AGM 23rd April

This year’s AGM will once again be virtual and will be held on Friday 23rd April. Join for tunes, fun, news, electing the new committee, and allocating this year’s official scapegoat.

If you would like to join the committee or nominate someone else to join then please contact Bethan or Andrew P and let them know.

The agenda and all relevant documents will be posted to the members’ area in advance of the AGM.

Zoom hosts

Each week our Friday Zoom session has a different host whose job it is to select the tunes. Host 2 helps with the tech. Here is the zoom rota for the next months. If you are a scheduled and would like to be moved or dropped of the list then just let us know!

Date Host 1 Host 2
02/04/2021 Bethan David G
09/04/2021 Bethan Mr Average
16/04/2021 Andy S Stuart
23/04/2021 AGM AGM
30/04/2021  David P Simon
07/05/2021 Katrina Susannah
14/05/2021 David G Andrew B
21/05/2021 Kate Jon
28/05/2021 Simon Bethan
04/06/2021 Susie David G
11/06/2021 Heleen Mr Average
18/06/2021 Ian & Carol Stuart

 

Online Workshop 21st March

We are running an online workshop for adults (over 16s) on 21st March.

We have booked two fantastic tutors:  Daniel Thorpe and Emma Tomlinson.  Both are regular tutors at the Fort Augustus Feis and other annual events and will provide a great day.

We’ll have two parallel workshops options covering Tunes, harmony, technique and other stuff.

Costs will be:  adults £25;  16-18s and full time students free.

Numbers are not limited and we would be happy to open up to known BFG friends etc.

Contact us for more information.

Christmas Break

Hoping everyone has had a great Christmas break, our Friday Zoom sessions are starting back on 8th Jan – we look forward to seeing everyone again then.

Live Music Sessions Online

We are still running our Friday evening sessions online for members. If you haven’t been for a while, why not come along?

Anyone wishing to join BFG as a member will need to contact our enquiries email address before you can come to the live sessions.

NEWS.  The Ceilidh Band will soon be meeting for live practice sessions online using some lovely new equipment we have bought.  Details to follow.

Last Music Shop In Town

As some of you will know, Bandwagon music store in Perth has closed because its owner, Pete Caban, is retiring. Today was the last day of trading, bringing to an end 42 years of business. In the last decade Perth has lost 4 music shops, including Bandwagon and Wilkie’s. It now has none. BFG always tried to take business to the local stores, and they gave us excellent advice and discounts in return.

Pete Caban has always been a huge supporter of what we do at BFG and has provided advice on PA systems and numerous other things. I went in to see him today, to give him a retirement card and bottle of wine from BFG. I came out with his last stocks of fiddle strings, rosin, a 4/4 fiddle case and other sundries. Unless you need/want a fretless banjo, or a tenor guitar, there’s not much left.

I can remember 20 years ago being able to get help and advice from real musicians in the various music shops in Perth and Stirling. But where will we go now? Online shopping can never replace the exchanges face to face with experts. Our tradition of music is based on the direct handing on of what we know to each other. Music shops have always been a hub for exchanges too. We need to treasure such places, as well as our own sessions and events. Its too late for Bandwagon, but I hope someone else will take on the role in Perth before too long. And I hope we can all start meeting up, even in small groups, to share the music as it should be – face to face.

AGM this week

This coming Friday (28th August) is the 2020 AGM. We are holding the session on Zoom using our usual Friday zoom session and there will be lots of music to be played as always. Papers for the AGM are available on the members area of this website. Please join us for tunes and fun. If you have nominations for the committee then please email them to the club secretary.