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Welcome to another Dreamers Newsletter, one more week of this lockdown to go!
Thanks, first of all, to Alistair and to all who contributed to another good evening on Zoom last Sunday. I made it 20 performers in all including a very welcome repeat visit from Bruce Watson from Melbourne (where it was, of course, Monday morning!) and the welcome return of John and Marion, performing for the first time in several weeks. As usual, a great range of songs.
This Sunday we welcome Christina Alden and Alex Patterson, live on Zoom. I wrote lots about them in the last Newsletter but, as a reminder, you can find more about them (and the third member of the more usual group, Noel Dashwood), CDs, performances coming up etc on their web-site at https://aldenpattersonanddashwood.com/ Well worth a visit in advance. They’ll be doing be short sets at the end of each half so, as always on guest nights, time for regulars is more limited than usual. No promises but we’ll do our best to squeeze everyone in for at least one – it would be helpful if you could bear the time pressures in mind when choosing your offering.
We are also expecting to be joined by Eleanor and Sam, the Editors of Folk Life which we have just joined. It’s a really excellent magazine, usually in print as well as on line at https://www.folklife.uk/ Plenty of news from the South West and much further afield. Useful if (in easier times!) you’re travelling the country or to find something different on line. One club which comes recommended (by John and Marion) is Raven Folk Club in Chester – www.ravenfolk.org.uk Nearer home, several of our regulars go to the zoom session run by Simon Isserlis of Flash Jack on Friday evenings, starting at about 7.15 which you can find at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88649052741?pwd=SEZNMXI5U3pkak9xSVU2Qkcxdlhkdz09
Meeting ID: 886 4905 2741 Passcode: 739411
Christmas news and plans
· We aim to make the Zoom session on 20th December a little bit special with seasonal songs (carols, wassail, winter etc). There are lots of lovely songs but we don’t want to hear any one of them too often on the same night so it would be good if you could let me know in advance what you plan to do so I can let you know if anyone else has already grabbed that one.
· Mulled wine and mince pies in the interval, funny hats for those who want and a raffle. How does the raffle work? – everyone will be invited to enter the raffle and will be given a ticket which will go in a pot to be drawn at the interval. The tickets are free but the deal is that the winners will make a reasonable donation to charity. 3 CD prizes on offer which can be posted.
· We thought we could put together a playlist of one seasonal song chosen by each of us and circulate that so we could listen to it over the holiday so do let me know your choice and we can get to work on it – needs to be available on line. Should help cheer us up over what’s going to be a rather different Christmas.
· In past years, we have exchanged Christmas cards at the Club. Jill and Jonathan have asked me to let you know that they have decided not to send Christmas cards this year, just to send wishes by email or text. They are going to donate to charity instead. Others may well decide to do likewise. Also I’m happy to use this Newsletter as an exchange of greetings – if you want me to share your greetings to everyone else, please let me have a (short) message and I’ll put them all together before the Christmas show.
· And, finally, we have decided that we will go ahead with a Zoom session on Sunday 27th December for all who want to come along. Dreamers – the Club which never closed!
A message from Rob about the Mid Week Watch Party. This will start as a once a month event on Wednesday 2nd December. The purpose is to provide a collection of videos, with some commentary, sent in by people performing across a broad range of musical/entertainment genres, including singer songwriters, jazz, blues and folk singers, and the written word. Some will be professional and others will be club performers creating a mix of fun and entertainment, on these covid winter nights. Please contact Rob direct at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info/details.
Good news from the surgery – Roger B has come through his surgery successfully, escaped from Treliske Hospital and is now wandering the streets of Falmouth with Gaye again.
Enough for this week, we’ll look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for our guest evening this Sunday. Till then, enjoy and take care