July 10th

Those of you not following the saga on our Facebook page will, no doubt, be relieved to know that Steve Wise has been reunited with his missing instruments (and car).

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If you are going to WOTMAD (the Windermere picking weekend) there is a new poster with revised details here…

http://foaotmad.org.uk/wordpress/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Poster-20141.jpg

and a photo of the relevant road sign to look for…

http://foaotmad.org.uk/wordpress/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Lakeside-Sign-1-comp.jpg

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Next Little Opry is Saturday 26th July

A&E Old Time Stringband, plus open mic. Cloggers and Flatfooters – don’t forget to bring your boards and shoes!
Meet in Fin Bar upstairs from 6.30 pm. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50

and advance notice for Beverly Smith and John Grimm on Saturday 20th September.

Little Opry @ Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Kent CT9 2LB
www.littleopryattomthumb.webeden.co.uk, or contact direct 01227 770840 or 01322 228802.
Check out the Little Opry Facebook page and Tom Thumb website: www.tomthumbtheatre.co.uk/

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July 3rd

Well, having returned from a trip which included the excellent inaugural Brandywine Revival Festival in Pennsylvania, hosted by Clare Milliner & Walt Koken, it’s time to catch up on a few things.

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Don’t forget to note the stolen instruments mentioned in the last last posting (thanks Su)

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Next session at The Huntsman Inn, Ide near Exeter is Sunday 6th at 7:30pm
More details bob@bobmat.plus.com

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Southern Belle (Vic Wilcox and Su Mo – possibly with friends) feature as part of a new folk music based venture at the Creative Innovation Centre, Memorial Hall, Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3PF.

July 5th, 7:00pm www.ciccic.co.uk 01823 337477

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A message from Michael Graves – mgdot@aol.com

Hello, I am a member of a USA Folkdance group. We will travel to Northern England, Alnwick Aug 1-10 to perform in a folkdance festival.
However, we are finding it difficult to find local musicians to accompany us on the trip. We are reaching out to those in the area to help solicit help.

It is a wonderful way to share your music. If you know of any bluegrass or folkdance bands, please give them my contact information. Our website is www.cripplecreekcloggers.org and you may see our rich history there. We travel every year to Europe to share our dance and culture, and it will be a shame if we do not make the trip this year. Thank you so much for any help that you may provide. Sincerely, Michael Graves, Cripple Creek Cloggers, Murfreesboro, Tennessee USA

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Saturday 12th July – The Allen Family Band In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322
Tickets £10 Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

The Allen Family are a bluegrass and old time music playing family, the latest of a line of Allen Family bands that started in North Carolina in around 1900, moving to Missouri in the 30′s, New Mexico in the 40′s, California in the 60′s and for now, England.

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net

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The line up for Didmarton has been announced:

http://didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk/line-up/

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25th June

Just one posting today whilst Nick is away!

For those going to Keith & Cathy’s Picking Weekend in Wrington, 27th -29th June at Lower Stock Farm:

Keith and Cathy report: Don’t bring beer to our picking weekend, just a glass; we have had a donation of 70 pints of Wickwar Bob – an excellent local bitter – and will ‘give it away’ for only £1 per pint – all proceeds to Nick’s Farmlink charity.

Leave your breakfast things behind as well, and instead tuck into Farmer Nick’s full english – a great way to start the day.
It’s this weekend!



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STOLEN INSTRUMENTS

Last week Steve Wise’s car was stolen while he was in Brighton. In the boot were two musical instruments

-          1970 Yamaha red-label FG-110 guitar. In a black gig bag.

-          1940 Gibson A40 mandolin. In a hard case with a Chattanooga School of Folk sticker on

 

If anyone comes across these – in the flesh or online – please contact stevewise@fastmail.co.uk

guitar mandolin
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5th June

Saturday 28th June 2014 – The New Essex Bluegrass Band

In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net

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Danish old-time band, Turf Rollers, will be visiting the UK in July and playing a couple of gigs.

On Thursday July 10th they will be playing at The Chequers Inn in Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset.

On Saturday July 12th they’ll be playing at the Wonky Donk Festival (same town).

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Tappalachian’s June Appearances

Sunday 8th June at Pitstone Green Farm Museum, Bucks, LU7 9EY. Tappalachian dancers and band will be performing throughout the afternoon in the courtyard of this delightful rural museum.

Saturday 14th June. Tappalachian are just one of the many Appalachian, morris, clog and Irish groups performing at the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival. They will be there all Saturday dancing at various locations throughout the town.

Saturday 21st June, St Albans Folk Festival Day of Dance. This is an annual event for Tappalachian and they will be setting up their dance boards in Christopher Place.

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UK Autoharps – Gargrave Autoharp Festival, 27th – 29th June

Gargrave Autoharp Festival is part of the Yorkshire Festival, the programme of cultural events building up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014.

To book your place at the festival visit www.ukautoharps.org.uk or see festival.yorkshire.com/events/gargrave-autoharp-festival

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27th May

Early, I know, but here are the details for the November fiddle and banjo workshops (intermediate/advanced).

Workshop poster

Questions to chairman@foaotmad.org.uk
Early payments contact treasurer@foaotmad.org.uk for more details

If you wish to print your one copy here’s the pdf link:

http://foaotmad.org.uk/wordpress/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Nov-2014-workshop.pdf

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Margate – next Little Opry is Saturday 31st May

Fast fiddlin’, driving banjo, slow and jazzy standards, and always fun, the Biggin Hillbillies are back…. From bluegrass standards to old timey fiddle tunes, expect anything from these guys! With Bob White on banjo, John McDonagh on mandolin and crooning vocals, Ray Butcher on rythym guitar and vocals, Jimmy Lin on hot fiddle and vocals and Nye Davies holding it all together on bass.

Plus open mic with more old time….

Meet in bar upstairs from 6 pm. Starts 7.30pm
Tickets £7.50

More information at www.littleopryattomthumb.webeden.co.uk or contact us directly on 01227 770840 or 01322 228802. Check out Tom Thumb website: www.tomthumbtheatre.co.uk/

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The Corn Potato String Band at Burnetts Hill Chapel on the 3rd June, 7.30pm. £10

Burnetts Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8AX. Tickets are available from Main Street Music in Pembroke, Telephone 01646 621530, also available on the door.

Other dates on the diary (link on right of page)

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Next session at Ide, near Exeter, this Sunday, 1st June. The Huntsman Inn, 7.30.

More details bob@bobmat.plus.com

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22nd May

Change of venue for Foghorn Stringband:
Monday June 2nd – now at The Garden Bar, Bramley Road, London W10 6SZ

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Some of you will have seen this on our Facebook page.

From Steve Cates, Director of Cripple Creek Cloggers, Murfreesboro, TN:

Our Appalachian dance troupe, www.cripplecreekcloggers.org, will be representing the U.S. at the Alnwick International Music Festival, in Alnwick, Northumbria during August 1-10, 2014. We need bluegrass musicians to join us to provide music for the dancing, as well as to play segments themselves should they wish to do so.

Please contact Steve by email (or Facebook – steve.cates2) if you might be able to help – appdancer@aol.com

(Note that although he says bluegrass this includes oldtime. Musicians for UK teams might find they need to play a bit faster than they would normally expect although that is just a guess on my part)

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15th May

Anyone planning to see John Doyle at Towersey on Sunday 18th, note that 2/3rds of the tickets have been reserved already so if you had planned just turning up on the night (which is normally OK) you might want to consider reserving a ticket to avoid disappointment.

If you need to be seated for the performance please try and come early to get yourself something to sit on.

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net

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Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness concert reminders:

Sunday 18th May Backwell nr Bristol – see last week’s blog below.

Tuesday 20th May at Burnetts Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8AX. Tickets are available from Main Street Music in Pembroke, Telephone 01646 621530, also available on the door.

Thursday 22nd May at 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm) at the Elephant & Castle in Lewes. Full details & tickets: http://appalachianfolk.weebly.com

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Keith Burrows and Cathy Benjamin want to let you know that their picking weekend is coming soon – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June at Nick Baker’s farm in rural Somerset.
Check this webpage for more details:

http://www.keithburrows.org/picking-weekend.php

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The Spring Camp 2014 dates are Friday 23rd May to Monday 26th May 2014. The FOAOTMAD site will be at the bottom of the field. The site gate will be locked in the evenings. If you do arrive late please ask for the code on the field or at the camp fire. Please try to avoid waking the warden up in the end caravan to ask him for the code if you are arriving or leaving when the gate is closed.

If you want to be in the quieter area, camp away from the fire, nearer to the entrance gates. Music after midnight around the fire only – please show consideration for your camping neighbours.

Please bring your current membership cards to ensure you get your membership discount. For any membership enquiries, please contact Eve Morris beforehand.

Prices per person per night:
Adult FOAOTMAD members: £7, Children of family members (under 2s free): £5
Non-members: £8, Children of non-members (under 2s free): £6

Don’t pay for camping at the site reception desk. A member of FOAOTMAD will collect payments each morning. However, there are a few power points along the bottom hedge at an additional £3.75 per night, which you need to pre-book and pay for at the reception desk. Entry to the Farm Centre is included in camping fees.

Dogs must be kept on leads. Please avoid camping under the large tree next to the camp fire, as you will be asked to move by the site manager.

Firewood will be provided by FOAOTMAD to save having to scavenge for it.

For venue details check out www.sacrewell.org.uk

Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6HJ

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8th May

Foghorn Stringband

27 May The Harrison, Kings Cross, London
28 May The Canteen, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3QY.
30 May- 01 June Fire in the Moutain Festival, Aberystwyth
02 June The KPH, 139 Ladbroke Grove London W10 6HJ

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Here’s a reminder that Adam Hurt will be teaching an afternoon upper-intermediate level banjo workshop from 2-4pm before his evening concert with Beth Williams Hartness – Backwell, North Somerset on Sunday 18 May

The workshop costs £30 and there are still a few places available. To book please email: mike.bostock@virginmedia.com

Tickets for the concert (7:30 start) are £10, also from Mike or on the dor. Details here:

http://foaotmad.org.uk/wordpress/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Adam-and-Beth-at-Backwell.pdf

Workshop participants will learn a couple of tunes selected to convey broader ideas concerning technique, style, and aesthetics, concepts that can be put to use well beyond this case-study repertoire. Students should be comfortable playing in the keys of D and A, using the traditional old-time tunings for both keys, and need to have facility with the drop-thumb technique in order to get the most out of the workshop. All material will be taught by ear in the traditional manner, so the use of recording devices is highly recommended.

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Next session at the Union Hotel, Chapel Street, Penzance is Thursday, 22nd May, 8.30pm

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The Aaron J Lewis and his Corn Potato String Band – Sunday 25th May – Towersey

The Corn Potato String Band play authentic American Appalachian folk music. The members of this band have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico. They are all multi-instrumentalists who are dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the Central Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers, they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and cover many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel.

In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tickets £8, Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net

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1st May

Gargrave Autoharp Festival – Gargrave Village Hall, Near Skipton, Yorkshire

Returning to the venue of this very enjoyable weekend and following a similar format to last year, with a pub jam on Friday evening, workshops all day Saturday followed by a Grand Concert in the evening, finishing with an autoharp service Sunday morning.
All acoustic instruments welcome!
27th – 29th June 2014
Tutors: Mike Fenton, Heather Farrell-Roberts, Guy Padfield, Nadine White & Ian White
Cost £10 half day, £20 full day. Loaner ’harps available.
For full details visit www.ukautoharps.org.uk or
festival.yorkshire.com/events/gargrave-autoharp-festival

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Andy Imms and Dave Marshall are pleased to announce that their new book ‘Old Time Slow Jam – Clawhammer Banjo and Guitar Tablature” is now available on Amazon. This book accompanies the popular series of cd’s entitled “Old Time Music Slow Jam”. CD volume 1 covers twelve tunes in the key of D, volume 2 twelve tunes in the key of A, and volume 3 twelve tunes in the key of G. The book covers all 36 tunes.

Perfect bound:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Old-Time-Music-Slow-Jam/dp/1494436108/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1398674120&sr=8-2&keywords=old+time+slow+jam

Spiral bound:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/david-marshall/old-time-music-slow-jam/paperback/product-21574685.html

For more details visit:
www.clawhammerbanjo.co.uk

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Next session at Ide near Exeter is Sunday 4th
More details: bob@bobmat.plus.com

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Phoebe Douthwaite is organising a fundraising event in the Leeds area on Friday 16th May. She in need of some old time musicians to play at the event! I believe that places to stay can be easily sorted and there are rumours of a bottle of whiskey on offer for those who would make the time to take part!

phoebeophelia@hotmail.co.uk or 07447989320

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Not old time but he often performs with oldtime musicians and is an excellent musician:

John Doyle – Long considered one of the most important guitarists in Irish and acoustic music worldwide, John is now increasingly lauded for his singing and songwriting talents.

Sunday 18th May 2014 at The Three Horseshoes Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322
Tickets £10 Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

“John Doyle is not only a superb guitarist but as a solo performer his talents as an excellent singer-songwriter are to the fore.

He is world-renowned for his work as founding member of the groundbreaking Irish/American band Solas; in partnerships with musicians such as Tim O’Brien, Andy Irvine, Bruce Molsky, Liz Carroll, Kate Rusby, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle; Heidi Talbot; Kris Drever; Karen Matheson; his exciting yearly contributions to the Transatlantic Sessions at Celtic Connectionsand through his own critically acclaimed solo recordings on Compass Records.”

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Tappalachian dancers and band are at Orwell Bluegrass Festival on Saturday 10th May. The dancers will be performing during the day, with a dance workshop in the morning; the band will be on the FOAOTMAD stage in the evening.

On Saturday 24th May, Tappalachian will be performing at the Chippenham Folk Festival

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Next two workshop holidays in Spain – you can enrol at any time for either of these:

September 27 to October 4 Old-Time Country Music
Teachers: Alice Gerrard and Beverley Smith, with John Grimm, Kate Lissauer, John Whelan, and Joff Lowson.
Classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, song (Individual and group), beginning instrumental (in any of the above instruments and mandolin)

October 25 to November 1 American Percussive Step-Dance and Accompanying Music
Teachers: Jacob Jones and Jenny Read, with musicians from Buffalo Gals and beyond, Kate Lissauer, John Whelan, and Joff Lowson
Classes in freestyle and synchronised step-dance, at all levels, banjo, fiddle, and guitar

The cost, exclusive of travel costs, is £595 for the week, Saturday through Saturday, including accommodation and board, tuition, and all facilities. For more information, see www.katelissauer.com , or email kate@katelissauer.com

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24th April

Note that the email address supplied for information about the Windermere picking weekend (WOTMAD) is incorrect. It should be tony.ball@fyldecoastymca.org

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Preceding Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness evening concert in Backwell, North Somerset on Sunday 18 May Adam Hurt will be teaching an afternoon upper-intermediate level banjo workshop from 2-4pm. Cost £30.

Workshop participants will learn a couple of tunes selected to convey
broader ideas concerning technique, style, and aesthetics, concepts that
can be put to use well beyond this case-study repertoire. Students should
be comfortable playing in the keys of D and A, using the traditional
old-time tunings for both keys, and need to have facility with the
drop-thumb technique in order to get the most out of the workshop. All
material will be taught by ear in the traditional manner, so the use of
recording devices is highly recommended.

Places are limited to a maximum of 15 students. To book please email: mike.bostock@virginmedia.com

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