aug 10 - 12:34 PM
Acorn4 07 Aug 10 - 02:17 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 07 Aug 10 - 08:04 PM
dilligafxx 08 Aug 10 - 06:56 AM
GUEST,Silas 08 Aug 10 - 07:13 AM
Acorn4 08 Aug 10 - 08:24 AM
Noreen 08 Aug 10 - 09:12 AM
Girl Friday 08 Aug 10 - 10:10 AM
GUEST,folkiedave 08 Aug 10 - 10:17 AM
fisheye 08 Aug 10 - 11:28 AM
Bonzo3legs 08 Aug 10 - 11:32 AM
VirginiaTam 08 Aug 10 - 12:15 PM
JennyO 08 Aug 10 - 02:58 PM
VirginiaTam 08 Aug 10 - 03:11 PM
Rumncoke 08 Aug 10 - 05:57 PM
Chris_S 08 Aug 10 - 06:42 PM
Ralphie 08 Aug 10 - 07:37 PM
Girl Friday 08 Aug 10 - 09:04 PM
GUEST 09 Aug 10 - 04:47 AM
naughtyforty 09 Aug 10 - 06:02 AM
Emma B 09 Aug 10 - 06:21 AM
VirginiaTam 09 Aug 10 - 09:16 AM
Herga Kitty 09 Aug 10 - 12:42 PM
PercyBysshe 10 Aug 10 - 04:19 AM
MBSLynne 10 Aug 10 - 04:36 AM
GUEST,folkiedave 10 Aug 10 - 04:36 AM
mattkeen 10 Aug 10 - 04:56 AM
mattkeen 10 Aug 10 - 05:00 AM
Old Vermin 10 Aug 10 - 06:58 AM
Old Vermin 10 Aug 10 - 07:01 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 10 Aug 10 - 07:38 AM
GUEST,Gadaffi 10 Aug 10 - 07:47 AM
GUEST,The Barden of England sans cookie 10 Aug 10 - 12:02 PM
VirginiaTam 10 Aug 10 - 01:20 PM
Old Vermin 10 Aug 10 - 01:38 PM
MBSLynne 10 Aug 10 - 01:41 PM
VirginiaTam 10 Aug 10 - 03:59 PM
Surreysinger 10 Aug 10 - 04:33 PM
Richard Bridge 10 Aug 10 - 05:40 PM
Girl Friday 10 Aug 10 - 06:02 PM
GUEST,Tatts 10 Aug 10 - 07:59 PM
VirginiaTam 11 Aug 10 - 03:08 AM
Abdul The Bul Bul 11 Aug 10 - 03:55 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 11 Aug 10 - 06:15 AM
TheSilentOne 11 Aug 10 - 06:32 AM
Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 11 Aug 10 - 06:35 AM
TheSilentOne 11 Aug 10 - 11:39 AM
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Subject: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Mr Red
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 05:29 AM

OK a rant.

1) Signage for getting to the Bulverton car park. Going north non-existant on the main road.

Yea sure we all KNOW where it is and couldn't possibly sail past the double junction. Especially not twice in one week. Could I?

So was it oversight or vandalism that gave us the non-information.

2) Family Ceilidh. OK PC, H&R, and all that OTT stupidity might lead to not allowing adults without kiddies in too early, but why decide after the programme is published? In the event it was generally commented that knowledgeable adults would have been a godsend with so many novices. AND there are some ceilidhnauts who regard the educative role as essential to keep the interest of those joining the conveyor belt so that they ballance those falling off the other end. Hence the raison detre of the nuCeilidhs visa vis "social" dance. We stopped many keen ceilidhnauts as they headed to Blackmore Gardens who were of our thinking!

3) Why OH Why move a nuCeilidh workshop forward in time? No we don't all read the newsletter, nor every day. Cancellation is a disappointment, but moving to an earlier time is rubbing salt in the wounds. And those that didn't stay long at the workshop - it was deemed far too basic. Those wot needed tuition probably weren't up to speed with the newsletter wheeze either.

Yea yea lots to be positive about, and FWIW I will be there in 2012 when the Olympics are on. If for no other reason than the OLYMPICS ARE ON! Wherever the big screen TV is for spouses who didn't really want to be at Sidders (but for the sake of harmony are ), put it where I can't see it.


OK?


Yes I know running a festival is hard work for little thanks. I thank you by:
being there
advertising it (unbidden) on several pages on cresby.com
singing its praises to those who haven't been
and I might even volunteer to steward next year, I know one person who bought a ticket because they were dropped off the database, only to be asked later because of a shortfall. Hmmmmmm.
and giving considered feedback.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 12:34 PM

I had a great time with ALL sorts of good Musicians and Singers in The Newt ! Thanks to all who helped Gerry and I still have a bit of voice left on Friday !


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Acorn4
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 02:17 PM

One or two aspects were a total rip-off, but as usual, the people and the music made it fantastic - especially good times in the Bedford and York and Faulkner this year.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 08:04 PM

Sang my voice to a standstill by four o'clock on Friday.

Bedford and Newt great as usual, though the Swan was patchy, with some sessions being monopolised by small closed circles round a single table.

Not fun for those outside of the ring who might have had something good to add to the mix.

Whatever, it was Sidmouth, and the voice usually comes back about Thursday.

Organisation of anything on this scale is extremely difficult, and I have much that is good, and nothing bad to say about the quality of their efforts.

Anybody who thinks he/she could do it better should give it a try. It'll be very educational, and more than somewhat chastening.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: dilligafxx
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 06:56 AM

Thank you for a GREAT Sidmouth had a wonderful time. Highlights for me Bagpuss,Fay Hield Trio,Nic Jones's concert,Pub crawl with the Shanty singer's and dancing with Herbaesus in the evening, The Cleverly Brothers and lots lots more on the fringe.
Thank you to the bus drivers who worked so hard.
My liver is begining to recover,as are my knee,s did anyone know that between walking down in the morning from my B&B and going from place to place and dancing you can cover over 50 miles in a week? and a lot more pints and pies can be consumed.
Love and hugs to all who worked so hard to organise it, Please put me down to come again next year.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST,Silas
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 07:13 AM

"Anybody who thinks he/she could do it better should give it a try. It'll be very educational, and more than somewhat chastening."

Though I have been involved with 'folk music' for over 40 years, I have never been to Sidmouth. Its a timing thing. However, I do attend other festivals and I have to say that the above quoted comment is a bit daft. I would think most festival organisers would welcome constructive comments, particularly those by Mr Red. Yes, we all know that festival organisation is an onerous and thankless task, but lets be honest here, the people who do this job thrive on it.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Acorn4
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 08:24 AM

I'd agree with the comment on the Cleverly Brothers - great to see them on the official bill this time.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Noreen
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 09:12 AM

dilligafxx, were you our star collector who wouldn't let people past without putting a contribution in the bucket?
What a great night that was!

btw, I would have thought constructive comments would be welcomed directly by the organisers, rather than starting a thread here about it.
(and any comment including the phrase 'why oh why' is pretty much guaranteed to start the hackles rising!)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Girl Friday
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 10:10 AM

"btw, I would have thought constructive comments would be welcomed directly by the organisers, rather than starting a thread here about it".

Yes, but the organisers will now all be soaking their feet and chilling having worked very hard to make the festival a success. I am sure that some. at least, are active mudcatters, and, for us Sidders newbies, it's an efficient messaging system.

The Campsite's organisation was very good for us. Once we had secured a key for it, the disabled toilet was a godsend. Even the ordinary toilets were usable, as they had handrails. The one that had pallets up to the steps was ok until the pallets collapsed. It then became unusable.The addition of a ramp to one of the shower blocks was very welcome, but would it be possible to have a purpoae built disabled shower and toilet for next year please?

We were warned to expect noise at night, and the music was fine.
However, there was a lot of boisterous teenagers using the toilets outside our pitch all night. Would it not be possible, (and, as a health and safety issue)to put a toilet near the chill out/ refreshment area.?

We enjoyed the sessions in The Newt, The Middle Bar, and to an extent, the Bedford. Where do all those fiddles come from ? Being able to play on the outside stage at The Hub and Dukes was great too.
We'll be back next year!

T D L


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST,folkiedave
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 10:17 AM

Well I went and it was brilliant. Timing meant I missed some events. Got to the mighty Bellowhead, Brass Monkey, Belshazzar's Feast, Nic Jones concert (even met the great man briefly) Roy Bailey Concert, Travellers COncert which was brilliant etc etc etc.

Where else can you get so many brilliant artists in the space of one week?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: fisheye
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 11:28 AM

Not be a Sidmouth virgin any more...Yippee...What a great experience next year is definitely going to be booked. I have lots of pics to work on (197) so will be placing some on a suitable site for you all to see. The campsite and transport facilities were excellent, I did not fully explore the 'fringe' circuit much, however that will be remedied next year.

Fisheye


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 11:32 AM

only 197??? I took 458 at the Duke of Essex Polo Cup last month in one afternoon!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 12:15 PM

I am now deflowered. Definitely applying for steward next year. The stewarding was a good break from endless events both festival and fringe. You could get into a different head space for a while and be kind of refreshed for the next batch of playing.

Thanks Fisheye and Fair Maid for relinquishing one of the coveted Sidmouth badges.

I echo GirlFriday re toilet up at top of field near refreshments. The young folk were quite boisterous up until 3 and 4 am with frequent trips down to loos which were positioned (understandably) near the disabled camping. I think more individual keys would not go unappreciated. Several middle of the night bathroom breaks (every night) trudging on slope sodden with dew wet grass to fumble for key 2 vans away was sometimes a bit dodgy. One of the stewards thought I was drunk and kept insisting on helping me about 3 am one night. I tried to tell him I was just trying to get to the key for the disabled loo but arthritis and wet grass were making it difficult.

I think there should be chairs outside the Ham for long waits in queues prior to big concerts. All they need is sign indicating they are for comfort of those waiting and priority should be given to elderly and disabled.

Noted by 2 stewards that more stewards wandering about the twon in the High Viz vests might be useful, as they were both questioned more than once, what was on and where to find venues, toilets, ATMs, shops, etc.

I wouldn't have minded doing a bit of extra duty on top of Manor duties just being a signpost for others as they made their way about.

Inform all stewards that lost property ends up at Kennaway House so we can tell festivallers same when they come seeking things they have lost. Maybe a note in the programme and notices in the newsletters? Could be they are already there. I have not read all.

Some of above will go on my feedback form.


Huzzah to the festy organdizers! You did great. I had a blast. I'll be back.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: JennyO
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 02:58 PM

This was my first proper time at Sidmouth - the only other time was a weekend in 2001 on tour with a choir from Oz - we only made it to some places that year and never down to the seafront - so I really felt like a Sidmouth virgin. Not any more!

It was pretty special for me because I was spending my first days in the UK as a (finally) official resident, having waited 3 months for my visa, and my first time back with my Rob, after having been apart all that time. Rob (quantock) and I met through the Mudcat group on Facebook 3 years ago, and it's taken a long time for us to get to this stage, but we've finally made it!

It was great meeting Mudcatters I'd only known online for years, and the singing sessions in the Middle Bar were amazing! Although I didn't actually go in the sea, I got some good footage of it. Links later.

Other highlights for me included the concert on Monday night in the Manor Pavilion with James Fagan and Nancy Kerr, fiddle workshops every morning, the Doom Gloom and Despondency session in the Faulkner (next year I won't try quite so hard not to laugh), an amazing tune session in the Radway on Friday afternoon going into evening, the Ceilidh in the Ford, the lovely pasties from The Filling Station, and the procession and fireworks at the end.

Only down side was that we couldn't get Middle Bar t shirts, which we really would have liked. If anyone knows when there will be more available, could they let us know?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 03:11 PM

TheSilentOne (who was not so silent during all the rousing choruses at Middle Bar sessions) and I enjoyed adored those Middle Bar sessions.

He has set a task for me to learn more chorus songs for next year. This was our first Sidmouth too so I am no longer a Middle Bar virgin.

Yes I too am now coveting a Middle Bar tshirt.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Rumncoke
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 05:57 PM

For the first time in years - decades - I did not manage even a fleeting visit to Sidmouth, due to emergency requirements for babysitting - and I did get to see some of my grandson's first attempts at walking, which is, I suppose a once in a lifetime event.

Ah well - there is always next year, and I am glad to read that a really good time was there to be enjoyed.

Anne Croucher


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Chris_S
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 06:42 PM

It was a fabulous week. The music was possibly the best in some 20 years of attending. Picking out the highlights from such a wonderful bunch of concerts is difficult but Chris Wood's concert in the Ham was exceptional, almost spiritual. His "One In A Million" brought tears to my eyes, first time that's happened to me at a live gig. The Nic Jones tribute was a glorious celebration of his work and the crowd gave him a standing ovation at the start as he walked on stage. Lots of fabulous performances of Nic's music but Jackie Oates' Annachie Gordon was simply stunning and just edged it for me. Another highlight of Sidmouth is finding new music and I really enjoyed Mary Humpreys and Anahata as a new discovery. Laughed and laughed in the daft folk quiz. Roll on next year.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Ralphie
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 07:37 PM

Hi Chris.
Glad you enjoyed the Nic Jones gig. Just to say that it was recorded, And in the fullness of time, It might appear for your delectation! (Have got to do the editing first!)
Anahata and Mary Humphries....Just brilliant, and so warm and friendly.
Sounds like you had a good week......I did, and I've got the tapes to prove it!
I also got the chance to be doing the sound for the quiz. Sadly didn't record it. (Knackered from the night before!)
Eddie Uptons Laughing Policeman was pricelesss!
See you next year


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Girl Friday
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 09:04 PM

I too would have loved to get a Middle Bar T Shirt! Please someone let us know when some more will be available. I must thank Glenis from Duckenfield who took us under her wing on Thursday afternoon, showing us where The Bedford and Middle Bar were, plus lots of other vital local info.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 04:47 AM

The Wilsons were Superb, as was the Nic Jones and Travellers Concerts.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: naughtyforty
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 06:02 AM

I had another great Sidmouth - managed to get to two concerts over the week and thoroughly enjoyed both - discovered David Ferrard who has a fabulous voice and am listening to him as I type this!!!Thanks to Rosy at the York & Faulkner sessions who made me feel so welcome each night I visited there. Looking forward to next year already!!!!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Emma B
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 06:21 AM

Between the main concerts and the fringe there were many events that frequently pass without comment but are the backbone of a week long festival

So...... in particular
Not forgetting the performances at the Manor Pavilion and Arts Centre - including the fascinating and informative tour de force by Sara Grey and Kieron Means looking at the Cowboy songs and ballads of the West and the very moving 'Standing in Line' with Lester Simpson based on the lot of the common soldier in WW1.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 09:16 AM

Damn... Emma... were you there? why was there not a mudgather at Sidmouth?

I wanted to do the delta blues and bodhran for beginners workshops, oh and harmony singing, but alas I was stewarding when they were on.

I have Eliza Carthy's autograph on my programme from Wednesday performance Yorkshire Born and Yorkshire Bred in Arts Centre (part of the Manor Pavilion). We were stewarding this event and turned about 30 season pass holders and would be on the door ticket purchasers away. There were some complaints about it not having advanced ticket purchase option. After listening at door and windows I understand why. It was wonderful and I think even better than the Carthy and Rose (Saul) at the Ham, though it was great. Eliza Carthy is as much fun to watch (her whole body gets into the singing and playing) as she is thrilling to hear.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 12:42 PM

Thanks to everyone who came and sang in the morning singarounds at the Royal York & Faulkner, including Acorn4 and Tam.

My understanding is that the Middle Bar t-shirts were a limited edition organised by Cllr for the Boston Song and Single Malt contingent .... to keep in touch with the Middle Bar Singers and for info about possible future t-shirt issues, I suggest contacting middlebar@yahoogroups.com .

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: PercyBysshe
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 04:19 AM

It was my first Sidmouth too, and I was stewarding so didn't really know what to expect. I had a great time. Stewarding the Bedford was good as I got to see lots of acts I might not have seen otherwise. Elsewhere I loved Bellowhead, Blowzabella, the Spiers and Boden ceilidh (my dancing shoes were a biohazard afterwards though), Fay Hield, Mawkin:Causley, Jim Moray (who was everywhere, and hats off to him for a hilarious quiz!), Remnant Kings, Kerfuffle, Mac and Saul etc, etc singing workshops, and even got to play my clarinet (that has never happened at a folk festival before)and I met lots of lovely people. I will be back next year!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: MBSLynne
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 04:36 AM

Best Sidmouth in several years and certainly the best Middle Bar since we moved upstairs. The t-shirts aren't done every year. There were some last year for the 30th. The one Mike and the Americans did was just for themselves not for selling (and lucky people like me who were given one as a present!)

There seemed to be a lot of people back this year who had ben missing for a year or two, which was great. Still miss the Arena but I know that will never come back. I also miss the Dove but people were beginning to congregate at the Swan so at least there is somewhere you can go to chat and to find people.

The Asbo tent on the campsite was brilliant. The showers were wonderful: possibly the best campsite showers I've had. Lack of mud was pretty brilliant as well, though no one can be thanked for that.

One or two suggestions I have will go on my feedback form.

One thing missing, though not something the organizers can do anything about, is the spontaneous happenings that break out from time to time. ust work on that for next year. We used to have a picnic at the Byes..anyone interested?

Post festival depression setting in badly now..at least I've got Moira in less than two weeks!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST,folkiedave
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 04:36 AM

There were two many "outstanding" events to mention. One that has had a little mention was the Traveller's Concert at the Manor. Jim Eldon (not really a traveller AFAIK but steeped in the tradition, finished it off with Cliff Richard's "Travelling Light".

But such a privilege to listen to Sheila Stewart, Orchards, Leggs, and the amazing Thomas McCarthy.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: mattkeen
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 04:56 AM

Chris S response almost exactly matches how I felt about it

Also Wilsons were great and I would go 10,000 miles to watch Andy Cutting and Chris Wood playing together - fortunately I didn't have to, and am also looking forward to seeing them at Towersey


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: mattkeen
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 05:00 AM

Oh - and Jon Boden doing Bellamy

And some great sessions in the Radway


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Old Vermin
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 06:58 AM

Didn't do the week as a whole this year after last year's camping, so that worked....

Was elsewhere - could only get there for the Wednesday, so had to be the real essentials - seeing who I met whilst doing Anchor Gardens & Middle Bar Upstairs, Craft and Music fairs and, alas, going through pubs with indecent haste. Very much essence of Sidmouth.

The Anchor Gardens have got even steeper. Danced anyway; particularly to PolkaWorks early evening. Both times I went to the bar, saw someone I knew. 100% correlation of something-or-other. GBH & co contingent well represented, not to mention Ralphie striding purposefully past. And of course Mr Kiddier on keyboard.

Middle Bar - bit of lunchtime and evening. Tip: do not dance and then go straight into room full of people singing with windows shut.
Thankfully opened soon.

Thoroughly enjoyed both sessions. Morticia made herself known which was good. I must dig out the song about the Bantam Cock.

Sue the Borderer/from Bideford is saying I ought to lead songs even if I am a bass. Now choruses/directed harmony I can do, but this means learning to hold a tune reliably solo and learn all the verses. Be as well to try, anyway. Thanks, Sue.

And noted Richard's well-merited promotion to the Bench.

Neil at the back of the Music Fair was as gloomy as ever: Music Room had conspicuous 'reductions'. And the undiscounted price of a new Pokerwork has risen to a quoted £600. Managed not to buy a discounted mandolin, again.

First time for several years I haven't seen Rollo Woods - West Gallery amongst other things - either in the Anchor Garden or on the Front. Neither did I see Kevin Gorton on fiddle, melodeon, recorder and Surrey bagpipes in the Bedford or the Swan as usual, but then he is said not to have gone. Nor Phil Atkinson in the same sessions. A real break with ritual.

Thought I saw Moira Craig quietly looking at her notebooks in the back of Sue's Pantry. And saw Martin Carthy pushing Norma on wheels, who was directing him vigorously and in detail....


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Old Vermin
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 07:01 AM

And of course saw Mr Red in yellow.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 07:38 AM

Rollo was only there for the weekend.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 07:47 AM

The Volunteer ran itself - okay, with a little/lottle bit of nudging!
The band booked didn't turn up on Friday, but that was the least of my worries what with my elderly mother in Acute Dependency in Frimley Park and one of my house guests taken ill (see Marian Button thread).

Enjoyed the storytelling workshops which I attended for the first time. New 'finds' were Thomas McCarthy and Dan from Dartmoor with his menagerie of jig dolls.

Cream of Devon and Traveller concerts were excellent.

Disappointments: few. Mike Waterson unable to attend - naturally wish him a speedy recovery (see thread elsewhere), so understandable.

Roll on next year!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST,The Barden of England sans cookie
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 12:02 PM

Old Vermin - Phil Atkinson was there,along with Dan, Elinor, myself, Marco,Paul from Munich (and Falmouth),Vince and others. Only now recuperating myself after Dartmoor. Heard about Marion Button from Barry Lister who told me that she had a stroke which it would appear was not too severe (that is if any stroke can be so). I'm currently still holidaying in Cornwall but wish my good friend Marion a speedy and full recovery.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 01:20 PM

Lack of mud was pretty brilliant as well, though no one can be thanked for that.

Oh yes they can and you are all welcome. Fine weather follows me when I am on holiday. It really does. Ask my partner. He is considering selling my services to weddings and festivals and any other outdoor events.

Post festival depression setting in badly now..at least I've got Moira in less than two weeks!

Tell me about it! Can we get festivals paid for on the NHS? Maybe near to home mini festivals to stem the withdrawal symptoms.

I did not clock the Marion Button thread at all. Must check that. Hope she will make a seedy and full recovery.

for more comments from the stewarding side I just posted he following on the other Sidmouth thread.

Subject: RE: newbie guide to Sidmouth folk festival
From: VirginiaTam - PM
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 01:01 PM

Unfortunately the first news letter ran out before we could get one and as stewards we needed it. We had to borrow the Ham box office copy and mark changes in our main programme. The lanyards for holding passes also gone and we arrived on Thursday 29 July well before festival started.

If possible, it might be good to have a different coloured lanyard (or armband) for stewards (even if we have to buy them) so there is a visible presence to punters who have questions/concerns. Someone mentioned to me that there should be more stewards in the high viz vests just wandering about town. But in the event you don't have enough stewards, then I for one have no problem stepping up to fill the one off needs when I am off duty. The special lanyard or armband would facilitate that.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Old Vermin
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 01:38 PM

Derek - thank you for the news of Rollo. I knew he was selling his Skipper 12 back in the winter - I think to get a replacement sailing dinghy - but couldn't remember if I'd seen him at all this year.

And Barden, thanks for the news of Phil Atkinson. I first came across him at the Ram Ciderhouse in the mid-90s, when his appearances fitted round Heathrow flights and, probably, Swedish steelworks. He did the end-of-evening American Pie.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: MBSLynne
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 01:41 PM

You ARE coming to Moira aren't you Virginia??


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 03:59 PM

now that I have boasted about my luck with weather, watch it turn on me. like a child or pet sitting dumbly refusing to perform new trick mummy has boasted about.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Surreysinger
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 04:33 PM

John and Virginia - please see the separate thread on Marian Button - it turns out that it was not a stroke after all. Nevertheless Marian remains in hospital and is undergoing further tests. :-(


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 05:40 PM

Surely it rained on you at Knockholt VT?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Girl Friday
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 06:02 PM

Quite -it usually rains on us all at Knockholt.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST,Tatts
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 07:59 PM

Great festival, enjoyed the quite afternoon singaround in the Woodlands lovely comfy chairs and setees!!   A quiet oasis in a busy week .


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 03:08 AM

no Richard... no rain at Knockholt. Started raining as we left Pig's Ear and was just misting as we packed up on last day of last Knockholt.

I've been on one Cornwall and 3 Scotland holidays and one Lake District where the clouds and rain were coming down as we arrived, suddenly brightened when i got out of car and stayed pretty much dry (apart from light scattered showers) until the day we left when the heavens opened. Even Sidmouth's one morning of rain I was on stewarding duty in the Arts Centre and it cleared as soon as my duty was over.

It was raining and cloudy just before the Handfasting in Swansea last Saturday and cleared as soon as I got out of the car.

Several times Friday and Saturday night it started raining as soon as I got back into caravan after toilet breaks.

What can I say?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Abdul The Bul Bul
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 03:55 AM

Good to hear the benefit of your precipitation protection will prevailat Ash then VT. Although if I don't get this guitar fixed I may not be going.
Al


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 06:15 AM

Virginia Tam
we were putting out the first newsletter at the Box Office and Bedford right through till Monday. As fast as they were put out, the quicker they went! I learned a few things about distribution this year, ready for next year.
yes, the lanyard shortage was an oversight somewhere - and thanks for the different coloured lanyard suggestion.
I hope you'll fill in a feedback form and include that comment. The forms are on the website.
Oh, and the Guardian gave the festival a 5 star review this morning.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: TheSilentOne
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 06:32 AM

Sometimes I have to break silence, even if belatedly. Our first big folk festival, first time at Sidmouth, and first time stewarding. The whole experience was wonderful! Of course the weather helped, but Tam is arranging that for next year too, when we will definitely be back.

I find it difficult to pick out highlights, but a special mention for the Shanty-crawl, that was great fun. There were no "lowlights", unless you count wanting to be in half a dozen places at once.

Thanks to everyone who organised, participated, attended, or in any way contributed to a great week. Special thanks to those who encouraged us to go!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 06:35 AM

Coo-ey you! *waves*, see youze next week ;)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: TheSilentOne
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 11:39 AM

lol - isn't that thread highjacking CS?

(ummm.. in which case so is this post!)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 02:00 PM

echoing TSO's first post. Thanks to all organisers, artists, sponsors, stewards, etc. for making it such a great experience.

I misremembered last Knockholt. There was a spot of rain on Saturday late afternoon. But nothing like downpours. Spotty showers don't count, do they?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010 comments??
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 02:11 PM

Spotty showers? How dare you so denigrate Tone Deaf Leopard?


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