From start to finish there was a lovely vibe about this years Folk Weekend. Pam n Al got us going with a great set of tunes for our Friday Ceilidh ably supported by inspired dance calling from Rosie Longhurst. The pace of the dancing suited the Dreamers dancers, being that their best dancing years were probably behind them! Our special guests this year, Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner, really threw themselves into the spirit of the weekend turning up at several workshops and sessions throughout and contributing a few songs at each. A particular highlight for many was their “Oh Mr Porter” Music Hall session, stylishly dressed in period costume complete with feather boas!
Long time friends of Dreamers, Mike & Rosie Longhurst and Lesley & Jon Stevens made a welcome return to the Sportsmans Arms at Four Lanes with a great mix of songs both comic and serious, which helped to flavour the weekend with humour and love.
Pam n Al gave us a beautiful musicians workshop on Saturday afternoon, two great tunes to learn and gently presented with care for all levels of ability.
As usual the standard of the pub grub was excellent, from Fridays Pasty Supper to Saturday’s Baguette lunch, evening buffet and superb Sunday Lunch. The Baguette lunch was followed with Ruth’s annual quiz which she manages to pitch at the right level to please all (no mean feat!)
Both Evening concerts were well attended with good singers making good choices of song to encourage the willing audience to sing along, rounded off with a brilliant 2 sets of songs from the irrepressible Lynne & Pat.
Weekend report from Jane.
What a stonking weekend that was! From the first Ceilidh with Pam n Al, intelligently called by Rosie Longhurst, with due respect to the age and infirmities of the dancers, to the sea-side postcard finale from Lynne and Pat. We played in a band, sang Music Hall, Shanties and Gospel, enjoyed a quiz and two concerts. The anxieties about the food at a Dreamer’s Folk Weekend are almost as traditional as the music, but having two buffets instead of sit down meals worked miles better. I really liked the way our guests, Pam n Al and Lynne and Pat stayed and joined in everything. So – many thanks to Jonathan and Jill for all excellent organisation. And Roger and his team at the pub. Also furniture movers, Wayne and co; raffler Margaret; workshop leaders Lynne & Pat, Pam ‘n Al Roger B, Jonathan and Jan; Quiz-mistress Ruth; door people Jane and Denise; MCs Nigel and Roger; Cake makers Ruth and Ruth, stall holders Jane and Nigel; all the performers and everyone who joined in a chorus or sat and quietly listened; and everyone, whether they came along or not, who helped publicise the event with flyers, and with FB postings. Seems a bit naff to be thanking myself but I was trying to see if I could list them all. Bet I have left someone out, though. Cheers. Jane