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Sent: 08 March 2012 13:09

Subject: mailout 8th March






Debby McClatchy has been in touch and and is recovering well from the second of her hip replacements. Although she's not aiming for any marathon running she will have a marathon visit to the UK in the summer, covering most of July and August.


She plans to spend the first weekend of summer camp at Sacrewell but is in need of a modestly roomy tent and some camping gear for that time. Is there anyone able to lend her such who might possibly be coming for the latter part of the week but could arrange for the gear to be set up in advance or have spare equipment. Reply to me using this email in the first instance and I'll pass details on.




Sara Grey & Kieron Means (unless indicated)

More details and contacts from



31 Mar - 1Apr Sara Grey (solo)   

Sat 10:00 - 4:00 Banjo Workshop  Sat 8:00pm Concert

Sun 10:00 - 4:00 Accompanying Traditional American Songs

Gleanings Rural Study Centre, Crosfields, Gravels Bank, Minsterley, Shropshire SY5 0HG


May - Western Songs presentation concert (with Brenda Frier) - venue, date and time tbc         

8 May Argyle Hotel, Ullapool, Scotland

10 May Greenhouse Coffee Shop, 14 High Street, Dingwall IV15 9RU (open mike first)

11 May The Lighhouse, Dunnet Head, Caithness, KW14 8XS

12 May Five Banjos House Concert, Inverness contact Elizabeth Garrow 01463 712626

14 May Boston Folk Club, The Eagle, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, UK

15 May Exeter Traditional Music Club    The Twisted Oak, Little John's Cross Hill, Ide, nr Exeter, EX2 9RG

16 May (with Hector Gilchrist) The Wheatsheaf on the Green, 40 Esher Green, Surrey KT10 8AG

18 May Musical Traditions Folk Club, The King and Queen, 1 Foley St, London

19 May Somers Traditional Folk Club (members only) The Albion, Bath Road, Worcester WR5 3EW

20 May House Concert, Stiwdio Felin Fach, Ty'r Felin Fach, Heol Ross, Abergavenny, NP7 5RF Wales dylanflowler1_at_mac_dot_com

24 May Lymm Folk Club The Spread Eagle, 47 Eagle Brow, Lymm Cheshire, WA13 0AG

25 May (with Mike Whellans) St Boswells Live, Village Hall, St Boswells, Scotland

26-27 May Girvan Folk Festival, Westcliffe Hotel, Louisa Drive, Girvan KA26 9AH

1-4 June Chippenham Folk Festival, Wiltshire

September 2012 - Ireland & Scotland    

28 Aug (Sara solo) The Wee Folk Club, Royal Oak, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

1 Sept Potsoy Folk Club, Salmon Bothy, Links Road, Portsoy, Banff AB45 2SS

8 Sept J.J.Harlow's, The Square, Roscommon9 Sept Mannions Pub, Balla, Co Mayo

10 Sept Mick Murphy's Pub, Ballymore Eustace, Kildare11 Sept Ireland     tba

12 Sept Carnegie Arts Centre, Shelbourne Street, Kenmare, Co Kerry

13 Sept St John's Theatre, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry

14 Sept The Markethouse Tavern, Miltown Malbay, Clare

15 Sept Belfast and District Set Dancing and Traditional Music Society

Daytime Workshop 10:30am - 4:30pm

Evening concert - to be confirmed

Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH   

16 Sept Belfast and District Set Dancing and Traditional Music Society

Morning Workshop Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH

16 Sept Gleeson's Bar, Westgate, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

October 2012 - Sara solo

5 Oct Seaford Folk Club, The Beachcomber, Dane Road, Seaford

6-7 Oct Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden, Kent

8 Oct Stockton Folk Club, The Sun Inn, Knowles St, Stockton on Tees TS18 1SU

26-28 Oct (with Ben Paley) South Roscommon Singers Festival, Knockcrogherty, Roscommon, Ireland




Winchcombe old time and bluegrass regular monthly jam session coming up on Tuesday 6th March 2012 at the Corner Cupboard Inn, 83 Gloucester Street, Winchcombe, Glos.


Starts around 8PM till 11-ish..... All Welcome, players and listeners.




Harmony Singing Week

Laurieston Hall, Castle Douglas, South West Scotland

Saturday 8th - 15th September


If you love old time harmonies and want to learn how to do them, or do them better!  This week is for you.  You will have small group tuition with one of the US's leading old time vocal tutors, Val Mindel. 


At Laurieston's 2012 Harmony week she'll be leading classes in country harmony and the traditional repertories of Appalachia and American south. Debra Clifford from the Lonesome Sisters is also planning to join Val, offering a rare opportunity to hear harmonies from two great old time singers. 


Val is a long-time performer and a well known teacher of American traditional music in the US.  She teaches harmony workshops at the Augusta Heritage (Old Time week) in West Virginia, Village Harmony and other popular music camps, teaching variations on duets, basic country harmony, and honky-tonk styles. Working often works with daughter Emily Miller and Jesse Milnes (both of the Sweetback Sisters fame), focusing on trio singing.  Also works with Joe Newberry and Kate Brislin, doing country duets. 


This week also offers a wonderful week of harmony singing, playing and contra dancing. With other styles of harmony singing taught by acomplished tutors Kate Howard and Ali Burns from the UK and Peter and Mary Alice Amidon from the US on shape note, gospel, South African, English and old plus contemporary Scottish compositions taught by the song writer.  For musicians there are informal sessions and a dance bands to play for.

Laurieston Hall is an old baronial mansion that has been an intentional community for the last 40 years. In the summer it hosts a wide variety of events including music and dance weeks. The hall is set in 200 acres of forest, has a walled garden, a four mile loch, sauna and extensive gardens for you to relax in. Food is vegetarian, plentiful with much coming from the garden in the summer months.


Cost: ?379 (conc.), ?385, ?425, ?464.


For booking forms and information about Laurieston Hall please contact Sarah Kleppsattle on 01644450 602 or email her on sarah_at_lauriestonhall_dot_demon_dot_co_dot_uk

For information about the week please contact Kate Howard on 01364 644471 or email her on kate.sings2000_at_virgin_dot_net





Those of you who enjoyed hearing Christine Cooper, Barry Southern and Alan Wright with Chris Marshall on bass at Gainsborough may be interested to hear recordings they made at the festival. Although they are still pondering about a formal band name the recordings can be found here:





Picking weekend at Runswick Bay near Whitby, Thurs May 3rd onwards

Use of separate camping field at Runswick Bay Caravan Park

Concessionary prices - Adult ?8, Schoolkids ?5, Hook-up ?8.50


Musicians welcome to play evenings in Runswick Bay Hotel except Saturday.

Some idea of numbers would be useful to have.

Contact Noel - noelwhite1_at_live_dot_co_dot_uk




Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones will be following their appearance at Sore Fingers, Apr 9-13th, with a gig for the Willesden Folk Union on Apr 15 at the Masons Arms, Harrow Rd, London NW10 5NU. ?8 in advance, ?9 on the door.