West Somerset Folk Festival, Carhampton, Saturday 30 June 2018, 2.15 – 3.45pm

Message from Fritjof:

‘Dear fellow Brigstowe Banditos,

Thank you for volunteering for playing at the WSFF. Our slot is from 2.15 to 3.45 and we shall play in the Main Hall. The adjacent Long Hall will be available from 12 noon for lunch (please bring your own), tuning up and a short practice.

We’ll have to play our gig very much by ear, depending on how keen people are to dance. I attach a sort of plan: BVB programme WSFF. On the day, Anne our caller, will tell us what type of music she wants for each dance, and we’ll select from the list. The number of repeats will be variable.

In addition there will be listening pieces and solos. If anyone else would like a spot in the limelight and contribute a solo piece, please let me know.

The provisional plan is the sequence listening piece – dance – listening piece, but we’ll see how it pans out. The attachment should explain my thoughts. Any suggestions for improvements / additions are welcome, but please do NOT suggest the Helston Furry Dance.

The music for ‘Man in the Moon’ and ‘Percy Brown’ have now been put on the website. I’ll set ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ and send separately.



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Thank you message from Rookery Farm

Message from Heather:

‘For those of you who played at Rookery Farm, Paddy phoned me to say a massive thank you for playing at her open garden event. She thought the band was just perfect for the occasion. She enjoyed listening to us and had lots of favourable comments from other people. The event raised just over £1000 for Weston Hospice Care.’


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Southmead Hospital Buskathon, Friday 15 June 2018, 12 noon (please arrive at 11.45)

Mary has provided the following information about the Southmead Hospital Buskathon on Friday 15 June:

Southmead Buskathon 2018

The setlist can be found here.

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Final Setlist for Rookery Farm Gig, Sunday 10 June 2018

Really enjoyable well played gig today at the Henleaze Street Party today (Sat 9 June) – many compliments  – special mention for the fanfare.

Click here for the final setlist for the Rookery Farm gig tomorrow (Sunday 10 June) – very similar but not identical to Henleaze – because the gig organisers have different requirements – so please check. Opera Hat and Highland Lad will need checking for times through /arrangement. Some tunes are repeated.

Southmead setlist for Friday 15 June – again very similar will follow.

Rest up!

Best wishes


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BVB Summer Dress Code

For summer gigs the BVB dress code is as follows:

Summer Dress Code

Summer colours – basically yellow / green (…shades of) against black / white.

Black trousers or skirt / white shirt or blouse / black , green or yellow waistcoat (optional), necktie in summer colours (optional).

Hats: top hat, bowler or straw hat decorated with flowers.

Ladies may prefer to wear flowery summer dresses.

Music stands decorated with flowers if possible.

Examples for new members.

Chris (the epitome of elegance) will wear: Black trousers, white shirt, black waistcoat decorated with a summer flower and a top hat decorated with a flower.


Liz will wear green or black trousers, white blouse, white or green waistcoat (depends if she has time to dye it) decorated with a flower, a black tailcoat if cold (unlikely) and a bowler or straw hat.


Helen will wear black trousers, white blouse, waistcoat and straw hat decorated with flowers.


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Busy weekend – 9th and 10th June

Saturday 9th June: 3pm Henleaze Street Party.

Meet at 23, The Crescent, Henleaze. BS9 4RP at 1.45 for a run through and then to set up in the street. Food / tea / coffee will be available in the street after we have played.

Intro’s (including for dances): Helen unless stated  – or unless someone else would like to step up. We have a good squeezebox and strummers line up, so it would be nice to have volunteers here.

Summer Hummer will be played while the opening ceremony led by Briggy the Brigstowe Hoss takes place.

The setlist can be found here. They have requested dancing. Also the running order may be broken by a 15 min Scottish Dancing demonstration.

Remember: We will meet to rehearse at the Youth Hall, Long Ashton Community Centre on Friday 8 June at 7.30pm. Please try to make it as we will run through as much of the setlist as possible.

Sunday 10 June: Rookery Farm Garden Party.

Click here for details.


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Rookery Farm gig, Sunday 10 June 2018, 3 – 5pm

Heather has sent the following attachment with detailed information about the Rookery Farm gig on Sunday 10 June:

rookery farm info

Click here for the setlist (this is for the Henleaze Street Party on Saturday 9 June and Rookery Farm on Sunday 10 June). We will meet to rehearse at the Youth Hall, Long Ashton Community Centre on Friday June 8th at 7.30pm. Please try to make it and we will run through as much of the set as possible.

It would be a good idea to share transport to Rookery Farm where possible. Heather has produced the list below to help with car sharing arrangements:

Musicians at Rookery Farm

If anyone else is planning to come please email Heather.

Please can everyone ensure Heather has their email address she can contact them in the event of wet weather and cancellation on the day.

Heather’s email: hjenne@blueyonder.co.uk




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