Coronavirus – Friday sessions are on hold

It is with some regret that the club committee feels that it is most responsible to cancel our sessions until the situation with Coronavirus improves.

We shall look for ways to stay in touch and to share music and tunes from a safe distance.

In the mean time we wish all our members the very best, and we look forward to celebrating the return of Friday sessions as soon as possible,

– Andrew P (on behalf of the BFG Committee)

Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is having a significant effect across our community and unfortunately BFG is not exempt.

The committee met on Friday to discuss how we should respond. Having listened to current government advice we are continuing to run Friday evenings and workshops (including the Adult Away weekend this weekend and the Kids Workshop on Friday 20th March), but we are cancelling all gigs where there are vulnerable people (for example care homes) until we hear that it is safe for these to resume.

We are taking additional precautions on Friday evenings and asking everyone to wash their hands with soap and water before joining the Friday sessions. We shall also be cleaning door handles and push plates at intervals through the evening.  We are also asking that if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus then please do not attend our sessions until you have recovered. We are also recommending that you don’t borrow other people’s instruments during the evening.

We shall continue to listen for updates to government advice and if this changes then we may need to cancel Friday Sessions and other events, or take other precautions. In particular, the committee felt that if the schools are advised to close then we should also cancel Friday sessions. If we do need to cancel, we shall post this on this website.

We have a diverse membership with primary school children through to retired adults, and we note that some groups may be more vulnerable to the virus than others. We are not proposing to segregate our small community as the interaction between age groups is a big part of what makes our club, but we note that as the younger players leave around 8:00 so we shall clean door handles etc around 8:15 and any  adults wishing to reduce contact for the time being may choose to join the session then.

We wish everyone in the club all the best health at this difficult time.

Andrew P (on behalf of the Committee)

Kid’s Workshop Friday 28th Feb

We are running an extra (free) workshop with Daniel Thorpe this coming Friday from 4.30 onwards (and into the usual evening 7-8 session) aimed at kids (anyone under 18 counts!). It will take place in the Moray Institute as usual, and there will be food provided (pizza, hot dogs, sausage rolls etc). We look forward to seeing you/your offspring! (Adults also welcome as usual for the evening session!!). Please try to let us know if you are coming to give us an idea of numbers.

 

Everybody Gigs Coming up!

Thanks to Stuart we have a very full schedule of everybody gigs coming up! These really are for Everyone, so you are very welcome – especially if you have not played at one before. Even if you you only know one tune – or less than one tune – we will ensure that you get to play it! Please check the calendar for details of dates/venues and times, and please let Stuart know for numbers.

Friday 3rd

There is no hall session this Friday (3rd Jan) – back to normal from next week (10th). If you are feeling withdrawal symptoms or just want to show off the fiddle that you got for Christmas, then there is a session in Dunning on Sunday night from 7:30!

 

Everyone Welcome

To all BFG members and families you will be very welcome at the gig at Camphill Blairdrummond on 7th December and at the BFG social on Friday 20th. There are also other gigs for eveyone. Go to the calendar page and look for everyone gigs. You can show the calendar month by month or as a list (tab on the top right of the calendar) and you can also search for events by clicking the categories tab (top left).

Annual Ceilidh – Thanks to all!

A big thank you to all who contributed to another successful annual ceilidh which has raised around £700 in support of Mary’s Meals and the Perth and Kinross food bank! Thank you to all those who baked, cooked, organised and played – and special thanks to all those who came and danced and made a fantastic evening 🙂

Yuletide is coming – are you prepared?

The passing of the shortest day has traditionally been followed by twelve days of festival, the exchange of gifts and the making of promises. The traditional contribution of BFG  has been to learn   to play seasonal tunes for our own entertainment and at gigs.

This year we have a new booklet of twelve seasonal tunes, some with harmonies.  The booklet is available at the hall or as a PDF file.  It may even appear on the Members’ Page.

You know you love to play these tunes so get the book and learn your favourites. Ho ho ho.

Winter Tunes Book – ideas please

With the harvest festival of Samhuinn commencing on Halloween, we begin a period of many festivals.  While we may not have songs for them all, carols (festival songs) and other seasonal tunes always feature in our gigs at the end of the year.  We will soon be putting together a small book of our winter repertoire and its time for members to suggest things that we might include. Bear in mind that we want the range of tunes to be familiar and suitable for all gigs. The book will be ready in early November so everyone has a chance to learn the tunes for gigs in December.

The current list is this.

  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • Deck the Hall
  • Jingle Bells
  • Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
  • Troika
  • Silent Night
  • White Christmas
  • Good King Wenceslas

Send you your suggestions to Andrew B using the contacts form on the web or speak to him at the hall on a Friday evening.  If you have the dots for your suggestion, please let him have those as well.

Only 70 shopping days to the most expensive consumer extravaganza of the year!

PS. We’ve already got 3 suggestions. Space in the book is filling up fast. (Added 9/10/19)