Hello and welcome to this week’s Newsletter. Still all very busy here in Cornwall with plenty of visitors (and too much traffic!).
Another Singers Night at Dreamers this Sunday starting at 7.30 as always.
The folk-rock band Green Diesel are performing in St. Ives on 9th August, supported by our friend David Harley. This is at the St Ives Arts Club, Westcotts Quay, St Ives,TR26 2DY, tickets £3. http://greendieselfolk.com/ See also https://wTww.facebook.com/groups/945516902226649/user/100063561881178/
Those who were involved in the early days of Dreamers Zoom will remember that we were joined by Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer. Paul and Karen began hosting their ‘Afternoon Tea’ gigs during lockdown. Since things have opened up, they’ve continued to run occasional gigs to share some songs and keep in touch. To watch the latest edition, just head to their Facebook page on 12th August at 4pm (or catch up later).
It sounds as though the prolific Live to Your Living Room site is taking a well-earned break in August but will be back with plenty to watch next month.
Cornwall Folk Festival runs over the Bank Holiday weekend from26th to 29th August. There are five elements to this town centre-based festival: main evening concerts in Wadebridge Town Hall and the John Betjeman Centre; back-to-back acts from Cornwall and the Southwest at the FAR Stage; free music at ‘Shanty Street’ locations in the town centre; ad-hoc sessions in local pubs; and morning workshops. A full festival ticket gets you access to everything; ticket for an evening concert includes access to everything happening that same day, and you can buy individual tickets for the workshops and FAR stage. It seems tickets are still available for all events, but they are now selling quickly. In addition to the concert events, the Festival has Musician and Song-writing Workshops. For those who play an instrument, theres’ the two-day morning workshop (Sat 27th and Sun 28th) with award-winning piper David Faulkner, where you can join the community folk orchestra and work towards a performance at the FAR stage on Sunday 28th. And on Monday 29th, Dave Wilson of Winter Wilson in his song-writing seminar tells you the secrets of his art! These are always great experiences for songwriters from aspiring to established, as well as poets, writers and anyone with an interest in shaping spoken words into things of beauty. More info at https://cornwallfolkfestival.com
News from Australia from the friends who were joining our zoom sessions until the change to British Summer Time made it too early for them. Happily, Bruce and Jill Watson have completed their mammoth journey across Australia following in the tracks of Burke and Wills. Lots of amazing pictures on Bruce’s facebook page including a bicycle tree and a visit to a place called World’s End. Burke and Wills were the first to travel from Melbourne in the far South to the Far North of Australia but sadly died on the return journey in 1861. Meanwhile Nerida Cuddy is planning her own trip – to the UK including Cornwall in about 12 months time. They’ve all promised to be back on the Cornish Zoom Folk Club later in the year.
That’s all for now, all the best