This will be the first time the band has played at the Town Hall, Masham. We follow in some legendary footsteps of course but recognise we need as much promotional help as we can get for a first time gig - so thanks a lot for your offer to help. Despite living in Reading since
1972 I am actually a Yorkshireman - born in Bradford. My family has a long association with the Dales going back many generations involved with lead mining in the 18th/19th century. A couple of 17th century cottages remain in the family. My musical background therefore is choirs and brass bands at Christmas before getting into folk at school and running a folk and blues club in the sixth form. This lead on into ceilidh bands at university and joining the Whiteknights Morris in 1973.
I lead the side on a tour of The Yorkshire Dales in 1975 which included a stand in Masham and through brewery, Leeds Morrismen and Fairport Convention connections the town of Masham has been a place I've been to regularly.
Feast of Fiddles sprang from an empty folk club date on Valentines Day
1994 which I offered to fill with half a dozen fiddle players essentially in front of my ceilidh band but with Dave Mattacks drumming.
The fiddle players included Chris Leslie, Phil Beer, Ric Sanders, Simon Swarbrick, Tom Leary and Ian Cutler. It was truly a meet in the car park and then do the gig after cobbling together a set list of stuff we mostly knew.
This was so successful that we repeated the format the following year and then again the year after that. Then another gig was added in Kent and then another in Worcester and so the mini tour grew into an annual two week tour plus a few festival appearances along the way. The classic line up of Cutler, Knight, Leslie, McNeill, Leary and Beer got established quite early on. Joe Broughton depped for Chris during a period when he was not available staying with the band for 6 years. Beer comes and goes these days according to his solo, band and Show of Hands commitments and Garry Blakeley who often depped in the band previously has been a permanent member for 5 years now. The most recent addition - Alan Whetton is in his 4th year playing keyboards and sax.
2016 sees us embarking on our 23rd annual tour and we can definitely claim to be the UK's longest lived fiddle band albeit only rather part time.
Tickets available from http://www.wegottickets.com/mashamtownhall
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The Ghost Creeper is instantly recognisable by his top hat and Dickensian overcoat. Played by performer Gary Goldthorpe, the Creeper is a storyteller who frequently spooks audiences with new stories and facts. He takes visitors on an 75-minute tour through York, setting off at 7.30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Coppergate Walk, outside Jorvik Viking Centre. Private group bookings can be arranged for alternative times.
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The DealOn an afternoon visit to Cafe Fleur, patrons can tuck into finger sandwiches with fillings such as roast ham, and cheese and tuna. Next, guests can enjoy homemade fruit or cheese scones with jams and clotted cream plus assorted cake. Diners can stay refreshed with a choice of tea or coffee each. Customers should note that menu items are subject to change.
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Sunday 14th February - An evening of live singing with a sections of the Greatest Love songs from Musical Theatre. All funds raised go to support this amazing local group and will go towards their production of Legally Blond later in the year.
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The Moonbeams and Friends Settle folk festival 2016 have a number of acts for your enjoyment this year, firstly The Moonbeams themselves play original music which brings out the wonderful culture of the dales, their recent album Watching Wildlife came 37th in The Telegraphs top folk albums of 2015. The William Small Small Orchestra is led by the legendary Mike Harding who is accompanied by his very own foot stomping Ceilidh band. Also joining the line up is Ben Avison and Sam Lawrence who are two very talented and outstanding local musicians again play original songs on guitars, pipes, whistles, mandolin and the accordion. Karin Grandal-Park and Rosie Glegg will play original songs together with both traditional and contemporary covers, during the songs they include the use of guitars, banjo's and harmonies. The doors open at 6.45pm and the tickets for this event are £5. For more information about this event or to get in touch with the organizers got to www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk.
Dates for Yorkshire Warrior announced for 2016 - 5 or 10 miles Rudding Estate 30th April 2016 and 10km Ripley Castle Estate 24th September 2016 - http://www.yorkshirewarrior.com/ for all entry information.
Pamper Day Package with Two Treatments and Champagne Afternoon Tea for One or Two at 4* Majestic Hotel
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The four-star 19th-century Majestic Hotel is nestled in eight acres of private gardens in the heart of Harrogate. It features 170 guest rooms with Wi-Fi access and TVs. The Majestic Restaurant offers a variety of British and European dishes, with the menu changing daily. Guests can swim in an indoor pool, relax in a sauna, work out in a gym, and enjoy a range of pampering treatments in the hotel's beauty rooms.
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