Dreamers Newsletter

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 ntmorson@aol.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 26th November 2021

Welcome to this week’s Dreamers Newsletter

Many thanks, first of all, to everyone who came along to a fantastic evening on zoom last Sunday with visitors from far and wide (including Bruce and Jill Watson from Melbourne) and plenty of regulars, all on good form. Well done to Alistair too for keeping the evening moving along so that most people were able to have a second offering.

Don’t forget that THERE WILL BE NO DREAMERS ZOOM THIS SUNDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER. Those who want can join us at the Victoria Inn on the crossroads in Four Lanes from about 7.00 onwards. This possible venue is only available on Sundays as the room we’ll be using is the pub’s dining room on other days of the week. Roger and Kay are hoping to join us this week having broken down on the way to last week’s zoom and sadly missed it.

Best wishes to Bodmin Folk Club as they re-open tomorrow, Friday 26th November with an Open House evening. For details of the venue, please see  Bodmin Folk Club – The home of traditional folk song in Cornwall. Est. 1968. Note also the page about covid precautions and their request that you carry out a lateral flow test before coming and, also, their preference that you do not attend if you are not vaccinated. As and when we are able to re-open ourselves, we shall, no doubt, need to set out a similar code of practice for Dreamers.

There’s news of other clubs beginning to reopen and other events planned for next year in Folk Life UK (www.folklife.uk), also a wealth of other information about songs, publications, workshops and so on. Theres’ also the linked Folklife Traditions Journal – look out for the January edition which will include: The Poor Ballad Sellers and Singers, by Roy and Lesley Adkins; Morys Morgannwg / The Glamorgan Morris, tune & notes, by Helen Adam and Using Zoom for a Folk Club, by Mark Dowding who has, of course, joined us on Dreamers Zoom a few times recently.

Among next year’s events, Sidmouth Festival are planning a return to a full Festival in the first week of August with concerts featuring Steeleye Span and Fisherman’s Friends in the days immediately before. They’ll be launching this on 10th December so more info to come.

As we near Christmas, there are plenty of events coming up on Live to your Living Room (Events | Live Music Online Gig | Live to your Living Room). In the next week, they have:-

·        On Monday 29th November, Martin and Eliza Carthy join forces to perform an eclectic range of songs and tunes from their vast repertoire, both traditional and more contemporary.

·        On Wednesday 1st December, Lady Maisery – Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans – offer a rich palate of sounds with a unique approach to harmony singing and intelligent and thoughtful arrrangements of traditional and original compositions.

·        And on Friday 3rd December, Les Barker, writer of strange poems,originally an accountant before he became a professional idiot (according to the web-site!).  

More detail and tickets for all these on the website. Doors open at 7.45 for an 8.00 p.m. start for all.

Finally some sad news. We’ve now heard that Eileen Ann Moore who joined and sang for us often a bit earlier during the pandemic is now in the last stages of cancer. Sad to say Jim tells us that she can no longer appreciate emails, texts or even flowers with her eyesight now very bad and sleeping most of the time. Jim tells us that she liked to support St Margarets Hospice in Taunton and other cancer charities. We’ve sent a suitable message on behalf of Dreamers. Contact address is jimboparham71@gmail.com

That’s all for now, on to the Victoria Inn on Sunday night. We’ll also be visiting the Old Chapel at Godolphin Cross THE OLD CHAPEL – Godolphin Cross Community Association two weeks later on Saturday 11th December from 7pm – a particular request not to arrive before 7.00 p.m. And Zoom sessions on Sunday 5th December and Sunday 12th December.

All the best