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Members' News January 2012


Happy New Year
Well that's another year done and dusted.  Hardly seemed to have got going when it was finished.  So many things I promised to do - learn to play in tune, be nice to pipers, find out who has my rosin, you know all that stuff.  Well 2012 is now the year to be reckoned with and here goes.

How about some BFG new year resolutions?  Here's a few to start with

We'll start at 7.00 on Fridays (yeah! Right!)
We will all be happy and smile when we play Aitken Drum.
Everyone called Andrew will be charming and polite.
We'll have some caption competitions (first one is down below).
We'll get a new ceilidh band up and running.
We will all become rich and famous through our playing
Everyone under 18 will stop learning so fast and showing up the oldies. (Is that PC? Oh well, who care?)
Guitar players will keep time and thereby give a good example to a few fiddle players who don't.

Got any others?  Just email them in and we'll add them to the list.

Gigs
December was great for gigs.  The annual ceilidh was one of the best ever.  More people than usual stayed on stage to play the harder dance sets and the sound was fantastic.  And the dancing was wonderful too. On top of that we raised £1900.  The annual winter trip to Kincarrathie House was a great success and those that were there now know that Andy doesn't know a Jingle from a Reindeer. Never mind, he'll catch on.  And we had a very long 21st birthday party ceilidh too.  Yet again the band excelled, but we would say that wouldn't we.  But just to assuage the cynical thoughts of the less charitable readers, that was also the verdict of the party goers too.

Up and coming gigs for 2012.  Please keep 17th March free in your diaries.  We have been invited to play again at the very prestigious Neil Gow Festival in Dunkeld at the Saturday afternoon concert.  There will also be a few everyone gigs at local care homes so please keep you eye open.

Fridays and Workshops
I'm not sure what we'll do on Fridays in 2012 yet. Of course there will be the usual stuff and there will be some workshops as well.  Those that came to Pete Clark's workshop in December will know that he is a great tutor and great player and he has promised to come again in the new year, as has Marie.  An adults weekend has been booked in February and as part of that we are having tutors and a special session in the evening.   

More Ideas for winter
Since some people find it hard to get out to sessions we were thinking about having some house sessions, perhaps once a month.  We used to do this a number of years ago and it proved to be a really good way of learning new tunes and just getting better.  Any takers for this should speak out on Fridays.  We need someone to kick it off  and someone to organise it by setting up a rota.  Anyone fancy taking this on? Its not a big job and you don't even need to be a regular at the sessions if you don't want to.  (See next item for an update.)

Events
Date for your diaries.  Joint meeting with Get Reel and Riverside groups - Sunday 3rd June, in Stirling.  Tutur, session, BBQ and so on. Possible ceilidh who knows.

House Sessions
Next house session will be on 16th February.  Details will go on the members' page.

Latest Tunes on the Music pages and new Big Ceilidh Book (the red one!)
New tunes for members are now available.
The slow version of Over the Waterfall and the Dingle Regatta

Look out for the following lists coming soon;
A set list of tunes for forthcoming everyone gigs, including Dunkeld.
A set of must-know tunes for ceilidhs.

The new Big Ceilidh Book is nearing completion and will give scope for many new sets and tunes.


Caption Competition
Anyone got any idea what Ann Gaunt is saying to Becky?  Answers on a piece of paper at the hall or emailed to usual BFG address.  Mega prizes will be on offer.


THE FIRST SUBMISSION HAS BEEN RECEIVED - FROM THE BLACKFORD PIPERS.  ARE YOU FIDDLERS GOING TO LET THEM WIN THE PRIZE?  GET THOSE JOKES IN HERE FAST.



Sessions
  • The Niblick, AuchterarderNext session will be on 3rd January -  first Thursday.
  • Tappit Hen Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s).
  • Every Thursday - 7.30 Fiddlers workshop and then open session at Dunkeld (Taybank).
  • Session at the Cross Keys, Kippen 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays each month. See Sessions page. It is at tea time (5pm) and is suitable for all abilities and all ages.

Members' News February 2012


Stuff
The fiddle is a great instrument.  It doesn't matter what style of music you listen to there is almost always a place for a violin, which is the same thing as a fiddle, although fiddling is not the same thing as playing a violin.  But if you are fiddling (on your violin) you should think more about what is possible.  The first and most obvious thing is to play tunes -  sounds obvious but some instruments are not designed well for tunes. (Is this a good time to mention bassoons?) They can be an important part of a group but rarely take the lead. But because your fiddle allows you to vary the tone and the pitch in very small ways it can be used to produce soft and beautiful sounds (rarely heard at BFG it has to said) or some very aggressive and angry sounds.  So the fiddle is a great instrument for really giving mood to the music.  Almost any mood you choose can be found on a fiddle, its just a case of learning how to pull the bow across the strings while putting your fingers down in the right places. How hard can that be?  Well as it happens pretty blooming hard for some of us. And that is why you need BFG.  Not only do we help each other with the tunes we can start to think about the sounds we make and how to make the tunes sound interesting.

By now you might be wondering where this is going - you know it won't remain positive, friendly and risk free, this is the BFG news page where every "tale" has a sting.  So I'd better come clean.  Its time to think  a bit more about how to make these fiddles of ours make even more wonderful sounds.  Those of you who were at the session on Friday 27th January met Jo Miller (Stirling Riverside Music Project leader -  see Fridays page for details) who taught a tune and then taught us to play it with those soft sounds and with a bit more bite where it counted.  She also gave us some ideas about simple arrangements that we can use.  This isn't new to us. We have quite a few arrangements already, but let's face it no one has asked you (yes I mean you) to think about making up your own arrangement.  So the time has come to work on a few arrangements using the tunes we know.  It would be great if you came prepared with a few ideas.  If you don't then ...  we'll have to see.  So tune learning will take a back seat for little while unless you are wanting into the ceilidh band. For the ceilidh band there will be some ceilidh sessions. There is more on this below.  We will of course continue to teach our basic list of tunes to people who have not been learning with us for long.

Fridays and Ceilidh Band
Okay, so Fridays will be about some new arrangements and a bit of technique (see stuff above). We will have tutors from time to time but largely we'll have to make this up as we go along. This also means that we'll need to do special ceilidh band sessions for tune learning.  To begin with we'll do this on Fridays.  To help you know what we'll be doing there will be a new essential tunes list on the members' page. It may not be there for a few days but copies will be available at the hall. Some of the tunes will not be familiar as they will appear in the new Big Ceilidh Book (see below).  
Big Ceilidh Book
The book is nearly ready - at last.  And although I say it myself it is going to be pretty good.  It has taken eight months to put together, to write, edit, set out the music, to get copyright permissions, to change my mind and do bits again but at last the new book is just about print ready.  The printers are about to produce the proof version and it will be printed in February.  With 340 tunes and much more it is an absolute necessity for BFG members and will be available to members at a bargain price.  The introductory price will be £12 to members.  That price can't hold forever though.  For non-members (that is anyone who is doesn't come regularly, including family and friends) we will have copies at around £25.  This is below the going rate for music and given the hours (days & weeks) that went into making it there is no way anyone is getting discounts. If we are lucky the book will break even in cost terms eventually.   Book now published.  See here
 
Gigs
Just two gigs in January. First a ceilidh at Fairview School in Perth.  Great night -  last minute affair but we were pleased to do it.  Lovely people and they had a good time.  Then a few of us went to Kinbuck for the Burns supper.  We had a long wait while they recooked the neeps and did all the other stuff like speeches and being rude. Eventually we began playing about an hour late and went on playing until the middle of the night (slight exaggeration). It was a great gig. Thanks to David Leask who came to sing with us.

Up and coming gigs for 2012.  Please keep 17th March free in your diaries.  We have been invited to play again at the very prestigious Neil Gow Festival in Dunkeld at the Saturday afternoon concert.  There will also be a few everyone gigs at local care homes so please keep you eye open.

Away Weekend (adults)
The weekend away is scheduled for 25-26th February with those interested arriving at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel for a 10am start on the Saturday. Bed and Breakfast will cost £25 and a £10 deposit is payable in advance to Isobel by Friday 3rd Feb if you can please. This price is based on a room share basis. Please bring additional money for other meals and drinks over the weekend as well as for a contribution to the workshops. Pete Clark is coming to teach and there should be opportunities for solo and group tutorials.  There will be a slowish and informal session in the bar on Saturday evening, hopefully with some local guest players. We will have to check out of our rooms on Sunday morning, but don't have to leave the hotel until 5pm.  There are four places left. Please call Isobel if interested O1764 654427

House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page. 

Next house session is on Thursday 16th February in Comrie.  More details at the hall and on the members' page.

Latest Tunes on the Music pages
Jo's tune - is not going on the web until most people have leant it by ear. We'll sing and play it every week.

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.


Caption Competition
Below is the winner.  Well done the Blackford Pipers. Your prize is on its way. We can take a joke, and obviously so can you as you play the pipes. 

So the competition for February is

and what did Becky (or anyone else from BFG) say in reply?

Caption Competition Jan 2012

Members' News March 2012

BIG CEILIDH BOOK
The all new BFG music book is now available.  There is a special member's price of course, but for others it is £25 including postage (if needed).  It is available on Ebay (no kidding) - just search for Ceilidh Music


Help please
Our very own Becky is running a ceilidh on Saturday 24th March.  She really needs help in selling tickets.  All BFG members are welcome, with friends.  Tickets, including food and home-made tablet are just £5. I'm sure we can all try our best to sell tickets for Becky.  If you want tickets ask at the hall.  (Any non-members should email the fiddle group.)

Fridays and Ceilidh Band
Fridays in February seemed to have been very busy, a bit more chaotic than usual but great fun.  What's more there has been noticeable progress from many players.  I think that there has even been some practicing going on during the week!  That of course is excellent and I would not want to discourage it, I merely suggest that those who have not managed to practice should try to do so or you way find that others are over-taking you.  Now of course we have often said that playing the fiddle is not competitive, you should measure your progress against yourself. But it really is irritating when other people can suddenly do stuff you can't.  Grrrr!  Practice is the answer.

Big Ceilidh Book
At long last (in fact just eight months) the Big Ceilidh Book has been published.  It has over 180 new tunes plus many that do not currently appear on our other books and at £12 to members represents great value for money.  We have some copies for sale to others, price £25 with postage.  Please feel free to advertise it.

The book is more than a tune book though.  There are instructions for 26 dances and lost of information on running the band.  There are notes on traditional music, aimed at those who may not know a lot yet.  The range of music also goes beyond many existing music books, with some unusual old tunes as well as some new ones.  Alongside our Wee Music Book it has pretty well everything you will need at BFG, and plenty for use at sessions.

For more details see here
 
Gigs
February was a lean month -  just one ceilidh in Dunning.

Up and coming gigs. 

Niel Gow Festival Dunkeld 17th March.  Tune list for players is here.


Away Weekend (adults)
What a great weekend we had at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel with Pete Clark as resident tutor.  The highlight (apart from the company and the new tunes) was possibly the evening session in the Royal Hotel bar -  much appreciated by the locals and others.  Not sure how we were mistaken for Canadian's though.

New Instruments - the viola for example
Have you thought of learning another instrument?  At the away weekend the adults were introduced to the delight of playing the viola.  it is very like playing the fiddle but excellent for adding a harmony or chords to the tune.  In fact we all thought it was such a good idea we decided to buy a couple.  So there may well be an opportunity for you to add the viola to your list.  There are several other things you might like to think of as second instruments for BFG.  Guitar is useful and so is the bodhran. We might be able to help out with instruments.  The mandolin is also an option, and has the same fingering as the fiddle, so it is easy enough for a fiddle player to pick it up. You may already play another instrument that you would like to bring along. BFG is not only about fiddles and a bit of variety is good.  We have two double bass learners at the moment, neither brave enough to play at the Friday session, but I'm sure its only a matter of time.
House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page. 

Latest Tunes on the Music pages
A few tunes will appear during March, including Ballnagraggan, the tunes from the away weekend and possibly others.

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.


Caption Competition

February winner.  Winner is Maggie, plus an anonymous correspondent. Both selections included. 
Winner February

New Competition for March.  Entries in writing or by email please

March competition

If you have a suitable photo for the March please send it the BFG email address. Thanks.

Members' News April 2012                 Updated 4th April


Now for sale, the all new, revised and expanded
BIG CEILIDH BOOK
Available to members at a special price (at the hall) and to others for £25 including postage (if needed).  It is available on Ebay (just search for Ceilidh Music) but better to buy it direct here. I can give you paypal account details or send a cheque.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2012

The AGM will be held on Friday 27th April at the Blackford Hotel at 7.00. 
It will begin with some tunes.

EARLY WARNING - THERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WISHING TO STEP DOWN.  WE WILL NEED NEW MEMBERS. PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING. IT REALLY ISN'T A BIG JOB
 
  • Papers will be ready and placed on the web here at least 7 days before the meeting. You will need your username and password to access the papers. Go to agm papers
  • Any resolutions should be submitted in accordance with the constitution.
  • We would like nominations for the following positions;
  •     Convenor
  •     Treasurer
  •     Secretary
  •     Youth Representative
  •     Member to be Lead Signatory for child protection purposes (Special disclosure requirements)
  •     Up to 3 other members



Fridays
Following the intensive rehearsals for the Niel Gow Festival last month Friday's have gone back to normal, with plenty of playing of familiar tunes and a scattering of new ones as well.  We have started to separate off a few likely young ceilidh band players for "special treatment" which consists of some fast learning, leading we hope to even faster playing.  (Everyone else please remember slow is good - don't go faster than you can.)

Talking of fast, I wish to recount a short story about a music player.  This person (anonymity guaranteed if I get paid enough) is a keen and enthusiastic learner who, for simplicity, we shall say is too old to be at school (unless as a teacher.)  Lets call this person X.  X is very keen, a dedicated player who hears exactly what (s)he wants to play.  (S)he listens to really good players and copies.  Well when we say "copies" we mean plays a random set of notes in an even more random rhythm.  Not good.  X seems to know this even their brain doesn't hear it that way.  Problem,  playing too fast.  Solution, hitting them hard with a stick.  Well that might work, but first we tried a metronome, not simply to slow them down, but to slow them down a lot and insist that they played in time with it.  Outcome. Slightly random notes in a perfect rhythm, so we could follow the tune.  Next step, get the notes right too.  Lesson - your rhythm is as important as the notes. When learning s new tune make sure that you can keep a solid steady beat as well as playing the right notes.

Gigs
March was hectic.  Six gig sin all. Fairtrade coffee morning - excellent and thanks to all who came. Four ceilidhs -  9,10,17 and 24th.  Raised many hundreds of pounds for good causes (and some for Becky too!)  Niel Gow Festival concert.  Well done to everyone who played. It was one of our best.

Up and coming gigs.  Remember 11th April at Letham. This is at least our 10th Anniversary of playing there. We may even go back further.  Certainly it is the longest standing regular event we do.

Big Ceilidh Book
The new book seems to be successful.  We have sold quite a few copies, but remember we want everyone in BFG to buy one.  We can also sell to friends, family and others too.

For more details see here
 
Away Weekend (under 18s)
There will be an under 18s weekend in May or June. Isobel is sorting this out.

New Instruments - the viola for example
I'm leaving the entry from last month as it would be good for people to pick up another instrument.  And just to encourage you we have two violas and two octave mandolins.

Have you thought of learning another instrument?  At the away weekend the adults were introduced to the delight of playing the viola.  it is very like playing the fiddle but excellent for adding a harmony or chords to the tune.  In fact we all thought it was such a good idea we decided to buy a couple.  So there may well be an opportunity for you to add the viola to your list.  There are several other things you might like to think of as second instruments for BFG.  Guitar is useful and so is the bodhran. We might be able to help out with instruments.  The mandolin is also an option, and has the same fingering as the fiddle, so it is easy enough for a fiddle player to pick it up. You may already play another instrument that you would like to bring along. BFG is not only about fiddles and a bit of variety is good.  We have two double bass learners at the moment, neither brave enough to play at the Friday session, but I'm sure its only a matter of time.

House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page.  Next one is 17th April.

Latest Tunes on the Music pages
Nothing new at present but we have been leaning;
Dingle Regatta, Eileen O'Riodan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.


Caption Competition

We are making this a bi-monthly competition.  More entries needed please.
New Competition for March-April.  Entries in writing or by email please

March competition

If you have a suitable photo for the March please send it the BFG email address. Thanks.

Members' News May 2012               


Don't forget
Sunday 3rd June
  2 - 6 p.m.
Session /  ceilidh  /  BBQ at the Riverside in Stirling with
Get Reel from Killearn and Riverside Music Project

Starts at 2 p.m. 
( From 12 onwards for music leaders,  tutors and anyone else who wants to talk about the groups)
Ends about 6 p.m.

We will be taking names on Friday 11 and Friday 18th May. Cost will be £3 for adults. Free for children

 
What terribly evil things do the Storm-troopers not want to see, hear or talk about?

All is revealed , if you dare to read on.

Oh no!




Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2012

The AGM was held on Friday 27th April at the Blackford Hotel at 7.00.  Draft Minutes including details of your new committee

Fridays
Come after Thursdays, but not soon enough after Mondays. 
There'll be more stuff here soon about Fridays, but don't expect big changes. We'll be playing and learning, learning and playing.  But there might just be a few new things too. Wait and see.

Gigs
For the 10,00th year running we played at Letham St Marks centre.  Is my imagination or is the audience getting smaller?  And I don't mean shorter. 

Big Ceilidh Book
Selling like hot cakes.  The first 80 are away already. At this rate we'll need a new one soon - please start looking for an author!

For more details see here
 
Away Weekend (under 18s)
There may be will be an under 18s weekend but no dates are fixed.

House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page.  Next one is Thursday 24th May in Blackford.

Latest Tunes

Dingle Regatta, Eileen Riordan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)
Loch Ruan
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston

Ye Banks and Braes. 

Also lots of revisiting older tunes too.

For something different try this.  It is just a midi file but if you think the arrangement might be ok (with better accompaniment) we can give it a go. But if you think it is no good we won't. 

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.


Caption Competition

The pitiful selection of entries didn't merit a prize. I'll give you another week.

March competition

If you have a suitable photo for the next t competition please send it the BFG email address. Thanks.

Sessions
  • The Niblick, AuchterarderFirst Thursday each month at 8.30. (No session 5th April. One on 12th though).
  • Tappit Hen Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). 
  • The Tavern, South Street Perth.  Every other Wednesday at 8.30.  There is one on 11th April and then every 2 weeks.
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 7.30 Fiddlers workshop and then open session at Dunkeld (Taybank).
  • The Cross Keys, Kippen 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays each month. It is at tea time (5pm - 8pm) and is suitable for all abilities and all ages.

Top of page Is this really the Storm-trooper nightmare or just a preview of the new caption competition? Is it the crackling sound of burning wood and the leaping fire that the Storm-troopers would not talk about?


This is what happened in the 18th Century as punishment when fiddles were used to play "the Devil's music".(For many examples of such music see pages 35 onwards in the new book.)   
Photo taken in 1836 near Stornoway by a passing banjo player. He couldn't phone his friend, the piper, because he dropped his mobile when laughing.  Next instalment soon....... the fiddler's revenge

Members' News June 2012                


Don't forget
Sunday 3rd June  2 - 6 p.m.
Session /  ceilidh  /  BBQ at the Riverside in Stirling with
Get Reel from Killearn and Riverside Music Project

Starts at 2 p.m. 
( From 12 onwards for music leaders,  tutors and anyone else who wants to talk about the groups)
Ends about 6 p.m.
  Cost will be £3 for adults. Free for children
 




Remember what the Storm-troopers witnessed last month.  The burning of fiddles by unknown culprits.  Well for revenge please see this months caption competition below. 




COMMITTEE NEWS

Click here if you missed the AGM or have not read the minutes.

Draft Minutes including details of your new committee

Since the AGM Isobel, who was elected in her absense, has declined the honour to serve on the Management Committee.  Isobel wasn't at the AGM and has decided that she will run the awaydays this year but not be a committee member.  The rest of the Management Committee have duly co-opted Andrew Bachell back on to the committee undermining his attempts to escape. These people have no hearts, but he accepts this privileged position with gratitude and promises to do  .... well nothing as it happens.

Sussanah Rae has been appointed by teh Management Committee as the Lead Signatory for child protection and related tasks.  Many thanks to Cindy for doing this up until now.  Even more thanks (especailly from Andrew even though this ultimately did not lead to freedom) to Cindy for taking on the roll of Treasurer.


Fridays
Until the summer holidays we will be concentrating on the tunes we have learnt recently (see latest tunes below). Some of the younger (and few older folk) will be catching up on tunes from the Wee Music Book.


Latest Tunes

Dingle Regatta, Eileen Riordan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)
Loch Ruan
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston

Ye Banks and Braes. 
Dark Island
Miss Shepherd

Also lots of revisiting older tunes too.

Try this.  It is an arrangement of the Mermaid's Song, just as a midi file so the sound is very poor. Do you think  it would work played on fiddles (with better accompaniment)? iF SO we can give it a go. Let us know. 

Gigs
May was a good monthy for everyone gigs.  There was a small private party -  the first gig ever played in a bedroom! Best not to ask about that.  Then three gigs for senior citizens (or old folk as we like to think of them) at Ruthven Towers (now called something else), the Blackford Hall and at Parkdale House.  These were great gigs -  playing was good, a few new sets and lots of people.  Also the audiences were very appreciative.  Cakes at Blackford were spectacular - we thank Mrs H. If she playe her cards right we could offer her the position of official baker to the Fiddle Group.  More free samples would be required.

Big Ceilidh Book
Some of you will have noticed that there are a few mistakes in the book.  The author apologises but there are to be no offers of discounts as the majority of errors are vey minor.  Except the one that has the tune in the wrong key.  There will be an opportunity to have this corrected professionally at the hall if you so desire. 

For more details about the book and about the mistakes see here
 
Away Weekend (under 18s)
The away weekend will be on 8-9th September 2012, at Blackwater.  A booking list will be available at the hall and we will be looking for 3-4 adult volunteers.  (Only disclosed adults can attend.)  Isobel will be doing the domestic arrangements.  We will have a tutor as usual.  If you are under 18 and have ideas about what we should be doing then let Isobel or Andrew know.

House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page.  May session was outdoors in teh sun -  very nice. Thanks to kate.  Next date has yet to be fixed.

Summer BBQ
This will be at Beech House (Sloan's) again on 22nd July. Put the date in your diaries.


New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.



Caption Competition

And the winner is .......


And now for the summer competition -  the Fiddler's revenge? 
While we think of summer remember some are less fortunate than us. But we send them our warmest wishes.

Captions to the usual address or hand in at the hall.
Keeping the home fires burning

If you have a suitable photo for the next competition please send it the BFG email address. Thanks.

Sessions
  • The Niblick, AuchterarderNormally first Thursday each month at 8.30. Next one 7th June starting at 9.00 as there is a talk in teh library about our music.
  • Tappit Hen Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). 
  • The Tavern, South Street Perth.  Every other Wednesday at 8.30.  Next one is 6th |June then every 2 weeks.
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 7.30 Fiddlers workshop and then open session at Dunkeld (Taybank).
  • The Cross Keys, Kippen 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays each month. It is at tea time (5pm - 8pm) and is suitable for all abilities and all ages.



Members' News July 2012               


New date for BBQ Saturday 11th August, 3.00 p.m.
At the Sloan's, Beech Lea, Blackford


Click here for details of the all new, revised and expanded
BIG CEILIDH BOOK



DON'T FORGET -  FROM 27TH JULY UNTIL END OF AUGUST THE FRIDAY SESSIONS WILL BE AT THE CHURCH HALL WHILE THE NORMAL HALL IS HAVING A NEW HEATING SYSTEM FITTED. 
SEE BFG SESSIONS PAGE FOR DETAILS.



Fridays
Well, that's it, summer has arrived.  We have had at least two bright days.  And the nights are starting to draw in. As everyone knows, around here we have seven months of winter followed by five months of hellish weather. At least we have Fridays at BFG.  To anyone who has found the last few Fridays a bit hectic, you have my sympathy.  I can't remember the last time we had so many different groups and clusters of players learning different things. This all adds to the general atmosphere but we run the risk of not giving people what they really need.  We do our best though and if you need help or spot someone who does, then just speak up.  If you can please try to arrive on time it helps us organise things better as well - once we split up into groups we can't really reorganise them.

We are hoping to get tutors in after the summer and that will allow us to provide some extra support to everyone.

Another thing we will be doing is putting together some groups of people at the same learning stage to work together with helpers so that they can work on new tunes that suite their playing.

Latest Tunes

The list grows.
Shetland Molecule
Loch Leven Castle
Mouth of the Tobique

Also;
Dingle Regatta, Eileen Riordan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)
Loch Ruan
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston

Ye Banks and Braes. 
Dark Island
Miss Shepherd

Also lots of revisiting older tunes too.

Try this.  Still need feedback on this arrangement of the Mermaid's Song. The sound is just as a midi file so not very life like but it should give some idea of nhow it might sound. Do you think  it would work played on fiddles (with better accompaniment)? If not, we won't use it.

Gigs
June was busy with four very varied gigs.  The first was the 3-way event with Riverside and Get Reel.  Perhaps more a workshop than a gig.  The second, and clearly the highlight of the month, if not of the whole year, was the talk, illustrated by tunes, about the Big Ceilidh Book and BFG by Andrew at the Auchterarder Library.  Then there was the Ochil Towers end of year party, which ws a mix of everyone plus some ceilidh band stuff.  Always fun to play at Ochil Towers. Lastly a 21st Birthday party ceilidh at Forgandenny.  Thinking about these four events could hardly have been more different if we had planned it.  

The ceilidh band is about to suffer another loss as Wee Dude (Matthew) is about to head off to university to become a major financial burden for his parents.  We care little about that, but it does mean that we are needing a couple of up-and-coming ceilidh band players.  Our scouts have been out and we have spotted a few of you who will do. Beware - we are coming for you.

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.

Big Ceilidh Book (BCB)
The book seems to be a success with BFG.  Several of you have found new tunes that you want to learn and indeed you have learnt to play them.  Now you need to help others to play them too.  There have been some really nice comments from outside the group as well and a trickle of sales continues.  The BCB is for sale to people outside BFG for £20 (£25 if we have to post it) so feel free to tell people.

For more details about the book see here
 
Away Weekend (under 18s)
Remember the away weekend will be on 8-9th September 2012, at Blackwater.  A booking list will be available at the hall and we will be looking for 3-4 adult volunteers.  (Only disclosed adults can attend.)  Isobel will be doing the domestic arrangements.  We will have a tutor as usual.  If you are under 18 and have ideas about what we should be doing then let Isobel or Andrew know.

House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page. 

Summer BBQ
This will be at Beech Lea (Sloan's) again on Sunday 22nd July at 3.00 p.m. Put the date in your diaries.

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Caption Competition

And now for the summer competition -  the Fiddler's revenge? 
While we think of summer remember some are less fortunate than us. But we send them our warmest wishes.

Captions to the usual address or hand in at the hall by end of July please.

Members' News August 2012                 Updated 1st August


BFG BBQ.  Saturday 11th August
At the Sloans', Beech House Blackford


Click here for details of the all new, revised and expanded
BIG CEILIDH BOOK


Early results from the Folk Olympics

BRONZE MEDAL goes to Team GB for performing the longest ballad of the games. In fact it is rumoured that after five days they are still going strong and nearly everyone has learned to sing the chorus, one finger in ear for authentic appearance.


SILVER MEDAL goes to the Russians.  They had heard all about the British summer and came fully prepared, wearing the remains of their mascots.


GOLD MEDAL goes to the North Koreans (Democratic People's Republic of Korea - which has never had a free vote) who encased the official Olympic flag attendant in a large barrel and have played him Kim Jong-un's favourite dance beat over and over and over again.


Fridays

Witnesses can confirm that the hall (The Moray Institute to give it the proper name) really is getting a new heating system.  There are lots of new pipes and with luck a boiler too.  That means next winter we should be nice and toasty.  But for now we will continue to use the Church hall for our Friday sessions.  Watch the BFG Sessions page for details.

Latest Tunes

Vas de Burgos
Miss Shepherd
Reconcilliation
Shetland Molecule; Loch Leven Castle; Mouth of the Tobique;

Also;
Dingle Regatta, Eileen Riordan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)
Loch Ruan
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston

Ye Banks and Braes. 
Dark Island
Miss Shepherd

Also lots of revisiting older tunes too.

Gigs
July has been a busy month, given that we were officially closed down for 2 weeks. We did the first of the Stirling University Summer School ceilidhs, a wedding in Auchterarder, two gigs at the Duchally Food Festival and a big everyone gig for nearly three hours on the bandstand in MacRosty Park in Crieff.  Pictures will be posted soon to prove it all. Thanks to everyone who played.  At the wedding and at MacRosty we did new sets and even some new tunes.  For the wedding, which was very multi-national, we were asked to play tunes from other countries and managed to learn some new ones from France, Finland and Spain just in time. 

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.

Big Ceilidh Book (BCB)
Please feel free to promote the book. £20 (£25 if we have to post it).
 
Away Weekend (under 18s)
Remember the away weekend will be on 8-9th September 2012, at Blackwater.  A booking list is available at the hall and we have adult volunteers. Isobel will be doing the domestic arrangements.  We hope to have a tutor as usual but it is proving difficult to get one.  If we don't then there will be something else instead.

House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page. 

Summer BBQ
The July BBQ was cancelled due to bad weather.  A new attempt will be made on Saturday 11th August, venue is Beech House (Sloans'). Put the date in your diaries.

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Caption Competition

And now for the summer competition -  the Fiddler's revenge? 
While we think of summer remember some are less fortunate than us. But we send them our warmest wishes.

Members' News September 2012                 Updated 9th September




Fridays
We struggle on at the church hall and meanwhile the Institute heating system is installed, but slowly.  Well perhaps by the first third Friday in September we'll be back there. Watch the BFG Sessions Page (Fridays) for updates.  In some ways it really doesn't matter.  We have played many new tunes, had two workshops with Marie Fielding and have prepared for gigs in our temporary home from home.  In some ways the church hall has been better because of its shape.  Being able to sit in a big circle is very good.  Of course we could do that at the big hall at the Institute we we could sort the horrible echo echo echo echo echo echo .... Does anyone know of an acoustics engineer who could give us some cheap advice?  If so ask them to contact Andrew.

Of course the event of the month at the hall was sending Wee Dude aka Matthew away.  He has been a regular member for a long time and now departs to go to Uni.  We sent him away with a few CDs to help complete his education.  That should be more use than anything he'll learn for the next 5 years anyway, and more useful. 

Keep an eye on the Fridays page for news about more tutor sessions.

Latest Tunes

Oh I Am A Poor Man  Click name to go to music for this tune.
Toss the Feathers
Gillie Callum
Vas de Burgos
Miss Shepherd
Reconciliation
Shetland Molecule; Loch Leven Castle; Mouth of the Tobique;

Also;
Dingle Regatta, Eileen Riordan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)
Loch Ruan
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston

Ye Banks and Braes. 
Dark Island
Miss Shepherd

Also lots of revisiting older tunes too.

Gigs
August was a good month for gigs, five in all.  One wedding ceilidh, one wedding service, one country house ceilidh, one University ceilidh and the massive fiddlers do at the Crieff Highland Fling where we made the bandstand our own, we took the audience with us and are sure to have persuaded the public to vote for us.  (Have I got that a bit wrong?)  And what's more we did the Crieff thing without Isobel, who organised it and then didn't show up.  Some feeble excuse about going on holiday.  Must be a New Year Honours Award for that!  Anyway, we got a thank you letter from the organisers.

Ceilidhs are quite routine in a way now.  While no two are quite the same we have got the process fairly well organised.  Even when the dancers insist on some peculiar variation on the Strip the Willow, against what turned out to be very sound advice from the caller (that would be one of us) the band can adapt even to the point of playing a long set for 22 minutes as we had to.  Even our everyone gigs are pretty easy to get on with - we don't get too fazed.  On the other hand the wedding service, complete with the procession up the aisle and down again, hymns and music at other appropriate moments was very different.  Not only that we had to arrange a number of new tunes requested for the event. We played without accompaniment so we had to arrange and play three part harmonies.  In the end it all worked out very well, which only goes to show.  Not sure what, but it must show something.

Other stuff
Anyway this brings me to two bits of related news. First, we are going to have some special sessions for people wanting to be in the ceilidh band.  Details of dates will be available at the Friday sessions this month.  And second, although I said I would never ever do another music book, I have started one anyway.  On the back of the arrangements done for the wedding service we are going to have a new book of second parts and harmonies. If you have any nice ones or want to write some just let me know.

And another thing ...
Once upon a time we asked for volunteers to help call ceilidh dances.  We had limited interest, very limited.  Providing a caller is essential for most events and if we don't do it, it costs lots of money.  So please do volunteer.  A full training programme is provided.

Ceilidh Band
There are now dates for the practices for those wanting to join the ceilidh band.  The dates are 27 September, 28 October, 29th November and 16th December.  A syllabus will be available soon.  The venue is likely to be Andrew's house in Auchterarder. Details will appear on the Members' pages.  Ceilidh Practices

If you are interested but have not filled in a slip to let Andrew know then please speak to him first.

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.

Big Ceilidh Book (BCB)
Please continue to promote the book. £20 (£25 if we have to post it).
 
Away Weekend (under 18s)
All booked for 8-9th September 2012, at Blackwater. A few spaces may still be available, but call as soon as you can.  The Saturday tutor will be Marie.  The Sunday tutor is to be a surprise.  Isobel will be doing the domestic arrangements. 

Adult Feis -  Feis Fhoirt
A weekend of tutition, events and sessions in Callander 27th-26th October.  Details here.

House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page.  September date is Saturday 29th September in Dunblane.  Good opportunity for car shares.

New BFG Logo and clothing
The old logo has served us well for many years but was beginning to show its age, like some of our members.  And then we lost the high resolution image during a computer spring cleaning operation. Oops!  So the answer was a revamp of the logo. We now have a professional drawn new logo, fully revised but designed not to look completely different.  Thanks goes to Ewan Bachell for that.  And the first task for the logo (other than the website) has been to go on new t-shirts, polo shirts and hoodies.  Many members have ordered theirs and we'll take new orders in a a week or two.

Here is the logo in black and brown.  We can do other versions of course. 


Members' News October 2012                 Updated 1st October



 
Annual Ceilidh
The annual ceilidh is on Saturday 3rd November at the Aytoun Hall.  Book your tickets early as we expect to sell out, because you are all going to buy some!  Good cause this year is the Red Cross.

Fridays                                         
Well what a cosy place the Blackford Hall is now with its lovely new heating system.  It was even better when the council ordered some oil for the boiler.  This winter we'll all be going to the hall to keep warm as well as to play music. 

Thanks to Lauren MacColl who came and did a great session with us in September. She'll be back in October too, as will Pete Clark.  We'll be trying to get a couple more tutor evenings in later in 2012.  We are also planning a series of tutor sessions in 2013 as well as a couple of one day workshops on Saturdays or Sundays.  We'll discuss this at the hall soon.

Lots of new people arriving -  please help them to feel at home. 

Remember that we are closed on Friday 12th October.  Too many folk away, but I think Heleen is having a session at her house instead.  Better check before turning up.

Away Weekend (under 18s)
What a brilliant weekend we had at Blackwater.  Marie did a good day of teaching which everyone enjoyed. It was hard work with such a wide range of people there, but thanks to everyone for just joining in. We then had the usual fun and games in the evening -  campfire, ghost stories, staying up too late and so on.  Somehow we managed to do some playing on Sunday though, including a four part harmony of I'll Tell Me Ma.  But perhaps the highlight of the event was the talent show organised by Ailsa and Meghan -  who despite fixing things managed not to come top, or second or even third.  If anyone know s how to get a video off a camera and to the web let me know and I'll put some of the evidence up -  carefully censored so as not to embarrass The Dinner Ladies! 

Latest Tunes
I am beginning to lose track of the tunes we have been doing.  I thin this list down soon and just leave the newest ones on.

Hesleyside Reel
Oh I Am A Poor Man  Click name to go to music for this tune.
Toss the Feathers
Gillie Callum
Vas de Burgos
Miss Shepherd
Reconciliation
Shetland Molecule; Loch Leven Castle; Mouth of the Tobique;
Far O'er Struay

Also;
Dingle Regatta, Eileen Riordan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)
Loch Ruan
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston

Ye Banks and Braes. 
Dark Island

Also lots of revisiting older tunes too.

Gigs
Three gigs in September.  A brilliant everyone gig in Letham. Then there was the foreign student exchange ceilidh at Crieff High School and a 50th/60th birthday party ceilidh at the Aytoun Hall.  We must be doing something right because after both of the ceilidhs we got new bookings from people who were there. We had to turn one down though because it was in Englandshire - a bit far we thought for an evening.

Now you know I am not one to complain or get bothered about things, but I do have a problem at the moment. The Aytoun Hall has a fancy sound system, but no one seems to know how to use it.  Unless we can sort out how to plug in monitors we are going to have use our own PA system in November for the ceilidh.  In some ways our system is better anyway but it seems daft to have to put it up when there is one there.  Almost as daft as having a system installed without any instructions, no flexibility about where to set up the mixing desk etc. but don't get me started.  Next thing I'll be ranting about the disabled toilets being upstairs, two lift rides away from the hall. Whoever thought of that clearly doesn't know many disabled people.

Harmonies
As I said in last month on the news page, I am putting together a book of tunes with harmonies (second parts).  Your suggestion for harmony parts would be welcomed.  I then intend to do a session on learning and playing harmonies. Not sure when that will be, but if you are interested let me know.

Ceilidh Callers
We have a willing volunteer. Hooray. If anyone else is interested let me know.  A full training programme is provided. All new ceilidh band members will be expected to try their hand at calling too of course.

Ceilidh Band
We had the first practice for budding ceilidh band members, and it went really well. It sounded superb. The next dates are 28 October, 29th November and 16th December.  A syllabus is available on the ceilidh part of the members' page, here;  Ceilidh Practices

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.

Big Ceilidh Book (BCB)
Please continue to promote the book. £20 (£25 if we have to post it).

Away Weekend (adults)
We are going to Dunkeld again next year.  Dates booked are Sat-Sun 2-3 February (wrap up warm!)

Adult Feis -  Feis Fhoirt
A weekend of tuition, events and sessions in Callander 27th-26th October.  Details here.

House Session
These are tune playing sessions in a member's house. We'll go from place to place about once each month. Sessions are open to everyone from the group.  Details will be on the member's page

New BFG Logo and clothing
Orders for more tee-shirts, hoodies and polo shirts are being taken at the hall.  Speak to Yvonne.

The new logo comes in three colours (four if you count the yellow and black on the shirts).  It is available for authorised BFG use so if you have a good idea about where to use it us know.  These are the basic versions.
 
Logo
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If you have a suitable photo for the competition please send it the BFG email address. Thanks.

Sessions
  • Tappit Hen Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). Going strong
  • The Tavern, South Street Perth.  Every other Wednesday at 8.30.  Google Tavern Perth for dates (listed under events)
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 7.30 Fiddlers workshop and then open session at Dunkeld (Taybank).
  • The Cross Keys, Kippen 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays each month. It is at tea time (5pm - 8pm) and is suitable for all abilities and all ages.


Members' News November 2012                     



 
Annual Ceilidh
The annual ceilidh on Saturday 3rd November at the Aytoun Hall Auchterarder. 
Sold out

BFG 2012 Anniversary

Fridays                                         
BFG is nothing if not unpredictable, apart from always playing the same tunes etc. But from a quiet start after the summer we are very busy again.  The hall is over-flowing each Friday at the moment as lots of new people have joined and there are even more who simply haven't gone away.  This is fantastic.  Not only that we have 10 new players at the School Fiddle Club who may well be joining us one Friday soon. We have run out of small fiddles (quarter and half sizes) so if anyone has one we can borrow please bring it along to the hall.

We have been thinking about space at the hall for a while and the only thing we can do is to make more use of the big hall.  The trouble is that the echo makes it very hard for group work.  We have made contact with the local councillor though in the hope that we may be able to get some help in installing acoustic panels to help kill the echo.  Until then we'll use the hall for small groups to learn in.

In October we had two tutors, Lauren came back and we had Pete Clark for the first time ever on a Friday. Not sure how he has avoided us for so long, although we've done work with him in Dunkeld of course.  So some new tunes and lots of tips about playing. 

BFG Tee-shirts, Polo Shirts and Hoodies
A new order for BFG logo shirts etc. is going in for members. Delivery for Yuletide is guaranteed. (That's Christmas to most of you, but some of us are not that modern.)  Please give your requests to Yvonne on Friday 9th November or email them to BFG by then. 

Fiddles Needed
Do you have a spare 1/2 or 1/4 size fiddle you can lend or give to BGF?  We are short of small fiddles because we have so many new young players.   

Latest Tunes
Excluding the ceilidh band the following is the list of recent tunes:

Ben Williams of Tiree
Rory Gallagher's (As taught by Lauren)
Hesleyside Reel
Oh I Am A Poor Man  Click name to go to music for this tune.
Toss the Feathers
Gillie Callum
Vas de Burgos
Miss Shepherd
Reconciliation
Shetland Molecule; Loch Leven Castle; Mouth of the Tobique;
Far O'er Struay

Previous ones include:
Dingle Regatta, Eileen Riordan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)
Loch Ruan
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston
Ye Banks and Braes. 
Dark Island

Is there anything you want to do?  Just tell us.

Gigs
October was a gig free month.  Phew!  On the other hand November isn't and neither are December, January or February. Is there no end to our popularity, to the demand, to the adulation of our fans?  Will we crack up under the pressure?  Will anyone care?

Harmonies
Of course I asked for suggestions for harmony parts and you have all excelled yourselves by offering none. This is what I expected and so I am not disappointed.  But neither am I excited and thrilled, but then you can't have everything.

Ceilidh Band
The next practices are on 29th November and 16th December. Well, there were, but we may have an everyone gig on 29th November so we'll pick another date around then.  Details of what we have done and what we are still to do are on the ceilidh part of the members' page, here;  Ceilidh Practices

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.

Big Ceilidh Book (BCB)
Our excellent book is still available for £20 (£25 if we have to post it).

Away Weekend (adults)
We are going to Dunkeld again next year.  Dates booked are Sat-Sun 2-3 February (wrap up warm!)

House Session
Next session is on 5th December.  See member's page for details.


The new logo comes in three colours (four if you count the yellow and black on the shirts).  It is available for authorised BFG use so if you have a good idea about where to use it us know.  These are the basic versions.
 




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If you have a suitable photo for the competition please send it the BFG email address. Thanks.


Members' News December 2012                      Updated 1st December



 

Seasonal Social Evening
Celebrate Yuletide on Friday
Friday 21st December

New Year Dis-Honours
On several occasions BFG has awarded new year honours to members who have excelled in some way - often by making a fool of themselves or doing something beyond the call of duty.  Members can nominate others for this award.  We need suggestions from you.  Just say who is nominated, the name of the award and why they deserve it.  For example, for playing a jig as a waltz you might nominate the culprit for the Rhythmically Challenged Award.  For dropping and breaking their bow we might nominate someone for the Cruelty to Horse Hairs Award.  I'm sure you can let your imaginations loose on this.  Please put the details on a slip of paper (available at the hall or make your own form) and give it to Andrew or Yvonne who will take responsibility for what happens next! 

Gigs
After the gig free October we had a deluge of gigs in November starting with our own annual ceilidh.  That was followed by three more ceilidhs and two everyone gigs, one at Muthil at the last minute on a Friday evening (thanks to those who made it there for that) and then at Moncrieffe Care Home in Bridge of Earn. We had a bit of a disappointing turnout for the Moncrieffe gig, although the 10 or so who came did a great job and it was much appreciated by the residents and their carers.  We've been invited back!

The annual ceilidh was a huge success, as ever.  The quality of the music was superb, as good as its been for ages, and the dancing was pretty good too.  The soup was up with the usual standards and in the end we raised about £1500. Of this BFG is donating £750 to the Red Cross and the remainder goes to the Strathearn Pipeband who sold a good number of tickets and organised the raffle. Photos here later.

The other exciting gig was a ceilidh in Crieff. In truth it was simply a good ceilidh for a wedding with the one added bit of interest that the PA system nearly caught fire.  The mixing deck table collapsed and we sensed disaster. When we noticed the smell of burning from the PA system we thought the game was up.  But we managed to get through the event in the end. In fact we improved the sound no end by by-passing a number of bits of kit including (for the technically minded) the EQ device and two feedback destroyers. We have never liked this set up anyway - far too complicated and the sound was always a bit random. A little research on the web reveals that we've been enormously lucky to have made it sound half decent at all. Not only that it is very heavy, a pain to set up and no one really knows how to use it very well.  Well it is shortly to be history.  We have ordered a new all in one mixer and amp which we hope will be better all round.

Fridays                                         
There's not much new to say.  Pete Clark has been back for a workshop and has taught us more about ornamentation and bowing.  He is back again on 7th December.  Other than that we carry on as normal.  It would be good to get a little more help with the leading and teaching parts if possible.  We have a good number of beginners who really need encouragement and a bit of help. 

Next year we are organising workshop sessions with leaders / tutors.  Details will be on given out at the hall but you can find details in the members' section - go to members' page and click BFG events.  There is a form you can fill in if you are interested.

Blackford School Fiddle Club
The new Fiddle club at the school is now in its second term, thanks to funding from the Ochil Developments Blackford Community Fund.  We have 10 players and our tutor, Fiona, is hoping to get them along for a session with us at the hall soon. Perhaps they'll make the evening social on 21st December. They will be appearing at the school Christmas concert with a brand new arrangement of a very well known BFG favourite - the star one! This is all excellent news.  Any adult member of BFG is encouraged to volunteer to go along one Wednesday to help tune fiddles and see what's going on and to play along with the club. Wednesdays at 12.30 for one hour.  Please speak to Karen or Andrew first.   

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Latest Tunes
Excluding the ceilidh band the following is the list of recent tunes:

Dargai
Air Moving
Ben Williams of Tiree
Rory Gallagher's (As taught by Lauren)
Hesleyside Reel
Oh I Am A Poor Man  Click name to go to music for this tune.
Toss the Feathers
Gillie Callum
Vas de Burgos
Miss Shepherd
Reconciliation
Shetland Molecule; Loch Leven Castle; Mouth of the Tobique;
Far O'er Struay

Previous ones include:
Dingle Regatta, Eileen Riordan and Going to the well for Water (all in the new book.)
Dashing White Sergeant (whole set)
Loch Ruan
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston
Ye Banks and Braes. 
Dark Island

Is there anything you want to do?  Just tell us.
Harmonies
Of course I asked for suggestions for harmony parts and you have all excelled yourselves by offering none. This is what I expected and so I am not disappointed.  But neither am I excited and thrilled, but then you can't have everything.  I have been given a couple of harmony parts -  hooray.  Keep them coming and I will do a book of them!

Ceilidh Band
The next practice is on 16th December.  We had to cancel the 29th November date as we had a gig.  We'll catch up soon enough though. Details of what we have done and what we are still to do are on the ceilidh part of the members' page, here;  Ceilidh Practices

New Ceilidh band set and tune lists are available on the Members' page (use link to ceilidh band stuff one you get there.)  As well as the full list there is a new band member list and an intermediate length list.

Big Ceilidh Book (BCB)
Our excellent book is still available for £20 (£25 if we have to post it).

Away Weekend (adults)
We are going to Dunkeld again next year.  Dates booked are Sat-Sun 2-3 February (wrap up warm!)  £10 deposit required by Yvonne as soon as possible please.

House Session
After a blank sheet in November the next date is 6th December at Jenny's. See the member's page for details. 

New clothing
Final order has been submitted and payment is due to Yvonne.

The new logo comes in three colours (four if you count the yellow and black on the shirts).  It is available for authorised BFG use so if you have a good idea about where to use it us know.  These are the basic versions.