(Harper  Kim Fleming at the Camlin Bar, Clondra, County Longford, Ireland. Photo : Derek Fleming)

Well, me dears, it’s been another mad time but mad-good, not mad-yuk (except for a rather frustrating hip problem. . .Crikey, am I getting old or what?) but to more positive matters. . .

OK, less is more and so I’m going to zip it, here, and share a few things with you that have come my way.

. . .but not before I rave about the LONGFORD COLLECTION WEEKEND  coming up 18-20th September 2015 :

Fri 18th – Sun 20th Sep : LONGFORD COLLECTION WEEKEND  – in conjunction with the first of KAREN TWEED’S GREAT DAYS.

(Photo : Kim Fleming)
Anyone wishing to stay over for the weekend, the Longford Arms Hotel and Spa (where the workshops will take place) are offering a deal of :
Single room, bed and breakfast with full use of Spa / gym facilities @ 45€ per person per night.

Double or twin room bed and breakfast with full use of Spa / gym facilities @ 45€ per person per night.

Use the reference : Karen Tweed Great Days when booking.

The Longford Arms Hotel and Spa – great rooms, lovely food and heaps of free parking. Bang in the centre of town too!

http://www.longfordarms.ie/

Tel : +353 43 3346296

Friday 18th September :

Grand concert with KT (solo) and The Longford Collection
8pm
Barney’s Bar and Restaurant. 12 Main Street, Longford Town, County Longford, Republic of Ireland
Tickets : 7€ (advance) / 10€ on the door. 5€ under 16s and unwaged. Under 5s – free.

Available from :

http://www.karentweed.com/product/longford-collection-concert-ticket-fri-18th-sept/

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford Town, County Longford, Republic of Ireland.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

Saturday 19th September : WORKSHOPS and TALKS and MASTERCLASSES!!!
Venue : The Longford Arms Hotel and Spa, Longford Town, County Longford, Republic of Ireland.
(we tried to make the address as simple as possible to remember. . .)

http://www.longfordarms.ie/

Tel : +353 43 3346296

Music workshops from 10am – 4.30pm led by Karen Tweed (piano accordion) and Nick Wiseman Ellis (diatonic button accordion).

Karen will be concentrating on Irish traditional music techniques using repertoire from the Bunch Of Keys Tune Book 1, polkas, slides and perhaps a waltz as well.

Nick will be concentrating on Irish traditional music, French and Swedish music.

Notation and ABC notation will be available at the end of the day; however, you are encouraged to bring a notepad, pencil and recording device. All music will be taught in the workshops, by ear.

NO beginners but everyone else welcome.

Schedule :

10am Welcome

10.15-11.15 Session 1 (KT & N W-E)

11.15-11.45 Tea / coffee break

11.45-13.00 Session 2 (KT & N W-E)

13.00-14.00 LUNCH (not provided)

14.00-14.45 Flute-On with local flautists Tom McElvogue and Noel Sweeney (Talk and Tunes; open only to and free to the Accordion Course students).
This is a ‘Listen and Share’ masterclass with Tom McElvogue and Noel Sweeney (flutes) where they share how / why they play and compose; their musical styles and where they came from; the local music in Longford and their varied lives involving music professionally.

14.45-15.00 Tea / coffee break

15.00-16.30 Session 3 (KT & N W-E)

16.45-17.45 Karen Tweed’s beginner’s melodica class (melodicas provided – no experience in playing or music reading necessary).
This is a beginners’ melodica workshop with Karen Tweed.

Karen started her musical life on the melodica and they are great as they teach you keyboard skills and breathing; so you can then go onto woodwind, brass, accordions etc and the melodicas aren’t a ton weight! Perfect for adults and younger people alike. . .

Tickets : 3€ (Free to Accordion Course students).
All ages welcome.

All above events held at the Longford Arms.

Plus some non-musical-but-very creative talks for those needing to get away from those darned accordions!

Accordion Workshop day 60€.

Accordion Classes are capped at 10 students per tutor.

Tickets : 60€ for the workshop day.

Available from :
http://www.karentweed.com/product/karen-tweeds-great-days1/

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

On the Saturday the evening, there will be a ‘Despicable Ceili’ (Round the House and Mind the Minion!!!) with prizes for the best dressed character from any of the DespicableMe Movies and certainly for the best dancer (in the style of DespicableMe).

Music will be by The Longford Collection and many of the dances will be called so no experience necessary!

Ceili, old time, sets and waltzes. Oh you HAVE to have waltzes (don’t tell my Dad though, he hates waltzes!!!)

Fancy Dress (optional) Ceili tickets : 5€ / ‘Family’ ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16s – none of whom need to be related) 10€

Available soon from :

http://www.karentweed.com/online-shop/

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

Sunday 20th September :
Music workshops from 10am – 3.30pm led by Karen Tweed (piano accordion) and Nick Wiseman Ellis (diatonic button accordion).

Karen and Nick will be creating a performance big band (ALL instruments – including woodwind and brass welcome) which will perform in a public concert that day at 5pm. A kind of ‘Crikey, let’s get a move on!’ pop up instrumental and vocal workshop.
No experience needed; no absolute beginners.

Bring your instruments and voices, a wee note pad and recorder if you have one. There will be notation for melodies and words for the songs but arrangements will be done by ear.

Tickets : 20€ for the workshop day. Family ticket (you do need to be related for this one) 50€

Available from :

http://www.karentweed.com/product/karen-tweeds-great-days-sun-20th-sept/

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

Sunday at 5pm : THE POPUPS GRAND CONCERT
A lively and fun popup big band created from today’s students and directed by Nick Wiseman Ellis and Karen Tweed.

Expect madness, beauty and fun in music, vocals and spoken word.

Tickets : 5€

Available soon from :

http://www.karentweed.com/online-shop/

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

So if you’d like to come for the whole weekend, book in with the Longford Arms Hotel and Spa – great rooms, lovely food and heaps of free parking. Bang in the centre of town too!

www.longfordarms.ie

Tel : +353 43 3346296

 NB: The accordion workshops are limited to 10 students (10 for me and 10 for Nick) so it may be worth booking sooner rather than later. If you are coming overseas and wish to borrow a box, email me at info@karentweed.com

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And now – have a peek at this. That fabulous Noleen Kavanagh from Macnas gives a great interview (thanks to Vic King for alerting me to this!)

http://atribalvision.com/interviews/003-noeline-kavanagh

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And another reminder that you neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to hear / beg, steal or borrow the debut album by fiddler Brid Harper :

http://www.bridharper.com/

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And talking of Harpers, the next HARP ON WIGHT FESTIVAL  is on : 6th – 11th October.

http://harponwight.com/

Programmes are printed and ready to see; they have an amazing line-up – see for yourself and visit a super festival on one of the world’s most spectacular islands!!!

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And a lovely story sent to me a few months ago now, by my accordion pal, Andrew about some land near his house :

‘The grass on the common is left to grow long like a meadow, and very pretty it is!

People living round the common have always mowed a small patch of grass outside the fronts of their houses for tidiness and ease of access.

But now the Parish Council have decided that every single inch of their land must be meadow and exercised their rights as owners and they have banned the mowing.

One household has discovered they have grazing rights on the common so they have responded by exercising their rights and have have penned in a few sheep outside their house!

So their frontage is now nice and neat, and everyone enjoys seeing the sheep. It’s a admirable way of overcoming the silliness of petty rulemakers, pity they can’t cope with common sense.’
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And, keeping things rural, while knowing I love tractors, from Sarah Swadling who I met at the Paddy and Anne Molloy weekend recently :

Subject: A tractor I think you might like

Hello Karen!

Great to meet you in Birmingham last weekend.

I came across the attached tractor pic whilst  I was looking for something else, as is always the way.

I thought you might enjoy it.

I think it is a, slightly tatty, Massey Ferguson 35.

It’s towing a reaper-binder.

I took the picture a couple of years ago when I was recording for a Radio 4 Farming Today programme I made about thatching.

In North Devon, where I live, a few farmers still grow wheat especially for thatch. The straw has to be harvested in the old fashioned way, with a binder, because a modern combine would chop and scrunch it up too much.

Nobody makes binders anymore, and you need a little old tractor to pull a little old binder!

The thatching straw, which confusingly they call ‘reed’, has to be cut before it is fully ripe. Pleasingly, the straw is known as ‘cheesy’ when you bite it at this stage.

The sheaves of corn which the binder cuts and ties with a swish and a clack are stood up in the field for a few weeks to dry out.

Then, they’re collected up and put in a barn ready for the reed combing machine to take the heads of wheat off during the dark days of winter, when there’s nothing else to be done.

I forget why there has to be someone riding on the binder. I think perhaps a lever has to be pulled at a crucial moment. I especially like that this particular binder has been pimped with a nice comfy car seat!

Love,
Sarah
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And, lastly – some interesting things about boats (thanks to Cheryl and Jim Barclay). . .

http://bigglesgoesboating.com/category/general/

and what you can do with a disused quarry. . .

http://dalhalla.se/en/about-dalhalla/a-worldclass-oprera-arena/

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Have a lovely weekend! Tomorrow I’m off to the Eastern Isle (England) to meet up with Sandy Silva and Hannah James & Co to start rehearsals for the Shrewsbury Festival ‘Good Vibrations’ Show, directed by Hannah James. Hoorah!

xKt
(Photo : Richard Faulks www.rfaulks.com)
KARENTWEED.COM WEBSITE NEWS :
I’m now re-releasing old recordings of mine as downloadable cds from my website (thanks to Tom McElvogue) and we’ve now got :

‘Shhh’ which was originally released in 1995 with Ian Carr (guitar)

http://www.karentweed.com/product/shhh-ian-carr-karen-tweed/

‘Fyace’ which was originally released in 1997 with Ian Carr (guitar)

‘Half As Happy As We ‘ Two Duos Quartet originally released in 1999 with Ian Carr (guitar), Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion) and Chris Wood (fiddle – he doesn’t play that anymore, sadly – and guitar and vocals)

‘One Roof Under’ which was originally released in 2002 with Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion)

‘May Monday’ which was originally released in 2001 with Timo Alakotila (piano)

‘Midnight May Monday’ which was originally released in 2007 with Timo Alakotila (piano)

The downloads are in response to many years of people emailing me asking for re-runs of these CDs. So they are now there, should you want them.
I’d actually be as happy if you got your instrument out and had a good play instead 🙂

www.karentweed.com

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KT dates :

AUGUST

Mon 31st August : KT performing as part of Hannah James’ ‘Good Vibrations’  Dance Project at Shrewsbury Festival.

SEPTEMBER
Thursday 10th September – Sunday 13th September : KT at NEWRY CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Newry, Northern Ireland.

www.iurcinnfleadh.com

Fri 18th – Sun 20th Sep : LONGFORD COLLECTION WEEKEND  – in conjunction with the first of KAREN TWEED’S GREAT DAYS.

Anyone wishing to stay over for the weekend, the Longford Arms Hotel and Spa (where the workshops will take place) are offering a deal of :
Single room, bed and breakfast with full use of Spa / gym facilities @ 45€ per person per night.

Double or twin room bed and breakfast with full use of Spa / gym facilities @ 45€ per person per night.

Use the reference : Karen Tweed Great Days when booking.

The Longford Arms Hotel and Spa – great rooms, lovely food and heaps of free parking. Bang in the centre of town too!

www.longfordarms.ie

Tel : +353 43 3346296

Friday 18th September :

Grand concert with KT (solo) and The Longford Collection
8pm
Barney’s Bar and Restaurant. 12 Main Street, Longford Town, County Longford, Republic of Ireland
Tickets : 7€ (advance) / 10€ on the door. 5€ under 16s and unwaged. Under 5s – free.

Available from :

http://www.karentweed.com/product/longford-collection-concert-ticket-fri-18th-sept/

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford Town, County Longford, Republic of Ireland.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

Saturday 19th September : WORKSHOPS and TALKS and MASTERCLASSES!!!
Venue : The Longford Arms Hotel and Spa, Longford Town, County Longford, Republic of Ireland.
(we tried to make the address as simple as possible to remember. . .)

www.longfordarms.ie

Tel : +353 43 3346296

Music workshops from 10am – 4.30pm led by Karen Tweed (piano accordion) and Nick Wiseman Ellis (diatonic button accordion).

Karen will be concentrating on Irish traditional music techniques using repertoire from the Bunch Of Keys Tune Book 1, polkas, slides and perhaps a waltz as well.

Nick will be concentrating on Irish traditional music, French and Swedish music.

Notation and ABC notation will be available at the end of the day; however, you are encouraged to bring a notepad, pencil and recording device. All music will be taught in the workshops, by ear.

NO beginners but everyone else welcome.

Schedule :

10am Welcome

10.15-11.15 Session 1 (KT & N W-E)

11.15-11.45 Tea / coffee break

11.45-13.00 Session 2 (KT & N W-E)

13.00-14.00 LUNCH (not provided)

14.00-14.45 Flute-On with local flautists Tom McElvogue and Noel Sweeney (Talk and Tunes; open only to and free to the Accordion Course students).
This is a ‘Listen and Share’ masterclass with Tom McElvogue and Noel Sweeney (flutes) where they share how / why they play and compose; their musical styles and where they came from; the local music in Longford and their varied lives involving music professionally.

14.45-15.00 Tea / coffee break

15.00-16.30 Session 3 (KT & N W-E)

16.45-17.45 Karen Tweed’s beginner’s melodica class (melodicas provided – no experience in playing or music reading necessary).
This is a beginners’ melodica workshop with Karen Tweed.

Karen started her musical life on the melodica and they are great as they teach you keyboard skills and breathing; so you can then go onto woodwind, brass, accordions etc and the melodicas aren’t a ton weight! Perfect for adults and younger people alike. . .

Tickets : 3€ (Free to Accordion Course students).
All ages welcome.

All above events held at the Longford Arms.

Plus some non-musical-but-very creative talks for those needing to get away from those darned accordions!

Accordion Workshop day 60€.

Accordion Classes are capped at 10 students per tutor.

Tickets : 60€ for the workshop day.
Available from :

www.karentweed.com

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

On the Saturday the evening, there will be a ‘Despicable Ceili’ (Round the House and Mind the Minion!!!) with prizes for the best dressed character from any of the DespicableMe Movies and certainly for the best dancer (in the style of DespicableMe).

Plus for the non-dancers, there will be informal music sessions around the town of lovely Longford (free admission).

Music will be by The Longford Collection and many of the dances will be called so no experience necessary!

Ceili, old time, sets and waltzes. Oh you HAVE to have waltzes (don’t tell my Dad though, he hates waltzes!!!)

Fancy Dress (optional) Ceili tickets : 5€ / ‘Family’ ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16s – none of whom need to be related) 10€

Available from :

www.karentweed.com

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

Sunday 20th September :
Music workshops from 10am – 3.30pm led by Karen Tweed (piano accordion) and Nick Wiseman Ellis (diatonic button accordion).

Karen and Nick will be creating a performance big band (ALL instruments – including woodwind and brass welcome) which will perform in a public concert that day at 5pm. A kind of ‘Crikey, let’s get a move on!’ pop up instrumental and vocal workshop.
No experience needed; no absolute beginners.

Bring your instruments and voices, a wee note pad and recorder if you have one. There will be notation for melodies and words for the songs but arrangements will be done by ear.

Tickets : 20€ for the workshop day. Family ticket (you do need to be related for this one) 50€

Available from :

http://www.karentweed.com/product/karen-tweeds-great-days-sun-20th-sept/

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

Sunday at 5pm : THE POPUPS GRAND CONCERT
A lively and fun popup big band created from today’s students and directed by Nick Wiseman Ellis and Karen Tweed.

Expect madness, beauty and fun in music, vocals and spoken word.

Tickets : 5€

Available from :

www.karentweed.com

and the Longford Tourist Office, Market Square, Longford.

Tel : +353 (0) 43 334 2577

So if you’d like to come for the whole weekend, book in with the Longford Arms Hotel and Spa – great rooms, lovely food and heaps of free parking. Bang in the centre of town too!

www.longfordarms.ie

Tel : +353 43 3346296

 NB: The accordion workshops are limited to 10 students (10 for me and 10 for Nick) so it may be worth booking sooner rather than later. If you are coming overseas and wish to borrow a box, email me at info@karentweed.com
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Karen Tweed is represented worldwide by  :
Lorraine Carpenter at Different Strings Agency

Lorraine@differentstrings.co.uk

+44 117 904 1870 / +44 7929 135744
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