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Byfleet, Surrey (UK) tune session - one year old!


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Well who'd have thought it? The session we started speculatively because two of us felt like having one celebrates its first birthday on Monday 27th February 2012. Held every month on the fourth Monday of the month at the Blue Anchor temperance hotel public house, High Road, Byfleet, KT14 7RL (same venue as the weekly Thursday folk club, but usually downstairs in the bar). Nominally an English session, but tunes from pretty much anywhere really. The usual mix of instruments but so far never less than four concertinas.

 

The January session wasn't at all bad - 15 of us all told, despite five no-shows that we already knew about. Plus a quiet gentleman lurking on the other side of the room, apparently enjoying it. Ah, but what was that cube-shaped box on the floor beside him? He turned out to be none other than Zak van der Vyver, noted anglo player, who happened to be in the area and was eventually persuaded to give us a couple of tunes. The first was in E-flat, the second alternating between F and B-flat. All this on a C/G anglo - honestly, it ought to be illegal.:)

 

Anyway, just re-posting the details for anyone who's interested.

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Well who'd have thought it? The session we started speculatively because two of us felt like having one celebrates its first birthday on Monday 27th February 2012. Held every month on the fourth Monday of the month at the Blue Anchor temperance hotel public house, High Road, Byfleet, KT14 7RL (same venue as the weekly Thursday folk club, but usually downstairs in the bar). Nominally an English session, but tunes from pretty much anywhere really. The usual mix of instruments but so far never less than four concertinas.

 

The January session wasn't at all bad - 15 of us all told, despite five no-shows that we already knew about. Plus a quiet gentleman lurking on the other side of the room, apparently enjoying it. Ah, but what was that cube-shaped box on the floor beside him? He turned out to be none other than Zak van der Vyver, noted anglo player, who happened to be in the area and was eventually persuaded to give us a couple of tunes. The first was in E-flat, the second alternating between F and B-flat. All this on a C/G anglo - honestly, it ought to be illegal.:)

 

Anyway, just re-posting the details for anyone who's interested.

 

Sounds fun. But for the fact that I'm slightly immobile (ish) at the moment, and ,more importantly, it's an impossible place to get to by public transport, I might have been interested. Hope it goes well next week! :)

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Well, it was 'happy birthday to us'! All 14 of us, plus one audience.

 

Irene, you're right, Byfleet is a bit of an arse to get to at night without a car. There's a station, but it's best part of a mile away, no good if your mobility is not 100%.

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Well, it was 'happy birthday to us'! All 14 of us, plus one audience.

 

Irene, you're right, Byfleet is a bit of an arse to get to at night without a car. There's a station, but it's best part of a mile away, no good if your mobility is not 100%.

 

Glad to hear it went well. And yes it is!! I have been to the folk club there once, but had to have a lift ... and had various work conferences there as well (as it was fairly local to a friend and work colleague's home). Neither Byfleet nor Weybridge stations are exactly close ... ho hum ... maybe one day!!

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