During the pandemic and until we feel comfortable to return to normal, Dreamers meets as a live Zoom session starting at our usual time of 7.30 p.m. on Sundays. As always, we welcome visitors and MCs will do their best to make sure everyone who wants gets at least one contribution. Priority is given to those regulars and friends who have supported us through the pandemic. For more details please contact email@example.com or DM the Dreamers Facebook page. As soon as we can, we’ll announce our return to normal on this website and Fb.
Friday 7th / May / 2021
Hello and welcome once again to another Dreamers Newsletter
Many thanks to all and especially to John and Marion for another cracking night last Sunday, our first May evening. 32 contributions, no less than 22 separate performers and a very high standard all the way. The flip side of that, of course, is that many people only got the chance for a single offering. I’m sure Alistair will try to fit as many in as he can this coming Sunday – we don’t want to discourage interesting intros, longer songs or the usual chat so let’s hope we’ll be able to reopen and have longer evenings before we reach the point where the MCs really can’t squeeze everything and everyone in.
For those who don’t see Facebook, Rob recently wrote “At the moment I am not sure whether we will be doing another Watch Party. Our house is under offer, and we are preparing to spend some time ‘on the road’ before buying something new. Having reached the dizzy ages of 67 we both are hoping to have one last adventure before we set up our slippers by the fire. France and Spain are beckoning and our camper van is raring to go. But it won’t be much before the end of June, and in the meantime we are having to pack up/dispose of 30 odd tears of collecting ‘stuff’! It’s a little busy here for the time being, but maybe once we get settled we could do another one, from who knows where?
As mentioned before this year’s Falmouth Shanty Festival will be on Saturday 19th June at 6.00 p.m. on facebook and youtube. Many of us will have seen Figurehead there in past years – you can see them singing Hal an Tow in a garden on May Day at https://fb.watch/5g35IfdZmY/
There’s more on line now about the Cornwall Folk Festival at Wadebridge Cornwall Folk Festival – Brings Folk’s Best To Cornwall; Showcases Cornwall to the World! In addition to the headline acts I mentioned last week, there are quite a few more names now including familiar ones like Mic Mcreadie, Mike Silver, Geoff Lakeman and Winter Wilson. Several stages and quite a range of ticket types on offer.
We missed telling you about the annual Feis Rois event with its workshops and other sessions. Videos of the Tutors concert and workshops can be found on youtube (click on the workshops tab for music and lyrics). In addition, there are 2 Concerts available on iplayer on Alba, ther first with Project Smok, Mairearad and Anna and SIAN and the second with Lauren MacColl performing her album “The Seer” with numerous accompanists. All at BBC iPlayer – Feis Rois
For those who remember Billy and Jenni coming to Dreamers in past years, not, of course, now a couple, there’s more news of Billy. He has married Sue at the “Drive Thru I do” Wedding Chapel (we surely need one of these in Cornwall?). It all sounds quite an adventure – much more at Billy’s Newsletter
Those at last week’s zoom session will have seen Paul Clark join us briefly (but hoping to come back properly another time). Paul runs FOCSLE Music which meets virtually on Wednesdays at 8pm UK time. “Feel free to turn up and leave to suit [or dip in and out, but we can’t assure you a performing slot, if so]. Performers do their bit in turn, with others joining in Muted. Any genre welcome, acoustic preferred. Attracting an international contingent, and a few professionals, the standard is good, and the light-touch MC-ing keeps the event’s progress from getting sluggish”. Meeting details, the zoom link and other stuff are on the web-site at www.focsle.org
And finally, after long months, news of a live event – Kitty MacFarlane at the Tolmen Centre in Constantine, Saturday 29th May at 7.30 p.m. This will be socially distanced under the current government guidelines, masks, limited numbers and advanced ticket booking online only through https://tolmencentre.co.uk/ “Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye”. The web-site has news of other events further in the future and perhaps less restricted, worth a good look.
That’s quite enough for now, looking forward to seeing as many of you as can join us on Sunday.
All the best