Tamworth Folk Ramblings

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Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club

Tamworth Folk Ramblings

Paul Mills - 18th May

Revenge of the Wrinklies - 8th June Page Diary

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The Pleasures of Rambling

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Folk Moot

Buddy Holly

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The Ukulele Bash

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13th -14th July

Tamworth Heritage

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Rambling Photos

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Colliery Memorial

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Bletchley Park Crossword

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The Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club meets at Bolehall Manor Club in a comfortable room with a separate bar area. There is a large car park. It meets every Friday evening for a fairly prompt start at 8.30pm with an informal sing-around format on most of these evenings. Any visiting performers are welcomed. Special guest evenings are held about four times a year as well as occasional feature nights, as advertised on the web site. The club is closed throughout the month of August and re-opens on the first Friday in September. www.tamworthfolkclub.co.uk/ http://www.bolehallmanorclub.co.uk/

Dates for your Diary: 18th May - Paul Mills 8th June - Revenge of the Wrinklies 13th -14th July - Folk Moot 21st Sept - Wild Clover 16th Nov - Duffy Brothers 21st Dec - Christmas "Do"

Folk Moot News:

The Buttons will be there!

Folk Moot News:

Stalls outside Sat pm!

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The Pleasures of Rambling Courtesy Ray Clare

Some folks might sa-ay that I'm no good That I wouldn't settle down if I could But when that open ro-oad starts to callin' me There's somethin' o'er the hill that I gotta see Sometimes it's har-rd but you gotta understand When the Lord made me, He made a Ra-amblin' Man.... – Hank Williams, Sr. A traveller on foot sees a great many things that elude one who is moving post-haste. – Xavier de Maistre If you stay at home, you won’t wear out your shoes. The smoothest way is sometimes full of stones. – Yiddish folk sayings

The traveller that resolutely follows a rough and winding path, will sooner reach the end of his journey, than he that is always changing his direction, and wastes the hours of day-light in looking for smoother ground, and shorter passages. – Dr. Johnson

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Nick Dalmedo tells Folk Ramblings about the all too short career and the amazing catalogue of music left by Buddy Holly

When I was 13 years old, I walked past a neighbour‟s house and blasting from the open window came the sound of Buddy Holly singing “Oh Boy”. I froze, unable to move until it ended. Three years later, I was re-introduced to Buddy Holly and his music by a colleague when I started work. Since then I have absorbed Presley, The Beatles and all the other great originators of rock „n roll, but Buddy Holly was always and still is at the heart of my music. Nick Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club

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Charles Hardin Holley was born on September 7, 1936. He was always called "Buddy" by his family because he was so nice to everyone. His older brothers taught him to play guitar, four-string banjo and lap steel guitar, and at the age of five, he won a talent contest. Holly saw Elvis Presley sing and began to incorporate a rockabilly style. On October 15, 1955, he opened the bill for Presley. Following this, Decca signed him to a contract, misspelling his name as "Holly". He later formed his own band, The Crickets. In January 1957, Decca informed Holly his contract would not be renewed, insisting, however, that he could not record the same songs for anyone else for five years. On May 27, 1957, "That'll Be The Day" was released as a single, credited to the Crickets to try to bypass Decca's claimed legal rights. When the song became a hit, Decca decided not to press its claim. "Peggy Sue" was originally written as "Cindy Lou" (after Holly's niece), but Holly changed it as a tip of the hat to Crickets drummer Jerry Allison's girlfriend, Peggy Sue Gerron. Allison wanted the song to be named after Gerron to make up for a recent fight. The two later married. Holly wrote "True Love Ways" about his relationship with his wife, Maria. As he was still having trouble getting his royalties, Buddy was forced to go back on the road. Following a performance in Iowa, Holly chartered a small airplane to take him to the next stop on the tour. He died when the plane crashed soon after taking off in the early morning hours of February 3. His bandmate, Waylon Jennings, had given up his seat on the plane, causing Holly to jokingly tell Jennings, "I hope your ol' bus freezes up!" Jennings shot back facetiously, "Well, I hope your ol' plane crashes!" It was a statement that would haunt Jennings for decades. Twelve years later, in 1971, Don McLean released his single, "American Pie”, to commemorate Buddy Holly’s death. It begins with the reference to the tragedy as "The Day the Music Died.” Holly influenced many other singers during and after a career that lasted barely two years. Keith Richards once said Holly had "an influence on everybody" and Bruce Springsteen said, "I play Buddy Holly every night before I go on; that keeps me honest." Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club

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Got a Ukulele? A few of us are aiming to learn the chords for two songs, have a quick practice during a break on a Friday and do them in the second half. As a group, we’ll then be able to show off our skills (or lack of them in my case!) on the Uke. Any suggestions for the two songs would be welcome (though for me, please keep the chords simple!). Bob Blake Mob: 07961 370 116

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Heritage within walking distance of Bolehall Manor Courtesy Ray Clare

Bolebridge Railway viaduct was built to carry the Birmingham to Derby Railway and is known locally as the Nineteen Arches. It was officially opened on 4th August 1839 by George Stephenson driving his engine, Tamworth, over it. The Victorian brick and iron bridge, that can be seen to the left of the photograph, was built to replace the medieval Bolebridge, which was demolished in 1877 following a severe accident.

Folk Moot News:

Irish Session in the bar Saturday afternoon! Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club

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A miscellany of Rambling Photos.

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A recent walk, led by Vin Sargent, passed a memorial built in Piccadilly to remember those who worked in both Kingsbury Colliery, and the neighbouring Dexter Colliery. Vin explained the memorial and pointed out his name on the wall containing the names of all the miners who worked at both mines. The centrepiece of the wall is a miner’s lamp that is always lit for all those who remember working down the mines and to commemorate those who lost their lives.

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Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment, where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted, most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorentz machines. The high-level intelligence produced at Bletchley Park, codenamed Ultra, provided crucial assistance to the Allied war effort. Crosswords were used as one means of recruiting people with suitable skills for code-breaking. A completing time of under 12 minutes was needed. Have a go at one yourself!

Other war time crossword facts: In 1944 Allied security officers were disturbed by the appearance, in a series of crosswords in The Daily Telegraph, of words that were secret code names for military operations planned as part of operation Overlord. "Utah" (the code name for one of the landing sites) appeared in a puzzle on May 2nd 1944. Subsequent puzzles included the landing site "Omaha" and "Mulberry"; the secret artificial harbours. On June 2nd, four days before the invasion, the puzzle included both "Neptune" (the naval operations plan) and "Overlord". The author of the puzzles, a schoolteacher named Leonard Dawe, was arrested and interrogated. The investigators concluded that the appearance of the words was a coincidence, as a result of stationed troops in the region mentioning the phrases in passing, which Dawe's schoolchildren repeated. The event has been described in histories, and has been used as an illustration of how seemingly meaningful events can arise out of pure coincidence. Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club

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MITRES WELL

“Valley Of Hope”, latest album from Mitres Well (Steve Edkins, Steve Swoffer, Malcolm Robinson), features some of their often requested favourites as well as some self-penned numbers. Response has been fantastic! Get your copy! To book telephone 01827 286001 See us on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMitresWell

Rock ‘n’ Roll Last Thursday in the month.

Tree stump removal at £3 per inch All tree work undertaken, throughout the Midlands Professional and highly experienced Lantra qualified Clean and green - stumps woodchipped for use as mulch Full insurance cover . Logs and Firewood for sale Call John for a free quotation on Tel. 01827 700 269 Mob . 07920 771 591 Email [email protected]

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Live Rock ‘n’ Roll—what more could you want!

Dining, Weddings, Functions Bolehall Manor Club Amington Road Tamworth Staffs. B77 3LH 01827 62597

Bluegrass Sessions

Philip Ball Guitar Tutor for beginners and intermediate players 01827 286468

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 8.00pm for 8.30pm start

First Class Learning Children learning to succeed… If you would like YOUR child to become one of the growing number of children who are enjoying success with First Class Learning contact your Tamworth centre manager: Bob Blake on 07961 370 116 Bolehall Manor Club - Wednesdays 4.00 to 6.00 pm www.firstclasslearning.co.uk

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Beginners welcome

Tamworth Folk Ramblings welcomes articles, photos, questions, etc. Please contact Bob Blake Mob: 07961 370 116 [email protected]

Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club meets at Bolehall Manor Club, Amington Road, Tamworth, Staffs B77 3LH Tel: 01827 62597.

The Club meets at 8:30pm every Friday except during August. www.tamworthfolkclub.co.uk/

www.bolehallmanorclub.co.uk/

Bolehall Manor Club

Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club