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I read of musical meetings and events all over the world on here, but not much seems to be happening in the South Herts/North London area.

 

Is there anything in this area for me to attend?

 

Are there any other players in this area to meet and maybe organise something together?

 

:unsure: ..

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I spent a week in London last spring and with the help of members of this forum I learned about (and was able to attend) music sessions at two pubs in London, The George and The Horseshoe Inn. Forum members Kautilya and Chris Drinkwater were at both and should be able to fill you in on when they are likely to happen.

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I read of musical meetings and events all over the world on here, but not much seems to be happening in the South Herts/North London area.

 

Is there anything in this area for me to attend?

 

Are there any other players in this area to meet and maybe organise something together?

 

:unsure: ..

not sure where you are near as that 'location' covers a multitude of sinners and not sure how far you want to/are able to travel, though parking as you know is easier after 1830 and end of congestion charge.

Irish (and fast and I have only been once and fast and furious is their thing, in St Albans - I think it was Rose and Crown but more listings too

http://www.folkmusic.net/htmfiles/sessions.htm

 

The George Inn, 100 yds down from London Bridge station, French first but a lot of other depending on who starts a tune with any instrumennt, and some singing, and on monday there were bass sax, cello, four accordions, three melodeons, tin whistle and drum, bodhran, harmonica, mediaeval guitar, hurdy gurdy, wrist bells, three fiddles, three concertinas, four 'voices'....

first Monday of the month 2000-2300 ( c/o http://www.onbouge.org/

 

 

The Horseshoe Inn also near London Bridge first sunday of the month 1200 to 1530 - mainly English tunes.

http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/14/14422/Horseshoe_Inn/London_Bridge

 

Keep any eye on Irish Centres

http://www.irishculturalcentre.co.uk/?q=content/evening-chris-o-malley-des-hurleykaren-tweed-and-tom-mcelvogue

 

http://www.londonirishcentre.org/arts-culture

 

There is something regular just south of Dartford - can't remember but look through last 18 months of our events section.

 

Ihad a folk events pamphlet for the region and I think this is the online version with dates venues and addresses.

http://www.folklondon.co.uk/venues.html

 

The Chiltinas near Ampthill - learn new pieces and practice other at their get togethers -

Martin on the left http://www.chiltinas.org.uk/

is Memb Secretary of the INternational Concertina Association.

The group meets once every month, usually on the third Sunday, in St. Mary's Church Hall in Church Road, Maulden, Beds, MK45 2AU

good chocolate cake.

They next meet on Sep 16th it seems

http://www.chiltinas.org.uk/meeting_dates.html

 

There must be others but can't remember just now.

 

Calls here, for get togethers such as a flash mob, say in Camden market, based on a gathering at Cecil Sharp House (behind the market) fallen on deaf ears....

http://www.efdss.org/

 

There must be something about ukelele players who can pull in hundreds at little notice!

Maybe you can join one of their get togethers - they certainly dont seem to have any hangups about visitors and might be grateful for new/extra sound. Some tina players also play the uke.

http://www.mightyukulele.co.uk/

 

Are there not supposed to be some Morris Men up your vague way? They may have session tips and there seem to be a number of events heading towards east Anglia linked to the East Anglia Music Trust

http://www.eatmt.org.uk/

 

:)

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Is it just me or does anyone else find the title line of this post profoundly depressing?

 

Nothing happening in London!!!

 

 

London, where? Ontario or England? Or maybe East London in South Africa? :unsure:

 

Chris

He says South Herts/North London so that would be Londinium.

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Is it just me or does anyone else find the title line of this post profoundly depressing?

 

Nothing happening in London!!!

 

 

London, where? Ontario or England? Or maybe East London in South Africa? :unsure:

 

Chris

He says South Herts/North London so that would be Londinium.

 

I don't think the concertina (as we know it, today), was around in Roman times. ;) I've never seen the remains of one, excavated in a dig. :(

 

Chris

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He says South Herts/North London so that would be Londinium.

 

I don't think the concertina (as we know it, today), was around in Roman times. ;) I've never seen the remains of one, excavated in a dig. :(

What? You don't know about the Giants' Causeway?

 

Here's a link to a good photo.

 

Since accordions hadn't been invented yet, someone apparently misunderstood the joke about 1000 accordions at the bottom of the sea being "a good start" and used concertinas instead. Then when the sea floor rose.... B)

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I read of musical meetings and events all over the world on here, but not much seems to be happening in the South Herts/North London area.

 

Is there anything in this area for me to attend?

 

Are there any other players in this area to meet and maybe organise something together?

 

:unsure: ..

not sure where you are near as that 'location' covers a multitude of sinners and not sure how far you want to/are able to travel, though parking as you know is easier after 1830 and end of congestion charge.

Irish (and fast and I have only been once and fast and furious is their thing, in St Albans - I think it was Rose and Crown but more listings too

http://www.folkmusic...es/sessions.htm

 

The George Inn, 100 yds down from London Bridge station, French first but a lot of other depending on who starts a tune with any instrumennt, and some singing, and on monday there were bass sax, cello, four accordions, three melodeons, tin whistle and drum, bodhran, harmonica, mediaeval guitar, hurdy gurdy, wrist bells, three fiddles, three concertinas, four 'voices'....

first Monday of the month 2000-2300 ( c/o http://www.onbouge.org/

 

 

The Horseshoe Inn also near London Bridge first sunday of the month 1200 to 1530 - mainly English tunes.

http://www.beerinthe...n/London_Bridge

 

Keep any eye on Irish Centres

http://www.irishcult...d-tom-mcelvogue

 

http://www.londoniri...rg/arts-culture

 

There is something regular just south of Dartford - can't remember but look through last 18 months of our events section.

 

Ihad a folk events pamphlet for the region and I think this is the online version with dates venues and addresses.

http://www.folklondo....uk/venues.html

 

The Chiltinas near Ampthill - learn new pieces and practice other at their get togethers -

Martin on the left http://www.chiltinas.org.uk/

is Memb Secretary of the INternational Concertina Association.

The group meets once every month, usually on the third Sunday, in St. Mary's Church Hall in Church Road, Maulden, Beds, MK45 2AU

good chocolate cake.

They next meet on Sep 16th it seems

http://www.chiltinas...ting_dates.html

 

There must be others but can't remember just now.

 

Calls here, for get togethers such as a flash mob, say in Camden market, based on a gathering at Cecil Sharp House (behind the market) fallen on deaf ears....

http://www.efdss.org/

 

There must be something about ukelele players who can pull in hundreds at little notice!

Maybe you can join one of their get togethers - they certainly dont seem to have any hangups about visitors and might be grateful for new/extra sound. Some tina players also play the uke.

http://www.mightyukulele.co.uk/

 

Are there not supposed to be some Morris Men up your vague way? They may have session tips and there seem to be a number of events heading towards east Anglia linked to the East Anglia Music Trust

http://www.eatmt.org.uk/

 

:)

 

Cool many thanks for all those links, I think the closest for me is St Albans..

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Cool many thanks for all those links, I think the closest for me is St Albans..

Just be aware that it is a group whose thing is playing fast Irish stuff. If you are not into that then it won't float your boat. I have not been back since my 'taster'.

:)

 

Oh.err in that case perhaps not! I can't play fast yet,, I can barely play slow much without stumbling :D

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Cool many thanks for all those links, I think the closest for me is St Albans..

Just be aware that it is a group whose thing is playing fast Irish stuff. If you are not into that then it won't float your boat. I have not been back since my 'taster'.

:)

 

Oh.err in that case perhaps not! I can't play fast yet,, I can barely play slow much without stumbling :D

I think you might find it a bit overwhelming.

Might be good to plan for the George Inn on Oct 1 -

Very accommodating, people are happy to give a few tips during breaks, and if you sit to one side of the centre group you can join in as and when u feel comfortable with a variety of tunes too without anyone hearing any boobies - their own instruments drown out others' !

 

although u still have us guessing even roughly where you are (!) it should be easy enough to get in from somewhere around the periphery of Londinium to London Bridge by car bus tube or main line. :)

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22 players at the November session, 7 of them playing concertinas of various types. Most interesting for someone who unexpectedly happened to be on the opposite side of the world for a couple of days (as you do). A thrilling and novel experience to see a session in a pub (something I'd never heard of before joining this forum) Have seen only other session in a pub (courtesy of a member of this forum) but it was nothing like "The Horseshoe".

Even managed a few seconds of conversation with a couple of players, one was rather shocked that I knew about the session, & had a fair bit to say about how "private" they like to keep it (so I more or less didn't bother anyone after that).

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Don't know the player's name, it was a bloke though. I'm not all that outgoing, especially when on someone else's patch.

 

However, it was great to see something I've never seen before (music session) and that I may never see again.

 

One wonders did the players realise their playing that afternoon was being listened to by someone for whom that session was the only time in their life they'll hear or experience one? (session that is).

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Don't know the player's name, it was a bloke though. I'm not all that outgoing, especially when on someone else's patch.

 

However, it was great to see something I've never seen before (music session) and that I may never see again.

 

One wonders did the players realise their playing that afternoon was being listened to by someone for whom that session was the only time in their life they'll hear or experience one? (session that is).

 

No - it was not Chris - that was my asking Chris if he knew what had gone on - saw him tonight at the George.

 

I was quite surprised to hear what happened -= a great pity for you.

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Don't know the player's name, it was a bloke though. I'm not all that outgoing, especially when on someone else's patch.

 

However, it was great to see something I've never seen before (music session) and that I may never see again.

 

One wonders did the players realise their playing that afternoon was being listened to by someone for whom that session was the only time in their life they'll hear or experience one? (session that is).

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is a shame, but Pub Sessions are not that rare.. well, perhaps in far north Queensland or even further north they could be I'd guess.

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