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Old News from July 2007

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BFG News - August 2007


Sessions and Gigs

To avoid clashes with holidays we tend not to have many gigs in July. In fact we had just two, both "everyone" gigs.  The first was at the Glencairn old folks home.  Thanks to those who came.  It was a first outing for some and it seemed to go well enough.  The second was an open air BBQ event just outside Perth on 28th July.  Well done to the 5 hardy folk who came and played. (And thanks to the organisers for our gazebo.) Boo, hiss to the rest of you, particularly to those who even said on  the previous evening that they were coming.   There is a pretty small group of regular players without whom we wouldn't be able to make these commitments.  Probably time to revisit the gigs idea to make sure we don't end up with a gig and no players.

Hall sessions have been pretty steady all month.  I don't know what it is about July, but several music bags and other things have been left behind.  Most have been returned but if you are missing something, we may have it.


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BFG Ceilidh and workshop 1st September
We need you for this event - don't miss is.

On Saturday 1st September BFG are running a dance workshop and ceilidh from 12.30 lunchtime to 11.00 in the evening. The afternoon will be spent learning how to dance, how to call dances and how to play for dances. The Thunderdogs Ceilidh Band are going to lead this workshop. 

In the evening we will be splitting the playing and the calling with the Thunderdogs and running a public ceilidh. This is going to be a good laugh so do not book anything else in your diaries.

Organisers for this event are Kay, Michael and Jan. 

MUSIC BOOK TWO.  This marathon continues.  We are waiting for copyright clearance on a few tunes but otherwise we're nearly there.  Previously we said one copy per family would be free(donations welcome) - we may need to rethink that. A small charge or a discount for bulk or something. 

CD recording will be finished once people are back from holiday..

Tune writing workshops are being planned.  If anyone has written a tune then bring the dots down the hall so some of can have a listen.  If the tune is not written down we can help with that.


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BFG News - September 2007


Sessions and Gigs

The only gigs in August were three ceilidhs in Stirling, Dunning and Perth.  Only one was suitable for inexperienced players but the ceilidh band did us proud again.  Fridays at the hall are your best chance of getting up to speed with ceilidh tunes if you want to.  Just let us know.

Some of you may have noticed that we are a bit short of tutors on Friday evenings so we will be introducing a new approach soon.  Rather than giving all the details here we'll discuss it at at the hall first.

Sorry, there isn't much here - I'll try and add some more later in September if I get the time.  Keep your eye on the gigs and sessions pages.


Newsletter for members.
 
Go to the Members' Page and follow the link.

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Tune writing  
The workshops will be held in Dunblane on Saturday 20th October. No knowledge of writing tunes is needed.  We have an expert on hand who is going to do wacky and serious stuff so that we can all write something on the day.  If anyone has written a tune then bring the dots down the hall so some of can have a listen.  If the tune is not written down we can help with that.  For details speak to Isobel or send us an email.


 
BFG Ceilidh and workshop 1st September

Despite our caller, Colin, breaking his collarbone and getting stuck in Poland we went ahead with the workshop. Thanks to Kay and all the trainee callers.  About 30 people came for the workshop and it looks like BFG will not be stuck for callers in the future.  We are going to run another workshop with Colin on 10th November. After the workshop the evening ceilidh went really well with about 120 people there.  Thanks to Kay and Michael for organising it all and a big thank you to everyone who stayed behind to clear up afterwards.
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MUSIC BOOK TWO.  Will be printed in early October.  It contains 190 tunes, 24 dances, many pages of help and totals nearly 150 pages over all. 

CD recording .  Saturday 15th September - we need all the Ne're-do-wells.  Andrew is organising this (or at least he intends to.)  IT happened!


OLD NEWSYou will find all previous web news details by visiting the old news page.


FIDDLES.   We are still wanting to get back any fiddles that you no longer need.   Please bring them to the hall on a Friday or call (see contact page) and we can arrange to collect them. Thanks.

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BFG News - October 2007

When did you last visit the jokes page?  Do you know where it is? No!  Try the Links page.  You may notice that we have not updated the jokes recently - if you have one we can include then email it to us. 

Saturday 10th November - BFG Annual Ceilidh.  This event is for all members and their guests.  Please come. It is always a good night but it needs your support.  Tickets are £5.  (Free to under 18s who play.)  Venue: Aytoun Hall Auchterarder.


Sessions and Gigs
As usual after the summer the hall sessions have become busy again.  Its good to see everyone there. We have several groups learning new tunes and the collective  repertoire is being extended week by week. 

September was a good month for gigs.  We did three ceilidhs, including one where some new ceilidh band players came and joined in.  The other two gigs were for residential homes and if truth be told, and we are big on honesty and truth as you know, we didn't get as many players as we would have liked.  Those that come did an excellent job and played really well. So once again thanks to them. 

The fiddle group survives because of its gigs, and gigs are really one of the main things that we do.  It occurs to me at least that some members are not very familiar with why we do gigs, what happens when we get there and what they may be expected to do. So we'll have a chat about this at the hall on Friday.  Here is a link on the members' page to an article on why we play gigs.  You can also reach it from the members' newsletter link on the member's page.

 
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Tune workshop - see below

  TUNE WRITING WORKSHOP

Don't forget to come to the workshop from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 20th October at the Victoria Hall Dunblane.
(This was a great day - we'll do it again.) 

No experience necessary. Fantastic, funny and talented helper on hand.

Bring with you - your fiddle / guitar / whistle / flute / mandola etc.  A minidisc or other recorder if you have one, some paper and a pencil.  A packed lunch.



MUSIC BOOK TWO.  Is ready for printing. It contains 200+ tunes, 24 dances, many pages of help and totals nearly 150 pages over all. 

CD recording .  Last few things to do then we can get this off to a professional for mixing and mastering.


OLD NEWSYou will find all previous web news details by visiting the old news page.


FIDDLES.   We are still wanting to get back any fiddles that you no longer need.   Please bring them to the hall on a Friday or call (see contact page) and we can arrange to collect them. Thanks.

This news page officially invites your contributions.  Stories and other things can be included. These can be sent by email or written on old-fashioned paper.  This is your web site and my life would be greatly enhanced by your contributions.  
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BFG News - November 2007

Stop press.  Change of Ceilidh venue.  See green box.
Anniversary Ceilidh
Due to a complete muck up by PKL the Aytoun Hall was thought to have  been double booked.  In fact it wasn't but we have already arranged to have our ceilidh at the Finlayson Hall, Auchterarder.  Starts 7.30

Saturday 10th November 7.30 pm - BFG Annual Ceilidh. 
This event is for all members, their guests and anyone else.  Please come. It is always a good night.  Tickets are £5.  (Free to under 18s who play.) 
Venue:
Aytoun Finlayson Hall Auchterarder.


Anniversary Ceilidh

Saturday 10th November 7.30 pm - BFG Annual Ceilidh. 

Thanks to everyone who played, who came, who danced, who helped set up and clear up and did anything else to support the ceilidh.  It was a great success and we have raised over £400 to go to charities nominated on the night. Final choices will eb made on Friday 16th at the weekly session.
Anniversary Ceilidh

We raised over £430. BFG will make this up to £500 which now goes to your nominated good causes
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Children in Need
Task Brasil
Aberlour Childcare Trust
Romanian Orphanage
(to help someone stay and work there.)



Lost Property.
A small pink and green hat with matching gloves was left behind after the anniversary ceilidh. Will fit a very small person.  If you know who they belong to or if they are yours please email or call (see contact us page) or come to the Friday session. Owner is found.

Sessions and Gigs

There are a number of groups learning tunes on Fridays at the moment, mainly from Music Book One.  A few beginners are doing Twinkle Twinkle, Old Macdonald and the other ones in colour.  At the other end of the spectrum (and of the book) we are doing The Flowers of Edinburgh and The Lass of Patie's Mill.  In between we have people at most stages so everyone ought to be able to find some company when learning. 

We are really grateful to the those who keep the "teaching" going.  It isn't easy to help other people but many BFG members of all ages are now helping out and as a result we are seeing everyone make progress. 

We didn't do any "everyone" gigs in October, just a couple of ceilidhs.  Both were for BFG members.  Andrew B and Glen both reached 50 (years not IQ) and there was a great ceilidh in the Finlayson Hall.  The following week Andrew L and Jazzy had their 18th and 16th birthday ceilidh in Blackford. Another good night, although the average age of the dancers was just slightly lower.  In Glen's absence Andrew B stood in as soundman - no one died, and nothing blew up!

These two gigs really sum up so much about what BFG is about.  We have our own band, we can do events locally for ourselves and invite lots of people to enjoy it. 

Last month I had a bit of go at you about "everyone" gigs and the problem that many of you are not coming. I realise that in part that is because we have new members who simply don't know how the system works.  Please read this article at this link  why we play gigs
One Friday soon we'll have a blether about gigs and what we do at them.


ANNUAL CEILIDH
Don't forget to come and play and dance at the annual ceilidh on Saturday 10th November.
Change of venue.  See green box above for details.

Its been done! If you missed it then you missed a good night. We hope no one went to the Aytoun Hall. The change of venue was  forced on us by an administrative blunder involving the authorities and others, but not us.  There was a notice there at the Aytoun hall but it did look closed (which it was.)
 
Book Two.
Now called The BFG Big Ceilidh Book.  It is ready and printed. Over the months it became a bigger and bigger project but at last it is over.  Copies will be available to members on Fridays.  We are not aware of any other book which covers music, dance instructions, notes on running ceilidhs and on playing.  It should be the reference source for BFG for many years to come. 

The first 25 copies have been distributed to members. A further 15 copies will be sent to some of the tune writers who gave us permission to use their tunes.  The book remains free to members at the  moment, but they have to buy one of our excellent BFG Pens (£6).  Non-members with links to BFG may be able to buy the book but it will be £20 and only very limited numbers are available other than to members.

Many of you have already said you are interested in helping to record the tunes so that others can learn to play them by ear.  We'll begin hat process in a few weeks time.

Tune writing workshop.
Many thanks to Marie Fielding who ran the workshop for us and to Isobel who organised it all.  Twelve of us attended.  We spent our time bouncing fish on a large sheet of Lycra, reciting simple rhymes about vegetables and making horrible noises for the fun of it. And somehow all this resulted in a selection of very good tunes being written as well.  We will definitely do something similar again so that more members can have a go.  A short performance of our music may be arranged for the hall one Friday.

Remember not to lose your tune.  We will get all the workshop people together on Friday 7th December to record or write out their tunes.


The Big Ceilidh Book and the Tune Writing Workshop are parts of the project carried out with support from the Lottery through Awards for All.
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CD recording  No progress since last month.  The book took priority.


FIDDLES.   Thanks for the fiddles returned to us. We have bought a few new ones too.  PLease continue to return any fiddles that you no longer need as they are under increasing demand.   Please bring them to the hall on a Friday or call (see contact page) and we can arrange to collect them.

OLD NEWSYou will find all previous web news details by visiting the old news page.

This news page officially invites your contributions.  Stories and other things can be included. These can be sent by email or written on old-fashioned paper.  This is your web site and my life would be greatly enhanced by your contributions.  (To date  none have been received - not sure what that means.)
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BFG News - December 2007

Everyone gig - Saturday 8th December
Camphill Community, Blair Drummond. 
PHOTOS HERE
Best gig for ages. over 20 players  - thanks to everyone that came.
 
New stock of fiddle/guitar tuners for sale at
  £10 each. (Retail at about £19). Only a few available.

                       Eno                    

Happy Christmas to  BFG members and friends and to visitors to our web pages.

Members' Survey 2007. Use link on Members' Page

Sessions and Gigs

Well here we are, the nights have fairly drawn in and the season of goodwill is nearly upon us. At BFG we will continue to be miserable if we want to be.  But we are not, we are happy as the hall is as busy as ever on Fridays and the quality of the music is on the up and up. 

Learning is going to be a bit more systematic for a while because we need to get everyone to the point that they have a good number of tunes for "everyone" gigs and so that others are getting a good ceilidh selection together. We'll be putting together a "recommended learning list" soon.  Some of this will be based on Book One and some on the new Big Ceilidh Book.

Once again we are really grateful to our "teachers" who do so well demonstrating the tunes for others.  What we now need is for them and anyone else to learn and record a tune or set from the new book so we can put a learning CD together.  More of that later.

November was a crazy month for ceilidhs.  Six in all, including 3 fund-raisers, one birthday party, one school event and of course our own 11th Anniversary Ceilidh.  We had a wide spread of players come for these which is great.  The more of us that can hold a ceilidh together the better.

Feedback please!!!!!


Over the last two months we have asked about "everyone" gigs and the problem that many of you don't come. We really do need to know what gigs will suit you.  Please read the we play gigs page. We'll try putting a questionnaire here too.
and as promised.one Friday soon we'll have a blether about gigs and what we do at them.


ANNUAL CEILIDH
Despite the mix up over venues we had a fantastic turnout and a great ceilidh. The Finlayson hall was perfect and the evening was a great success.  The playing was brilliant and so many of you joined in which is just what we want to happen. The dancing was good too and as ever the feedback has been terrific.  We'll do it again next year!
 
Anniversary Ceilidh

We raised over £430. BFG will make this up to £500 which now goes to your nominated good causes :
Cystic Fibrosis Trust ; Children in Need ; Task Brasil
Aberlour Childcare Trust ; Romanian Orphanage 


Big Ceilidh Book (Music Book Two).
The first of our lottery projects that has now been completed.  The book has already started to sell well in the Group. Perhaps I should correct that. As you know we have actually been giving the book away to members who buy on of our deluxe pens.  We can make a limited number of books available outside the group and we will charge a reasonable price for them.  The book is fairly unique and it represents many hundreds of hours of work from Andrew and several others. It seems only fair to recover some of the costs we have incurred over and above the lottery grant.

Next step is to record all the tunes in the book, played slowly for others to learn from.  All of you can help with this. We will begin recording them soon so if there is one you already know or are prepared to learn just tell us.  We'll have a sheet at the hall so you can sign up for a tune.. 

Tune writing follow up.
Next step. Friday 7th December we'll try to pull together all the tunes we composed and make sure that they are recorded and written out. If you were at the workshop please try to come to this session. We will help to complete all the tunes and in January we'll play them to the others.  We will do another tune writing session in January / February and finish the project.


The Big Ceilidh Book and the Tune Writing Workshop are parts of the project carried out with support from the Lottery through Awards for All.
Awards Logo


CD recording  No progress since last month.  The book took priority.


FIDDLES.   Thanks for the fiddles returned to us. We have bought a few new ones too.  Please continue to return any fiddles that you no longer need as they are under increasing demand.   Please bring them to the hall on a Friday or call (see contact page) and we can arrange to collect them.

OLD NEWSYou will find all previous web news details by visiting the old news page.

This news page officially invites your contributions.  Stories and other things can be included. These can be sent by email or written on old-fashioned paper.  This is your web site and my life would be greatly enhanced by your contributions.  (To date  none have been received - not sure what that means.)