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Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006

the lemonade lady 27 Feb 06 - 06:38 AM
Snuffy 27 Feb 06 - 09:05 AM
mandotim 27 Feb 06 - 12:36 PM
the lemonade lady 04 Mar 06 - 03:30 PM
The Unicorn Man 05 Mar 06 - 05:58 AM
Skipper Jack 05 Mar 06 - 06:47 AM
mandotim 05 Mar 06 - 07:11 AM
RobbieWilson 05 Mar 06 - 02:51 PM
GUEST,guest frog 05 Mar 06 - 04:34 PM
Snuffy 05 Mar 06 - 07:32 PM
Trevor 06 Mar 06 - 04:16 AM
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the lemonade lady 07 Mar 06 - 05:06 PM
alanww 08 Mar 06 - 11:31 AM
the lemonade lady 14 Mar 06 - 05:13 AM
the lemonade lady 22 Mar 06 - 06:23 AM
the lemonade lady 02 Apr 06 - 08:14 AM
the lemonade lady 08 Apr 06 - 12:55 PM
Noreen 02 May 06 - 07:41 AM
MBSLynne 02 May 06 - 12:00 PM
mandotim 02 May 06 - 02:29 PM
the lemonade lady 02 May 06 - 05:41 PM
GUEST,crazy little woman 02 May 06 - 06:02 PM
Mr Happy 03 May 06 - 05:41 AM
MBSLynne 03 May 06 - 07:23 AM
the lemonade lady 07 May 06 - 04:16 PM
Schantieman 08 May 06 - 06:12 AM
the lemonade lady 08 May 06 - 07:05 PM
mandotim 09 May 06 - 04:13 AM
webfolk 09 May 06 - 05:42 AM
GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler 09 May 06 - 05:48 AM
webfolk 09 May 06 - 05:53 AM
Schantieman 10 May 06 - 05:36 AM
webfolk 10 May 06 - 05:40 AM
Peterr 10 May 06 - 11:40 AM
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Noreen 04 Jun 06 - 01:06 PM
Snuffy 04 Jun 06 - 01:12 PM
mandotim 04 Jun 06 - 07:23 PM
the lemonade lady 05 Jun 06 - 09:43 AM
MBSLynne 05 Jun 06 - 05:43 PM
GUEST,Fogie 06 Jun 06 - 11:16 AM
RobbieWilson 06 Jun 06 - 07:02 PM
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MBSLynne 07 Jun 06 - 05:43 AM
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Morticia 07 Jun 06 - 04:57 PM
webfolk 07 Jun 06 - 05:41 PM
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Subject: Bishop's Castle Folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 27 Feb 06 - 06:38 AM

It's 9th - 10th - 11th - June

Usual stuff
Sessions
Singarounds
Folk Club (contact me if you want a spot)
Shanties (cos Mersey Shanty Fest isn't on this year)
Concert on Friday night with Keith Donnelly (tbc)
Ceilidh (with scratch band)
Real ale

The web site will be updated shortly.
For anymore details contact me by phone or PM.

sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: Snuffy
Date: 27 Feb 06 - 09:05 AM

"Usual stuff" sounds good to me, Sal. As does the return of the Bishops Castle Shanty Festival!


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 27 Feb 06 - 12:36 PM

We'll be there!
Tim from Bit on the Side


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 03:30 PM

Thanks guys, good to hear from you all. Snuffy, do you want to run a session?

Mando...?

What would you say if I said this is the last BCFW? Cos it might be. My life's taking a turn and I may not have enough mental energy to run it again. I will carry on with the folk club tho.

sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: The Unicorn Man
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 05:58 AM

Where is Bishops Castle in Shrops? And will there be any camping?


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: Skipper Jack
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 06:47 AM

Curses!
I would have come for the shanty session, but The Gower Folk Festival is on the same weekend and I am running the "Big Sing" session there.

But have a good one.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 07:11 AM

Hi Sal! Answer to your question, I think, is do what's best for you. On the other hand, you could try getting some help with the organising; maybe from people like Geoff and I who are not in BC, but are perfectly capable of making phone calls, doing publicity, arranging venues etc. Give us a shout if you think this is a way forward.
Tim from Bit on the Side


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 02:51 PM

Hey Sal, Any help I cam be just let me know.

are we goung to try and get the singers and patients there at the same time and date this year?
love Robbie


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: GUEST,guest frog
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 04:34 PM

sounds great but where is bishops castle anyone


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 07:32 PM

It's still in Shropshire (I think)


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: Trevor
Date: 06 Mar 06 - 04:16 AM

Its here.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: The Unicorn Man
Date: 06 Mar 06 - 12:50 PM

Cheers Trevor.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: Mr Red
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 12:37 PM

Doctor Death

don't forget to turn your clock back 20 years on arrival

Only joking - make it 10 years.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 05:06 PM

oh oh oh you made me laugh... i can do with that!
If anyone can run sessins/singarounds or steward even, i'd be very very grateful.

Mob no. 07986805299 i use it more than my pc.

cheers
xx sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: alanww
Date: 08 Mar 06 - 11:31 AM

Hello Sal
As I have previously said, Sandy & I are intending to come and yes I will be pleased to help to run the Shanty Session!
In case anyone is completely lost, here is where Bishop's Castle is. Shropshire is a big county!
"I thought I heard the old man say...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 05:13 AM

Just to remind anyone who'd like to come to BC and help out...If you could run sessions/singarounds or steward even, I'd be very very grateful.

All's coming along nicely, still lots to do tho.

sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 22 Mar 06 - 06:23 AM

how refreshing, my lemonade of course!

No stewards?

sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 02 Apr 06 - 08:14 AM

Lucie, may daughter and publicity manager this year, has produced flyers and we are ready to circulate. If you can help me do this can I have your addresses (pm me) and I'll send you some. We have a concert on the Friday night, and as soon as he and I have conversed with booking/accommodation details I shall tell you all who he is.
Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 08 Apr 06 - 12:55 PM

The web site will be up properly soon but I thought I'd mention that Keith Donnelly will be top of the bill at the concert on Friday 9th June at the 3 Tuns.

OH NO IT ISN'T !
oh yes it is!

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: Noreen
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:41 AM

Refreshing for Lynne!

Looking forward to Bishop's Castle again :0)


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: MBSLynne
Date: 02 May 06 - 12:00 PM

Thanks Noreen.

So..is it the same weekend this year?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 02 May 06 - 02:29 PM

Hi Lynne! Just been reading your practice thread too! 9th 10th 11th June is the BC weekend; hope to see you there. I'm working on the new website as we speak!
Tim from Bit on the Side


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 02 May 06 - 05:41 PM

Yo Timbo, thanks, you're brilliant. Keep meaning to phone you, it's just that there aren't enough minutes in the day to do so.

We're having a story walk this year around BC which is being run by The Winged Word (local story spinners) it promises to be mysterious, scarey and exciting. And don't forget Mr.KD on the Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: GUEST,crazy little woman
Date: 02 May 06 - 06:02 PM

"Is there any camping?"

Apparently, one stays in a shanty.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: Mr Happy
Date: 03 May 06 - 05:41 AM

Hi Sally!

Mr Happy & his various groupies will be there.

ps I've pm'ed u for some flyers etc

Thanks for putting it all on again this year!


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: MBSLynne
Date: 03 May 06 - 07:23 AM

Well my daughter has now become thoroughly addicted to folk festivals and events and is complaining that nothing goes on around here. She really enjoyed herself at our local Mayday celebrations on Monday and is asking when the next thing will be on, so we may have to come to BC for her sake if nothing else.

We intended to come last year but Shady had a dance exam on the Saturday so we didn't. I haven't looked at my diary yet but I'm hoping.....It sounds like our sort of festival.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 07 May 06 - 04:16 PM

Camping will be £12 if you write to me now (pm me) or go to last years web site for my phone no and address. On the gate it'll be £15.

The 3 Tuns has decided NOT to accept the music sessions so
THE KING'S HEAD have come up trumps. New tenants have arrived there and are very keen indeed. Loads of space and want the music. Thank God! Down side is that there won't be a ceilidh because we can't find a venue for that.

I'm so sorry that the 3 Tuns have decided this way, new tenants there also and haven't experienced the folk weekend so has no idea what he's going to be missing out on!!!

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) 2006
From: Schantieman
Date: 08 May 06 - 06:12 AM

Not only is Shropshire a big county - it's the biggest landlocked county in England (I knew that book would come in useful someday). What better excuse can we think of for a shanty festival?

But seriously, folks, there is actually a stream runnig behing the Six Bells barn, AND a pond up at the Wintles - so what are we waiting for?

Haul away for Sally-o!


Steve


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 08 May 06 - 07:05 PM

Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the group Sir!

Shall we all go up to the Wintles and sing around the pond, now that would really be fun. I'd love that!

Tee hee

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 09 May 06 - 04:13 AM

I was once up to my wintles in mud....
Tim from Bit on the Side


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: webfolk
Date: 09 May 06 - 05:42 AM

You need Tiger Feet to get out of the Mud!!
Geoff - Bit on the Side


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 09 May 06 - 05:48 AM

The Bishop's Castle railway claimed to be the oldest in the world as it had BC on the carriages, so how about a railway songs session.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: webfolk
Date: 09 May 06 - 05:53 AM

it will probably run out of steam
Geoff - bit on the side


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Schantieman
Date: 10 May 06 - 05:36 AM

There's a thought. Lots of railway songs - we could even go down to the old station & sing 'em.

I've Been Working on the Railroad
Drill ye Tarriers, Drill
John Henry
The Wreck of the Old 97
The Ballad of Casey Jones ....



hang on a tick - they're all damn yankee songs. We must have some of our own....



er.....



hmmm.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: webfolk
Date: 10 May 06 - 05:40 AM

The Doctor Beeching parody to the tune of 'Fyfie O' sums it all up I think.

Geoff - bit on the side


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Peterr
Date: 10 May 06 - 11:40 AM

By coincidence I hope to be staying in BC on the night of Thursday 8th mainly as I thought I should try some other good beer on the way home to the Blue Anchor in Helston. I'm splashing out on a week's break, so can anyone suggest friendly pub or even hotel accommodation?
Great shame I'll miss the event.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: GUEST
Date: 10 May 06 - 03:08 PM

Depends on your budget.

The Castle Hotel is v nice & has good beer and food. Then there's the Old Brick Guest House of which I know nothing.   And others, probably. Sally will know more......


There will be a campsite of course.

S


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 23 May 06 - 06:06 AM

Further info. on Keith Donnelly from www.keithdonnelly.com

He describes himself as…
stand-up comic, fall-down comedian,
surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar-hero, performance-artist,
[tall] story-teller, philophoser, scriptwriter, [none can] compere,
man-of-mystery, inner-childminder, actor, stuntman,
metaphysical-poet, human ping-pong ball,
life and soul of the [kids] party, world-class athlete,
leading socialite, raconteur, business tycoon, wit,
author, half-wit, secret[sh!]-agent,
[vauxhall] astral-traveller, shamaen,
geordie-cultural-attache, word-juggler,
snake-charmer, underline-dancer, unexpected clairvoyant,
dream-weaver, daydream believer,
psycho-linguist, shark-wrangler, smile sculptor,
[compulsive] lying-tamer, Great-British eccentric,
[alleged] international-jewel-thief,
hot-dog-skier, alien-abductee,
zen grand-master, champion tiddly-winker, sand-dancer,
friend to the pantomime horse, erstwhile slice of bacon,
and
all-round good egg.

Just thought I'd share this with you.
This is with the help of Schantieman.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 30 May 06 - 11:07 AM

Not long now... Arrrrrgh!!!!

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 01 Jun 06 - 11:51 AM

And around again...
sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jun 06 - 08:14 AM

Arrangements proceeding apace.

Sally has done a wonderfuel job in organising it all and I can't wait for next weekend. Nor can Jenny (10) who thinks Keith Donnelly is wonderful!

See you there

Steve


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Noreen
Date: 04 Jun 06 - 01:06 PM

Looking forward to next weekend too, Steve!
Will the weather stay this good...?


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 Jun 06 - 01:12 PM

Hope not .... it's just been raining here!


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 04 Jun 06 - 07:23 PM

Looking forward to it lots. I'll be in the Kings Head for most of the weekend I guess, with a wonderful bunch of musicians/raconteurs/reprobates from the session at the Wilkes Head in Leek (an informal session once described by a regular as 'The best band I've never played in'.)Should be a lot of fun.
Tim


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 05 Jun 06 - 09:43 AM

I'm nearly in control here... something must be going wrong and I haven't found it yet! Yes it's gonna be really hot all weekend. Sunblock and hats please, I do not want to anyone burning or you'll be sent home and there'll be a letter to your mothers!

8) Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: MBSLynne
Date: 05 Jun 06 - 05:43 PM

Well my daughter has told me that we are going! It may just be me and her, it may just be for the day, but some part of the Tann-Watsons will appear at some time. What's in it for kids? In fact, tell me what happens altogether, since I've never been before.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: GUEST,Fogie
Date: 06 Jun 06 - 11:16 AM

Where's the camping? in the school grounds???


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 06 Jun 06 - 07:02 PM

Camping is on playing fields behind main st and next to the six bells. On the camping field there will be kids activities. Someone else can tell you more but I know Jan will be there wth her van as i spoke to her yesterday.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 05:22 AM

Check out the weather forecast for the weekend in BC! High 20's, sunny all day. Excellent drinking (sorry 'singing')weather. Outdoor sessions anyone?
Tim, who can hardly wait...


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: MBSLynne
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 05:43 AM

So...there are no booked guests or concerts? How many singarounds/sessions are there? Do they go on all the time?

Are you taking Lizzie, Robbie?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: MBSLynne
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 05:45 AM

Ooops! Sorry, just read the first post on this thread. Must go and loko at the web site. I guess I should have thought of that before!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Noreen
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 06:13 AM

I'm working on the new website as we speak!

Any news on the new website, Tim? All I can find is last years....
(not that it matters as we'll be there anyway).


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 06:14 AM

Hi Lynne; website still out of date I'm afraid; my fault, not Sally's. There's been a lot going on, and I haven't been able to finish it in time. The best way to describe the festival (correct this if I'm wrong Sally) is 'a really great Fringe with a small Festival attached'. There is a concert on Friday night with the inimitable Keith Donnelly, and sessions/singarounds all over the place at other times. As an example, I'll be in the Kings Head most of the weekend with some friends from the legendary Wilkes Head session in Leek, hopefully playing and singing up a storm. Are you bringing the bombarde? It's just that the town is in a bit of a time warp, and some of the older residents might mistake it for an air-raid siren!
Hope to see you there; it's been a while, hasn't it?
Tim


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: MBSLynne
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 07:39 AM

Yes...probably Bedworth last year. Thanks for the info. Whichever of our family is coming, we will probably only come for a day. I s'pose Saturday's best is it? People tend to head for home on Sundays. As a fringie, it all sounds good to me...bit of singing, bit of playing....NOT on the bombarde. I'm not much further ahead with that. Ted is out of work at the moment, so at home much of the time. I like a nice empty house to practise!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 07:45 AM

See you and the family on Saturday I hope!
Tim


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 02:06 PM

Lynne,
Now coming with my Lizzie, since she heard that you would be there would be there with Shady. We will be going down Fri after school and should be there by about 4:30


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Morticia
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 04:57 PM

Since we don't know BC , what street are we looking for for the campsite? Or an address for the website?


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: webfolk
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 05:41 PM

website is www.bcfolkweekend.co.uk
not sure if it's been updated though
Geoff


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 05:49 PM

If you are coming from the North take the secod right turn signposted for BC. This will bring you in at the bottom of the town. After 100 yds you will come to Pub, the 6 Bells on your right and Church ( with 6 bells) on your right. The main street is round to the right but if you carry on another 150 yds the entrance o campsite is on your right.

If you find you have arrived in BC near the 3 tuns you need to turn L just after he Tuns and chipshop, go to bottom of hill and turn right by the 3 tuns.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: webfolk
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 05:56 PM

i think the latter line should have read , If you find you have arrived in BC near the 3 tuns you need to turn L just after the 3 Tuns and chipshop, go to bottom of hill and turn right by the 6 bells,
Geoff


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 06:05 PM

exactamente


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: webfolk
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 06:16 PM

you are forgiven your indescrescion, just dont do it again.
geoff


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Morticia
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 06:26 PM

thank you, still not sure if we'll make it but we plan to try


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 07 Jun 06 - 06:29 PM

Lynn...
How much? £15 per adult and U14s free for the weekend at the gate.
is there Camping? yes, buy your ticket upon your arrival.
where is it located. The Campsite is off Kerry Lane,Bishop's Castle on the playing fields.
Any info on events? Friday night 8.00 concert at the 3 Tuns with various artists supporting Keith Donnelly. £6/£3 u14. At the same time a singaround at The 6 Bells. Also at the same time a music session at the King's Head. Saturday kicks off with a 10.30 breakfast singaround at the Poppy House, or meet at the Town Hall for a Horrible Histories story Walk around the town. 12.00 is the start of the singaround, sea songs and shanties with Mr. Steve Freedman and Mr. Alan Whitbred. Folk Club in the afternoon 12.oo to book a spot at 3 tuns. There's loads more, come and see. Who makes the entertainment? Chiefly yourselves!

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 08 Jun 06 - 04:23 PM

scorchio!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 09 Jun 06 - 03:32 PM

look out for Tony and Una of No fixed abode - a couple of my favourite people.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: John J
Date: 09 Jun 06 - 06:55 PM

Can I just roll up with the caravan tomorrow and stay on the campsite without booking festival tickets?

John


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: webfolk
Date: 10 Jun 06 - 02:48 AM

The festival is underway, and those who are going will already be there, probably without Mudcat access, but from past experience you should be able to do just that. It may be an idea to ring Sally first, but I'm not sure she would want her mobile number on Mudcat so I'll give you mine and then you can ring me for hers is you are unsure.
Geoff 07884157373


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Morticia
Date: 10 Jun 06 - 07:09 AM

Dammit, didn't make it after all...last minute stuff that just had to be done. Sorry Sal and Steve, next year I hope!!!


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 12 Jun 06 - 05:11 PM

Missed it, Missed out. That was the last one that I am going to organise. The local folkies were not interested, the town's people weren't either. I really haven't got enough space in my head to do it again. If the locals don't care, why should I? The Keith Donnelly concert had 11 who paid and the rest of the audience were performers. After 5 years, I really can't do it again. This isn't 'folk' country. It appears to be the dreaded 'F' word.

Next year, maybe Montgomery and a really big band to kick it off.

EEEK... sorry Steve!

Actually someone else is organising it and I'll just help out a bit.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: webfolk
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 02:35 AM

Sorry you had such a negative experience Sal.
Big thanks to you, however, for all you have put into it over the years, and the rest of the team, including your willing and hard working children who are a delight.
I do wonder what, or even where, "folk" country is.
Blessings

Geoff Rodgers - singer/songwriter


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Noreen
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 03:16 AM

We had a lovely weekend, new friends and much music made.

Thanks for all your hard work Sally, and I hope all your other plans go smoothly.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: mandotim
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 03:24 AM

Thanks for the organising over the years Sal; hope the oatcakes went down well!
Tim


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Trevor
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 04:43 AM

I'm sorry it didn't work out as well Sal, although you know what my general thoughts are. You also know that there are plenty of very active folkies in the area so to say it's not 'folk country' may not be completely accurate - I don't think that non-attendance at the weekend is an indication of anything other than the fact that it hasn't delivered what the locals are interested in - compare it with the sell out at every concert at Hope.

I wouldn't want anybody to get the idea that our neck of the woods is a void with regards to traditional music - you know that it isn't.

Like I said the other night, I'm happy to have a natter about it - PM me if you like.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Crane Driver
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 06:33 AM

I think it was G K Chesterton who said something to the effect that society started to break up when people stopped singing together and started paying other people to sing for them, simply on the absurd grounds that they were better at it. Sadly, that attitude has now got into the folk world (once the last bastion of DIY music) as well. If the only thing that will get the local "folkies" off their backsides is a series of concerts where they can listen to people who are paid to do their singing for them, then I'd say you are right - it isn't "folk country".

Where is? That's a harder question.

So sorry you had such a bad experience - you must be gutted to have put in all that work for so little. Sounds like there were some good informal sessions though - perhaps that's a better way to go, forget the concerts and big names, just invite singers and players to a weekend of DIY music? Works elsewhere.

All the best with whatever you do,
Andrew & Carole


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: MBSLynne
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 07:09 AM

I think the football had quite a lot to do with apparent lack of interest.

I understand how you are feeling Sally...we ran our folk weekend for 6 years, and though it was good, there were always only just enough people to make it worth doing. And that was a free one with free camping too.

Shady and I had a good time anyway. Shady complains that where we live is not folk country too. Maybe the way to go these days is weekend-long sessions with no paid guests and no messing about with money, which is always a hassle in itself.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Trevor
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 07:21 AM

It's a bit OTT to take the implication from my posting that 'the only thing that would get the local folkies off their backsides is a series of concerts......'. More or less any night of the week within a 30 mile radius of BC you can hear live music being produced by the locals, as Sal knows, being part of the scene herself (certainly in the past, maybe less so now). That fact was central to the original, successful, bid for lottery funding for BCFW. The first year the town was fair buzzing, second less so and it seems to have gradually fizzled out.

It will be interesting to see what the outcome will be of moving five miles down the road to Montgomery. Whoever is going to take the helm will have to have some engagement with the locals if they want support.

My point was that in order to gain involvement from the locals thay need to feel involved - for whatever reason, despite Sal's efforts and enthusiasm for 'her' weekend, they don't.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: alanww
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 07:44 AM

Well Sandy & I had a good relaxing time Sally!
And, after the inevitable slowish start, the 12noon to 6pm The Sea Song & Shanty Session, which Steve & I ran, went very well - and it was head-to-head with the football!
I'm sure that the people who attended enjoyed the weekend! Yes, overall there were fewer people at the festival this year but could you have done better with your marketing?
It was a pity that The Three Tuns decided that it wouldn't let its bars be used for music & song but I don't think that made any significant difference.
It will be interesting to see how the English Country Music Weekend is received by the locals. Again The Three Tuns has opted out, so the main sessions are in The Church Barn and The Six Bells - and I gather Dave Hunt, who is organising it, has had trouble with them about the potential loss of their food trade in the evenings!
So see you on Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June at Bishop's Castle?
"When I heard of some ringing, some dancing and singing ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Trevor
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 08:31 AM

Twas ever such in The Six Bells, Alan, which is why one of the best seshes around here went into terminal decline.

I, too, am interested to see how the ECMW goes. It is, of course, being run at the same time as the 'Midsummer Rejoicing' organised by The Shropshire Bedlams. It would have been good to see how the BCFW would have fared if it could have been tied in somehow - it never happened for some reason.

It just occurred to me as well, bearing in mind Crane Driver's comments, that the local folkies also didn't support the folk club started by Sal a few months ago - even though they wouldn't have had to do anything apart from turn up. Again, a bit of consultation may have helped Sal to deliver what was wanted locally.

And lest anybody thinks otherwise, I know only too well how much effort the organisation of the weekend needed, so this is not a criticism of Sal's hard work, just some possible reasons as to why it hasn't been as successful as she would have liked.


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 16 Jun 06 - 04:44 AM

Well, The locals knew about it. I did attend sessions leading up to the event. I advertised in local publications and Steve sent press releases to all the local news papers. (I accompanied a photogrpher around the town on Sunday so the photos will be in The South Shropshire Journal) Posters went up all over the place, but I found that posters in BC were taken down and I had to replace them 4 times! Oh and most of the road signs were stolen.

The people who ran the story walk on the saturday morning were supposed to be running the tellaround in the afternoon, but decided not to turn up! We had to apologise to the local children who turned up for that event and send them to the Jester on the playing field instead!

Last year the story telling people organised an evening of stories on the Friday night and that was a complete loss.
9 people turned up, one child, who fell asleep. This was the first year we decided to have a concert on the Friday night. This was to celebrate 5 years of BCFW for which we had money from the local Council Arts Fund. Usually we advertise the event as 'the fringe without the main event'. The singarounds and music sessions are exactly the same as the local ones so I think it could be a territoral thing. A lot of the local folkies don't go to festivals and their fringes and don't want to mix with 'foreigners'.

I agree the footie does kill events and trading. what can I say? It's all my fault, the locals don't like me! (Tongue in cheek) I also think that there is a personal element preventing the local music makers from coming. If I asked them they would make polite excuses but I think it's got something to do with my ex-marriage. Loyalties and not offending him etc. Ah well, ces't la vie.

I've been beaten. So if anyone else can organise a folk event in BC I'd be willing to pass on any info etc., maybe they can make a better job of it. I'm moving away and starting a new life looking after my agen parents. I'm even changing my name!

I may sound disappointed, but actually I'm glad it's all over for me. The stress has taken its toll and I need a rest. I do too many things and need to shed a few. I think my kids'll agree. Steve too should the truth be known!

Sal


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: JP@BC
Date: 04 Jul 06 - 10:30 AM

Hi Folks,

(My apologies if this message appears more than once - damn computers!)

Don't know if anyone will read this now that the BCFW has been and gone but there were a couple of references to the English Country Music Weekend (ECMW) and also the Six Bells so I thought I'd update you on our experience (I was co-organiser of the ECMW with Dave Hunt).

First, the ECMW was a tremendous success with approx 170 people attending from all over the country and maybe 75% of those attending were musicians. At one point we had approx eighty musicians in a single session all playing the same tunes, wonderful!

We made no attempt to advertise the event to the locals - having run a folk session in the town for fifteen months I realised quite a while ago that it is a thankless task to try and get them interested. Oddly though, the badges we had made with "ECMW" on them seemed to attract lots of attention with many people asking what it stood for and why we hadn't advertised it!

We had no Lottery funding or grants and therefore we had no commitment to provide "entertainment". The musicians were happy to play just for themselves – and they did, for hour after hour.

Ref the food at the Six Bells - the pub is a business and I realised early on that we could affect their restaurant trade if we took over the pub (I also noticed on the Saturday night at the BC Folk Weekend that people were not allowed into the pub until nearly ten because people were eating). Simple solution - I "booked" all the tables on Friday and Saturday and then took orders from those attending the ECMW - we filled the room both nights. I also asked Sue at the Bells to move the food slot forward to finish at Eight O'Clock to leave plenty of time for a session. In the event we packed the other bar on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday which left the food bar quiet for people to chill out in.

I was in constant contact with Nev and Sue at the Bells all weekend making sure everybody was happy - it would appear to have worked because Nev has asked when we are having the next one. Those attending the ECMW also appear to have enjoyed it as we have already been asked to host the weekend again next year.

Lessons -

Know who your target audience are and focus on them.

Be realistic, don't expect people to just turn up - they won't.

Spending your own money, rather than Lottery money or grants, doesn't half focus the mind on what is practical and sensible.

Don't spread the event too thinly, better to have one or two events with lots of people rather than four or five sparsely attended.

Keep the landlord (and his partner) happy, don't take liberties and don't throw a pint of beer over his favourite barmaid.

JP@BC


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: Schantieman
Date: 05 Jul 06 - 10:05 AM

Please read the above from Sally.

We were really sad that it was so poorly attended (perhaps the marketing wasn't up to scratch?) but those who were there had fun.

Sally has had enough o running it after five years.


Steve


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 10 Jul 06 - 04:36 PM

You are quite right Steve, I've had enough. The most disappointing thing was not seeing any local folkie faces at the BCFW. It must be me they don't like and don't want to support anything I do. That includes the 'folk club' I attempted to organise. Where were all the faces that go to Hope village hall and the singarounds and sessions in the area?

The local newspaper reported my thoughts very well even tho a few pages further into the paper the photo's were of happy smiling singing people and the market traders in an empty market hall, and the jester entertaining 5 kids!

S


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Subject: RE: Bishop's Castle folk Weekend (UK) June 9 2006
From: GUEST,tradplayer
Date: 17 Jul 06 - 03:11 PM

OK,OK,not here often...and apparently missed Sally at FatE yesterday where we played a 40 minute much delayed set in the heat (32 degrees....recuperating later with a curry and pint from the Tuns...yum). CAMRA once again had a supply issue,sigh.

I digress...apologies for being one missing "local Folkie", as you say life moves on and I was walking in the Peak District with "a friend" , also it clashed with the SEED weekend at Llandinam - another smacked wrist for non-attendance. ECMW was missed too with playing a wedding ceilidh in E Anglia. Sorry.

Hope to make the ECMW next year, and BCFF if it happens. Well done Sally and Steve for all their hard work.


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