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Title: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on October 02, 2009, 02:56:30 AM
Spoke to Richard this morning about next year's euroweenie gathering - we are proposing Friday/Saturday 19th/20th March, (later we are into Easter hols, earlier we clash with an EBA event). We are hoping to return to the New Forest depending on venue availability.

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 02, 2009, 05:17:49 AM
Marvellous.

Let me know if I can do anything.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 02, 2009, 07:54:33 AM
Well done, Phil. I'll be there all being well.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: natterjack on October 02, 2009, 09:28:39 AM
Sounds good to me although I might have forgotten how to play guitar by then....
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 02, 2009, 12:48:57 PM
Yes indeedie, we are on the case or at least on the net searching for a venue  :)

I might need to recruit a hotel scout for an initial look before coming over to have look myself so watch this space and of course any ideas, suggestions welcome :)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010 - 19-21 March 2010
Post by: Richard on October 05, 2009, 02:33:05 PM
 :) Okeh you UK weenies time to pay attention....

First note the date of next years extravaganza - starting Friday 19 March which gives two evenings and the whole of Saturday for whatever you fancy  :-X

I have trawled the net\hotels around the New Forest and have to report that it looks as thougth the The Crown in Lyndhurst looks to be really the only one having both function room and parking. Somewhere plusher would indeed have been nice but that comes at a price, in fact almost double in this part of the world  :o

So are you all happy for me to try and do a deal on room rates ???

Please reply to this thread to confirm your interest and I will contact the hotel next week to sound them out.

Any other suggestions, please do say.   
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Slo-Blo on October 05, 2009, 11:59:03 PM
Excellent news. I'm up for it. If you do decide you want a PA, let me know.

Graham
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 06, 2009, 01:13:51 AM
Thanks a lot for your efforts Richard.

I was planning on staying at the same place as this year which is just 5 minutes' walk from the Crown, the only reason being price.  But if you can get a mega-deal on dirt cheap rooms at the Crown, I will be easily swayed.

I'm already looking forward to seeing everyone.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 06, 2009, 01:38:13 AM
Should be fine for me. 

And I shall bring a Uke...

Presumably they will secure your special room Richard, with some noisy youngsters enjoying themselves in teh room above?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 06, 2009, 10:39:55 AM
Looking good and thanks Graham for the offer, let's see how many we are going to get although it's quite nice to go all acoustic.

NS... I hope not, anyway by now whoever it was has probably gone blind... was it the same one as at Bluesweek  :o
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 07, 2009, 01:14:56 AM

And I shall bring a Uke...


That's more like it, Simon. You've come over from the dark side. I remember Graham had a uke this year - that makes 3.  If Richard forgets about banjos and Blueshome sees sense, we'll soon have a ukulele orchestra of our own.  rick218 has a tiple, so he'd be welcome as well.  If only I had some musical ability, I'd be writing out arrangements of some really heavy stuff from the likes of House and Patton for us to perform on ukuleles ...  ;)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 07, 2009, 03:17:39 PM
It's getting serious  :-X
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: GhostRider on October 07, 2009, 06:56:33 PM
Gentlemen:

Please, no ukes. I thought this was a BLUES gathering. This could degenerate into what Weenie Port Townsend has become.

Alex
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Slack on October 07, 2009, 09:10:48 PM
So closed minded.   :P
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: waxwing on October 07, 2009, 11:45:18 PM
Well, after hearing Alex's description of endless rounds of Beatles tunes played by a house full of Weenies around the dining room table in 11 this year at PT, it gave me pause to read the discussion here as well. Must be contagious across the ethernet.

I suppose we all become too senile to handle 6 strings sooner or later? Or maybe hackers implanted a ukulele virus on Weenie Campbell that actually infects the human brain?

Perhaps the ukulelephiles will soon force a vote to change the instrument held by WC in the Weenie logo?

AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

Wax
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 08, 2009, 12:36:23 AM

Perhaps the ukulelephiles will soon force a vote to change the instrument held by WC in the Weenie logo?

Wax

But I thought it was just a particularly large baritone ukulele, Wax.  >:D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on October 08, 2009, 02:06:57 AM
Thanks Alex & John! Blues is what it's about. They'll be wanting to bring a penny whistle next.

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 08, 2009, 02:54:58 AM
Phil- shouldn't you just be pleased that there is no sign of a posse of harp players so far? 8)

Now.... Im thinking that blues accordion is probably where its really at.  Anyone know where I can get one cheap?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 08, 2009, 06:24:22 AM
Now.... Im thinking that blues accordion is probably where its really at.  Anyone know where I can get one cheap?

I think they do really nice ones in the middle of the Sahara Desert.  If you get a bus now, you might be back in time for the Weenie Weekend, but on the other hand, maybe not .....
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 09, 2009, 02:20:47 PM
And all these comments without any dissention as to the venue...so no objections, shall I book next week???
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on October 09, 2009, 03:37:48 PM
Yep!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 10, 2009, 01:03:12 AM
And all these comments without any dissention as to the venue...so no objections, shall I book next week???

Go for it.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 10, 2009, 04:16:43 AM
Venue suits me fine.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 10, 2009, 12:50:28 PM
Well four makes a quorum so I'll contact them next week, I think we should get the function room for free this time.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on October 10, 2009, 02:16:22 PM
We'll get to the dozen by March I'm sure, I think we had 4 or 5 staying there last time.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 13, 2009, 10:39:45 AM
Right, I have spoken with the hotel and in theory the dates are OK.

They will be confirming this to me along with room rates hopefully tomorrow, at present the suggested rate for a single room is ?70, little if any increase over last year?

I will update as soon as I know room more.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: GhostRider on October 13, 2009, 03:23:44 PM

a single room is ?70, little if any increase over last year?


Tell them there's a recession, rates should be lower!

Alex
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bill Roggensack on October 13, 2009, 05:48:58 PM
Alex

Look on the bright side - a CanuckBuck buys a lot more $US and more GBP than it did at this time last year. But will it's strength last until April? If you are serious, you should start hedging right now! Remember the valuable $US FX advice that I gave you (and you probably didn't take) last June.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 19, 2009, 10:59:52 AM
Oh girls, 'eh truble at mill  etc  >:(

The Crown are playing hard to get,  as you can see from the email. Wot a little tease etc

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Our Gloucester Suite is available at a discounted price of ?75.00 Friday 18th March  from 4.00pm
With the understanding music will finish at 10.30pm prompt, as we have to be mindful for other guests above the function room.

Saturday 19th March ?100.00 from 10.30am till 10.30pm. Usual Rate ?275.00

Overnight accommodation ?65.00 single in single rooms B&B Twins ?45.00 per person sharing a Twin.B&B.


Personally, I feel the Gloucester Suite (Surely they mean room. Ed.) ain't worth it particulary with an imposed 10.30pm curfew - remember last time they even came in to borrow (steal) some of out chairs\tables as there weren't enough for the nuptuals next door?

I will reply politely, but leave the matter  hanging as the actress said to the bishop and meantime go see what else there is on the net even if it means a trip over next month.

Any alternative suggestions for somewhere southern England within 15 miles of an airport and motorway, let's have 'em please  :)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 19, 2009, 11:52:07 AM
I shall have a think about other places again.

I agree that the rates they are asking are a bit steep - especially with a 10.30 curfew, which is very early.  Id be amazed if they stopped wedding discos at 10.30...
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 19, 2009, 12:35:35 PM
Whilst I think of it, there is this place, but the New forest it ain't! It's the place that Sonya has used in the past, rumour has it that it's had a big facelift in the bedroom dept, I expect they would do a deal on rates and a room.

http://www.southmarstonhotel.com/

Keep thinking..
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 19, 2009, 01:02:58 PM
Hmm not very convenient for anyone Im guessing- and presumably Bristol is nearest airport?

Its been nice to have relaxing surroundings on weenie weekends- so it would be a shame to be in Swindon.  Sometimes you need some trees, or the sea rather than a dim room with old guitars and bearded men!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 20, 2009, 01:19:57 AM
I'll go with the majority decision (within reason!), but still favour the New Forest again, which should be better than downtown Swindon.  Norfolk Slim has local knowledge (albeit possibly a little outdated, as he moved away), as do Bob Long and Natterjack, who are local lads, so maybe they can come up with some ideas.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on October 20, 2009, 03:34:12 AM
I haven't been near Romsey for at least a decade but seem to recall a fair number of hotels there. I guess, given the location, they'd be somewhat pricey.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 20, 2009, 04:14:30 AM
There must be a stack of hotels with space in them during march around Bournemouth- but sorting the wheat from the chaff (and there is some very serious chaff!) would be tricky...

Closer to my old haunts, the St Leonards Hotel might be worth investigation- still only 30 mins from soton airport, though certainly not as picturesque as the forest (its on a dual carriageway...)  Close to Ringwood and all sorts of country parks and things though.  Somewhere where shops and food are within walking distance would be better though- and I have no idea what their rates are...

Or even Wimborne Minster...  http://www.thekingsheadhotel.com/

I have to declare however, that these are all particularly convenient for me and are suggested on the basis that I know of them, rather than because they will be the best options!  I shall leave it to others to make a more objective assessment...
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Slo-Blo on October 20, 2009, 05:17:37 AM
I would just like to add a few words in favour of the South Marston Hotel at Swindon. It has very good transport links, it's just off the M4 ( easy links to M5 / M6 for  the NW & SW ), it's easily accessable from the North & Midlands ( M40, Oxford ring road, A420 ), Bristol Airport ain't that far and Heathrow is just down the M4.

Sonya has organised roughly two open mic acoustic blues weekends a year there, for some years, the staff are friendly and we've jammed into the early hours on each occasion, with no problems and at very reasonable cost.

It would also be nice to encourage the new hotel management into thinking that these 'Blues Weekends' are a 'Good Thing'

There is also the possibility of recruiting more Weenies from the usual 'Swindon Blues' attendee's.

I will leave everyone to ponder on these thoughts.

Graham
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 20, 2009, 06:25:46 AM
I am still in favour of New Forest and have rung a couple but at the very mention of musac they throw their hands in the air in horror  :-X

I mentioned Swindon to see what the reaction would be and it was predictable having been there myself, now if it were to be transported..

The Crown have yet to respond to my email so meantime let's keep looking. 
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 21, 2009, 02:11:33 AM
I've never been to the Swindon event, but I understand a few people were not too keen on the venue/location.  I still favour the New Forest if possible.

Also, whilst we always like to attract new Weenies to the fold, as I understand it, we are not trying to put on a large scale event.  The Euroweenie Weekend is an opportunity for some of us "regulars" to actually meet face-to-face, rather than in cyberspace.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 21, 2009, 12:57:59 PM
PP a sage reply as ever, I think in retrospect we must try and keep it Hampshire way.

No disrespect to the other gatherings but my original intention in starting the weenie event was to be slightly more social than a never ending open mic and besides, in all honesty the regular weenies do come over as a slightly different breed  :-X
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 22, 2009, 03:42:40 AM
I'm inclined to agree Richard.  Weenie events seem to have a rather different character to some of the others many of us are familiar with- and thats a good thing.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 22, 2009, 12:18:50 PM
Good news.......

But first the bad, The Crown didn't want to know, so they have been forcibly abdicated  :o I suspect the truth is they didn't want us!

Trying to find somewhere is not too bad untill the mention of live music and blues then all communication seems to fizzle out. Wonder why?

The good news is that I am on the track of a place somewhere New Forest way and they say they will send rates, I will update as and when.

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: dj on October 22, 2009, 01:46:16 PM
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Trying to find somewhere is not too bad untill the mention of live music and blues

Then tell them that it's a disco convention and you'll all be doing the hustle to the sounds of a DJ spinning Donna Summer and the Village People!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: waxwing on October 22, 2009, 01:54:17 PM
Tell them you're going to be playing acoustic folk music. Just don't tell 'em it's Black folk's music. They hear "blues" and think wailing electric instruments with pounding drums. I'm sure their envisioning a parking lot full of Harleys.

Wax
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 22, 2009, 02:26:29 PM
Certainly seems odd that theyd be bothered by middle aged bearded men with acoustic instruments. I can understand concern about mics, strats etc- but not our stuff ::)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: waxwing on October 22, 2009, 03:10:04 PM
How can they tell via email or over the phone that you are a bunch of middle-aged bearded men. I'm tellin' ya. These people have selective hearing and very different sensibilities. They are thinking liability, first and foremost. The word "blues" is a liability, they don't even hear the "Middle-aged bearded men playing acoustic" that comes before it. Just tell them you're a "family gathering" playing "folk music" and they'll be all "whales and fairies and a-hey-nonny-nonny" and you'll be in. Trying to reason with them and get them to see the world as you do is a losing tactic.

Wax
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on October 23, 2009, 01:05:37 AM
I think Wax has a point here.  Tell 'em it's acoustic folk music and we should fare better.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 23, 2009, 03:29:09 AM
Agreed
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 23, 2009, 09:26:53 AM
Good thinking, will do.  I have just heard back from the other hotel and am seeking some clarification as to rates! Watch this space etc.

I have been distracted as having had some work started to repair mega water damage which has been drying out months, today a frigging pipe got cut which nicely flooded the floor again...... >:(
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: jed on October 23, 2009, 11:28:35 AM
So closed minded.   :P

It's the nature of metamicts. 
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on October 23, 2009, 12:06:56 PM
Not playing at clerk of the works again then?

Stick to the lap slide, I bet it's the b****o business bringing bad kama.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Slack on October 23, 2009, 05:23:20 PM
So closed minded.   :P

It's the nature of metamicts. 


Man, I had to look that up.  Makes perfect sense however.  :D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 24, 2009, 01:36:34 AM
Indubitably.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on October 30, 2009, 04:53:41 PM
After a lot of effort I have found this place, I have no idea what it is like so if anybody knows it or lives near I would really appreciate some feedback.

http://www.oxfordhotelsandinns.com/OurHotels/SouthLawn

The rates are as in their email to me, I don't think it's any more than last years hotel and in fact for a double with two sharing it works at ?60 per person including Dinner which can't be bad - or can it! An opporunity to give the little lady an insight into the genteel workings of country blues...

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We can offer you twin/double rooms to include Full English Breakfast, Table d?hote Dinner and VAT at ?120.00 per room per day subject - that is for two people.

With regard to bed and breakfast rates this will be ?85.00 per room per day for two people sharing ? our normal tariff is ?100.00 per day.

For single occupancy the rate for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast will be ?78.00 or for Bed and Breakfast the rate will be ?72.50 per person per day ? normal rate is ?85.00.

If you are only having a Bed and Breakfast rate there will be a charge of ?95.00 per day for use of the Function Room but if you have Dinner, Bed and Breakfast the rate for the Function Room will be complimentary.

Now, I really need some instant feedback to let them know if we want to go ahead, so can you please give it some urgent thought over the weekend and let me know what you think.

 
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on October 31, 2009, 12:31:19 AM
Good as we'll get, count me & Mrs Blueshome in.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on November 01, 2009, 03:13:22 AM
Single room rates are a bit steep- but if it fits the bill its fine for me.

I guess we need a party-line on whether we pay for dinner and get the free room or vice versa.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on November 01, 2009, 07:34:16 AM
NS, good point.

Right, let's decree that we will all book to include meals so that for a single it means the meal is only six quid  :-X what can it be like!

Obviously I couldn't promise the hotel exact numbers but I got the impression they were hoping for half a dozen rooms out of it, so anybody out there who thinks they will be booking can they register their interest.

Thanks..
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Prof Scratchy on November 01, 2009, 09:02:51 AM
Hotel looks OK and similar rates to last year...I'll be signing up as usual. Any chance of another flying visit from our Isle of Wight friends...??
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on November 01, 2009, 10:55:17 AM
IoW, it would be very nice but I'm not sure. You will have to bager Marchcat (I'm not sure how you bager a Marshcat, are you  :-X ) to see if he can talk 'em into it.

Anyway from the respose to my messages looks like we will let a few rooms so I will confirm with the hotel next week, then all I ask is for "you" to book in asap and I can go hibernate for the winter with the job done!

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on November 02, 2009, 01:54:29 AM
Consider me badgered.

Re the Isle of Wight contingent, we'll need some time to dig the tunnel and organise the escape boat, but I spoke to JC and Angelina last week and they're optimistic.

Also hoping to cajole the respective other halves of Delta Echoes and National Steel to attend.

Marshcat
www.lemonrock.com/nationalsteel (http://www.lemonrock.com/nationalsteel)
www.lemonrock.com/deltaechoes (http://www.lemonrock.com/deltaechoes)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on November 02, 2009, 04:08:11 AM
well, that's the feline contingent on board, we would seem to be quorate or thereabouts. Give the word Richard & I'll book in.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on November 02, 2009, 05:12:31 AM
Excellent, I'll give the hotel a ring later.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on November 04, 2009, 06:48:16 AM
Right, good Weenies those hotel rates are confirmed so please start booking direct with the hotel and you must mention me  Richard Thomas when you make the booking so you will get the rate we have agreed.

This is the hotel  http://www.oxfordhotelsandinns.com/OurHotels/SouthLawn

But please use the hotels direct number to book as the agency as on that website will not know what you are on about!

Tel: 01590 643911   

So with that, please start booking please !
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on November 09, 2009, 04:41:08 AM
Booked out, billed, and bound to go.

Hotel very helpful, knew all about it.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Prof Scratchy on November 09, 2009, 11:22:33 AM
Me too... :D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on November 09, 2009, 11:32:11 AM
I ought to book myself!!!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on November 12, 2009, 06:46:55 AM
I'm booked, and the other half of Delta Echoes is in the process of booking.

The other half of National Steel is "still getting over the emotional damage from last year", but I'm still hopeful   :D

Aloha,
Stuart

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on November 12, 2009, 02:31:12 PM
Didn't know Lewis was such a sensitive soul. Anyway, keep reeling them in.

Stuart, if you or other weenies attending has any ideas for additions to the programme please send Richard or myself a PM.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on November 12, 2009, 02:42:56 PM
Clearly performing with me was quite traumatic  ;D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on November 12, 2009, 02:45:19 PM
NS, I can only sympathise, although with which one of you I'm not sure  ;)

However, I have even booked my own room now so that should lower the tone of the entire hotel.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on November 12, 2009, 03:14:10 PM
Too late, it can't go lower since the likes of myself & Slim booked - nice try.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on November 13, 2009, 04:50:31 AM
On the contrary Phil, I haven't booked yet- and I understand that Mr Hall is seeking a pass.  Between us, I can assure you we can drag the tone a whole lot lower 8)

Andrew- if you are reading this, get to work on the pass and get booked!  You're not going to let minor inconveniences like babies get in the way surely?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on November 14, 2009, 03:24:50 AM
Not the dreaded Mr Hall  :-X
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: harvey on November 19, 2009, 01:47:54 AM
Not the dreaded Mr Hall  :-X

Yes ...and yes I have booked, just for that comment.  >:D


Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on November 20, 2009, 01:50:21 PM
Excellent, I can insult you in the flesh  ;)

How's Backwell? I should be over in Bristle before Xmas maybe we should have a drinkie  :o
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on December 11, 2009, 04:12:38 AM
That's me booked.  Mrs. Parlor Picker will not be accompanying me this time, but I did manage to secure a single room, so I don't have to share with Richard (phew....  :P).

The lady on the phone quoted a rate of ?78, not the ?85 mentioned previously, so I pointed it out and she was only too pleased to charge me the higher amount -  NOT!! What do you lot take me for?  My lips were sealed  :-X. I'm probably in the broom cupboard, but I suppose it's still better than sharing with Richard...  (Awaiting cheeky response from our good friend in the Channel Isles....)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on December 11, 2009, 04:44:19 AM
You've prompted me to finally get round to it as well....  I'm booked.

My playing skills (such as they are) are becoming decidedly rusty due to family circumstances (new arrival arrived last Friday) but I should have time to brush up something weird for March.  

I need to see whether the baby will tolerate my trying to figure out Kid Bailey, or whether I need to stick to "twinkle twinkle little star" in her presence.

My little boy has taken to muting all my strings with his sticky jam encrusted hands unless I play nursery rhymes...

I might even figure out some lyrics for a self penned effort, for which I only have music currently, in time for March.  Probably not though- everything I come up with sounds silly so far- and ive not come up with much!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on December 11, 2009, 05:37:10 AM
Not before time. Always excuses..... babies, jam on the strings, wife telling you to shut up........ Look forward to hearing your compositional efforts.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on December 11, 2009, 05:49:19 AM
Ooo- and you never know, my Fraulini might be ready.  Probably not- but you never know  :)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on December 11, 2009, 06:43:02 AM
Congratulations to Simon and Mrs. Slim on their new addition to the family.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on December 11, 2009, 06:57:34 AM
Well NS (or should it be NF, for Norfolk Frisky) the best of luck with that new addition, you will now find out what it's really all about, having just the one will seem like heaven in comparison :-X

And PP it's not the broom cupboard for you, it's the coal shed.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on December 11, 2009, 08:40:59 AM
And PP it's not the broom cupboard for you, it's the coal shed.

Well, being a Yorkshire lad I'll feel right at home.  Rick Sellens (who can't make it to the Weenie Weekend in March as he'll be in New Zealand - weak excuse if you ask me) tells a story about there being an old National tenor guitar in his family when he was younger. Nobody knew about Nationals in those days and apparently they used to keep it in the coal box.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: bob long on January 04, 2010, 04:36:59 AM
Hello Euroweenies and Happy New Year!

Just to let you know I'll be joining you on 19-20 March and I've booked with the hotel

Best wishes

Bob
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on January 04, 2010, 06:21:11 AM
Bob: looking forward to seeing you again; might bring the new 1936 Kalamazoo KG-11!

And Parlor Picker: when you say 'coal box', I presume that's just posh Yorkshire for 'bath'?

Aloha,
Marshcat
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on January 04, 2010, 06:31:32 AM
Stuart,
In the case of the area of the midlands (W.Yorkshire) where Parlour Picker grew up, a bath was normally of galvanised iron and used once a week in front of the fire upon which the kettle for the water was heated. You know nothing down in the Deep South where you've had indoor plumbing since the Romans came. (Don't know what a coal box is but Rick is from deepest Sussex so it may be something there.)

Bob,
Great that you've signed up, it wouldn't be a party without you.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: bob long on January 04, 2010, 07:39:58 AM
Marshcat.

Yes! Bring the Kalamazoo!

Blueshome.

Yes, we'll be dancing on the tables this year! Please bring six fast women who like beer, Charlie Patton and older men.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 04, 2010, 07:56:57 AM
(W.Yorkshire) where Parlour Picker grew up, a bath was normally of galvanised iron and used once a week in front of the fire upon which the kettle for the water was heated.

That would be funny if it weren't actually true! That's exactly what we did when I was a kid.

Eeeh by gum, it's grim up north....
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 04, 2010, 08:00:17 AM
... might bring the new 1936 Kalamazoo KG-11!

Aloha,
Marshcat

Alert, alert - Marshcat gets a wooden guitar!  :o
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on January 05, 2010, 02:45:55 PM
I've said it before, anything north of Cheltenham is foreign and so I can believe all I hear about coal scuttle Nationals. And, taliking of Nationals (bows down) I didn't know that Kalamzoo made a resonator, so I shall be intrigued to see the new Marshcat toy.

And, Bob, look forward to seeing you - it's the fact you have booked in that I gets me, you can't live that far away unless you are thinking of serious imbibing!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: bob long on January 06, 2010, 12:33:50 AM
Serious imbibing? No, I'll just have a few beers and pull quietly on a half pint of White Mule in a brown paper bag stashed in my gunny...

I'm thinking of bringing some Nationals and some Dave King guitars for a little display as a shameless sales promotion....
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on January 06, 2010, 12:09:13 PM
A quart, surely!

And a few Nationals eh, bet you're on commission, we shall look forward to it.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 07, 2010, 12:44:45 AM
... bet you're on commission ....

And they said subtlety was dead.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on January 07, 2010, 02:26:14 AM
The way round this is to be up front - Bob can give a short presentation with demos of the various NRP and Dave King guitars he brings. It would be informative at least, and given Bob's polished presentation style (especially after his half-pint of white lightnin), enjoyable.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 07, 2010, 03:36:50 AM
The way round this is to be up front - Bob can give a short presentation with demos of the various NRP and Dave King guitars he brings. It would be informative at least, and given Bob's polished presentation style (especially after his half-pint of white lightnin), enjoyable.

Well, I for one thought that Bob's illustrated talk last year was excellent. So, I'm up for more from him.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: bob long on January 07, 2010, 03:38:40 AM
I'm willing
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on January 07, 2010, 04:39:34 AM
Agreed PP.  Put a lot of images to the places.  I enjoyed it a lot.

Im not buying a national though!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 07, 2010, 05:57:22 AM
Im not buying a national though!

Ooh, go on - be a devil!   >:D

It's not like we're suggesting you buy a ban..., banj..., ba... - you know, one of those things.  ;)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on January 07, 2010, 10:24:30 AM
Well Bob, that's settled then. We could get you a stick on beard ( a la errrr...) and you could do a National History Masterclass or something... :P

Did you notice that PP was trying to stir it again?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: bob long on January 07, 2010, 10:49:49 AM
OK, I'll prepare something suitable   :-\

As for a beard.....well I suppose I've got time to grow one for the occasion....
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 08, 2010, 02:18:18 AM
Did you notice that PP was trying to stir it again?

What?? Moi???  :D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on January 08, 2010, 03:59:45 AM
We seem to have the making of a programme now.

Bob's presentation and demo of his wares.
The Prof has offered a workshop on Lonnie Johnson.
Bunker has offered to display and describe some of his collection of material from the 60's.
If anyone would like it, my son Mike (who runs a professional studio) has offered to make a short video presentation on techniques for recording acoustic guitars, types of mic, etc.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: bob long on January 08, 2010, 05:50:16 AM
We should accept Mike's offer. He's a real expert in this field.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 08, 2010, 07:45:29 AM
We should accept Mike's offer. He's a real expert in this field.

I'll second that.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Slo-Blo on January 11, 2010, 06:35:40 AM
Now booked hotel & looking forward to meeting up again.
Delay due relocation to Marcham in Oxfordshire.

Regards to all

Graham
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on January 12, 2010, 09:21:08 AM
That's good and you've finally moved all those guitars!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on January 14, 2010, 11:31:40 AM
Just heard from Diamond Dac, Yorkshire's answer to the blues, to say that he's signed up at the hotel.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 15, 2010, 01:31:31 AM
Na then. Tha what? Yon's reight good news. We'll 'eve nowt but ukuleles and speyk proper Yorkshire. All o' t' posh 'uns can 'ire an interpreter an' sleep aht in t' coil 'oil.

Sithee.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Lewy C on January 25, 2010, 12:58:46 PM
Didn't know Lewis was such a sensitive soul. Anyway, keep reeling them in.

I'm in, I'm in....albeit probably as a day boy rather than a boarder........

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on January 25, 2010, 01:02:50 PM
Excellent  :)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on February 27, 2010, 07:13:54 AM
Now then weenie's just to add that we have pretty much taken all the rooms in the hotel  :)

And, that a typically extravagent program has been concocted for the event. Now, we had to book to include the food we thought we might as well have a communal weenie table certainly for the Saturday night, so any other objections.. suggestions?

Finally, we don't seem to have heard from Natterjack and wonder if he is still out there looking for slimy things under rocks ...
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on February 27, 2010, 07:58:16 AM
....or more cheap Stella's.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on February 28, 2010, 03:38:56 AM
Stella's what?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 02, 2010, 10:15:48 AM
All hail to the apostrophe police!  :)  Maybe you could give a talk at Euroweenie on its proper use in the country blues , Parlor Picker? After Blueshome gets out of detention, perhaps  :D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 02, 2010, 11:14:55 AM
Guilty as charged and a convicted hypocrite as well. I've a bee in my bonnet about getting apostrophes right. Having said that, I take you haven't had a very busy day?

Anyway, I won't modify the post Stuart. The evidence thus remains on file to remind me and other miscreants. I hope this means I escape writing  500 lines in detention as the writer's cramp would make my playing worse than it already is.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 03, 2010, 12:45:04 AM
All hail to the apostrophe police!  :)  Maybe you could give a talk at Euroweenie on its proper use in the country blues , Parlor Picker? After Blueshome gets out of detention, perhaps  :D
Not worth bothering, as Blueshome will be in jail until about the beginning of June. If he gets early release, I think he should be made to take up the ukulele. Another offence and it will be the b..... - you know what!  >:D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 14, 2010, 10:11:12 AM
Do we have a meetup time?  I might be away from the keyboard this week- visit to Dorset and househunting in Trowbridge & Chippenham...   

Im guessing we'll amble over from Ferndown mid afternoonish...
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 14, 2010, 10:28:37 AM
NS, there's service. 

The plan was for a communal meal in the evening at say 7pm certainly for the Saturday, and I think the same will go for the Friday night as well. I will get there probably mid afternoonish on the Friday and I understand the "room" is available if wanted it.

The hotel have so far been very friendly (unlike the last...) as seem to want to please, I would guess it may be a little faded but so what if they are happy to have us, we can but try. 

Young Phil has a program of sorts and unless anything else crops up we are, like Thuderbirds... go  :P
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 14, 2010, 12:32:11 PM
I've now been prodded into action so here goes. Sorry if it appears too organised but I'm sure weenies know how to change that.

Friday
2.00-4.00pm. Turn up and have a beer and a strum.
6.30pm drinks
7.00pm Group dinner
8.30pm Lucky(!!!???) dip for Saturday groups. Followed by jam/performance till late

Saturday
Congregate 11.00am-ish
11.30am Bob Long - presentation of NRP and Dave King guitars
12.30  Lunch
2.00pm Short talk by Alan Balfour (Bunker Hill)
3.00pm Lonnie Johnson workshop by Allan Jones (Professor Scratchy)
4.00pm Lucky dip group rehearsals??
6.30pm More Drinks
7.00pm Another dinner
8.30pm Luck dip performances followed by jam/performance till late

Apart from adding more drinks sessions, that's about it but if anyone would like to contribute a short presentation/workshop I'm sure we'll be able to fit it in for the price of a glass of something liquid and white for Richard (not milk!!).

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 15, 2010, 01:45:21 AM
Oooh er, missus, I'm gettin' right excited....  :D

Only a few days to go!  Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 15, 2010, 05:58:23 AM
Can't wait.

Particularly drawn to the numerous events listed as "more drinks".

My "short" talk could well take up the entire hour so a good opportunity to either catch up on lost sleep or hurl some rotten fruit. ;D

Seriously, looks like it's gonna be a fun and instructive weekend. Well done the organising team.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 15, 2010, 07:50:13 AM
Don't get toooo excited  :P
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: dj on March 15, 2010, 07:58:30 AM
Quote
Don't get toooo excited

Heck, I'm excited, and I'm not even going to be there.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: natterjack on March 15, 2010, 05:02:07 PM
I'm afraid I can't make it to the weenieweekend as I'm off out of the country. I was hoping to make it to the Friday, but unfortunately I'm flying early from Luton (fortunately not British Airways  :o), which is not particularly convenient so am heading up on Friday night.

Finally, we don't seem to have heard from Natterjack and wonder if he is still out there looking for slimy things under rocks ...


Pretty accurate Richard. Found this last week - Black Snake Moan anyone?  ::)

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Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 16, 2010, 02:23:21 AM
Sad news indeed Liam. At least when you are there the average age slips below 60 (just). Moreover, what is Scratchy going to do without all those Stellas to play. Perhaps you could drop a couple off? We'd look after them, honest guv.....
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 16, 2010, 03:09:24 AM
Is that a melanistic adder or grass snake?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 16, 2010, 12:16:46 PM
I'd guess more like a trouser snake    ;D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: natterjack on March 16, 2010, 12:49:12 PM
Is that a melanistic adder or grass snake?

It's an adder, not completely melanistic but pretty dark, they tend to lighten up after they shed their skin

I'd guess more like a trouser snake    ;D

 :o

Sad news indeed Liam. At least when you are there the average age slips below 60 (just). Moreover, what is Scratchy going to do without all those Stellas to play. Perhaps you could drop a couple off? We'd look after them, honest guv.....


Hmmm, I'll think about that. not too hard though...

I could have contributed to Bob's Dave King display too  ;)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Prof Scratchy on March 16, 2010, 02:12:22 PM
If the Stellas aren't coming, I ain't!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 17, 2010, 01:55:43 AM
If the Stellas aren't coming, I ain't!
I'll let you LOOK at my Kalamazoo.

(Don't forget your uke, Prof.! and as you're flying and won't have much space, perhaps you'd better leave the guitar behind. You can always borrow one.)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 17, 2010, 03:59:30 AM
Prof., if you leave your uke at home, you can play MY Kalamazoo as much as you like  ;D

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Prof Scratchy on March 17, 2010, 08:16:45 AM
OK PP and Marshcat it's decided. The uke and five string banjo it is then....
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 17, 2010, 10:07:18 AM
I'm sure we can sort this out. What flight are you on? The baggage handlers can be bribed to give the b$^%*o extra special treatment - not 5-string but 5-piece.

After much discussion (about 5 milliseconds) the committee has decreed that anyone bringing a uke will be fined 1 round of drinks; a b$%^&o will incur a 2 round penalty.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Prof Scratchy on March 17, 2010, 11:38:46 AM
What's yours?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 17, 2010, 11:41:56 AM
Chablis, got that PP?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 18, 2010, 02:35:40 AM
Chablis, got that PP?
Pardon? Je ne parle pas fran?ais - malheureusement pour toi!  ;D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 18, 2010, 02:48:37 PM
Wot? You can expand on that in the bar.. now I must go, I have to have twang on me banjo ready for our duet  :-X
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: dj on March 18, 2010, 06:48:50 PM
I'd like to wish all you Euro Weenies a good weekend.  Don't forget to post the video of Bunker Hill's talk, or at least a transcription.   ;)  (Seriously, I'm sorry I'll miss that.)  And if anyone would pinch Richard's squareneck tricone and send it along to me, it would be much appreciated!     
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 19, 2010, 02:22:38 AM
Thanks dj, we'll play one for you on his tricone.

I'll try to get BH's talk on video plus some other snippets of the goings on.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 19, 2010, 03:49:30 AM
I'll try to get BH's talk on video plus some other snippets of the goings on.
Don't you dare.  :o

I don't recall that being on my agenda. Apart from anything else you'll inflict untold damage to your recorder. ;)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Slack on March 19, 2010, 07:52:55 AM
Yes, you all have a great weekend -- there are a bunch of us I'm sure who wish we were able to be there!  One of these years....

Take lots of photos and recordings!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Johnm on March 19, 2010, 11:08:29 AM
Have a great time, and we'll look forward to hearing about it.  It certainly sounds like a lot of fun.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 21, 2010, 07:25:59 AM
A good time had by all. Reports to follow from messrs Bunker Hill & Parlor Picker.

Thanks to Richard for putting it together again.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 21, 2010, 11:54:29 AM
A good time had by all. Reports to follow from messrs Bunker Hill & Parlor Picker.

Thanks to Richard for putting it together again.
I'll second that.

To maintain the sequence of events as I wasn't present on Friday night perhaps it would be a sensible idea if PP posted his report of that first.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 22, 2010, 03:58:38 AM
Well, the fourth Euroweenie Weekend has come and gone in a flash and, I?m sure it?s fair to say, a good time was had by all involved. It was great to meet up with old friends and to make a few new ones as well. The hotel was very welcoming and helpful this year.

I arrived early on Friday afternoon, immediately spotting Blueshome unloading his car. I was then conscious of somebody at an upstairs window making rude signs at me. It could only be one person ? Richard. I had intended to go for a walk around the local nature reserve to do some bird watching (hi Wax!), but the rain was lashing down, so I had to miss out on that one. I did manage a walk on Saturday and Sunday mornings, though.

We all gathered in the bar in the early evening before going in for dinner. Not without some encouragement from me, Richard managed to engage in some friendly banter with the hotel staff (fried eggs and gravy ? don?t ask!).

After dinner, we adjourned to the function room (kindly provided free-of-charge by the hotel) and Norfolk Slim was pushed on stage first to show off his newly acquired Fraulini 6-string, which he did in great style. There then followed a series of performances from the likes of Marshcat and his playing partner in Delta Echoes, Richard Scruton (who does not seem to have a Weenie soubriquet), Diamond Dak, Prof. Scratchy, Blueshome, Bob Long, Harvey and Slo-Blo.

Scratchy had two obscure guitars with him, namely a Vivitone 6-string, which had F-holes in the back (!) and a stupendous 12-string of no known type, which had therefore been named ?Boris?. Diamond Dak played a Dave King acoustic and a newish NRP single-cone instrument, which sounded remarkably like an old National.  I thought Bob Long?s ?Katrina? Dave King model had an excellent sound as well.  I accompanied Blueshome on one number on my Larriv?e Parlor and played my recently acquired Pono tenor ukulele with someone else ? who was that unfortunate person? I can?t remember. My trademark Kalamazoo was put to great use the following night by the good Professor.

During the evening, lots were drawn for playing partners in the performance on Saturday evening, more of which from special guest, Bunker Hill, when he does his resum?. Bunker arrived on Saturday morning, and it was great to meet him in person at last, as we?d been aware of one another on the blues scene since back in the 1970s. Saturday also saw the arrival of the ridiculously talented Lewy C ? Marshcat?s partner in National Steel.

OK Bunker, it?s over to you?
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Prof Scratchy on March 22, 2010, 06:25:09 AM
Off to Madrid to do touristy things and get wet, so just time to say what a fine weekend it was, spent with some extremely fine folks. Lots of highlights - like getting to meet Bunker Hill in the flesh at last! Also the bottomless glass of red wine purveyed by Bob Long on Saturday night! Getting to play Lewis's Style O (even if I did fall off the end of it courtesy of the aforementioned glass of wine)! And a special mention, I think, for Mr Slim from Norfolk, whose confidence and know-how has grown and grown from one Euroweenie to the next. Thanks to Bobalong both for the red wine and for his ability to make a party go with a swing by suggesting ensemble numbers. Thanks to Parlor Picker for letting me play his trusty Kalamazoo. And above along thanks to Richard and Blueshome for making it all happen again, and to everyone else for their fine music and fine company!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Alexei McDonald on March 22, 2010, 09:36:20 AM
How does a Vivitone sound?   I remember seeing mention of them in an article about Lloyd Loar many years back, but I never heard one and I'm a bit curious about how the unusual design altered the tone of the instrument.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 22, 2010, 12:55:04 PM
I'll leave how it sounds to others better qualified than me, but this is how it looks. The fretboard is really something!

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Stumblin on March 22, 2010, 01:38:57 PM
The fretboard is really something!
Wow! That is really fantastic.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 22, 2010, 02:07:48 PM
Not that qualified but you couldn't call it a sweet toned thing. Loud though and probably fine for swing guitar.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 23, 2010, 02:26:25 AM
Punch, boxy, twangy...  And wonderfully unsophisticated.

(The Vivitone that is- not Richard).

PP- Who is Diamond Dak?  Am I going mad or have I missed something?!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 23, 2010, 02:40:46 AM
PP- Who is Diamond Dak?  Am I going mad or have I missed something?!

Diamond Dak is fellow-Yorkshireman, Derek, who was introduced to the Weenie by Blueshome. Wait till I get the photos uploaded and you'll see him.

[Edit: Yes, you probably are going mad and yes, you did miss something! Pay attention next time! ;D]
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 23, 2010, 02:42:07 AM
Of course...  How could I forget Derek?!  He was actually present at my first ever performance in front of real people, some years ago...
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 23, 2010, 04:43:56 AM
Photos now in the Weenie Photo Gallery under EuroWeenie 2010. More to follow shortly from Marshcat.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 23, 2010, 04:44:48 AM
Of course...  How could I forget Derek?!  He was actually present at my first ever performance in front of real people, some years ago...

Yes, and he says he's never recovered since...  >:D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 23, 2010, 07:57:21 AM
More photos added to the Weenie Photo Gallery. Selected audio snippets to follow!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Slack on March 23, 2010, 08:38:37 AM
Great pictures! -- looks like it was a great weekend!  Looking forward to the sound snippets!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 23, 2010, 10:14:15 AM
Apologies for the tardiness with my half of the report. Tomorrow I'm taking the day off work to catch on "personal matters" and this will be the first.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 24, 2010, 02:24:11 AM
Just added three snaps taken on the coast near our hotel in Milford-on-Sea. None of old geezers playing guitars, but they help set the scene for those who weren't there (and those who were too lazy to walk down there...).
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 24, 2010, 04:09:40 AM
Blueshome kindly agreed to collect me from the 10.30am train at Brockenhurst. After a fifteen minute or so wait he drove up. There were two exits and he had been waiting at the other! Fortunately he had the good sense to investigate the possibility of another one, something that never occurred to me given the "minor" nature of the station facility.

Arriving at the hotel I was shepherded into a spacious function room where groups of twos or threes were in earnest practice for the evening concert. My initial impression was of walking into one of those 60s Charing Cross Road guitar emporiums, instruments of all models and age were either on display or being played. The next half hour or so I spent trying to match Weenie screen names with actual names and not getting them confused which, at the outset, I failed in miserably. 

My sole knowledge of the guitar is rooted in a 340 page general history of the instrument entitled "The Art And Times Of The Guitar" published in 1969. Bob Long's extremely lucid presentation detailing the manufacture and history of the National and Dobro and the various cross-pollination within the two concerns had me Googling the topic on my return home.

A beer and sandwiches lunch was provided to sustain one and all prior to my burbling on for about an hour about the life and times of published blues research in Britain circa 1941 to 1963. Less said about that the better.

There followed a Lonnie Johnson workshop conducted by the good Professor. As a non-musician, and "outsider", I found his methodology absorbing as he took his "students" through various LJ chords and even brought some levity to the proceedings with his naming of a strange G chord up the neck as "Colin". The entire session was committed to video and maybe copies could be sold with the proceeds going to sustain Weenie Campbell.

The evening performance has been discussed and photos made available and there's little I can add other than to say there was a grand finale with all musicians on stage performing just for little ol' me. Thanks chaps.

I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend as, I would hope, did the three wives who were present. Well done Richard and Blueshome for organizing an entertaining and educative weekend.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 24, 2010, 02:48:16 PM
A late post as I went on from the Weenie Extravaganza to play a jazz gig (drums you will be relieved to hear) and have only just returned home.

Great to see you all again and in particular to meet finally BH. Plus I think, a word for Derek who travelled down from the frozen north of England in his horseless carnage, the poor animal was knackered.

I have a recording of the great event, I'll do some editing for downloads etc and include the Prof's excellent Lonnie J workshop.

And what a surprise to learn of PP's other interests, leanings, hidden talents and photographic acomplishments, you have no idea where that boy has been with his Box Brownie  :-X   

Finally, as to the hotel... any comments? Do you think we should go for it again next year? I guessed when I booked it that it would be a typically faded English glory, but I don't think the place could have been much friendlier ubnlike last year.

Thanks again for coming and I'll get editing shortly.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 24, 2010, 03:52:37 PM
The editing of the Prof's workshop video is proceeding apace and should be complete by the weekend. It will be available only to Weenies and not posted publicly here or elsewhere at the Prof's request.

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 25, 2010, 02:21:40 AM
Bunker Hill glosses over his talk, but we all found it fascinating and enjoyable. He even had documentary evidence of published writing on the blues in Britain as early as 1941.

I was particularly intrigued to hear how BH first got into the genre. He said he was at a friend's house to listen to the latest pop singles and the friend's father was a jazz fan. When he put on an LP called (if my memory serves me well - please correct if necessary) "Blues in the Mississippi Night", he was captivated, not so much by the music, but by the social commentary and apparently alien culture.

The rest, as they say, is history. Alan Balfour, aka BK, is one of our most respected commentators on the music we all love. It was great to meet him in person, having been aware of one another on the British blues scene since the 1970s. As he reminded me, I even subscribed to a magazine he helped issue in that decade.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 25, 2010, 03:47:51 AM
Blimey PP, spare my blushes. There are those far more qualified than I for the ?one of our most respected commentators on the music we all love? accolade, but is taken in the spirit it was made. Thanks.

"Blues In The Mississippi Night" was reissued by Castle Communications as part of a three CD box set which also included its two Pye-Nixa label mates "Murderers Home" and "The American Song Train". Each CD used the original covers and back liner notes including a huge booklet authored by Neil Slaven. It was my intention to bring it to the event but only remembered when I was Brockenhurst bound!

The recent death of author and broadcaster Charlie Gillett rekindled memories of my first attempt at writing for publication. In 1967 I had produced a lengthy and enthusiastic appraisal of Lightnin' Hopkins, one that I was very proud of. This I passed to Charlie. Whilst engrossed in Charlie?s American music magazines he patiently read my gushing screed. He handed it back to me and the horrified look on my face must have been a picture. Charlie had thoroughly "blue pencilled" it. "Less is best" he said. He went on to explain that he had removed all the "flowery language" and excessive over use of "adjectives" on the grounds that, rather than adding authority to my writing, exactly the opposite was being achieved. Although my ego had taken a huge dent I put a "Less Is Best" sticker on my Olivetti portable typewriter. This was still in place when I moved into the Gillett?s basement flat in 1969. It brought a wry smile from Charlie.

As usual, I digress.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 25, 2010, 09:22:06 AM
Thought I ought to add my tuppence worth...

Hotel was good Richard- certainly be happy to be there again.  Shame to miss out on a pre strum Chinese or whatever, but we can live with that.  Be nice to have slightly better access to cold beer etc but im not sure what they can do about that short of selling us a case and lending us a fridge for the function room!

Musical highlights?

I thought that Phil's Rock me Baby on the 12 string was great- really solid sound and driving yet relaxed groove.

Marshcat's foray into hawaianish twiddly flourishes in one number (cant remember which one it was!) was good fun, and his blues slide subtle and wonderfully understated as ever.

Realisation late on Saturday night that Scratchy's deep south / celtic drawl is perfect for Lightning Hopkins numbers- there's something about the profs vocal tone which is very similar to Sam, and worked brilliantly.

Andrew getting off his arse and having a go...  Whilst not actually playing a full song, the stuff he did play and sing was incredibly cleanly played for such complex stuff.  I know that when I'm playing in front of people, my fingers just wobble too much to play material that intricate cleanly.  For those not there he tackled a couple of Blind lemon numbers.  I think, Andrew, you just need to practice actually performing the numbers- i.e. just sitting down with the specific intention of playing and singing them all the way through as if performing.  I find its only that process (often through posting on the back porch) that really irons out a song to make it fully performable- ensuring that ive really got the lyrics memorised well, the guitar part organised, and I know what Im going to do next and where Im likely to get into trouble...

Anyway- roll on next time...

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Johnm on March 25, 2010, 11:01:25 AM
Thanks for the reports, guys.  I had noticed in a couple of the photos that Andrew was playing out, the first time I'd seen him do that--good on you, Andrew!  I've only ever been to one event with Prof, at Pocklington one year, I believe, before I knew he was the Prof!  I hope to run into him and hear him again on one of these trips to England.  It's great to see photos of Phil and Simon and Grahame and Richard playing, as well as other folks I've not yet met.  It does sound like a great time, and a nice size, too.  It would have been great to hear Bunker Hill's talk and meet him in person, too.  I know there are a lot of logistical considerations in putting such event together, low-key as it may be, and congratulations to all concerned for figuring out how to make it happen.
All best,
Johnm 
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 26, 2010, 04:05:25 AM
Slim, thanks for the comments! Great to see all you guys again.

The 'Hawaianish twiddly' bits probably featured on "The Old School" (John Hiatt). I'll see if I have a postable recording of it.

Meanwhile, here's 'Furry' Lewis Cohen and me having a go at Patton's "Screamin' and hollerin' the blues" in the Saturday evening session.

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Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Parlor Picker on March 26, 2010, 08:25:28 AM
I find it decidedly weird that, to date, most pictures of blokes playing guitars have attracted in the region of 30 hits, but the view of our hotel over 100! What's that all about??
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 26, 2010, 08:46:02 AM
I would guess that the average viewer looks at a few pics of men playing guitars, but not all of them- so the hits against each picture are spread out.  But theres only one or two pics of the hotel- so every average viewer looks at those. 

 8)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Slack on March 27, 2010, 10:36:03 AM
The Hotel is better looking?   :P
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 27, 2010, 12:44:45 PM
You could be right there  :D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 27, 2010, 01:29:18 PM
One can but hope folk are viewing the facilities with possible view to attending next year's Weenie knees-up.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 28, 2010, 02:31:18 PM
Quote
One can but hope folk are viewing the facilities with possible view to attending next year's Weenie knees-up.

From the Colonies I hope.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 31, 2010, 01:35:03 AM
Any audio/visual wonders/monstrosities folks?

We've had National Steel's recording (which was remarkably tight for late on a Saturday night!) but are we near hearing/ seeing some of the other euroweenie goodness?

Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on March 31, 2010, 02:42:05 AM
Slim,

I'll be sharing a video of your opening song on the Friday with you shortly so that you can put on your youtube channel for all to see. I am also aware that Richard is in the midst or editing sound files ahead of posting. Us old folks do have other lives (wives) you know.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 31, 2010, 02:48:57 AM
Hey- I'm bored at work, serving my notice.... Need interesting stuff on the internet to see me through the day  ;)
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on March 31, 2010, 06:38:59 AM
Well now, do I detect you have lost your loyalty for your current employer.. you are sure he's not a weenie and reading this  ::)

However, if you are that bored I could send you a cd with all the audio files on  :) Then you could sift your way through 'n' hours of assorted twanging, so just let me have your address.

Failing which and since at times I have no idea who is playing, I think will simply split them up into chronoillogical musical chunks and let those who performed name them.

All in favour???
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 31, 2010, 07:59:31 AM
Richard, I think you should do lots more work  >:D - you could e-mail mp3 tracks to their respective presumed auteurs, who could provide titles, personnel, instrumentation and matrix numbers... which you could then post for posterity.

Meanwhile, some Euroweenie goodness from and for Norfolk Slim... who may be able to provide more details.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 31, 2010, 08:03:04 AM
And some 'Hawaianish twiddly' bits from National Steel: the Old School, the only song we do by someone who's a) white and b) alive.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 31, 2010, 08:13:53 AM
Here's one for the banjo lovers, a solo by Lewy: Chocolate Jesus.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 31, 2010, 09:56:00 AM
A homage to the Memphis Jug Band by Delta Echoes - Richard Scruton & me: Cocaine Habit Blues. Sorry about the background noise - by this time on the Saturday evening certain people were getting a bit raucous...
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on March 31, 2010, 10:31:32 AM
Here's one from Prof. Scratchy on his sonorous 12-string, in Blind Willie McTell mode: Lord Send Me An Angel.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 31, 2010, 11:28:55 AM
Marvellous- thanks Mr Cat.  Particularly like Scratchy's monster 12 string and the banjo >:D

My one there is Jailhouse Blues by that well known bluesman "Trad."  My version is an evolution of Chris Smither's arrangement of Lightning Hopkins' arrangement.  Played about 30% too fast on hearing it back!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on April 01, 2010, 12:19:47 AM
Excellent work Mr Marshcat, at this rate by the time you have finished posting my efforts will be redundant   ;D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on April 02, 2010, 09:13:36 AM
There's plenty left for you, Richard!

Here's Ramblin' Prof. Scratchy with 'Back Gnawing Blues', played, I think, on Lewy's 1933 Style 0.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on April 02, 2010, 12:29:00 PM
Ain't that something!
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Marshcat on April 03, 2010, 02:15:51 AM
Cue Blueshome - Busy Bootin' !
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on April 08, 2010, 01:01:16 PM
Finally, I have had some time to devote to getting the sound clips of the great event sorted. I should say don't expect a fully editied clip, 'cause they ain't other than removing the general noise from intros and outros it's as from the recorder. You may need to tweak the gain to get a bit more out them, a graphic equaliser would be ideal.

Then, having done that I thought how the hell am I going to offer them, since getting anything on my own site has become problematical. However, young Bluehome has ridden to the resue on his faithful triplate and kindly offered to post the clips on his site so they can be downloaded from there. Remember that some of this will be duplicated with the tracks that Marshcat has kindly posted as well  :)

Enjoy  :P
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: harvey on April 09, 2010, 07:51:43 AM
I finally found some time to post !
I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and looking forward to future events.
I got to play some great guitars and meet so many knowledgeable people it made me realise how much i have to learn.
Simon ? you have been far to generous to me .. but thanks anyway, I will return to complement and echo The Profs. statement that you improve year on year.
Johnm ? thanks for your comment on playing out, it was my first time, was going to say my last because I am no singer and the words just would not come out  ... I thoroughly enjoyed the playing though so I may give it another go soon.
Thanks to Richard and Phil for organising; the hotel was pretty good, food is not going to win any Michelin stars but was okay and the fact we had a dedicated room where we could leave the guitars was great.

Other Highlights :
Meeting everyone.
Some local ladies turning up during Bob?s performance (Can?t remember the song but it was about some women with mange) they left before the end of the song, you can?t write this stuff.
Sitting through yet another meal with Richard listening to his well observed anthropology
Thanks again all
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: bob long on April 09, 2010, 08:02:17 AM
The song about the woman with mange was an unissued Tommy Johnson recording called Boogaloosa Woman. (Boogaloosa is a small town in Louisiana). Yes, I thought the swift exit was funny too  >:D
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Bunker Hill on April 09, 2010, 08:10:34 AM
The song about the woman with mange was an unissued Tommy Johnson recording called Boogaloosa Woman. (Boogaloosa is a small town in Louisiana). Yes, I thought the swift exit was funny too  >:D
If memory serves correct it first saw the light of day on a 1988 Document LP Delta Blues Vol.1  along with two other previously unissued TJs?causing apoplexy among the collector fraternity.

Later Edit: Silly me, all the details of the LP are given here http://www.wirz.de/music/johntfrm.htm More unissued Paramount tests than you could ever imagine on one compilation.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: blueshome on April 15, 2010, 01:32:42 PM
I've now managed to upload the bulk of Richard's recordings (109mb) to my public folder. I'll PM details to attendees, if other weenies are interested then PM me and I'll share the link and password.
Title: Re: Euroweenie 2010
Post by: Richard on April 18, 2010, 02:39:42 PM
I meant to say thanks for doing that earlier but got waylaid or something!
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