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||What you may have missed
||The Bluegrass Plus Club
Hillcrest Halls, Fryston Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2PT
It was almost exactly 3 years since the last time we played here, and a chance for us to
reaquaint ourselves with the fish and chip shop at the end of the road. Although Paul Brewer is
famous for his detailed knowledge of Bluegrass, he is also an authority on chip shops near to
|29/Aug - 1/Sep/2013
We always look forward to meeting up with all our old (and not so old) mates at
Didmarton, the beer, the music, the atmosphere, the beer, the bands, the beer...
||Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club
We played as part of a FOLK AND ROOTS WEEKEND at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club. The
organiser is a lovely 'cellist (in every sense) and allowed Terry to play her beautiful
'cello. Terry was so enamoured that he has acquired one for himself and is learning to
||Helions Bumpstead Village Hall
This turned out to be a busier day than we had expected as we spent the afternoon playing with
Ray Duffy for a comapany event (Breheny fiftieth anniversay) on the National Trust site at
Ickworth near Bury St Edmonds. There was quite a wind, leading to us replacing our normal hats
with Breheny hard hats...
Then a 30 minute drive down the A143 to picturesque Helions Bumpstead, which must hold the record
for not only one of the best village names in the country, but also for the
longest distance from the village sign to the actual village. We were playing for the village
Folk Festival in a concert with Ed Goldsmith who began the evening with a banjo recital which
spanned a wide musical range from bluegrass to Bach. We really enjoyed playing our set to a very
receptive and attentive audience; many thanks to the organisers for the invitation.
|| Little Opry, Margate
NEBB Sells Out Theatre!
This is not quite such a dramatic headline as it appears once you know that the Tom Thumb theatre,
Margate, is the smallest operational theatre in the UK, with a seated capacity of 50. It is well
worth a visit and the club run by Lesley, George and Alison is most welcoming and has a great
atmosphere. It also has a great sound system and a lovely accoustic, making playing there a
|| North Wales Bluegrass Festival
We always enjoy a trip to Conwy (which is a beautiful, walled city, well worth a visit even
if there were no bluegrass festival to entice you) with excellent fish and chip shops (as we
can firmly attest). It also features a really excellent Bluegrass Festival with concerts in
the Civic Hall (which has been under threat of redevelopment for as long as I can remember)
and on the site in the Marquee.
||The Orwell Bluegrass festival
It is always a pleasure to play at Orwell; this festival has one of the nicest camping
areas you will find, great bar, plenty of opportunities to get your band seen on open mic
spots plus all your favourite acts on the main stage. And it's really close to home
(at least it is for us).
This year we were playing on the Saturday night and ran the ever-popular
Sunday morning Gospel session. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such an
enjoyable occasion. Paul and Ruth Alexander performed as 'Blue Sky' on
the main stage on Saturday afternoon.
Last updated:10th August, 2013, GPS