Welcome back to the Barratt Folk pages. Well the guitar has new strings and the concertina has been broken and I have obtained a replacement from a young lady who says she doesn’t use it any more..
Well I thought it wasn’t a terribly good start to the year but my goodness what a helter skelter ride it has been. The only certainty was that the journey was downward. Looking back to Woolston and Bursledon Folk Club on, Sunday 26th January 2020, Martin Young shared many exciting facts about the universe. (Such as Are there Mars Bars on Mars.) And then we discovered Lockdown.
There have been some positives, Woolston and Bursledon Folk Club have brightened our Sundays with a Virtual Folk Club on Zoom. Several of us, of an older persuasion, have developed online music skills we hadn’t imagined last year. Such as the muting your microphone when somebody is performing. It was reassuring to read the faqs on ‘Livetoyourlivingroom.com’ where it says we ask that you stay muted while the artist/s are performing, so no one else will be able to hear you. Please do feel free to unmute at the end of each song to give the artist a round of applause – they really do appreciate it! This is of course an easy thing to say to somebody who is using a laptop or desktop computer where the controls are fairly easy to find and a clear indication is shown. But some mobile phones don’t have all the controls and such, so a phone user may not know that they haven’t muted. The other thing that I have to learn is to join a meeting with your sound/microphone off. The other week I couldn’t get Zoom to open up for me and had to shut zoom down and then restart the computer. Of course the computer knows best and refused to display anything on the screen on restart so a power button restart later we joined the club meeting in the middle of a friend’s performance. Now when you do this you don’t hear much but the others listening and the performer get the noise of connection breaking in over the level of the music. SO from now on must join before the start and just in case things have started early must mute microphone before joining.
On the bright side muting on Zoom has delivered a benefit for those of us who are less confident with our instruments, we can play along while muted and our mistakes stay with us and nobody else is the wiser, as long as you don’t wave your instrument at camera level.
We also enjoyed the ‘FolksAtHome’ Festival online and good value it was too while sharing some money with performers who have not been able to gig.
Our other adventure has been listening to Ian Bruce on Saturdays and Sundays with a variety of shows including introductions to people he has performed with and Solo sessions with Ian. They are very helpful at a time when we can’t get to hear performers at our clubs. He does offer an opportunity for those who can afford it to leave a contribution in his tip jar.
As the evenings draw in and the weather gets colder we had better all start practicing our Christmas Songs in case we are able to share our music at Christmas. Even if we can’t we could all stand at our doorsteps and play our instruments, from great big harps down to shakers and castanets and share in singing Away in a Manger.
If you wish to leave a message about things you think may interest me I look forward to reading the suggestions. If you agree with, like or disagree with what I have said please feel free to send a comment.
Looking forward to seeing you all in the clubs and Festivals when they reopen.
Looking forward to being able to share Event dates.
|March 2020||Closed till further notice|
|Someday||We will return|