Julie and Gav’s virtual Castle session online Sunday, 7.30pm

Keep in touch during the pandemic with live tunes and songs 

I hope you’re all keeping well and still taking great care of yourselves… None of us want to see a second wave and especially we don’t want to be part of it!

There will be another of our series of Sunday night Zoom singaround/tunearounds tomorrow (23rd May). We are continuing to subscribe and this month special thanks goes to our friend and regular participant Joe Waters.

We’ll start our virtual Castle session this Sunday (tomorrow) at 7.30pm and plan to run until our usual pub-closer at 9.30pm or a little after (we try to think of our neighbours). Please free free to pass this message on to anyone you feel would be interested.

Folks based in other parts of the country are very welcome!

The agenda is trad, old fashioned and entertaining, as always.

You can join us using a smart phone or tablet, or a computer with a webcam and mic, both of which are usually built into laptops.

We plug in a pair of computer speakers for better sound but it’s not strictly necessary. Some people use headphones or earphones. We also use separate mics set up for stereo, but many folks get perfectly reasonable results from using the mics in thelr laptops and tablets, particularly in environments with lots of soft furnishings. 

If you fancy it, turn off your main room central light off and use a table lamp or standard lamp to one side. This may give you a clearer picture and a more atmospheric light.

If you’d like to take part, email us at gmatkin@gmail.com and I’ll send you a link and a password. (There’s no need to send an email if you were involved last week. I’ll send you a link anyway.)

Workshoppers and other tunes playing folks may be interested in my latest instructional YouTube, The Sussex Polka. I play it at tempo, then demonstrate it slowly both in a simple way of playing and then with more chords, etc.

Lucy Duff has been in touch to tell us about the National Youth Folk Ensemble’s online taster sessions next week. Attendees need to:be aged 12–18 live in Englandbe able to play confidently on your chosen instrument The days are open to players of any instrument and there is no need to have experience of folk music. All playing and learning will be done by ear. 

The Kent sampler day is the 31st, but youngsters from anywhere in England can sign up for any of the days. Gavin

https://singdanceandplay.net or gmatkin@gmail.com

Singdanceandplay events cancelled until further notice

It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that planned Singdanceandplay events are cancelled for the coming months.

Following the barndance cancellation, we had hoped to continue with the smaller events, including those at Horsmonden and Brenchley. However, as we’re probably all aware from the news, the threat of coronavirus/Covid-19 has continued to grow, as has the scale of government responses around the world.

What seems undeniable is the threat it poses to those of us who are for one reason or another especially vulnerable to developing pneumonia following infection – and that applies to folks with breathing disorders, diabetes or who have compromised immune systems, which may arise due to a range of medical and surgical causes.

Gavin has asthma and cannot risk being infected with a virus that for him has such a high risk of serious illness. This is particularly true when we know healthcare services will surely be overwhelmed and unable to provide the care we would expect in normal times.

He’s far from alone in this, of course.

Please take great care of yourselves, everyone, and make sure you follow the official advice, tiresome though it is.

We promise that we’ll be back with more events when this time is behind us.

Julie and Gavin

https://singdanceandplay.net or gmatkin@gmail.com

Sing, dance and play – English traditional and old fashioned music, dance and song in the heart of Kent