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Members' News January 2014                     


Goodbye to 2013
And what a year it was.  Thirty-four gigs.  Not bad going.  Fifteen of these were everyone gigs -  so well done if you came along and played.  Eighteen were ceilidhs - also pretty good if you managed to play in some of those.  That leaves one other gig -  a Burns supper.  The old motto of BFG was;
"Fiddles for fiddlers and gigs at which to play"
Now into the eighteenth year of BFG this still remains what we do.  We lend out fiddles, we give people some help with playing, we organise the odd session with tutors and then we make sure that everyone has a chance to entertain an audience. None of that would work though if you didn't want to come along, so obviously it has to be fun too. in 2013 we had weekly sessions on about 45 Fridays and most were well attended.  It seems to work.  So much more important than saying goodbye to 2013 is:

Welcome to 2014
Things to look forward to.

    Tutors:                      Fiddle and guitar. Also some group work
    Away weekends:        Adults in March
                                    Under 18s.  Early September and possibly in June.
    School Fiddle Club:    Entering its third year in September.  Some good new players are coming along.
    Stars on Fridays:       The Stars with the reasonably priced fiddles have done a great job so far . When will
                                    you volunteer?
    Friday sessions:        These will continue as ever although we are going to introduce a few small changes.
                                    The purpose of the changes will be to make sure everyone is getting something useful.
                                    Details are the next news item after this.
    House sessions:        The first one is on 3rd January at 7 p.m.  We'll try and do one each month somewhere.
    Ceilidh Band:             The band continues to develop and new people get started. We even have special practices!

There will be other things too. The annual ceilidh.  Visits to local sessions and things like that. Maybe an outing and of course plenty of gigs.   Lots to look forward to.

Remember BFG is your fiddle group so please make sure it does what you want it to.  If you have good ideas then let us know, or get involved and help organise things.  Most of all, keep playing.

Weekly Sessions on Fridays    
We are going to make Fridays a bit more organised for you.  They could hardly be less organised of course, so this task is almost bound to be successful in that sense.  What we really want though is to make sure that everyone who comes gets the session they want so that they can make the best progress that they can.  The plan goes as follows.

7.00 - 7.10
Arrive and tune up.  If you arrive after this you are technically late and will just have to fit in.
7.10 0- 7.20
Everyone together - first tunes.
7.20
Star with the Reasonably Priced Fiddle
7.25
Announcements
7.30 - 8.00
Teaching /  learning session.  Three groups as follows.
  • Beginners (1-2-1 if possible with BFG "tutor")
  • Those who can play the easier tunes in book one. (Small groups with BFG Tutors)
  • Most of book one.(One group playing with a leader.)
8.00 - 8.00
Short pause. Beginners pack up but can stay to listen.
8.10 - 9.15
Group sessions.  These will include at least two from the following each week;
  • Slow session
  • Ceilidh band session
  • New tunes / arrangements session
The mix will change from week to week but in a planned way so everyone knows what is happening.
9.15 -
General free for all session
We'll discuss this at the hall, but the Management Committee is already well organised and will get this new format underway in January.

See the BFG Sessions Page for details of Friday evening sessions.  It shows which weeks we have slow, ceilidh and new tune groups. 

New Year Resolutions
If you haven't made any yet here are some suggestions from BFG.
  1. Stop using the dots.  Put away your printed music and use your ears.  Help is at hand if you are finding this hard to do. (See December 2013 news.)
  2. Play every day if you can.  Even if it is just for 5-10 minutes.  Do it to revise new tunes or simply to improve your technique. Don't just play the things you already know well.
  3. Play slowly.  Speed ruins your tuning (intonation), rhythm and accuracy.
  4. If you haven't changed your fiddle strings in years - do it in 2014.
  5. Buy Andrew a drink, bring chocolates to the hall or bake cakes and bring them.
If you can only manage one of these then clearly the last one is the most useful.

New Tunes
We'll try and keep a list of the new tunes we learn together and keep it here.  A good place to look is always the members' page too.  And don't forget Book-x. It might be just the ticket. Found it yet?

Gigs
In December we had two everyone gigs.  There was the annual Advent Fair at Camphill which was great fun as ever, and they gave us all presents -  what fantastic people.  Then the last gig was at Kincarrathie House and we had a huge turnout from the group (they'll have to build a bigger room for us) and a great turnout of residents.  And we got mince pies, mulled wine and other drinks.  What lovely people they are too.  So if you weren't there, ask yourself why not? Why are you depriving yourself of the joys and pleasures that the rest of us are having?  Remember, its your loss.

Blackford Sings
Have a look at this.    https://sites.google.com/site/blackfordsings/


Members' News February 2014                    

Things planned for 2014
Things to look forward to.

    Tutors:                      Fiddle and guitar. Also some group work
    Away weekends:        Adults in March
                                    Under 18s.  Early September and possibly in June.
    School Fiddle Club:    Entering its third year in September.  Some good new players are coming along.
    Stars on Fridays:       The Stars with the reasonably priced fiddles have done a great job so far . When will
                                    you volunteer?
    House sessions:        6th February.  Where next?
    Ceilidh Band:             The band continues to develop and new people get started. We even have special practices!

There will be other things too. The annual ceilidh.  Visits to local sessions and things like that. Maybe an outing and of course plenty of gigs.   Lots to look forward to.

Remember BFG is your fiddle group so please make sure it does what you want it to.  If you have good ideas then let us know, or get involved and help organise things.  Most of all, keep playing.


Tutors
Pete Clark is coming on 7th February and 7th march.
Other tutors will be booked soon.

Weekly Sessions on Fridays
    
The new arrangements are in place but not all running perfectly yet.

  • The first 30 minutes  - everyone together.
  • The next 30-40 minutes group 1 (beginners) , Group 2 (Know 10 tunes or so) and Group 3 (Book 1 is almost there) will be helped by Group 4 (People onto quite a few Book 2 tunes.)
  • The second hour will have the SLOW SESSION every week and also a faster session.

So there is something of most players for 2 hours.  Beginners may want to listen in the second hour.

The detailed plan is as follows:

7.00 - 7.10
Arrive and tune up.  If you arrive after this you are technically late and will just have to fit in.
7.10 0- 7.20
Everyone together - first tunes.
7.20
Star with the Reasonably Priced Fiddle
7.25
Announcements
7.30 - 8.00
Teaching /  learning session.  Three groups as follows.
  • Beginners (1-2-1 if possible with BFG "tutor")
  • Those who can play the easier tunes in book one. (Small groups with BFG Tutors)
  • Most of book one.(One group playing with a leader.)
8.00 - 8.00
Short pause. Beginners pack up but can stay to listen.
8.10 - 9.15
Group sessions.  These will include at least two from the following each week;
  • Slow session
  • Ceilidh band session
  • New tunes / arrangements session
The mix will change from week to week but in a planned way so everyone knows what is happening.
9.15 -
General free for all session
See the BFG Sessions Page for details of Friday evening sessions.  It shows which weeks we have slow, ceilidh and new tune groups. 

New Tunes
Lucy Farr including a harmony part.

Gigs
January has been the busiest month for ages.  We have had six gigs in total - four ceilidhs, two everyone gigs and a Burns Supper.  A few of these have made history or at least are worth noting.

Perhaps we should begin with the Horsecross staff ceilidh, held in the Red Rooms of Perth Theatre.  As many of you may know, Perth Theatre is about to be refurbished and this work will include demolishing some of the newer parts of the building and replacing them with a new purpose built space.  The Red Rooms will go.  Over the years the Red Rooms have played host to many top class acts, folk sessions and other performances.  It was therefore an honour for BFG to be the final act to perform there.

At the other end of the ceilidh month was the Doune Primary School Ceilidh.  We will remember it for the good and enthusiastic dancing, for the warm if somewhat noisy welcome but mainly for the horrendous acoustics of the Muir Hall.  No matter what we did the sound was pretty awful - like listening to thrash metal underwater.  But everyone enjoyed it and no one complained - which just goes to show.  (But show what - that is the question.)

A great everyone "Burns" afternoon at Ruthven Towers.  Thanks for the huge BFG turnout.
The Beavers / Cubs  - well since only about 5 people were informed about this gig no wonder only 4 made it!  (Who organised this?  Do they not have email, a phone, a voice?  Hey Ho!

And lastly, and for the sixth year we played for the Kinbuck Burns Supper.  As ever, great fun, lots of singing (thank you David Leask for doing the honours again) and good tunes.

In contrast February has just one gig - 22nd everyone, Bridge of earn.

Blackford Sings
Have a look at this.    https://sites.google.com/site/blackfordsings/

Sessions
The sessions listed here are ones that BFG members attend regularly (or occasionally). Also see the Perth Trad sessions below - we go to those too.   Playing is sessions is a great way to build up skills, confidence and a repertoire of tunes. 

  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s).
  • 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)

Members' News March 2014                          Updated  4th March


Tutors
Pete Clark is coming on 7th March.
Other tutors will be booked soon.

Weekly Sessions on Fridays
    
The new arrangements are in place but not all running perfectly yet.

  • The first 30 minutes  - everyone together.
  • The next 30-40 minutes group 1 (beginners) , Group 2 (Know 10 tunes or so) and Group 3 (Book 1 is almost there) will be helped by Group 4 (People onto quite a few Book 2 tunes.)
  • The second hour will have the SLOW SESSION every week and also a faster session.

So there is something of most players for 2 hours.  Beginners may want to listen in the second hour.

See the BFG Sessions Page for full details of Friday evening sessions.  It shows which weeks we have slow, ceilidh and new tune groups. 

New Tunes
Lucy Farr including a harmony part.

The dots for Pete Clark's workshop tunes are available on the members' page. 

Ally's Shrimp 
Ailsa Ann Anderson 



Gigs
After the madness of January with 5 gigs we did just one -  Moncrieffe House care home.  A select band of 10 ventured in and played for an hour.  Every set was "braw"  according to one resident.  And of course they were right.  To add to what was already a good gig we took the Koukkulammin Polka out of the bag for the first time - nice -  and then dropped the guitar (not literally) in favour of fiddle chords for Leezie Lindsay and Boo Baby's -  even nicer.  Jake and Shona will be teaching the chords to others in the next week or two.

Blackford Sings
Have a look at this.    https://sites.google.com/site/blackfordsings/

 



Members' News April 2014                                                                 

New members
We seem to have acquired a few new members recently, some of whom are obviously very keen and clearly practice at home.  I can only assume that this is because they feel the pressure keep up with the talent around them.  Either that or they recognise we need all the help we can get!  Welcome to you all.

Weekly Sessions on Fridays    
Please remember that the Friday format is as follows;

  • The first 30 minutes  - everyone together.
  • The next 30-40 minutes group 1 (beginners) , Group 2 (Know 10 tunes or so) and Group 3 (Book 1 is almost there) will be helped by Group 4 (People onto quite a few Book 2 tunes.)
  • The second hour will have the SLOW SESSION every week and also a faster session most weeks.

So there is something of most players for 2 hours.  Beginners may want to listen in the second hour.

See the BFG Sessions Page for full details of Friday evening sessions.  It shows which weeks we have slow, ceilidh and new tune groups. 

New Tunes
Lucy Farr including a harmony part.
Hughie Shortie's
Jack Daniels
Battle of the Somme


Gigs
Two ceilidhs in March.  Playing was good, halls were excellent, especially the Victoria Hall Dunblane.  Great acoustics and a properly sprung floor.  We could get used to that.

Commonwealth Games
No we are not entering anyone for a fiddle marathon of the Toss the Banjo competition (but we might if they had one) but we may join with Blackford Sings and Blackford Pipers to celebrate the coming and going of the games torch.  date is likely to be 5th July - put it in your diaries.

Members' News May 2014               


Annual General Meeting
The AGM is to be held at the Hall on Friday 23rd May at 7.20.  This will be followed by general playing, fun, merriment and the usual social stuff. There may be an open mic session for people.

Thanks to everyone who came.  The new committee is Andrew Bachell, Cindy Anderson, Andy Sloan, Karen Yearsley, David Gardner, Susannah Rae, Cindy Mcloughlin and Shona Rae. 


Weekly Sessions on Fridays    
Please remember that the Friday format is as follows;
  • The first 30 minutes  - everyone together.
  • The next 30-40 minutes group 1 (beginners) , Group 2 (Know 10 tunes or so) and Group 3 (Book 1 is almost there) will be helped by Group 4 (People onto quite a few Book 2 tunes.)
  • The second hour will have the SLOW SESSION every week and also a faster session most weeks.

So there is something of most players for 2 hours.  Beginners may want to listen in the second hour.

See the BFG Sessions Page for full details of Friday evening sessions.  It shows which weeks we have slow, ceilidh and new tune groups. 

Gigs
There was only one gig in April -  for "The Blackford Fiddle Group Quartet".  Now before you thing we are getting a little above our station, a little pretentious perhaps, I should explain that the sister of one of our member was getting married and wanted some background music for the ceremony, for the drinks and photo session afterwards, and to accompany two hymns.  So we duly obliged with a set of music specially arranged for the day.  It all seemed to go very well (we have a recording to prove it) but better still we have a series of pieces arranged for performance that we will start to teach to others so we can use them again.  And we also seem to have acquired another booking to do a similar event for someone else. (But we're not giving up the day jobs just yet.)

Everyone Gigs in May /  June:  Members -  please come along

Sunday 18th May.  Blackford hall. Old Folks.  Tune list here.
Saturday 24th May.  Blackford School /  Fiddle Club Ceilidh. Blackford.
Saturday 1st June.  Woodland Fun Day. Clackmannan. Details coming soon.
Tuesday 3rd June. Scone Library. 6 p.m.
Saturday 14th June. Auchterarder Library. 10.30 a.m
.

New Tunes
Lucy Farr including a harmony part.
Hughie Shortie's
Jack Daniels
Battle of the Somme
Roxburgh Castle

The dots for Pete Clark's workshop tunes are available on the members' page.  Please revise these ones.

Ally's Shrimp 
Ailsa Ann Anderson 


Book-x
There have been a number of enquiries about Book-x which, as you all know, doesn't exist. On the other hand it does but it requires some effort to determine what it does and doesn't contain. For members, please venture to the Members' Page where all will be revealed.

Commonwealth Games
The idea to join with Blackford Sings and Blackford Pipers to celebrate the coming and going of the games baton has been dropped.  I don't know why but it did seem pretty clear that the local organisers are not organising and the national song relay isn't. So if you put the 5th July in your diary to be here you can take it out and go and do something more useful.  As this was likely to be my only interaction with the games I suspect the whole thing will now pass me by.  Which brings me to the Ryder Cup.

The Ryder Cup
The occasional golfing battle between Europe and USA's most bizarrely dressed middle aged men resumes at Gleneagles on 23-28 September.  In the middle is Friday 26th.  There may be all sorts of parking, driving and transport restrictions but we do not intend to cancel unless forced to do so by the "powers that be".  At present those powers seem to have absolutely no regard for local interests (like simply going for a walk, getting to work or selling stuff to the visitors who are being barred from leaving Gleneagles! -  yes this is less a sporting event than a money grabbing exercise in which ordinary folk are likely to collateral damage).  So for now we plan to use the hall as normal.  Option 2 is we try to put on a local event that evening - I doubt that Gleneagles Hotel will invite us but we could ask. Option 3 is we meet somewhere else instead.  Ideas?

Check this out - practice makes perfect (or in my case it doesn't but it makes it better)
There is nothing better than the good advice of good players. Here is some from great American Irish player Liz Carroll - who also very kindly let us use two of her tunes in our Big Ceilidh Book.  What a nice person.

Liz Carrol Interview on practice

Sessions
The sessions listed here are ones that BFG members attend regularly (or occasionally). Also see the Perth Trad sessions below - we go to those too.   Playing is sessions is a great way to build up skills, confidence and a repertoire of tunes. 

  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s).
  • 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.
Also see below.

Members' News June 2014                                       


Weekly Sessions on Fridays    
Please remember that the Friday format is as follows;
  • The first 30 minutes  - everyone together.
  • The next 30-40 minutes group 1 (beginners) , Group 2 (Know 10 tunes or so) and Group 3 (Book 1 is almost there) will be helped by Group 4 (People onto quite a few Book 2 tunes.)
  • The second hour will have the SLOW SESSION every week and also a faster session most weeks.

So there is something of most players for 2 hours.  Beginners may want to listen in the second hour.

See the BFG Sessions Page for full details of Friday evening sessions.  It shows which weeks we have slow, ceilidh and new tune groups. 

Gigs
June is busy for gigs.  Everyone gigs include a woodland fun day, two "Make a Noise in the Library" events and an everyone gig at Moncrieffe House.

There were four gigs in May, two everyone gigs, a party and an everyone ceilidh - fund-raising for the school fiddle club.

New Tunes
Lucy Farr including a harmony part.
Hughie Shortie's
Jack Daniels
Battle of the Somme
Roxburgh Castle


Commonwealth Games (Update 25th June)
As announced in the May news, and until 17th June we thought this was a dead duck, but now it seems as though it is on again.  10.30-12.30 at the Aytoun Hall.  More details at the hall on Friday.  Is anyone up for this?  

The Ryder Cup
We are still expecting disruption but we plan to use the hall as normal.  That may not be possible so we still need to consider other options including (a) we try to put on a local event that evening - I doubt that Gleneagles Hotel will invite us but we could ask.  and (b) we meet somewhere else instead.  Ideas?

Wondering about practice? Have you looked at this yet?
There is nothing better than the good advice of good players. Here is some from great American Irish player Liz Carroll - who also very kindly let us use two of her tunes in our Big Ceilidh Book.  What a nice person.

Liz Carrol Interview on practice

Sessions


Grants

We have been awarded £1500 for 2014-15 to spend on various events, workshops and so on.

 


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
First Sunday of the month.
See Horsecross web site. http://www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/horsecross-sessions


Members' News July 2014    



Weekly Sessions on Fridays    
We are open as usual  on 4th  11th and 18th July but closed on 25th July, 1st and 8th August.  After that we will be running some tutors sessions so watch the Fridays /  BFG Session page and the August news page for details.

News  BBQ and session  at the Sloan's Friday 25th July  -  6.30

Gigs
Five gigs in June. A woodland fun day / woodland instrument making event in Clackmannanshire.  We're still waiting for the cheque!  Two "Make a Noise in the Library" events -  Scone and Auchterarder.  The Auchterarder event was the first time we have demonstrated learning by ear in public - we even managed to get the audience to sing tyhe tune back, proving everyone can learn a tune by ear.  Then there was one ceilidh and a Sunday afternoon in Moncrieffe House -  braw!

Not much going on
It looks like a quiet summer for general BFG activities but there are 6 ceilidhs for those who are in the CB and CB+

New Tunes
Lucy Farr including a harmony part. See Book-X (Members' Page)
Hughie Shortie's  Book-X
Jack Daniels
Battle of the Somme
Roxburgh Castle
Over The Waterfall (Harmony)
Kincladie Wood  Book-X
Captain Norman Orr-Ewing

The Ryder Cup
See old news.  We still need to sort out what we are doing on the Friday of the Ryder cup. We can expect traffic problems.

Sessions
The sessions listed here are ones that BFG members attend regularly (or occasionally). Also see the Perth Trad sessions below - we go to those too.   Playing is sessions is a great way to build up skills, confidence and a repertoire of tunes. 

  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s).
  • 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.
Also see below.

      

Members' News August 2014

Weekly Sessions on Fridays    
Closed for three weeks - July 25, 1st and 8th August

From 15th August onwards we will need all under 14s to be signed in to the hall on Fridays and signed out again.  Please help us with this. We wish to make our Friday sessions as informal but as safe as possible. Thanks.

Gigs
Three gigs in July starting with an everyone gig at Moncreiff House.  Well I say everyone but in was about 9 of the dedicated regulars.  Somewhere along the line the everyone gigs have become a bit too optional again.  So after teh summer the whip will be cracked and you will all be expected to show up.  In fact that starts with MacCrosty Park on 16th August.  Don't forget it. Please!
 
The other two gigs were ceilidhs for teh International Summer School at Stirling (again) and a birthday party in Comrie.  In both we had some sharing of guitar, bodhran, sound, calling as well as the regular line up of fiddles and, bass. No box-  but we didn't mind, and nor did anyone else.  (Sorry Andy.) 

August is a bit bonkers for gigs.  We have 4 ceilidhs and the MacRosty Park Fling in Crieff. There is a link to the tune list on the Gigs page.
 
New Tunes

Some of these are not so new anymore but you should still try to leant themLucy Farr including a harmony part. See Book-X (Members' Page)
Hughie Shortie's  Book-X
Jack Daniels
Battle of the Somme
Roxburgh Castle
Over The Waterfall (Harmony)  Dots
Kincladie Wood  Book-X
Captain Norman Orr-Ewing  Dots

Sessions
The sessions listed here are ones that BFG members attend regularly (or occasionally). Also see the Perth Trad sessions below - we go to those too.   Playing is sessions is a great way to build up skills, confidence and a repertoire of tunes. 

  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane, every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s).
  • 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.
Also see below.

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



Members' News September 2014                          

Members' News September 2014                             Updated  23rd September

House Session - Dunning Sunday 5th October
Details here (members only)

Weekly Sessions on Fridays
 

The autumn season begins with a session on 5th September at the church hall, not at the normal hall. 
We also have some tutor sessions this month with Daniel Thorpe - see the Friday list on the BFG Sessions Page.

We didn't manage to start the new sign in process for under 15s but that will begin in September.  The purpose of having adults signing in those 14 and under is to make sure that we know who is responsible for getting kids safety to and from the hall. 

For the last session in August we were joined by Siobhan Anderson as a tutor.  Siobhan will be one of the leaders at the under 18s away weekend in September.

Under 18s Away Weekend
We have 14 kids plus adults coming, plus tutors (Siobhan, Becky and Freya.)  If you need any details email or phone.  The venue is Kinloch Rannoch, not Blackwater.

Gigs
August was mad.  Four ceilidhs and the MacRosty Park everyone gig.  The maddest event of them all was the ceilidh for the 90 teenage dancers attending the international dance sumer school at Kilgraston.  Our PA system is not a modest one and it can kick out many watts of noise.  But the rather weird venue (an enclosed and glazed courtyard with a pitched roof) trapped the sound and the 90 teenagers contributed even more decibels than we could manage.  Deafening and at times painful.  But the dancing was brilliant. Another of the ceilidhs was for a wedding in a restored castle, Balgonie, in Fife. We were a bit worried because of the relatively small space, but in the end it was great.  We were joined by the grooms grandmother on fiddle for one tune. 
 
MacRosty park was fun. About 15 BFG members came along - one completely forgot and I dare say in time we will stop reminding her of that, but who needs a guitarist anyway.  We can always find a stand in one -  and we did.  

September will be a bit quieter.  We have an everyone gig in Letham on Monday 1st and a ceilidh for the German exchange at Crieff High -  which we have done before.

Everyone Gigs - what we play
I have been asked to provide a list of the tunes that we include in Everyone gigs.  It isn't really possible to give a full list as we mix and match depending who is playing and who we are playing for.  The list here covers the main ones but don't be surprised if ceilidh band members and others sometimes play other tunes and sets. Also, we may play tunes in different combinations. But if you learn these you won't go far wrong.

Everyone Gigs -  the basic tune list

Louise from Auz
In August we had an Australian visitor, doing some research about the way people learn to play music.  Her main thrust involved school age learners.  There will be more on the member's page about this. 

New Tunes
We will try to keep this list up to date.  If you don't find what you need, members can try the members' page.  If you want to check out previous lists go to the Old news link.  You can always check out Book-X too. (Members' Page)

Table update in next moth (or the one after that)

 

Members' News October 2014                          
 
Here are details of what will be a fantastic local gig.  Not to be missed


Pete Cope

We are very sorry to bring the sad news that Pete Cope, founder of BFG, died on Tuesday 7th October.  He had been unwell for a long time following a stroke.   Our thoughts are with his family. 

Click on the photo for a tribute to Pete, without whom there could have been no Blackford Fiddle Group


Pete Cope
Pete Cope   1948 - 2014


New Tunes
We will try to keep this list up to date.  If you don't find what you need, members can try the members' page.  If you want to check out previous lists go to the Old news link.  You can always check out Book-X too. (Members' Page)

(Table update in next month)

Traditional Music Forum
BFG is a member of the Traditional Music Forum and Andrew Bachell is on its Board of Directors.  We will put links to their regular newsletters on the news page.
Traditional Music Forum News Letter

Members' News November 2014                     


  BFG Annual Ceilidh
With Local Cancer Research Group
and for St Andrew's Night
Aytoun Hall Auchterarder
Saturday 29th November
from 7.30pm

Tickets £10 (£25 for families)
Available from BFG or Cancer Research Local Group
Spare tickets may be available on the door


BFG members - please support this.  We have already sold our allocated 60 tickets within the group but there may be more available and we are hoping for a sellout event.  So please invite friends and family.



If you still have the energy left after the BFG ceilidh

Riverside Music Project St Andrews day ceilidh Sunday 30th November
2 -  5 p.m. £1 child  £3 Adult
All BFG members welcome. Music, dancing and cakes (take some too)!


Fridays
See BFG Sessions page for details of tutor evening.   

Gigs
See gigs page. Everyone gigs coming up include Ruthven Towers, Aberuthven and Camphill

New Tunes
We will try to keep this list up to date.  If you don't find what you need, members can try the members' page.  If you want to check out previous lists go to the Old news link.  You can always check out Book-X too. (Members' Page)

TUNE
LINKS
Over The Waterfall (Harmony)
Dots
Kincladie Wood
Book-X 
Captain Norman Orr-Ewing Dots
Punch in the Dark. Dots and sound file on members' page and Book-X
Solarlag. See Members' Page
Mermaid's Song (Harmony) See Members' Page
Skye Boat Song (Harmony)  See Members' Page
Donald Willie and His Dog See Members' Page
Bennachie Sunrise See Members' Page
Ray's Classic
Dots
Laxo Burn
Dots

Traditional Music Forum
BFG is a member of the TMF and Andrew B was elected as a Director last year and sits on their Board.  The AGM is open to all members and this year it will held at 1930 on Tuesday 9th December at the Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs, Glasgow.  Andrew will be attending but that doesn't stop others from BFG going too. So if you want to go, let Andrew know and that way transport can be shared.  The agenda. After the formal session there will be a short presentation from Traditions and Culture Scotland (umbrella body for the traditional music, dance and storytelling sector).  

BFG is a member of the Traditional Music Forum and Andrew Bachell is on its Board of Directors.  We will put links to their regular newsletters on the news page.
TMF Newsletter October 2014
TMF Newsletter November 2014


Pete Cope

We are very sorry to bring the sad news that Pete Cope, founder of BFG, died on Tuesday 7th October.  He had been unwell for a long time following a stroke.   Our thoughts are with his family. 

Click on the photo for a tribute to Pete, without whom there could have been no Blackford Fiddle Group
(See 
October news for the link)

Members' News December 2014