Hearts of Oak

Performing maritime and folk music in North Devon and beyond

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Newsletter - September 2004

Hiya Folks.

Long time no see !! - Things have been a bit chaotic one way and another, and dates have been messed about a bit and it's not entirely all our fault either !

I'll start this time with our special night which is, TONIGHT ! ( It could get 'Manic' )

We are charging an entrance fee of Three pounds tonight, and we are going to donate One thousand pounds from money we have in the kitty being the proceeds from other bookings. This is to be divided equally between 4 charities of each group member's personal preference. This will be given tonight to :- The Children's Hospice South West - MacMillan Cancer Care - BBC Radio Devon's Chestnut appeal - and The Kathleen and May Preservation Trust. There are lots of raffle prizes so please dig deep. I'm not sure quite how the evening will 'pan out' but it will but whatever we do it will be a good one for sure.

You will recall that we went down to the Tiverton area to help them start a Folk Club at Halberton. Well, there has been no feed-back whatsoever so I don't suppose for one minute that the club will go ahead. It's a shame but personally I don't think that a local drinking club was perhaps the right venue but - We'll see........................

On the 3rd and 4th of July we went down to Padstow as a 'freebie' to attend the first Padstow song festival. We all seemed to enjoy ourselves doing our own thing as usual, and it was good to meet up with some old friends once again such as Tony Truscott (Kathleen and May Song) and Tom and Barbara Brown. IF it goes ahead again next year we will no doubt consider our options if and when we are invited.

We were given a treat on 10th July when we had a visit from 'Cockersdale' - It's many a year now since Keith Marsden (Their founder member ) passed away and it seems to me that for many years they had been living in his shadow. (so to speak ) they were always pretty good even without Keith but now, they have moved on from that era and have carved out a new place for themselves in the wonderful world of Folk music and song. I hope that we can see them again before too long.

The 14th July saw us at the Instow Yacht Club entertaining our foreign friends from Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia and Belarus. ( I thinks thats all of them ?? ) It's always good to hear these good folk singing their own songs either as individuals or in small groups.

We were invited to play at the Pilton Festival on 17th July but we couldn't all make it so we had to give it a miss.

What a 'Cracking' night we had at theChulmleigh Fayre. It was well supported and some of you came to that to support us. It is always good to see you as well as to hear you joining in with the choruses. Thank you.........

Unofficially, we all went down to the Dartmoor festival on Sunday 8th August. We weren't booked to play there this year, although we had been booked for the previous two years. We spent some time up in the Kings Arms having a 'thrash' with other like minded folk friends. The weather wasn't too good but it didn't matter that much when you are having a beer and a good old sing-song in a pub does it ?

On the 29th/30th August we went to the Cardiff Festival of the sea. It was really good except that we had to walk for miles between venues ! - Never mind it was worth it! The organization wasn't too clever though, and the first spot we did on the 'Walk-the-Plank Ship' (Don't ask!) the crew were not even expecting us, neither were even on their programme, It was on ours though !!! We did get to play on 'The Mathew' (Tall ship) on the Monday morning by which time the weather had improved (Thank Goodness) It wasn't all that warm in the bay though and the wind whistled through one of the venues we played at. Still, it was good and the organisers put us up in The Holiday Inn (very nice it was too!)

Shammick Acoustic.
If you can sing, play or say
or just listen
Come and join us every second Saturday in the month
The Top George, Combe Martin
Call Tom or Barbara Brown on
(01271) 882366 for more details

'Hearts of Oak' Music night
'The Mariners Arms'
Saturday, 6th November 2004
Pete Coe
Plus your very own 'Hearts of Oak'
Admission 4.00 - Raffle

The Bideford Folk Club

Every Thursday at 8.00 pm
The Joiners Arms, Bideford
(behind the Pannier Market)
Generally a Sing-around club with occasional guests
Free admission - collection

So dear friends, what of the future ???

On the 18th September, we are doing a repeat of Chulmleigh only this time it will be at Chawleigh.

Different programme though and Ian won't be there with us either. I will announce details on 11th (tonight) as I don't have any specifics at this time ??? PTO

Here's one to think about.. Remember last year when we had a 'Do' on the Kathleen and May ?? well, we are doing it again very soon ! Hopefully we can give you a date on 11th September whilst you are with us at The Mariners. There will probably be other singers there apart from us but the idea is to launch their CD. (Some of you already have them) these are collectors items a snip at 10 each. They are our recordings produced by, and for, 'The Kathleen and May' to raise funds for her upkeep.

The K&M will be charging 5 entrance fee which will include refreshments so we will look forward to seeing you. Last year it was a sell out with 75 people on board. All seated. They reckon that this could be increased to 80 guests so please let me know if you would like tickets because I'm going to have to reserve them for you, or you may wish to call David Hall on (01237) 473862 Potentially it will once again be a 'Sell-Out'

We will be at 'The Mariners' once again on Saturday 2nd October. Just us. and whoever comes along to help us with songs spots on the night. - So come along and join us...............

On Wednesday 6th October we are once again off to The 'Yetties' to play at their club in Sherborne so get your name down if you would like to come along for the evening. We leave Fairview car park, Barnstaple at 5.00 pm sharp and I doubt we will get back home much before 1.30 am on theThursday morning. Please give your name to either Gladys or Kath as soon as you possibly can - Thank you.

Before the end of the year we have a special treat for you...on 6th November we have Pete Coe as our special guest. A brilliant entertainer and a nice guy to boot, and well suited to our very discerning audience .. You'll love him.

There is going to be an event in Minehead called : 'Shanties in the shed' this is part of the 'Moors to Shore Festival' and this particular event is organised by Martyn Babb and John Nash. It will take place on Friday, 17th September (the day before Chawleigh - that's 2 late nights on the trot for me !!!) at The Watchet Boat Museum, Harbour Road, Watchet. Admission is FREE and it starts at 8.30 pm until 11.00 pm. Should you wish to come along you will be made welcome especially if you like to listen or join in with the singing of shanties ! If you would like to learn more about it then please ring Martyn on (01271) 850250 I'm sure that he would be pleased to hear from you.

Then, on Friday 12th November we are having an evening raising money for the Appledore Maritime Museum to be held at The Elizabethan, Westward Ho! Tickets are 3.00 from (01237) 422064 or, pay at the door. It will start at 8.00 pm...

So that's it dear friends, until next time. Once again we thank you for your help, support and advice. We always like to have your opinions so keep them coming. Now a special thanks for all of you who come from so far away, from Yeovil, Exeter and Taunton just to see and hear us each month, and of course to kath, Gladys, Alison and Anne who help to keep our wheels turning square though they may sometimes be ! Our very best wishes to you all, and make sure that you have an 'up-to'date programme from Kathleen or Alison. See you all next time That's from all of us to all of you Tony, Rupert, Ian and yours truly, John Parker.

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