Welcome to Sidmouth Big Band 2020. This year’s band will take a virtual form, and will, as usual, be led by Nick and Mary Barber – ably assisted by Mary Humphreys, Anahata and John Barber.
Here you can download the tunebook and the recordings which we will be using during the workshops.
The workshops will be Zoom meetings, held daily during Sidmouth week at 11am, that’s Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August.
During these workshops we will encourage participants to upload videos of themselves playing the selected tunes, and these videos will be combined to make the video used for the virtual ceilidh. NOTE THAT THERE HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD RESPONSE TO THIS WORKSHOP. THAT’S GREAT, BUT IT MEANS THAT WE WILL HAVE TO LIMIT THE ADDITION OF VIDEOS TO THE VIRTUAL CEILIDH. WE WILL TALK ABOUT THIS DURING THE WORKSHOPS.
On the Friday the band will play for a virtual ceilidh at 4pm with caller Martyn Harvey.
All will be free and access will be via the Sidmouth Virtual Festival site.
Below are downloads for the tunebook plus recordings of the tunes to be used. There are two versions of each tune – one for listening to, the other including a click to use when recording. The players on the recordings are Nick Barber (melodeon and horn), Mary Barber (violin), Anahata (melodeon), Mary Humphreys (piano) and John Barber (bass saxophone).
PLAY THE RECORDINGS:
German Dance / German Boor Dance – for listening
German Dance / German Boor Dance – for recording
Wood Bridge Assembly / West Hornpipe – for listening
Wood Bridge Assembly / West Hornpipe – for recording
Spanish Patriots / Duke of Yorks – for listening
Spanish Patriots / Duke of Yorks – for recording
Lord St Vincent’s Waltz / Madame Saqui’s Waltz – for listening
Lord St Vincent’s Waltz / Madame Saqui’s Waltz – for recording
Woodbine Cottage / A Dance – for listening
Woodbine Cottage / A Dance – for recording
As part of the workshops, we will encourage you to video yourself playing the tunes. This allows you to play a full part in the Big Band, with your sounds and images included in the final Virtual Ceilidh video.
Because video files are quite large, you can’t just email them to us. The best way to send them is to use WeTransfer. It’s free, and quite easy to use.
Here are some instructions on how to transfer a video from your phone – but phones vary, and things may not be eactly as described!
1. Google “WeTransfer” and select “Send a file?”.
2. Add your file by pressing the “+” sign, then “Files”, then “Next” and “Send an Email”, “Next”.
3. Email to email@example.com and add your email address.
4. You will need to enter a verification code which you will receive as an email. It might be easiest to read this email on a different device, don’t close the WeTransfer page!
If you struggle with any technical stuff ring me and I will advise.