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August 2005

Hello Everyone,

How are you all doing? It's been great to see so many of you at the festivals. Always wonderful to have your support. Talking about the festivals, I've had a fantastic time this year and have returned to some of my favourite festivals - Warwick Folk Festival to mention one was a particularly good festival for me this year.

I have visited a lot more folk clubs this year than previous years and am currently looking at doing a bit of a tour in the London, or at least Southern area. I visited Broadstairs Festival for the first time last week and had a great time there. Everyone was so nice, never had so many people offering to carry my accordion for me which is always a big welcome seeing as it weighs a ton!!

I am currently looking at one or two new ventures. I'll let you know more as and when and if they unfold. I've also done some gigs with Harriet Earis www.harrietearis.com which has been fun, and are looking to do more of the same with other musicians.

I've recently started doing some double bill gigs with the wonderful harpist Harriet Earis. You can find her website here: www.harrietearis.com. We've enjoyed 2 performances to great audiences at the Black Lion in Pontrhydfendigaid and The Cooper's Arms in Aberystwyth, and have performances coming up at the Last Inn, Hengoed, Nr Oswestry in May, The Music Hall, Shrewsbury in June and Café Loco in Newtown in October. Full details are available on the website.

The next festival coming up will be Bridgnorth Folk Festival. I always enjoy this festival as it's my local festival. I will be there on Friday night only, so look forward to seeing you there. Please come and say hello - I don't bite honestly!

Other festivals and gigs will be:

Date Gig Details
August 26th 2005
Bridgnorth Folk Festival
Website Tel: 01746 768813
September 2nd - 4th 2005
Walton Folk Festival - Walton on the Naze, Essex
September 9th - 11th 2005
Reedham Ferry Folk Festival - Nr Norwich, Norfolk
Website Tel: 01493 308534
October 14th 2005
Warwick Folk Club - Double Bill with Danansooz - WCC Club, Northgate House, Northgate Street, Warwick
Website Tel: 01926 811707
October 18th 2005
North Staffordshire Accordion Club- Holditch Miners Club, Chesterton, Newcastle
October 22nd 2005
Café Loco - Double Bill with Harriet Earis - The Station, Old Kerry Road, Newtown, SY16 1JB
Website Tel: 01686 624477
November 6th 2005
The Wee Folk Club - The Royal Oak, Infirmary Road, Edinburgh
Website Tel: 0131 6502458
November 7th 2005
Glenfarg Folk Club - Terrace Bar, Glenfarg Hotel,
Website Tel: 01577 830234
November 9th 2005
Irvine Folk Club - The Golf Hotel, Kilwinning Road, Irvine
Website Tel: 01294 551047
November 10th 2005
Star Folk Club - St Andrews in the Square, 1 St Andrews Square, Glasgow (off Saltmarket)
Website Tel: 0141 5630454

Really looking forward to my visit to Scotland again. I'm driving now! Have recently brought myself a little Mini - can't get anything in it but what the heck! It's very much like the fairground bumper cars - just hope I don't bump too many things!

2006 is already starting to shape up, gigs already coming in which is great.

Well that's about it folks, other than to say I'd like to say a big thankyou to 3 people in particular. Keith Donnelly, Andy Kershaw and Phil Cunningham for their continued support and a shoulder when needed. Big kiss from Hatty!

Love Harriet x