Newark Park, Wednesday 13 July 2022

Dear BVB

On Wednesday we play Newark Park starting at 5.30 please arrive around 4.45. 

Information below has been up-dated  following discussion with the organiser and supersedes what is currently on the website

You can draw up in front of the house  un-load then move your car back to the car park 

Timing 

  •  Band play 5.30pm  – 6.15pm
  •  Short break 6.15-6.30pm:  speeches and award presentation
  •  Band play 6.30pm /7.15pm

If the weather is suitable, we will play on the lawn on the south terrace (the back of the house overlooking the amazing view,

We are playing background music . No words . No Briggy 

In the unlikely event of rain we will be inside the house in the entrance hall. This may also apply to sun  

We will largely be seated  

The marquee will be the band base. It is lockable and there is plenty of space on the lawn close by to picnic.

Attached is the latest rehearsal list for Tuesday 12th . ( 7 pm Long Ashton )   The final list will be mailed out after the rehearsal 

best wishes,

Liz

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National Trust Volunteers Party, Newark Park, Wednesday 13 July 2022

Dear BVB players for   Newark Park.

Attached is the provisional playlist / intros for Newark Park on Wednesday, July 13.. It is as complete as I can make it at present 

As you know we are providing background music.  The tunes were are playing are summer repertoire   largely, with which you are familiar

To provide interest I have ordered tunes in a way that where ever possible contrasting rhythms and keys provide some variety . There will be no linking words 

I have yet to receive the exact timing of the program from Jo the organiser- there will be breaks, some of them for speeches of thanks to the NT volunteers .

When I have received the timing from Jo I may make some small adjustments to the list 

The National Trust are giving us a donation of £60 for this performance and refreshments look forward to what should be a lovely gig 

Hopefully see as many as possible at the rehearsal on Tuesday 12th at Long Ashton . If you are free that evening – even if you are not playing Newark Park – feel free to come 

Best wishes

Liz

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Setlist for Three Greens Festival of the Earth, Emersons Green, Saturday 18 June

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Three Villages Jubilee, Saturday 4 June

Saturday June 4th . 3 Villages Jubilee

First – thanks to all who have pulled so well to get this gig and the next one at 3 villages , off the ground.

If it is wet we will be in a large Barn 

Before we begin to play : Please be pro active ( under Lyn’s guidance ) and arrange your chairs as Laurel arranged us in a mob- not a line – you must be able to see/ hear others- make eye contact !

We will tune upand hopefully have a warm up ( depends how many audience people are around – we don’t want to reveal our secrets too soon ! )  – Helston / Portsmouth

Playlist

Opera Hat is x4; Rose Waltz is played by a small group. If you don’t know about it , it is not you !

I would like to spend 5mins mins taking you through the programme / playlist for any changes / questions . No playing at this point.

Timing is difficult to judge; some items may be cut for example dancing, some may be repeated 

Gather at the end briefly those who are playing on 18th June for Festival of the Earth ( same playlist ) – we won’t see each other before then and a quich check will save e mails   and help Lyn who is ‘fronting’ . 

Let Lyn know if there are any joining / leaving of your plans for 18th that have changed 

18thJune : Festival of the Earth ( 17 ish)

Fiddles: Fritjof, Pauline , Dai, John M , John P

Accordions: Pat: Roland,

Concertina: ?

Melodeon: Mary

Wind: Pete ??: Maureen possibly Judy and Meg

Brass :Ed, Steve

Chords: Lyn.

Bass: Heather J, Angela,

Double Bass: Colin

Percussion: Bobby

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Setlist for Three Villages Festival, Saturday 4 June 2022

Dear BVB players 

Attached is the final playlist for Saturday

With the cancellation of the Stoke Gifford Village gig – where Alison was to play with us ,we have effectively lost our ‘ dress rehearsal “

So it is important to read the playlist carefully, there have been changes following the ‘kitchen practice’ last Friday . Changes are also the reason for reading Alison’s notes following the last rehearsal

Check intros . Particularly those playing .. Fritjof; Pat, Roland, Heather M Pete; Lead player is indicated in bold – where no lead player is indicated work together ! Any queries please mail Liz before   Saturday.

It’s been a challenge writing this program, Platinum Jubilee’s is don’t come round every day of the year ( mercifully I hear you cry ) but  they are a nice crowd , and we can make a good fist of this one .

I hope we get a chance to assemble and go through the playlist/ programme ( (without playing ) before we start 

see you there 

Liz

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Three Villages Festival, Saturday 4 June 2022

Friday 27 May 2022 ‘Kitchen’ Rehearsal for the Jubilee gig at the 3 villages on June 4th, 7-9pm, Pill Memorial Club, 1 Lodway, Pill, 

Bristol, BS20 0DH.

So far 6 people have indicated they intend to come . Now that we are booking a hall there is a cost implication and we should have at least 10 to make it worthwhile.

Please email Liz if you intend to come to the rehearsal.  Attached here is the provisional rehearsal list  

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Details for the Three Villages Gig known so far, more to follow

Arrive :3pm to set up/ microphone for speaking voices , check  

Play : 4pm -5.15 ( shorter time than originally proposed).The organisers then want to take a photo of the village participants ( not us !)

Hog Roast:  6 ish 

Postcode : SN147JL: this covers a wide area .

Directions:

It’s a very nice, bucolic outdoor venue . They are contributing £100 to band funds and have invited us to be guests at their hog roast – some of you may remember the refreshments that were provided at the harvest festival at St Mary’s – related group

best wishes

Liz

PS The previous ‘ session’ in this hall was very useful in identifying repertoire we want to pursue with Alison. Given our busy calendar I don’t think we can have another until August , but I would be grateful if members can look at their diaries and see if they are provisionally available on Friday August 5th or 12th 7- 9 pm 

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Young at Heart Club, Bradley Stoke, Thursday 12 May 2022

I don’t always write to band members after a gig but felt I wanted to express thanks to the 15 stalwart players plus Chris M who turned out to play this gig in pleasant surroundings to an elderly audience who were very appreciative and particularly amused by the “Benny Hill’ antics of Briggy.

The majority of the pieces were played with real spirit and pizaz and where we faltered the difficulty was temporary, we kept our nerve and completed well. The blips are all part of us developing our ‘performance muscles’ and see where we have to change led by a new musical director.

It was lively and spirited.

YAH are making a good donation to band funds.

Well done.

Best wishes

Liz

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BVB rehearsal Sunday 24 April 2022

We will be welcoming Alison to her first rehearsal as our new musical director on Sunday 24 April, 2-4pm, Pavilion, Long Ashton Village Hall.

Alison has put the list of tunes to be played here.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

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Shorter list of tunes for Brigstowe session, Friday 8 April

Here is a shorter list of tines:

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Brigstowe Session, Friday 8th April, 7-9pm, Pill Memorial Club

Dear BVB member

Before our first rehearsal with Alison on April 24th, we are running a Brigstowe ‘session’ focussing on some of the tunes (see attached list) that we have not visited for some time.

We want to ascertain how quickly BVB is able to pick them up with a view to inclusion in future programmes.

The session will take place on Friday April 8th from 7-9pm

at

Pill Memorial Club, 1 Lodway, Pill, Bristol. BS20 0DH

There is good parking.

Please let me know if you can come. We can’t cover all the tunes listed. Nearer the time I will send a selection.

It should be a fun and useful play in anticipation of the summer.

Best wishes

Liz

List of tunes:

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