Monday, 16 May 2011

Folk's Not Dead - A short film + All the Latest News from Acoustic Rotherham

The first full week we’ve all worked in some time has been safely negotiated, and a bit of a breather too for South Yorkshire folkies after two fun packed weekends, first at Wath and then last week at Holmfirth. 

Personally I couldn’t get across to Holmfirth, but Sue Sutherland has very kindly done a short review of her and Barry’s day out in Holmfirth which you can find in the next Blog down.   Just a note to say thank you to Ian Burdon for not kicking up a fuss ‘cos I nicked his pictures.

It’s amazing to reflect that the 16th May marks the first anniversary of Myke’s death.   To say that he is missed as a Masher would be an understatement, to say that he is missed as a good friend simply does not say enough.   Yet it would be fair to say the Mashers have held their end up during the year, with three stand in Mashers taking to the stage and a host of solo appearances having kept me on my toes.   You can check out who came on board to help me out HERE

I’m still looking for someone to become a permanent Masher – there’s a load of stuff coming up in the not too distant future and it would be great if someone could come on board offering something  new to the mix.  Don’t be shy.  Email HERE

But let’s look to the future.  

This Thursday, the 19th May my old mate Phillip Hartley will be performing his last Gig for a bit at Le Foret in Leopold Square, Sheffield.  Get yourselves down there to give him a cheer or two, perhaps even buy him a pint.  It seems that the stress of so many Gigs on his extensive tour of Sheffield has at last taken it’s toll and he is going to take a well-earned rest.   And so say all of us.  But if I know Phill he’ll be filling up the old Reverbnation player with new songs before too long so tune in and check him out HERE

Don’t forget it’s the Doncaster Folk Festival this coming weekend – details on the May Diary Page HERE

The Bridge is to once again hold an all day Festival on the Spring Bank Holiday 30th May, with Papa Legbas and Searching for Sylvia heading up what will be a great day of music, if last year’s event is anything to go by.    I’m told that there will be an Acoustic Corner.  Details of the organisation of the event are a bit sparse at the moment, however, if you fancy playing either in the Acoustic Corner or on the Big Stage make your initial enquiry of Ben at The Bridge.  Facebook connection HERE

Another “heads up”.  Saturday the 11th June at The Royal Oak, Deepcar, Sheffield, Ray Hearne is the main name at a fund raising Concert.  The Concert has been arranged to raise funds for a young man seeking to make it in the World of Figure Skating.  Head to the Acoustic Rotherham News Page for full details about the young man and how you can get your hands on the limited tickets.  HERE

Other events have been added to the Listings page, so check out the full details HERE

The next Acoustic Rotherham (it’s number 12) is on 31st July at The Queens.  The good news is that I still have some spaces for this one, so if you would like to perform a set or know of a Band that would like to do a set then please get them to contact me or go HERE to see who is already signed up for the event. 

Those of you who part of the MBMT Spring Festival may be interested to learn that the short film that was shot by Zaneta Ernesto Stepien, is now available for viewing.  It’s entitled “Folk’s Not Dead” and features the mugs of many well known faces from around the Sheffield/ Rotherham Folk scene.  Links have been posted on the Acoustic Rotherham News Page HERE

The “Friends Page” has also had a number of additions as more acts find Reverbnation as Myspace falls even further into disrepute.   Make sure you’re on the page by going HERE and if you’re missing then find Rawmarsh Mashers (leave “The” out) and become a fan (I hate that word).  The rest will be done for you. 

I’d also draw your attention to The Recourse Page HERE, where you’ll find useful links to Web Sites and Artist services.  

 I was going through my archive of music the other day and found a couple of packages that should be added to the demo page, and these will be making an appearance this week at some point.  If you’ve not found the Demo page yet then head HERE

And if you have a Demo CD or something else that you would like added to this page then Email the tracks to me HERE

I think that the updating of the site is all but complete.  All that remains is the CD Shop.  We’ll be working on that very soon. 

I’m still getting the odd report from one or two people that the site is still crashing on loading.  I’ve tested and tested and there is absolutely no reason why this should happen in the design code.  There are two main reasons why the site might crash.  The first is that software on people’s machines is not up to date, either Windows or Adobe Flash Player  or both.   The second is that Firewall settings are set far too high and that the third Party Sites used by the site are seen as an attack.  So please check these out if you are experiencing a problem.   Thanks. 

I promise you, the site has been lightened up, and even the Picture rich pages should load as quickly as your internet service allows.   HONEST!!!!

As I said in my last UPDATE Email, I might not be on the scene as much as I have been for a few months.  Nothing over serious, however, past efforts at resting the brain etc.  have not exactly worked out as they should have done and the brain needs a bit of a rest.  The Mashers are committed to things later in the year and we’ll be keeping these appointments, but up to then it’s expect us if you see us.   Hopefully it will give me a chance to bash these new songs into some sort of Mashing shape. 

It means that I’m reliant upon you good folks to keep me up-to-date with all the gossip and news, so keep sending it in by Emailing me HERE please. 

And that’s it for this week – whatever you are doing this week have great fun and keep it LIVE.

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