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Just to remind folks that the Canons Gait session starts up again on Wednesday 7th September. For those who haven't been before, it's an extremely friendly session and offers a warm welcome to anyone who wants to pop in and see what it is like. Around 18-25 of us usually turn up, and play tunes at anything from slow to reasonably quick tempo. Nothing too fast at all. We meet from 9.00-11.15 in the Canons Gait pub (recently renamed The Gait) in the Royal Mile about 100 yards down from the traffic lights at St Mary's Street.
Friendly "not so wee" session.

I'll try to get along from time to time this year as I'm not booked up for a class and the folk club programme looks quite dire this season. Smile
I've been thinking of coming back to Canon's Gait again for a while, and will maybe give it another go some time soon.
Previous times I have been I had trouble finding out the names of tunes I didn't know, so I could learn them for next time. Maybe the answer would be to make a recording on my phone, if there were no objections.
(26-09-2016, 08:34 PM)Alistair Wrote: [ -> ]I've been thinking of coming back to Canon's Gait again for a while, and will maybe give it another go some time soon.
Previous times I have been I had trouble finding out the names of tunes I didn't know, so I could learn them for next time. Maybe the answer would be to make a recording on my phone, if there were no objections.

No problem at all - the number of folk who take pics and videos is surprisingly large. Looking forward to seeing you there.
(06-09-2016, 05:48 PM)JAJ Wrote: [ -> ]Friendly "not so wee" session.

I'll try to get along from time to time this year as I'm not booked up for a class and the folk club programme looks quite dire this season. Smile

Whit? Been to 2 out of 3 EFCs so far and they've been great. Only missed the 3rd one as babysitting, and had seen said artist twice before in recent months.
(26-09-2016, 11:24 PM)Trish Santer Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-09-2016, 05:48 PM)JAJ Wrote: [ -> ]Friendly "not so wee" session.

I'll try to get along from time to time this year as I'm not booked up for a class and the folk club programme looks quite dire this season. Smile

Whit? Been to 2 out of 3 EFCs so far and they've been great. Only missed the 3rd one as babysitting, and had seen said artist twice before in recent months.

Jez Lowe would have been good I'm sure but I couldn't manage.   There are the occasional good artists appearing but not that many before Christmas.
I've never heard Sylvia Barnes and Sandy Stanage so that one looks worth a try.

If we get a replacement venue I'll more likely be at the Edinbal music group every other Wednesday again, though.
Sylvia Barnes is a very good singer. EX Kentigern and Battlefield Band. She goes back a long time.

Sandy is an excellent guitarist and good performer without being showy or a prima donna type like some others.
Sylvia won the Scots Singer of the Year Award at the MG ALBA Trad Awards in the latter half of the 2000s: I admit that I knew little of her then, but have since caught up: great singer, very expressive, can draw you into a long ballad. She was out of performing much for a while, I think. And she does a brilliant recitation of "Tam O'Shanter" at Burns suppers, though I doubt she'll be doing it at EFC! 
And Sandy's accompaniment is an object lesson in how to accompany a singer sympathetically, and not let the accompaniment get in the way of the song.