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  • New Essex Bluegrass Band dates page
    and Alison is most welcoming and has a great atmosphere It also has a great sound system and a lovely accoustic making playing there a pleasure 1 Mar 2015 The Fisher Theatre 10 Broad Street Bungay Suffolk NR35 1EE With The Delta Beltas Many thanks to Anne Steel for the invitation 7 10 May 2015 The Orwell Bluegrass festival 16 May 2015 Private party Wedding at the Cambridge Union 3

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  • New Essex Bluegrass Band Past gigs page
    shops near to bluegrass venues 29 Aug 1 Sep 2013 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival We always look forward to meeting up with all our old and not so old mates at Didmarton the beer the music the atmosphere the beer the bands the beer 24 Aug 2013 Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club We played as part of a FOLK AND ROOTS WEEKEND at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club The organiser is a lovely cellist in every sense and allowed Terry to play her beautiful cello Terry was so enamoured that he has acquired one for himself and is learning to play 3 Aug 2013 Helions Bumpstead Village Hall This turned out to be a busier day than we had expected as we spent the afternoon playing with Ray Duffy for a company event Breheny fiftieth anniversay on the National Trust site at Ickworth near Bury St Edmonds There was quite a wind leading to us replacing our normal hats with Breheny hard hats Then a 30 minute drive down the A143 to picturesque Helions Bumpstead which must hold the record for not only one of the best village names in the country but also for the longest distance from the village sign to the actual village We were playing for the village Folk Festival in a concert with Ed Goldsmith who began the evening with a banjo recital which spanned a wide musical range from bluegrass to Bach We really enjoyed playing our set to a very receptive and attentive audience many thanks to the organisers for the invitation 27 Jul 2013 Little Opry Margate NEBB Sells Out Theatre This is not quite such a dramatic headline as it appears once you know that the Tom Thumb theatre Margate is the smallest operational theatre in the UK with a seated capacity of 50

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  • New Essex Bluegrass Band Past gigs page
    site with some great sets played by some of the younger members of the bluegrass community 26 Jun 2010 Private party Westfield near Ipswich 30 Apr 2010 2 May 2010 Bordergrass 2010 at Weobley Hopelands Another outing for the new tent We now know that two people cannot put it up in a strong wind At least this time we had a groundsheet so we were all warmer that last week end It was also a great relief to have Grahame back it feels very odd to be banjoless This is a new addition to the Bluegrass festival circuit the site is in the well appointed village hall with camping in the adjacent field Although it is called Bordergrass the organisers are aiming at a broader spectrum of acoustic music than Bluegrass and had a wide variety of bands including international contributions from Canada and Germany There were not that many folks camping but the concerts and workshops were very well attended Well worth considering if you are in the area next year 23 25 Apr 2010 Orwell Bluegrass Festival There were several novelties about the NEBB at Orwell The first was that our old tent whose frame has now disintegrated into a complicated metal puzzle was retired and we turned up with a new gin palace Our first attempt at assembly resulted in a tent that stopped 4 inches from the ground all around so Terry insisted we start again this time following the instructions Half an hour later we got to exactly the same position four inches off the ground At this point we realised that the tent was missing a zip in groundsheet so we enjoyed a couple of nights with the Cold Wind geddit whistling around our ears We hope to get a groundsheet in time for next week The second novelty was that Grahame was otherwise engaged at a family wedding so we did not perform as the New Essex Bluegrass Band but we were delighted to be able to support the very talented Heather Bristow appearing under the title Band as in Heather Bristow Band This was an interesting departure for the NEBB as almost all the material was written by Heather and we had to assemble the entire set in the space of 24 hours It was quite a challenge As many of the songs required vocal harmonies of the female persuasion we were delighted to be joined by Liz Taylor You can find out more about Heather her songs and her recent album Hope On The Vine here We will all be getting back together with Grahame to support Heather when she plays at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival later this year Here you can see Liz Heather and Paul Paul is the one on the right We also hosted the Sunday morning Gospel session This is always a pleasure folks sang a great range of gospel material ranging from the early days of bluegrass to much more modern songs Paul was able to lead the backing for most of the numbers but his encyclopedic knowledge of bluegrass was finally defeated by a Bob Dylan number We have attended every Orwell festival since the very first and we are pleased to report that this was the best yet all the previous ones were pretty good too Chris and Ralph and the team are to be congratulated on a well run festival with a great site showers with hot water a good and varied programme of British Bluegrass a great main stage with excellent sound and lighting workshops wonderful beer at very reasonable prices and a good turnout from the British Bluegrass devotees Even the weather was great If you have never been to this festival make a note in your diary now to go next year 6 Mar 2010 Bristol Bluegrass Day at The Folk House Bristol A most enjoyable day the concert featured Shoot the Breeze making their debut as a band intricate instrumentals played well plus the vocal delights of Jer They were followed by a great set from The Hog Ranch who somehow managed to fit in performing between organising duties and running the PA We followed the interval and the show was closed by a rousing and energetic set from the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band The day was well attended which bodes well for the future of this event Many thanks to all the organisers for inviting us 28 Feb 2010 Bluegrass Traditional Music Day at Kersey Mill Stone Street Near Hadleigh Suffolk IP7 6DP There is more information on this event at the Street Legal web site Thanks to Mike Green for inviting us This was originally scheduled for Jan 10 but was cancelled due to the terrible weather 20 21 Nov 2009 Vilnius Bluegrass Festival Lithuania We met the organiser of this festival Algirdas Klova at La Roche in August and he invited us to play in Vilnius The festival is based in Vilnius Town Hall for concerts and workshops plus some more informal sessions in Bobos a bar that oozes character We got to play three songs Friday night in prime time TV on the top Lithuanian show which is a cross between the X Factor Strictly Come Dancing and the White Heather Club The show features villages competing in traditional dance song and music and although Bluegrass was a little distant from the music they played they had lots of fiddle players so Greg felt right at home You can still see the show if it is not visible above by going here for the next few months You can find us at about 20 then 43 minutes into the show then finally at 1 hr 11 minutes The whole show is around 2 hours We played a concert at the town hall on Saturday night with NEBB doing the first half and Peter Rowan playing the second We also backed Peter Rowan for a couple of songs at the end We would very much like

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  • New Essex Bluegrass Band Past gigs 08 page
    for Greg who has been a member of the Duxford Saturday Workshop for more than 30 years and is one of their Trustees Greg s day probably year was made when a younger member of the audience asked him for an autograph 20 Sep 2008 Private function Well OK it was Grahame s 60th birthday party a select gathering of solely the invited and what an amazing collection of people There were the glitteratti of bluegrass not us magnificent motorbikers DElvis was in the building and so was a lovely lady with a great voice We got our set over with early on and then enjoyed the rest of the evening We also got to meet Grahame s family who it must be said are all a lot better looking than him Rather than bore you with more pictures of the band in white shirts here is one of the cake Grahame obviously comes from a very talented family as this cake was made by one of his relatives The detail is amazing can anyone identify the tune that the tab written around the outside represents No prizes but you will get a mention here as a banjo anorak of the first order 29 30 Aug 2008 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival Well here we are at Didmarton once more Fantastic to see all the old faces not to mention quite a few young ones again for the annual jamboree This year we got to open the Saturday night concert on the main stage We wondered if everyone would be having their tea as it was quite an early start We shouldn t have worried there was a full tent and a very supportive audience we had no idea that Grahame has so many friends It was a treat and a pleasure to play There were many highlights for us this year but perhaps the most amazing at least for me was when Paul decided that the time had come for him to consider his future and attend Bill Smarme s workshop on Sunday morning This was basically a conversion course to Rock music and how to be a Rock Star for bluegrass musicians I am incredibly grateful to Pat Ron Keedy who sent me some stills and a fabulous video of the finale where the students got to demonstrate their new found skills I have compressed it down to 9 MB click here to see it and here are a couple of stills to give you the flavour of the performance I will forever see Paul in a new light We can only hope that now he has found his true path his old Martin guitars will be found a good home As ever many thanks to John and Moira Wirtz and the huge team of hard working helpers for making this festival such a great occasion I m already looking forward to next year 12 Jul 2008 Family Fun Day in aid of Finchingfield Guildhall Restoration 4pm The Red Lion

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  • New Essex Bluegrass Band Past gigs 07 page
    version of Smoke that Cigarette Their set was given an added frisson by Ian their fiddle player leaving the stage at a run just before their first number to look for the set list he had written out in duplicate which he never found They seemed to do just fine without it As I had very carefully not brought the 5 pink hats with me despite being instructed to do so the NEBB played with pink shirts and our normal hats It was wonderful to play to an attentive audience of bluegrass friends we all really enjoyed ourselves The evening was rounded off by a set from Home Territory who were on great form Sadly Hazel didn t take any photographs of them so you will have to imagine how good they looked Sunday morning was fun in a way Hazel and I managed to take our tent down without it touching the ground a more accurate description would be liquid mud The population had thinned out a little by lunchtime and we enjoyed a less crowded picking session before heading for home As we started the car to leave the rain finally cleared up and a warm July sun appeared Hazel and I got home in a little over 3 hours Paul did not have such luck His return jouney took some 14 hours due to mechanical problems Many thanks to Kevin and his team for all the hard work we are already looking forward to next year 6 8 Jul 2007 Conwy North Wales Bluegrass Festival Many thanks to John Les and his wonderful team for a great festival We had the pleasure of performing three sets in the Conwy Civic Hall to a great audience of bluegrass enthusiasts holiday makers and townsfolk We would particularly like to thank the Down County Boys for their hard work in setting up and running the PA the sound in the hall was crystal clear due to their well spaced out Bose speaker system and the sound on stage was a treat There was a wide range of bands to enjoy we were amazed by the Czech band Sunny Side who were astounding well worth going to see if they ever play anywhere near you It was also good to catch up with old friends Chris Moreton and the Crocker Brothers and the Duffy Brothers were on excellent form They should be comissioned to make a video of the Health and Safety section of the act to be shown to all festival organisers There were too many other great acts to mention them all but we certainly enjoyed listening For those amongst you who keep track of our shirts yes we really are all dressed in PINK This aberration was due to Dixon spotting a bargain in Tesco s he managed to attire the entire band for 10 This error has been further compounded by Paul purchasing 5 matching PINK hats We think we will use these as forfeits for anyone who drops a clanger at future gigs If you have never been to this festival you should certainly consider it The scenery is wonderful the A55 makes getting there easy I have childhood memories of taking a whole day to get from Liverpool to Llandudno back in the early 60s now its quick and easy and it doesn t call itself the Festival of Friends for nothing We have been asked to come back next year which will be the 20th year and as a special treat Special Consensus will add the icing on the cake in 2008 As you have probably guessed by now all the musical ability of the band resides in the hats here we see them taking a well deserved rest backstage between shows 30 Jun 2007 The Kings Head Hadstock We played in the bar as part of the regular monthly Bluegrass and Old Time concerts organised by Michelina and Richard Partridge regular except that there will not be any concerts for the next two months It was really nice to play to a large attentive and appreciative audience Although Richard had promised to pack the front row with hecklers they must have arrived too late to get seats 28 May 2007 Finchingfield May Fayre Considering how dry the weather has been over the past several months what are the odds of it raining all day However despite the inclement weather which did its best to douse the spirits the Finchingfield May Fayre took place more or less as planned We warmed up in the Village Hall and then playing for the best part of 2 hours in the Fox We occupied a space of about 1 5 x 1 5 metres This must be the most confined space ever occupied by a five piece bluegrass band working around 1 microphone 20 May 2007 6th Suffolk Bluegrass Acoustic Country Music Day The George High Street Hadleigh Suffolk Despite some of us only just managing to get back from Holland in time to play as we missed our ferry this was an excellent day of acoustic music with a strong Bluegrass flavour The weather was warm and sunny and this brought out a good crowd of musicians and enthusiasts The venue worked well providing a stage area outside in the back yard plus several spaces for picking which were well utilised Many thanks to Mike Green for inviting us to play 17 18 May 2007 10th European World Of Bluegrass Festival Voorthuizen The Netherlands This festival is an amazing jamboree of some of the best bands in Europe plus a few from the USA Each band got to play one set of 25 minutes there were 42 bands altogether There were also opportunities to play at venues in Voorthuizen The picture below shows us playing at a cafe within walking distance of the festival The festival performace took place in the main hall at the t Trefpunt The PA system was excellent and it was a

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  • New Essex Bluegrass Band Past gigs 06 page
    will agree We put the error down to Dixon being somewhat flustered at the start of the set He broke a string just before we went on stage and had to use a right handed banjo string on his left handed banjo Fitting the string took much longer than usual due to the loop being on the wrong end The New Essex Bluegrass Band appeared by kind permission of Frog and Donut Records 18 Nov 2006 Barn dance at Henham village The New Essex Bluegrass band provided an evening of bluegrass and barn dancing in aid of the local Church of St Mary the Virgin We took the opportunity to try out a couple of new songs 9 Sep 2006 Slough Canal Festival Bloom Park Middlegreen Road Langley Slough During the afternoon we played an hour set for the people who had come to the festival To make it interesting we had a noisy fairground behind us an enthusiastic PA announcer on one side a ferret race on the other and a sheep dog trial in front I kid you not It was somewhat noisy The public side of the festival closed around 5 p m and in the evening we played a couple of sets for the canal boat owners this was much more enjoyable for us as the fair PA ferrets and sheep dogs had gone home There are quite enough pictures of us playing in a tent so you can imagine the gig Instead above is a picture of Vicky and Charlie Tustian s Dutch barge Ro An where we spent some time picking during the day To the left is the band with Vicky passing a pleasant afternoon Thanks to her and Charlie and Joe for their hospitality 2 Sep 2006 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival Firstly can we congratulate John and Moira Wirtz and their team on a great festival it was a pleasure to be there Secondly can we apologise to folks who missed our set as we were asked to go on early to resolve a scheduling problem It was great to play to such a large and supportive audience we only hope that they enjoyed themselves half as much as we did Mind you due to the weather we were thinking of changing the title of our opening number from Cold Wind to Cold Force 9 Gale 28 Aug 2006 St Julians Sevenoaks Kent TN15 0RX Bluegrass Festival Kentucky to Kent UK Appalachian music and dance in the Garden of England According to the BBC weather we were in for a breezy afternoon of sun and clouds they forgot to mention the occasional downpour However despite the weather this was another great bluegrass day at St Julians with a good crowd and lots of picking many thanks to Rick Townend and the club Here we see Dixon strutting his stuff in the bar during one of the rain stoped play interludes The rain seems to have affected the bass which burst into bloom We

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