Dreamers newsletter 15th July 2022

Posted By dreamersfolk on Jul 15, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Dreamers Newsletter.

Thank you for the various kind messages in response to last week’s Newsletter when I wrote last week that a few of us had developed covid following the regular singers night at the Club on 3rd July. It transpired that almost all attendees came down with covid. Some of us are still testing positive, 10 days after the event. Whilst some of us were fortunate not to suffer very much by way of symptoms, others were less fortunate and are still quite rough but we can be thankful that we have not heard of any serious complications or hospital. For those who have asked about Jane (who was fortuitously away on 3rd July), she’s still testing negative despite exposure to my (obviously highly transmissible) virus, a lesson in the value of keeping reasonably socially distanced and well ventilated with all our doors and windows open in this lovely weather.

This was the first time since the Club reopened in February that there had been any issues and audience numbers were returning to pre lockdown levels. Last Sunday (10th July) was to be a guest night with old favourite Mike Silver but with few people likely to attend, it was quickly decided to postpone his visit until Sunday 5th March 2023. Mike sends his apologies and wishes everyone a full & speedy recovery. The next guest performer on 21st August is Nick Dow of whom more nearer the time.

Following this unfortunate outbreak at the club it is entirely understandable if people are now cautious about returning to the Victoria Inn on a Sunday night. Be assured that Dreamers will continue with its scheduled programme of events and hope that as people recover and shrug off their covid symptoms, they will come back for that special atmosphere that a folk club generates. Remember to check the Dreamers website and/or facebook page for all the latest information (www.dreamersfolk.co.uk)

Back to zoom and the next Cornish Zoom Folk Club is on Saturday 23rd July – more information and the link for those who have signed up for it next week. The world has changed – we’re planning to visit Neil and Kay Dawson’s QAMC zoom from Hamilton this evening and, if we have the stamina, Simon Isserlis’ one from Plymouth on Friday evening.

Also reminders of a couple of events on line and one new one

·        I included details last week of Iona Lane who is on, tonight, 14th July at 7.30 – tickets at CONCERTS | Rosslyn Court

·        Next Wednesday (20th July), 7.45 for 8.00, Nancy Kerr launches her new Album The Poor Shall Wear the Crown.the songs of Leon Rosselson in a hybrid gig from Sheffield – Nancy Kerr | Online Gig | Live to Your Living Room

·        And next Tuesday, 19th July Folk People have a new episode with singer-songwriter and guitarist Katie Spencer. Katie released her new album, The Edge of the Land, in May. Tuesday Folk People — Home Stage (home-stage.co.uk)

Many thanks to John and Marion for this link to an Ottawa radio station which sounds interesting. A first dip sounds great. The first one in the “Stranger Songs series” is “Songs of Woody Guthrie – Part 1 Classic Songs” with more Guthrie material in the next session. https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/ondemand-player.html?id=56876&token=ww2%40GUb%40qq%603x8qe%25%3E%3FTioH%22y1YLt1FJ%2FnN_kqHg%3EV%25%24Xfqo%7CQ

And finally, the full programme for the Sidmouth Festival which runs from 29th July to 5th August is now available on line Sidmouth-Programme-2022-FINAL.pdf (sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk)

That’s quite enough for now, have a good week, keep safe (and get well soon for those still suffering). Nigel