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Manchester: Extravaganza 5

Harry Basnett 08 Sep 03 - 02:47 PM
GUEST,Les the confused 08 Sep 03 - 03:26 PM
John Routledge 08 Sep 03 - 05:04 PM
John J 09 Sep 03 - 06:56 AM
Dave the Gnome 09 Sep 03 - 07:54 AM
GUEST,Alan 09 Sep 03 - 11:49 AM
GUEST,Les the confused 09 Sep 03 - 11:53 AM
Harry Basnett 09 Sep 03 - 02:12 PM
GUEST,Les in Chorlton, Manchester 09 Sep 03 - 02:15 PM
Yvonne 09 Sep 03 - 02:53 PM
George Papavgeris 09 Sep 03 - 04:09 PM
Noreen 09 Sep 03 - 08:23 PM
Zany Mouse 10 Sep 03 - 04:09 AM
Harry Basnett 10 Sep 03 - 02:02 PM
GUEST 11 Sep 03 - 07:06 AM
Alio 11 Sep 03 - 12:29 PM
GUEST,Little lost soul 11 Sep 03 - 01:07 PM
Noreen 11 Sep 03 - 01:18 PM
Harry Basnett 11 Sep 03 - 05:19 PM
GUEST,Little lost soul 11 Sep 03 - 05:23 PM
GUEST,GUEST, Soul-less 11 Sep 03 - 07:39 PM
John Routledge 11 Sep 03 - 07:58 PM
Harry Basnett 12 Sep 03 - 02:51 PM
GUEST,Les in Chorlton, Manchester 13 Sep 03 - 12:45 PM
GUEST,Les the thread jumper 14 Sep 03 - 03:46 AM
Bernard 14 Sep 03 - 07:44 PM
Harry Basnett 19 Sep 03 - 03:20 PM
Noreen 01 Oct 03 - 07:52 AM
Harry Basnett 01 Oct 03 - 03:20 PM
Harry Basnett 01 Oct 03 - 03:27 PM
Noreen 01 Oct 03 - 06:46 PM
George Papavgeris 01 Oct 03 - 06:56 PM
Noreen 01 Oct 03 - 07:00 PM
George Papavgeris 02 Oct 03 - 05:23 AM
My guru always said 02 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM
Bernard 02 Oct 03 - 11:11 AM
Harry Basnett 02 Oct 03 - 02:14 PM
Harry Basnett 03 Oct 03 - 03:18 PM
GUEST 09 Oct 03 - 12:58 PM
Harry Basnett 09 Oct 03 - 03:02 PM
John Routledge 09 Oct 03 - 07:26 PM
George Papavgeris 10 Oct 03 - 02:48 AM
VIN 10 Oct 03 - 06:48 AM
Bernard 10 Oct 03 - 11:57 AM
Yvonne 11 Oct 03 - 07:43 AM
George Papavgeris 12 Oct 03 - 03:48 AM
GUEST,Matthew Edwards 12 Oct 03 - 04:27 AM
Yvonne 12 Oct 03 - 06:52 AM
GUEST 13 Oct 03 - 07:16 AM
Harry Basnett 13 Oct 03 - 05:25 PM
My guru always said 14 Oct 03 - 05:58 AM
Harry Basnett 14 Oct 03 - 03:03 PM
Harry Basnett 15 Oct 03 - 02:56 PM
George Papavgeris 16 Oct 03 - 05:05 AM
VIN 16 Oct 03 - 07:56 AM
Harry Basnett 16 Oct 03 - 07:21 PM
Zany Mouse 16 Oct 03 - 07:45 PM
Harry Basnett 16 Oct 03 - 08:08 PM
John Routledge 16 Oct 03 - 08:15 PM
Harry Basnett 16 Oct 03 - 08:38 PM
GUEST 17 Oct 03 - 03:26 PM
Bernard 18 Oct 03 - 09:05 PM
Zany Mouse 19 Oct 03 - 08:13 AM
George Papavgeris 19 Oct 03 - 11:13 PM
Harry Basnett 20 Oct 03 - 05:24 AM
George Papavgeris 20 Oct 03 - 07:08 AM
George Papavgeris 20 Oct 03 - 07:17 AM
Yvonne 20 Oct 03 - 07:25 AM
Yvonne 20 Oct 03 - 07:36 AM
Mark Dowding 20 Oct 03 - 08:02 AM
Alio 20 Oct 03 - 09:04 AM
GUEST,HelenJ 20 Oct 03 - 10:32 AM
Matthew Edwards 20 Oct 03 - 10:38 AM
Bernard 20 Oct 03 - 12:59 PM
Yvonne 20 Oct 03 - 02:17 PM
VIN 20 Oct 03 - 02:27 PM
Harry Basnett 20 Oct 03 - 02:35 PM
GUEST,flatcap-Pauline 20 Oct 03 - 06:33 PM
GUEST,MCP 20 Oct 03 - 07:54 PM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 20 Oct 03 - 08:01 PM
GUEST,HelenJ 21 Oct 03 - 05:10 AM
VIN 21 Oct 03 - 06:20 AM
Harry Basnett 21 Oct 03 - 02:33 PM
John Routledge 22 Oct 03 - 11:57 AM
GUEST 23 Oct 03 - 07:03 AM
GUEST 23 Oct 03 - 10:32 PM
8_Pints 23 Oct 03 - 10:36 PM
Harry Basnett 24 Oct 03 - 03:17 PM
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Subject: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 02:47 PM

It's that time again!!

The Open Door Folk clubs Fifth Extravaganza will be held at our new (and much improved) venue at the Railway and Linnet, Grimshaw Lane, Chadderton (near Middleton Junction) on Saturday and Sunday, the 18th. and 19th. of October.

We'll be following the tried and tested formula of excellent guest spots interspersed with singarounds all under the one roof!!

Guests this year are:-

Saturday........Dave Burland.
                Tom McConville.
                Steve Tilston.

Sunday..........Threlfall, Ellison, Edwards.
                Chris Foster.
                John Kirkpatrick.

Each guest will be performing approximately two forty minute spots.

Tickets are priced at £12 per day or £20 for the entire weekend.

Further information can be found on the club website at:-

www.opendoorfolkclub.co.uk

or by contacting Pauline Westall on 0161 681 3618.

We're looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some new ones...hope to see you there!!!

Harry and Sara Basnett.

See related thread (click)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Les the confused
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 03:26 PM

Oh, nothing


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: John Routledge
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 05:04 PM

By coincidence spent a couple of hours on Saturday listening to recordings by Chris Foster. What a fine fine singer.

With Threlfall Ellison and Edwards to start the day and John Kirkpatrick to finish!! What a day.

If only Tom McConville could be persuaded to give an Alexander Technique demonstration :0)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: John J
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 06:56 AM

Hello Harry & Sara.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 07:54 AM

Bit close to the Swinton date (25 Oct) for me I'm afraid H & S. I would need special dispensation to disappear for 2 weekends:-(

See you up there soon though.

:D


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Alan
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 11:49 AM

Sounds good to me! Many of my all time favourites there. I'll make an early application to get my pass signed.

Alan

P.S. Just to highjack your thread....Harry, Sara, John, JJ don't forget tomorrow for The Snug at Lymm.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Les the confused
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 11:53 AM

er, what?


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 02:12 PM

No problem, Alan and we should be there! It'll be great to see you at the Extravaganza this year!

Sorry you can't make it Dave, but we quite understand...and hello to you, John.J.

Really starting to look forward to it now and I think Alan is quite right regarding getting his ticket booked!!

I'm looking forward to hearing Chris Foster myself...Mr. routledge doesn't recommenf people willy nilly!!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Les in Chorlton, Manchester
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 02:15 PM

I understand that their is an issue in the non-musical threads that you might wish to address.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Yvonne
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 02:53 PM

Reserve me a ticket ,Harry--will be there.

You will enjoy it Alan---the last one was wonderful and this one is going to be even better.

See you tomorrow night.

Diz


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 04:09 PM

Keep 2 tickets for me and Titch, Harry; I just confirmed with Her Ladyship, and we're coming...Our first time in Manchester - it will be good to meet you, and Ali, and the other Mudcatters there.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Noreen
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 08:23 PM

I was looking forward to this... but hadn't noticed that I'll be in America at the time. Bother- want to do it all!

Have a wonderful time. And G- bring an umbrella :0)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 04:09 AM

Mick and I intend to attend. Any room for a campervan though?

ZM


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 02:02 PM

Great stuff, George...looking forward to seeing you both!

Rhiannon - - it'll be lovely to see you and Mick again and there's area used for parking opposite the pub.

Noreen - - next time ,eh? I'm sure America should provide some consolation for missing John Kirkpatrick! :0)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 07:06 AM

Sounds good.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Alio
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 12:29 PM

Well, we'll be there, and looking foward to it - possibly with a BBC GMR person!!

Ali


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Little lost soul
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 01:07 PM

er, nothing but 3 in a row?


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Noreen
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 01:18 PM

Little lost soul, if you're enquiring about the format it's explained in the introductory post:
We'll be following the tried and tested formula of excellent guest spots interspersed with singarounds.

If you want to know something else, make it more clear what you want?


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 05:19 PM

Thanks, Noreen...I don't want to get bogged down with this because it shouldn't be what Mudcat is all about, but I rather think 'little lost soul' is a certain person who makes a nuisance of himself on Manchester related threads with boring regularity. He's not funny and is in grave danger of making himself very unpopular. 'Nuff said!!

Harry.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Little lost soul
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 05:23 PM

So where do you stand on the origin and evolution of the Uillean Pipes then?


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,GUEST, Soul-less
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 07:39 PM

Right on the drones, Little lost soul....
With stiletto heels.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: John Routledge
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 07:58 PM

Will be there Sunday definitely and probably Saturday as well.

There should be a good turnout. Singers of the world unite :0)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 02:51 PM

Musicians are welcome too, John.....


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Les in Chorlton, Manchester
Date: 13 Sep 03 - 12:45 PM

Guest, Guest, please explain?


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Les the thread jumper
Date: 14 Sep 03 - 03:46 AM

Sorry Noreen, I was unclear. I was merely refering to the fact that when I posted it put your thread to the top of the site which at that point had three Manchester threads in a row. Which for an international site must suggest something interesting is going on around here.

I am most confused about what is and what is not enyoyed here. Things seem to range from the deeply personal and trivial to profound, passing through really interesting and useful (did you give me the words for Monday morning by Cyril Tawney?) to what looks like well organised advertising (see Punch the Horse). Although when I tried to poke a bit of gentle fun at Punch on a fresh thread the editor removed it and lobed it into the original Punch thread.

Ah well, its all good fun but not as much as singing and playing tunes? And I haven't even mentioned ..............


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Bernard
Date: 14 Sep 03 - 07:44 PM

Good news, campers!

Having broached the subject with the licensee, we now can confirm that anyone with a camper van or caravan will be okay parking overnight on the land opposite the Railway and Linnet for the duration of the Extravaganza.

It seems the pub used to have a sizeable car park, which the Council requisitioned and, in exchange, agreed to allow the pub the right to use the land opposite - which is often used by drivers of heavy goods vehicles for overnight parking, too.

So don't forget your Yorkie bars!!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 03:20 PM

*refresh*


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Noreen
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 07:52 AM

Followed a week later by

Swinton Folk Festival


(neither of which, my diary tells me, I can get to :0/ )


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 03:20 PM

Thanks for reviving the thread, Noreen....but why the Swinton plug on this thread (not that I mind Dave getting a plug) and why the diary mention - - you've already said you'll be in America? Am I totally missing something here?

Cheers.......Harry. :0)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 03:27 PM

Ah.....all is revealed!! :0)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Noreen
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 06:46 PM

You have to take the wider view, Harry :0)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 06:56 PM

In my case you have to take the XXXL view
Itching to be there...


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Noreen
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 07:00 PM

I'll send Harry some flea powder for you then, George?

(I'll miss the serenade with the rose(!) between the teeth... some other time, praps?!)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 05:23 AM

Teeth permanently clenched in anticipation, Noreen:-)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: My guru always said
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM

Really hoping to get along & meet everyone again - Extravaganza 4 was BRILL & worked really well. Am sure we'll all have a grand time!!

Not sure about bringing caravan (long haul)- may try B&B - any recommendations??

Hil


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Bernard
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 11:11 AM

Hilary!! Where did you disappear to? The e-mail address I have is no longer current (the lengths people will go to trying to avoid me!!)...

Glad you're coming, anyway - I believe there is a good B&B nearby, but Harry will be able to tell you more about it.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 02:14 PM

Hi, Hil...

       Hopefully there may still be room at the Radclyffe Arms which is where George and Trish are staying...just around the corner from the Linnet. We'll dig out a couple of 'phone numbers for B&B later..

Love........Harry and Sara.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 03:18 PM

Info. PM'd.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Oct 03 - 12:58 PM

Just over a week to go ! Tickets selling well. Looking forward to seeing Chris Foster,when did he last play the Manchester area ?


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 09 Oct 03 - 03:02 PM

Probably in the 80's......


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: John Routledge
Date: 09 Oct 03 - 07:26 PM

Via the ODPS I now have my ticket for the weekend.
Thanks Diz/Bernard/Harry/Pauline.

Should also make it this Sunday as well.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 10 Oct 03 - 02:48 AM

Warming up the 12-string and the shaky egg....
I am SO looking forward to it!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: VIN
Date: 10 Oct 03 - 06:48 AM

Wot, you play em at the same time??


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Bernard
Date: 10 Oct 03 - 11:57 AM

The best thing about the ODPS is it's free - the worst is it takes a couple of weeks!!!

Only another week to go, now - come and get yer luvverly tickets whilst they're still fresh!!

SPECIAL OFFER!
Buy one, get one!!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Yvonne
Date: 11 Oct 03 - 07:43 AM

Not long now! I am really looking forward to it.

May see you all tomorrow night as well for a 'warm up'.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 03:48 AM

Have been known to, Vin!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,Matthew Edwards
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 04:27 AM

Only a week to go, and I've booked my accommodation for Saturday night. Have been listening to Chris Foster's CD Traces, so I'm looking forward to hearing him in person. But I've also had the pleasure of listening to a CD put together by Harry Basnett of his own songs which is something special again, and I hope Harry will be singing some of these over the weekend.

Hi! Yvonne, nice to see you here as a real name catter. What happened to 'Diz'? I can't get to the OD tonight unfortunately but have a good 'warm up' anyway.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Yvonne
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 06:52 AM

Hi, Matthew

I decided to 'come out' :o)

I too have Harry's CD and it is superb.Wonderful that a singer/song writer has written and arranged his songs in a 'traditional style'. Bernard's expertise in recording and adding accompaniment to the songs is to be very much admired as well.   

Want to hear lots of those songs over the weekend, Harry.

I have listened to Chris Foster's CD as well Matthew and am looking forward to hearing him.

See you all there as I will not be along tonight afterall :o(


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 07:16 AM


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 05:25 PM

Thanks very much for the CD endorsement...looking forward to seeing everybody over the weekend!

:0)


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: My guru always said
Date: 14 Oct 03 - 05:58 AM

Yippee - should be able to come along with a little help from my friends!!!!

Still using the library PC which is steam-driven so only popping in now and again! Should get a new PC soon though....
Hope all arrangements are going well - can't wait!!!!
Hil xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 14 Oct 03 - 03:03 PM

I'd like to echo the Yippee!!!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 02:56 PM

Not long now.......


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 05:05 AM

Just today, tomorrow, and 4 hours on the motorway...
I'm dreading the return already, with work looming on Monday, but what the heck, it'll be worth it...


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: VIN
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 07:56 AM

Sithee there!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 07:21 PM

Sithee indeed Vin, O Blessed One!!

( Anyone that can sing a damned good traditional song and is into Al Stewart, Roy Harper and the Incredible String Band is Blessed in my humble opinion!!!! )


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 07:45 PM

Camper spot booked. I'll stock up on coffee for hangovers on Sunday morning! [Giggle]

See ya all on Saturday.

ZM


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 08:08 PM

Wonderful, Rhiannon!! It'll be lovely to see you and Mick again!!!

And we'll hold you to that coffee!!!

Love........Harry and Sara.xx


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: John Routledge
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 08:15 PM

Getting there as near 1 o'clock as possible.

8 pints now has his voice back so will be singing and piping.

If we can squeeze in a quick practice might even do a two part harmony - on pipes I hope you are relieved to hear.

Roll on tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 08:38 PM

Tomorrow/ - -- Oops..so it is!!!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 03 - 03:26 PM

Yes--tomorrow, Harry.
See you all there!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Oct 03 - 09:05 PM

Day One over... and it was excellent from start to finish!

Slightly disturbing... we spent quite a lot on advertising in various folk magazines, and the only effective advertising was free... on Mudcat! Had it not been for hordes of visiting Mudcatters, it would have just been the usual gang. It was good to see you, folks!

Lets see what happens on Sunday... Threlfall, Ellison, Edwards followed by Chris Foster with John Kirkpatrick bringing us to a riotous climax!!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 08:13 AM

Excellent first day! Can't make Sunday but good luck. An excellent, well organised 'do'. Well done.

Zany Mouse


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 11:13 PM

Cracking 2 days. Just made it back (4am) after a 30 min powernap at an M1 service station. Thanks, Manchester, thanks Open Door. I'll write more tomorrow when I'll be more coherent.
Nighty-night


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 05:24 AM

Cheers, Rhiannon and George....glad you got back safely. Wonderful support from 'catters!!

Well done to Bernard for a brilliant job handling the singarounds and for so ably taking on the role of MC for the latter part of the Extravaganza.

I'll be back later...after sharing a bottle of whisky with Matthew till 4 am. I don't feel fully coherent myself!!

Love....Harry.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 07:08 AM

Right, 4 hrs of sleep later....Where to begin...

GUESTS: Great, enjoyed them all. John K, Tom McC and Steve T are favourites of mine anyway, but I also loved Jane and Amanda's singing, and Dave's too. I had choice spot at the front of course, don't know how they were heard at the back. Chris is almost too perfect for me, but then I'm only jealous of his guitarwork!

SINGAROUNDS: Just coudn't get enough of some voices: Yvonne has to be at the top, any woman with such a velvety contralto melts me. But then - in no order: Bernard, your soundbites on the website do not do you justice, I'd happily listen to you for an evening. As indeed I would listen to Harry and his songs. And Mark. And Sue. And John R. And Pauline. Phil, and Cath. I won't flatter Hilary here, she knows what I think of her voice and she'll only get bigheaded;-). And Richard. And Bob's pipes. And...oh heck, they were all great. I would have happily attended an event with twice the time for singarounds and half for guests. Clearly the Open Door has serious depth in its singing capacity and is to be congratulated for that.

VENUE: Great room, good location with respect to bar. Hey, I know there was some kerfuffle about the food on Sunday evening, but nothing that couldn't be sorted with pre-ordering in the future (at Dog Days we used to circulate a list for people to make their choice, then at a pre-arranged time we'd stop for 15 mins for everyone to get their ordered meals and bring them to their table - saves time for singarounds). Off-lining the raffle draws also helps release singaround time. But all in all, an excellent venue.

BEST OF ALL for me: The people; so warm and friendly, generous and openhearted. The club is very aptly named.

Thanks Pauline and the rest for the excellent organisation. Thanks John and Bernard for the quiet (yes, quiet!) beavering away and pulling of strings and toggles and pictures and cables and singers' lists, and raffle prizes and....

BEST MEMORY: Bernard's shrugging of shoulders and raising of arms to the sides helplessly with a "What can I say" after John K's first set; it reminded me of a kid discovering that Father Christmas LIVES!

filakia (kisses) to all, and see you soon


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 07:17 AM

And immediately I know I forgot some names - typically, those of friends, because I unfairly take it for granted that they know my views: Mick & Rhiannon, I still can't get used to the fact that you left the South, and it was great to see/hear you both on Saturday.
"Success unto the coal trade"!
And keep feeding those fish.
Have fun with the Javanese woodpecker-spiel.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Yvonne
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 07:25 AM

Wonderful weekend.

Well done to The Open Door folk club for organising a superb Extravaganza. For me the highlights were the singarounds.

In particular it was lovely to meet and hear the Mudcatters who had travelled so far to be with us. George,Hillary, Rhianna and Mick and those who live close by like Vin and Sue VG--so lovely. Our own Cath made my weekend by singing 'My Lady of Autumn' and Richard a close second with 'When all Men Sing'.


Ellison, Edwards and Threlfall (apologies if I have that the wrong way round!) just get better and better and I shall never tire of hearing them. (If anybody sees Amanda will you tell her I followed her 'Handy Tip' in the shower this morning and clenching the buttocks does NOT help ME achieve high notes!!!)

So pleased you arrived home safely, George. If it is any consolation, I too am in work--yawn.

Bernard--wonderful organisation of the singarounds and a smashing MC even if you did run out of words (is this a first???)

Thank you all for a memorable weekend and roll on March when we shall gather to do it all again--yippee.

Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Yvonne
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 07:36 AM

George, Thank you so much--you are too kind!

Also thankyou for telling me I was a contralto--hadn't clue until we spoke at the bar!

Looking forward very much to hearing your CD tonight. I shall put it in a safe deposit box when I have finished with it :o)

Everyone sang so wonderfully.The whole weekend was a complete joy and I too would have happily forsaken a couple of Guest spots for longer singarounds.

Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 08:02 AM

Well that was my first experience of the Extravaganzas and it won't be the last I can tell you that for nothing! Great day Saturday - thanks to all who organised for making things go so well. Couldn't make Sunday because of my own club commitments but it sounds like I missed another day of quality entertainment. Colum Sands at the Wooden Horse folk club was also quality entertainment but I couldn't be in two places at once unfortunately.

Good to meet and listen to fellow 'catters and put a few faces to names - I could have listened to Mick all night playing his guitar - I must get more practice in with those jazz chords and runs!

I've only known the Open Door crew for a short time but they've made me feel like one of the family and when chance permits - and if I can get a pass out from the Wooden Horse - I'll make it over to see you again.

If the world was one big folk club there'd be no need for war.

Cheers

Mark


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Alio
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 09:04 AM

Glad to hear it went so well, and really disappointed I couldn't make it, but I was called down to work in Bridgend!! I'm just really jealous now! Well done to all of you!

Ali


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,HelenJ
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 10:32 AM

HelenJ.
Lovely time on Saturday - couldn't make Sunday but from what I've read it was even better than the previous day. Lovely people with whom I hope to meet up again 'soonly'. Apologies for forgetting my lines - my usual style.....

Regards to everyone and congratulations on a job well done.

HelenJ.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 10:38 AM

Alio, what a pity you missed it but Bernard has been busy (where does he find the time?) and has posted details of the weekend here - with pictures Extravaganza 5

It was a lovely weekend, and the Railway and Linnet provided an excellent venue with many of the guests paying tribute to this new home of the Open Door. The room felt very comfortable and the sound quality felt good - most memorably so when John Kirkpatrick played 'When Jones' Ale Was New', but the strength of the building's fabric was also tested by 'When All Men Sing' led by Rich in an incredibly deep bass voice.
There was also a delightful moment when George, at the top of the room, was singing his heartwarming song about the fair when he was joined in the chorus from the back of the room by Hilary - and the two voices made a wonderful bridge of sound across the room.
It was quite noticeable that the guest artists responded to the warm and friendly atmosphere, and gave very relaxed performances - singing and playing with an infectious spirit of enjoyment. I loved hearing Roger Edwards (no relation!) talking with such vivid enthusiasm about the tunes he and Martin played.
So thanks to Pauline and John for organising this event, to Bernard for conducting the singarounds with such élan,to the staff of the Railway for hosting this event (especially Adèle for her cheerful helpfulness) and, on a personal note, to Harry and Sara for their hospitality, but above all to all the artists, and singers and audience who together made this so memorable.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Bernard
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 12:59 PM

Ey up!

Harry and I have been down to the Railway and Linnet this afternoon to put the furniture back and collect my gear... it feels so strange going back to an empty room!

Thanks to everyone who turned up in their thousands... okay, perhaps I exaggerate slightly...! But what a wonderful weekend we had!

Sunday saw a club record turnout of singers - 22 altogether - and it's the first time we weren't able to let everyone have a second 'turn'... maybe we should start a bit sooner next time!!? We had 17 on Saturday (erm, remind you of a song?!), with a total of 26 over the entire weekend.

Everyone has really said already what I would have wanted to say - and thanks for all those kind words about me.

The atmosphere was magic from start to finish, and I wouldn't like to try to single out any one person for extra praise, as you were all terrrriffffick!

The guests were all brilliant in their own way, and all tastes were catered for. We all have our own personal favourites, but it isn't fair to imply that they were any better than the rest, so I won't!

Harry managed to sell a few of his newly-released CD, we're pleased to say, and I even sold one of mine!!

It will soon be March... and Extravaganza 6!! See you all then?

Better get me skates on - down to GMR studios to make a nuisance of myself on Alio's 'Sounds of Folk'...

TTFN

B


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Yvonne
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 02:17 PM

Doh! Mark how could I forget you (I am sure Hilary hasn't--bet she hasn't washed her hand yet!)---and John Routledge and 8 pints and Harry and Martin (was hoping for another song from him)-- just about everyone who sang and played so wonderfully!!!

I do agree with Matthew about George and Hilary singing from different ends of the room. The effect was breathtaking--wow!

Wish we were doing it all over again this Saturday!

Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: VIN
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 02:27 PM

Sorry i could'nt make it on sunday, bit sick about that, but there yer go, must try harder in March. Really enjoyed Saturday tho! Great guests, venue and people. Nice to meet some catters face to face. Nice photo's Bernard (good look wi the programme tonight!). So thanks again to Pauline and John, Dave Jones, Bernard (mr techno himself) and all. Cheers!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 02:35 PM

Our review of the Extravaganza in four words...

You were all brilliant!!!!

Love, Harry and Sara.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,flatcap-Pauline
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 06:33 PM

Hi! Everyone. A big thank you to all of you that attended the Extravaganza, wasn't it good!
For the next one in March, we will ensure that we don't have a repeat performance with the food fiasco. We'll also alter the raffle so that it doesn't take so long.
For next October we've decided to cut down the number of guests to 4 so that singers and players will have more time to perform.
Thanks again everyone
Pauline


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 07:54 PM

I can only echo the others above (even though I was only there for the Saturday - house guests this week forced an early return home). The Saturday was excellent, both the guests and the high standard of floor singers. An impressive line-up for the weekend deserved a good turn-out.

Thanks to Mark for the kind words (and I must add that his own guitar playing is well worth listening to, not to mention his singing. I especially enjoyed his very fine version of Christmas 1914).

And thanks to Hilary (MGAS) for the Anklung! Of the many things I expected at the weekend, this was not one. I hope when I see you again I'll have a tune on it for you.

Thanks to the organisers for putting on a great weekend, and thanks to all of them for making us so welcome again (especially Harry, Pauline, Bernard and Dave). We hope to be there for the next one.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 08:01 PM

too mutch stuff aboout manchester her1, thet thing they bloody great,
manchdettrr, mancgsertr , mancgetst, blsar, blar, blar,
fed up off herring aboout it, it probably rubbish there anyway.john


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST,HelenJ
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 05:10 AM

To the uninitiated it's pronounced Madchester! We're all quite mad - that's why we enjoyed ourselves so much! The infection tends to spread. Some might just dip their toes in the water to try it out - then by all means give criticism.

THE PROGNOSIS IS EXCELLENT!

HelenJ.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: VIN
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 06:20 AM

Errrr john from Hull, the thread is called Manchester: Extravaganza 5 so one would expect there to be a lot o stuff about Manchester, eh?


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:33 PM

Hi, everyone....

       The Extravaganza learning curve continues...thank you all for the positive suggestions which have been made...as Pauline says, these have been taken on board and we'll do anything we can to make the weekend as enjoyable for you ( and us ) as possible.

       Love.....Harry and Sara.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: John Routledge
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 11:57 AM

Well done everyone. What a weekend

I have never heard such a wonderful mixture of Traditional, Old, Fairly Old, Contemporary and Almost Hot off The Presses songs as performed over the Extravaganza Weekend.

There was excellence in all "Categories".

Well done ALL - again


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 07:03 AM

Sorry I missed this it sounds like you all had a good time.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 10:32 PM

Hi all,

Just had my PC fixed and returned today which why I've been off-air over the past month.

Excellent week-end, and fantastic sing round sessions.

Congratulations all - what a fabulous event!

Well done John, Pauline, Dave, Bernard, Harry & Sara!

Superb quality!!!

Bob & Sue vG


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: 8_Pints
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 10:36 PM

Oops!

Must remember to re-instate my 'cookies'!

Bob vG


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 24 Oct 03 - 03:17 PM

Thanks for the feedback, Bob abd Sue...it was lovely seeing you both again!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: John Routledge
Date: 25 Oct 03 - 11:08 AM

Going to relive last weekend again on the usual Sunday night at the Railway and Linnet. Any takers.


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 06:53 AM

Yes!


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Subject: RE: Manchester: Extravaganza 5
From: Bernard
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 01:04 PM

Yup!


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