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Members' News January 2013                      Updated 1st January


Adults workshop weekend details on the
workshops page



New Year Dis-Honours

Keep your New Year Honours suggestions coming.  We have a few suggestions already.  Remember you need to make suggestions which 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.  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
December was busy -  four gigs in all. The first was a first for BFG -  a Rhythm and Rhyme event at Auchterarder Library where the local excellent staff went beyond the call of duty as usual to put on the event as part of the Making a Noise in the Library Week (that may not be the right name for it but it is certainly the right idea.)  We had to learn a new repertoire including Ally Bally and Hey Jock Ma Cuddy.  Testing stuff.  Later on the same day but with a much bigger crowd we played at the Camphill Advent Fair at Blair Drummond.  We haven't played there fir the last couple of years so it was great to be back again.

The Crieff Rugby Club Christmas Ceilidh was a noisy but excellent affair -  the first outing for the new PA electronics.  It was mainly very successful but will take a bit of getting used to.  The last gig of the year was the Sunday afternoon concert for the residents of Kincarrathie House and their families. Another of our long-standing annual appointments and a great way to round off a brilliant year of gigs.  I don't know how many players we had -  certainly over 25, probably over 30.  Thanks to everyone who made it and to everyone who has played at one of the many gigs we did in 2012.

Fridays                                         
Pete Clark came been back once and we got too more excellent tunes from him, plus some ideas on simple accompaniment.  Numbers tailed off towards the end of the month and of course we closed for the holiday for one week. 

The real highlight of the month was the Friday before Christmas when the School Fiddle Club joined us for the social evening and played a couple of tunes and some nice accompaniment, thanks to Fiona's careful coaching.  We were so impressed we've decided that we must have a beginners week every month where we do the first hour mainly for those with least playing experience. 

Blackford School Fiddle Club
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.

The Fiddle Club is grant supported by the Blackford Community Fund through the Scottish Community Foundation 

SCF




So you thought we'd look back at 2012!
Not yet it would seem, so tell us, what was your highlight?  A new fiddle, a gig you really enjoyed, a workshop, a new tune, doing vibrato (on a harmonica) or what.  Let us know by sending an email to the info@ address and in February we'll do a quick summary of what made BFG such a good place to be in 2012.

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

Glen Tilt
Major Molle

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.
Mason's Apron - Maid Behind the Bar - 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
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 practices is on 20th January. 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)
Sales have slowed down so don't forget to tell people about it.  I realise that a bit of pirating is going on - but as it is so cheap for what you get we should encourage people to buy it. Only £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!)  All those who have booked have paid their £10 deposit but there are still a couple of places if you are interested. Please speak to Yvonne as soon as possible.

House Session
See the member's page for details. 
 


Sessions
  • Tappit Hen Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). Going strong although is is going through a few changes at present so every week is different.
  • 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.
More sessions are listed here.

Members' News February 2013                      Updated 5th February


FRIDAY WORKSHOP DETAILS ON THE BFG SESSIONS PAGE


New Year Dis-Honours

What's the matter with you all.  Very few suggestions so far.

Gigs
January was a bit manic. Five gigs, of which three were on the same day -  that might be a first, although I doubt it.  Three ceilidhs including one on the big stage at Perth Concert Hall.  We had the concert hall PA system and professional sound guys to balance us up and make us sound even better than Tom does.  Hard to believe I know.  Two other ceilidhs -  the first with some substitute players to make up the numbers in Dunblane (thanks to Aly for returning, to Meghan and Katrina for adding to the fiddles and Kate on guitar) and then again (Ailsa, Yvonne and Karen joining in) at Auchterarder.  LAst but not least the excellent folk of Kinbuck had us back for the Burns Supper again where with the too long absent David Leask, Andrew, Becky and Aly (again) played them into the small hours.

Fridays                                         
Let it snow let it snow lt it snow.  Yes we had to cancel one week.  Otherwise is was all wonderful as ever.

Not to February - we have workshops on 8th, 15th and 22nd, with Pete Clark and Sandy Harvey.  Everyone will be getting a chance to have at least 40 minutes with a tutor in small groups. Details will go on the Fridays Session page but perhaps not until a couple of days before they start.

Blackford School Fiddle Club
Could we get a volunteer to go along one or two weeks please.  Wednesday from 12.30 to tune fiddles and perhaps to play along.  Please speak to Karen or Andrew first.

The Fiddle Club is grant supported by the Blackford Community Fund through the Scottish Community Foundation 

SCF

Harmonies
There is now a draft harmonies book.  I now need some harmony-test-dummies to try them.  Any takers?

Ceilidh Band
The next practices is on Sunday 24th February. 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)
Sales have slowed down so don't forget to tell people about it.  I realise that a bit of pirating is going on - but as it is so cheap for what you get we should encourage people to buy it. Only £20 (£25 if we have to post it).

Away Weekend (adults)
Dunkeld st for invasion Sat-Sun 2-3 February (wrap up warm!) 

House Session
See the member's page for details. 
 

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

Glen Tilt
Major Molle

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.
Mason's Apron - Maid Behind the Bar - 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.Sessions
  • Tappit Hen Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). Going strong although is is going through a few changes at present so every week is different.
  • The Tavern, South Street Perth.  Every other Wednesday at 8.30.  Google Tavern Perth for dates (listed under events)  Session has died apparently.
  • 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.
More sessions are listed here.

Members' News March 2013

Sorry the normal update of the News Page has been delayed.  A full update will be made by about 10 March. (It wasn't!)


FRIDAY WORKSHOP DETAILS ON THE BFG SESSIONS PAGE


Special General Meeting
Notice is given of the intention to hold a Special General Meeting of the whole group on Friday 29th March.  This is so that we can discuss some proposed changes to the constitution.  The Management Committee are proposing changes that bring the Constitution up to date with provisions for child protection and allow for improved voting arrangements that should encourage wider interest in participating in the Management Committee.  The resolution to update the constitution and a copy of the proposed changes is available on the Members Page.


Committee News
We are very sorry to announce that Steve Mosley stood down as Convener of the Management Committee in February.  The Committee thanks him for his contribution to BFG affairs. Although he can't manage as many sessions and gigs he will continue to play with BFG from time to time.  The Management Committee has elected Andrew Bachell to take over as Convener until the AGM in May.


New Year Dis-Honours
Too few suggestions. Honours will be cancelled unless better supported.

Gigs
To follow.

Fridays                                         
Workshops on Fridays 8 15 an 22 March.  Details on events page and here.
Harmonies
I will be organising some harmony playing sessions to test teh frafts. Thanks for the vlolunteers.  We need some volunteer listeners as well - feedback from an audience perspective.  If interested tell Andrew.

Ceilidh Band
The next practices was scheduled for Sunday 10th March. This may have to be postponed. 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)
Sales have slowed down so don't forget to tell people about it.  I realise that a bit of pirating is going on - but as it is so cheap for what you get we should encourage people to buy it. Only £20 (£25 if we have to post it).
House Session
More host volunteers needed.  Speak to Heleen.  Latest Tunes
Excluding the ceilidh band the following is the list of recent tunes:

Members' News April 2013                                                                     Updated 1st April



Your Committee needs you!
We need nominations for convener, treasurer and secretary and for 5 other places on the committee, one whom should be under 18.
All you need to do is to ask the person you want to nominate, find another member who will second the nomination and write it down on a piece of paper and give it to Andy (secretary).



Special General Meeting
At the SGM held on 29th March the 16 members present agree to a few amendments to the constitution, providing changes in line with the requirements of Disclosure Scotland for working with vulnerable people and for voting at the Annual General Meeting.  The changes was approved by all those present at the meeting.  The revised constitution is available on the members' page.

Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held at the Hall / Hotel on Friday 3rd May at 7.30.  The papers will be available on the Members' page by 16th April.

As ever we need people to stand for the Management Committee. Please ask anyone who think should be on the committee if they are prepared to stand.  If they agree, find another person will second (support) the nomination and then write your name, the name of the nominee and the name of the seconder on a piece of paper and give it to Andy (secretary).

New Year Dis-Honours
Last chance.  Any suggestions will be considered and awards announced at the AGM. 

Gigs
We have had seven gigs in the last two months. Five were ceilidhs of various sorts and at all of them we had a range of new players, or at least players who have not been regular members of the ceilidh band.  We have also seen a new caller in action. This is all very encouraging and without doubt we have the makings of another very good ceilidh band for the future.  Every so often there is a bit of change and it always seems to work out well

As for the two everyone gigs, Braco was a a good gig but we were a bit short of younger players -  it was a long weekend or something perhaps.  The gig in Moncrieffe House was better. The tunes were fine in both though.  We need to think about getting the younger folk along to gigs more often.

Fridays                                         
Over the past two months we have had six evenings with workshops.  There has been fiddle for beginners through to advanced, whistle and guitar.  Everyone seems to have got a lot from these workshops.  For the next few weeks we'll be back to our normal Friday sessions but I'll be asking which workshops you liked and what we should do later in the year. 

Thanks go to Pete Clark, sandy Harvey, Marianne Fraser, Mharhi Baird and Daniel Thorpe for the workshops.  We'd like to see you all back again soon

For members, the chords, tunes and other stuff will be put on the members' page soon.  Workshop page.

Harmonies
I will be organising some harmony playing sessions to test the tunes. Thanks for the volunteers.  We need some volunteer listeners as well - feedback from an audience perspective.  If interested tell Andrew.

Ceilidh Band
The next practice is scheduled for Sunday 21st April.  See 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)
Sales have slowed down so don't forget to tell people about it.  I realise that a bit of pirating is going on - but as it is so cheap for what you get we should encourage people to buy it. Only £20 (£25 if we have to post it).

House Session
We may have an April date soon and there are promises for 3 BBQs in the summer!  Watch this space. 
Latest Tunes
I have removed the list which now appears on the members' page.  A new list will begin next month.

Members' News May 2013               



Following the AGM we have a new committee. Full details will be on the members' page along with other details from the AGM.


 Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on 3rd May at the Blackford Hotel, starting at 7.00 p.m..  All members are encouraged to come along, to bring ideas for new activities, to vote for the committee and to play some tunes.

Gigs
Just two gigs in March.  The Lethan St Mark's gig in Perth, which we do every year and is the longest running annual gig we have been involved with.  We have been every year since at least 2002. We also did a fund-raiser for the Explorers in Bridge of Earn. The ceilidh was a good opportunity for several newer players to continue to build up experience.  It looks as if we have a guaranteed band for a few more years anyway.

Fridays                                         
Back to normal (for us) after the rounds of workshops.  It has been good to have both and everyone seems happy that we do workshops again later in the year.
Harmonies
The harmonies book is now ready and pages will be available for people to print off for themselves soon.  We'll be doing some live testing and everyone will be encouraged to learn a few harmonies.  come back here soon for details.

Ceilidh Band
The next practice is scheduled for Sunday 19th May.  These sessions are making a big difference and are extending the pool of good players to come and do gigs.  See 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.

House Session
We have names for 9 house sessions and will be organising dates on a monthly basis soon.  Latest Tunes
I have removed the list which now appears on the members' page.  A new list will begin next month.


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

Sessions

  • Dunblane Hotel (used to be at the Tappit Hen Dunblane), every Tuesday from 8.45 p.m. (no under 18s).  Session has been restored to former glory.
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 7.30 Fiddlers workshop and then open session at Dunkeld (Taybank).  Great session with some slow and some fast playing.
  • Bankfoot, Inn Perthshire.  Wednesdays from about 9 pm.  (Not been yet but it sounds promising. A wee visit is necessary just to find out.)
  • 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. Nice food, nice beer (and real cider), nice place and nice folk!


  Sessions at the Redrooms, Perth Theatre

All sessions start at 8 and are open to all players.

  • Mon 22 Apr – Pete Clark and Ron Shaw
  • Mon 20 May – Patsy Reid & Marit Fäit
  • Mon 17 Jun – Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter
  • No session in July
  • Mon 19 Aug - Doris Rougvie & Jim Malcolm
  • Mon 16 Sep – Ross Ainslie


Members' News June 2013                


Sorry about this but holidays, work and a variety of other lame excuses are being used to explain that this month the web news will be a bit thinner than usual.


Your new committee
At the AGM the new committee was elected as follows;

Andrew Bachell -  Convernor
Cindy Anderson -  Treasurer
Andy Sloan - Secretary
Susannah Rae, David Gardner, Kate Bovill, Karen Yearsley and Ailsa Sloan

Good luck to them all.  Minutes on members page shortly.

Gigs
The main gig was the Blackford Senior Citizens, or the mass cake eat as we like to think of it!  Well played everyone and the eating was also up to normal standards. 

Also a great ceilidh in Abernethy - stand in guitarist and caller held their own and everyone else just bit the usual.  All went well.

Fridays                                         
As usual these follow Thursdays and are generally much better, not least because we go to the hall and play tunes.  No workshops last month.

Coming up in June -  workshops for whistle and group work with Mharhi Baird on 21st and 28th.
Harmonies
Some harmonies will be available on the web this month.

Ceilidh Band
 
We had a ceilidh band session at the hall one Sunday and looked at how to set up and manage the PA system.  We don't expect everyone to know how to use it but it helps if they know what the sound man/woman is trying to do.  So we balanced up the sound, didn't electrocute anyone but all in all Tom is not out of a job yet.

The next practice is scheduled for Sunday 23rd June, but as we have two gigs that weekend this is subject to possible lack on enthusiasm.  We'll see nearer the time.  See 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)
Another batch of five sold to another perthshire group, with whom we may organise an exchange later in the year.

House Session and BBQ
BBQ at teh Sloan's on Sunday 7th July  at noon.  Another BBQ in Dunning in early August. House session too in the summer -  outdoors would be good. Anyone interesting in hosting? Latest Tunes


Is there anything you want to do?  Just tell us.Sessions
  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). After many years at the Tappit Hen this session has moved.
  • 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.


  Sessions at the Redrooms, Perth Theatre

All sessions start at 8 and are open to all players.

  • Mon 22 Apr – Pete Clark and Ron Shaw
  • Mon 20 May – Patsy Reid & Marit Fäit
  • Mon 17 Jun – Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter
  • No session in July
  • Mon 19 Aug - Doris Rougvie & Jim Malcolm
  • Mon 16 Sep – Ross Ainslie
More sessions are listed here.

Members' News July 2013    


Summer BBQs
Sunday 7th July.   Blackford
Sunday 28th July.  Dunning

Full details on members' page

Grants
We have been successful again in applying for money from the Ochil Developments Blackford Community Fund. This award is administered through Foundation Scotland  The money will fund the school Fiddle Club for one more year and help towards tutor fees for the whole group.


We are waiting to see if we have been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Grant. We will know in July and if we are asked to submit more detail we will also have to promote our application as the final result is down to a public vote.  If we are successful we intend to use the money to pay for professional support to build the confidence and skills of younger players and get them to gig together as a band.

Gigs
Life on the road is, by all accounts, a bit of a mixed experience for many bands.  Fallouts between band members, fallouts with event organisers and promoters, bad gigs, bad hotels, endless travel, loss of routine and and broken nights.  Well perhaps these are all reasons BFG sticks close to home and doesn't travel much.  We thought about it once (Canada was mentioned) and did a short series of events in France one year, but when it comes down to it no one has seemed that keen to organise anything on the scale of a tour or even nights away. Even so we gig a lot asa whole group and as a ceilidh band.  In June we played five times, each time with a different combination of players.  First was the joint picnic with Riverside in Stirling followed by the Moncrieffe House Summer Fete, both everyone gigs. Then we had a conference ceilidh for Stirling University, for 220 foreign visitors (small band), an informal ceilidh for the residents at Camphill Blair Drummond (an everyone ceilidh) and lastly a 21st birthday party ceilidh at which we had a twelve-piece ceilidh band!  We are nothing if not adaptable.  And we do all this without suffering suffer the problems of life on the road.  But are we getting it right?

For a couple of years we have seen the number of everyone gigs go down and the number of intermediate and beginning players drop off at everyone gigs.  These things might be related, but also perhaps we need to go back to basics and remember BFG is about involving everyone.  Then there is the ceilidh band.  Twelve people is ok for a fund-raiser but when we are out on a commercial gig, with someone paying good money, it is our role to provide a high quality ceilidh band, not to provide a practice session for players.  Of course there is room for both, but only if the core of the band is rock solid and "other players" are able to make a positive contribution.  It can be tricky getting this right, although by and large over the years we have done ok.  But what about you if you are a member but not quite at the ceilidh standard and not making it to the everyone gigs?  We want you out there and playing too.

So taking this all together, we are going to ask you all about gigs.  How many we should be doing, what sort, where and who should play.  Then rather than waiting for gigs to be offered to us we might need to go and organise some ourselves.  And who knows - maybe we'll go out on the road after all, play T-In the Park or Rockness, Glastonbury or even Cambridge.  Or maybe not.

Don't forget, gigs make us quite a lot of money and that keeps the group going and the weekly fees as low as possible. 

GO TO THE GIGS PAGE FOR EVERYONE GIGS.  NEXT ONES ARE IN AUGUST.

CAN YOU DO MORE EVERYONE GIGS?  PLEASE LET US KNOW. 
We will be asking you to fill in a short questionnaire at the hall soon


Fridays    

For the summer we are closed on a couple of Fridays so check the BFG Sessions page
                                    

Friday sessions are the beating heart of BFG.  Without them  BFG would simply not be what it is and none of us would have developed as players or learned to play confidently together.  Many of us enjoy Friday playing a great deal but we also need to help newer players and in particular to make sure that we support younger players.  We can do a bit through formal workshops (thanks to Mharhi Baird who came twice in June to teach whistle and do some group work with the teens) and we have plans for some do more after the summer. (See grants above.) But in the end, Fridays require everyone to work for each other as well as for themselves.  We do this most of the time but I sense that we are beginning to lose a few people who need a bit more personal and group support.  We will sort this soon - but we will need everyone to help.

Sessions in Perth
See Horsecross Arts below -  note Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail and Plockton School session on 22nd July. This will be part session and part free concert.
Harmonies
A couple of new harmony parts are flaoting about.  Just ask if you want one.

Ceilidh Band
See Ceilidh Practices.  Nothing planned until after the school holidays

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.


House Session and BBQ
BBQ at the Sloan's on Sunday 7th July  at noon. 
Another BBQ - Marshall's Sunday 28th July. Dunning. More details nearer the time. See members' page

House sessions -  outdoors would be good. Anyone interesting in hosting? Latest Tunes
Si Beag Si Mhor
Jenny Lind

      

Members' News August 2013


Gigs
July was quiet -  a single gig, the Stirling International Summer School ceilidh.

Don't forget to come to Crieff on 17th August 

GO TO THE GIGS PAGE FOR EVERYONE GIGS -  MACROSTY PARK CRIEFF 17TH AUGUST. 

CAN YOU DO MORE EVERYONE GIGS?  PLEASE LET US KNOW. 
We will be asking you to fill in a short questionnaire at the hall soon


Fridays    
This is what we said in July.  So important we'll say it again.
                                

Friday sessions are the beating heart of BFG.  Without them  BFG would simply not be what it is and none of us would have developed as players or learned to play confidently together.  Many of us enjoy Friday playing a great deal but we also need to help newer players and in particular to make sure that we support younger players.  We can do a bit through formal workshops and we have plans for some do more after the summer.  But in the end, Fridays require everyone to work for each other as well as for themselves.  We do this most of the time but I sense that we are beginning to lose a few people who need a bit more personal and group support.  We will sort this soon - but we will need everyone to help.

Sessions in Perth
See Horsecross Arts below.


Harmonies
A couple of new harmony parts are floating about.  Just ask if you want one.

Ceilidh Band
See Ceilidh Practices.  Nothing planned until after the school holidays

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.


House Session and BBQ
Two superb BBQs this year -  many thanks to Simon and Andy.  Thanks to everyone who came along to eat and play tune.

House sessions:  Hosts required formonthly sessions from Augsut to December Latest Tunes
Si Beag Si Mhor
Jenny Lind
Laura's Tune (see members' page)


Is there anything you want to do?  Just tell us.Sessions
  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). After many years at the Tappit Hen this session has moved.
  • 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.



Grants
We have been awarded funds through Foundation Scotland for the school fiddle club and for workshops.  But we were not short-listed for the Lloyds Bank Community Grant.

Members' News September 2013                                      Updated 2nd September


"Music so wishes to be heard that it sometimes calls on unlikely characters to give it voice."
How true - and whoever said it could easily have been a member of BFG, but they weren't!

Gigs

August is becoming like a routine for BFG.  There is the second of the two Stirling International Summer School Ceilidhs - we have done these for the last five years now.  Then there was the MacRosty Park Fling - year two but we also played in the park the year before, so that counts as three years.  And then Lawers Estate Ceilidh - our fourth year there. 

September is very quiet except for a couple of ceilidhs.

Fridays    
The hall is busy again after the quiet weeks of the summer.  Its good to see a few new adults and even more younger players.  This does mean though that we are stretching our teaching talents to the limit.  So please if you can be prepared to help with other players.  Everyone needed help at some point and the only "fee" is that you pass on the favour to others.

We may well be trying a slow session at some stage and the kids from the Primary School Fiddle Club will also be joining us on a regular basis.

Kids Away Weekend
A fantastic week end of music, games, ghost stories, bonfire, soup, cake, pasta, songs (yes songs!) and mayhem was had on 31 August and 1st September.  Thanks go to Daniel Thorpe -  guest tutor, cake eater, coffee drinker and great fiddler who worked tirelessly to get 14 kids to concentrate for more than 30 seconds at a time and won!

Sessions in Perth
See Horsecross Arts below.

Harmonies
A couple of new harmony parts are floating about.  Just ask if you want one.

Ceilidh Band
See Ceilidh Practices.  A new season of ceilidh band practices will begin in October. We will be looking for guitarists as well as fiddlers.

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.


House Session and BBQ
House sessions:  Hosts required for monthly sessions from September to December.

Latest Tunes
Si Beag Si Mhor
Jenny Lind
Laura's Tune (see members' page)
Up Downy
Three Sea Captains
Scarce O' Tatties
Invisible Immigrant

Members' News October 2013                          Updated 1st  October


BFG Annual Ceilidh
The annual extravaganza of mayhem
and chaos will take place on
Saturday 2nd November 2013
at the Moray Institute Blackford

Tickets available on the door or in advance from Andrew Sloan OI764  68237I

Gigs
On the last weekend of September we had two ceilidhs, Saturday and Sunday.  All good for BFG funds but a bit tiring on the band.  However, it is good to report that despite recent changes in personnel the band was on excellent form and no one who has left was missed at all, not even a little bit. In fact we've already forgotten who they were. 

Looking ahead -  a few more ceilidhs on the horizon and at least 3 everyone gigs before the end of the year. 

Fridays    
Time the Council built an extension on the hall - we now need about 5 separate spaces to accommodate all the various groups.  There are the "Twinklers", the "Aitken Drummers", the new "Slow Sessioners", the "Teenage Breakaways" and then everyone not in one of the above groups.  Anyway, somehow we seem to be making it all work.

For the slow session the starting tune list is as follows;
Slow tunes (P =  page in Big Book)
P162 Dark Island
P139 Leezie Lindsay in D and in G
P133 Boo Baby's Lullaby
P151 Inisheer
P136 My Cape Breton Home
P147 Da Slockit Light
Wild Mountain Thyme (Wee book p38)

On Fridays we are about to introduce a new regular event:

The Star with the Reasonably Priced Fiddle

Loosely based on the Top Gear Star in a Reasonably Priced car, the aim is for one person each week to be a star and play for us a tune of their choice.  It should be a tune that BFG doesn't normally play. Of course you can play the tune on other instruments, not just the fiddle. You can use music, hand out music and even teach the tune, or you can just play it.  The aim is to get more people to introduce tunes to the group and hopefully to get a bit of experience of playing solo. 

This new slot will begin on Friday 4th October and we will be looking for volunteers for every week after that.

Tutor sessions in September seemed to go well.  Thanks to Daniel and Siobhan.
Daniel's contact details are here

Harmonies
A couple of new harmony parts are floating about.  Just ask if you want one.

Ceilidh Band
See Ceilidh Practices.  A new season of ceilidh band practices will begin in October. We will be looking for guitarists as well as fiddlers.

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.

House Session and BBQ
House sessions:  Hosts required for monthly sessions. Latest Tunes
Si Beag Si Mhor
Jenny Lind
Laura's Tune (see members' page)
Up Downy
Three Sea Captains
Scarce O' Tatties
Invisible Immigrant

Tunes From Tutors in September will be added here soon.

Members' News November 2013                     


Fridays    
Lots of activity last month.  Not sure if we are keeping pace with all the groups but we are trying.  The slow session seems to be successful.  We'll keep that going. Tunes are;
Slow tunes (P =  page in Big Book)
P162 Dark Island
P139 Leezie Lindsay in D and in G
P133 Boo Baby's Lullaby
P151 Inisheer
P136 My Cape Breton Home
P147 Da Slockit Light
Wild Mountain Thyme (Wee book p38)
The Star with the Reasonably Priced Fiddle (see last month's News for details)  has started with just two brave (and very young players).  The next few weeks are 8/11 Katrina,  15 November Arwen and Meghan,  22 November David and Kate, and 29/11 Ailsa.

We are also introducing some extra ceilidh band practices on Fridays, about every three weeks.  The next one will be on 22nd November.

Ceilidh Band
Go to the members' page for details of practices (10th November and 8th December). 
Those needing to be reminded of the Swedish Masquerade should go to the music pages. Its only a midi file but gives you an idea about the changes in rhythm and tempo.

Gigs
We have not fixed any everyone gigs for November but please put 7th and 22nd December in the diary.  There was just one gig in October -  a Wedding Anniversary and the ceilidh band apparently put on a good night even though there were substitute callers, sound man and trailer puller.  Looks like some of us are nearly redundant.

17th Anniversary Ceilidh
We have just celebrated the 17th Anniversary of BFG with our usual annual ceilidh and fund-raising evening (for Perth Autism Support).  We had more people than ever able to play for a whole ceilidh.  It was nice to be joined by Aly, who has been with the group since 1997.  A good crowd and a very good evening was had by all.  We'll tell you later how much money we made.
STOP PRESS  Rumours that Jake's arm fell off are much exaggerated. But it is true that we have our first fiddling injury for the group.  He just couldn't match the pace of the tunes -  and frankly nor could the dancers in the final Strip the Willow.  What were we thinking (we weren't - that's the problem.)  Cause of speed - the guitar player!!!! (Isn't it always?)  Who's fault was that?  Shona's.  We wish Jake and his speed-damaged arm a swift recovery.

New Tunes
Laura's Tune - for sound file and music go to the members' page.  The sound file gives the rhythm parts as well as the tune so you can hear how it fits together.
Lucy Farr's, Christmas Eve and other new tunes also appearing on the members' page.  Look out for Book-x.  Shhh! It doesn't really exist, ok.

Almost time for our Yuletide Tunes.

Just to get you in the mood here are the dots for Troika:   Troika Music
And here are some more Yuletide favourites.  Yule Tunes
                                                                  Rudolph

Sessions
  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). (Used to be the Tappit Hen session)
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 8.30 after the Fiddlers workshop.  Very pleasant and lots of Scottish tunes. All welcome -  slow and fast.
  • 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 December 2013                     

Yuletide Social events
Snowflake                                                                                                      

Friday 20th December.  Yuletide Social at the Hall from 7.00
Drinks, nibbles, mince pies.  Bring along some if you can.

Friday
3rd January 2014
House Session at the Rae's in Perth.
Details on the members' page


A happy Yule and prosperous New year to players and listeners everywhere

Fridays    
The Star with the Reasonably Priced Fiddle will feature Mark/Andrew, Ailsa and Heleen this month.

In the new year we are going to be doing a bit of reorganisation of the Friday night sessions to make sure that the beginners, the slow session players and the ceilidh band all get practices.  We'll still be doing a session all together and we'll also spend some time on learning new tunes and arrangements.  More details will follow.

The use of music has become a bit of a habit for many players, and while we all do it there is no doubt that learning by ear remains the best skill to acquire, along with good playing technique.  learning by ear is something that many group members are actually really good at and manage it very well - better than they imagine.  I recently came across this quote from an Irish player which I think is very good;

Amazingly enough – as I know from my own youth, when I was totally dependent on printed music – school and mainstream music emphasizes visual reading skills, even though the art form we are trying to master is aural and physical, not visual or intellectual. Many of you are in the same boat as I was. That's why most newcomers to Irish (or any other culture's) traditional music must first overcome this fundamental misunderstanding about how to learn to play music well. I urge you strongly to never learn a tune from notation.
I am not sure I would go so far as to say never learn from notation (the written dots) but I would encourage you to use written music only to get familiar with a tune, particularly when you don't have a recording of it, or one played at a speed you can learn from. 

One member recently told me how hard they were trying to detach themselves from the music but that it is very difficult. We can agree with that, but in the end it is worth it.  So one of the things we will do in 2014 is slow learning sessions without music.

Yuletide Social
The BFG Seasonal /  Yuletide Social will be help at the hall on Friday 20th December.  We look forward to tunes, a few things to eat and drink.  If everyone brings a little that will make sure there is a party.

New Tunes
Laura's Tune - for sound file and music go to the members' page.  The sound file gives the rhythm parts as well as the tune so you can hear how it fits together.
Lucy Farr's, Christmas Eve and other new tunes also appearing on the members' page.  Look out for Book-x.  Shhh! It doesn't really exist, ok.

Time for our Yuletide Tunes.

Here are the dots for Troika:                         Troika Music
And here are some more Yuletide favourites.  Yule Tunes
                                                                  Rudolph

Gigs
November began with the Annual Ceilidh at which we raised £650 for Perth Autism Support.  Thanks as usual to the soup makers, organisers, players, dancers and ticket buyers.  It was a good night - as ever.

Two other gigs - on teh same day in different villages so we had to send the A Team to one and the A+ Team to the other, which was which will never be revealed!  Two Christmas Fairs (can we really be having Christmas events in November?  It shouldn't be allowed) one in Blackford for the School Parents Association fund-raiser and the other for Moncrieffe Care Home.  Plenty of satisfied customers all round.

Everyone gigs - please put the dates in your diary and please ask for a lift if you need one.  In December we have Camphill (7th) and Kincarrathie (22nd)

Book-x
Every now and then we stumble across splendid new tunes and also tutors come and teach others to us.  What happens next is that we often forget that we have these tunes locked away in out heads, from where they may never re-emerge.  What a loss that is.  So why not put all these tunes together in a book?  Three good reasons not to. to.  First - Music Notation Dependency (MND) is a disease we are trying to cure (see above).  Second, printing of some of these tunes would technically need copyright permission. Third, the list of tunes would always be changing so a book would go out of date.  So instead we can put the tunes on the web but that isn't always that handy either even with everyone using smart phones.  So we have come up with the concept of Book-x, a book that doesn't really exist but that you can see and print and hold. But because of constant changes to the list of tunes and the fact that you can choose what to put in or leave out it may not be the same as anyone else's copy.  So Book-x, even though it doesn't exist, can be created and members can obtain it from you know where.

Sessions
  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s). (Used to be the Tappit Hen session)
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 8.30 after the Fiddlers workshop.  Very pleasant and lots of Scottish tunes. All welcome -  slow and fast.
  • 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.

Grants
We have been awarded funds through Foundation Scotland for the school fiddle club and for workshops.


 


Horsecross Trad Sessions in Perth 


Due to renovations at the Theatre the Horsecross Trad sessions are no longer in the Perth Theatre Red Rooms but at Greyfriars Bar on Sundays.

All sessions start at 7.30 p.m. at Greyfriars Bar South Street Perth. All players and listeners welcome.

2014   NEW DATES            2014  NEW DATES
First Sunday of the month.
Sunday 5 January       Patsy Reid
Sunday 2 February     Doris Rougvie & Jim Malcolm
Sunday 2nd March      Tim Edey
Sunday 6 April            Ross Ainslie
Sunday 4 May             Laura-Beth Salter & Laura Wilkie (Bluegrass)


More sessions are listed here.