Welcome to the Musicport Festival Blog

As tickets go on sale for Musicport 2011 – the 12th festival, the 4th year at Bridlington and aiming to be the biggest yet - we’ll blog our way through the Musicport year, bringing you news of bookings, ideas and developments as the line-up takes shape, and a glimpse of the lives and minds of the Musicport staff and crew. We’ll be looking for thoughts and comments from you too – please join in, wherever you are!

You may have noticed that this blog was rather neglected during last year's festival. This was because we took it upon ourselves to 'live tweet' the event. Follow us @musicportfest or on #musicport you can also find us on facebook

Friday, 2 July 2010

Starting to think about Musicport again

Getting excited!

We've already had some of the small fliers for this years event which we are giving out left right and centre in the cafe. We're really looking forward to being associated with the festival again in a small way this year.

Seasalt & Passion is just on West Street, one street back from the Spa - about a minute's walk, that's all. Last year we held a cookery demonstration by Jean Binta Breeze, (above) which was wonderful! The cafe was packed, and everyone who attended had a great time. Hopefully this year Jim will let us host another workshop or demonstration.

Apart from this we are currently looking at menus for the Musicport weekend. Last year we had only been open a few weeks and already had tickets for the event, so the cafe was shut. This year though we want to stay open through Saturday and Sunday daytime to cater for all the Musicport lovelies coming into Brid. We're looking at things like currries, casseroles, falafal & fritters in pittas, tabuleh, salad boxes - that sort of thing, which can easily be taken out and eaten on the way back to the Spa (although you can always eat in the cafe too!)

Musicport brings a MASSIVE buzz to sleepy Bridlington, myself, family, friends and aquaintences all start talking about it really early and get more geed up as the weeks go by. I am really REALLY excited that Norma Waterson is making an appearence this year. The Waterson Family are my heros - some of the artists who very very influential in getting me passionate about Traditional music back in the 80s.

Also looking forward to Hut People again (Hope they are on in the evening!) who were SO fantastic last year. Also Imagined Village - WOW. Roll on October!

Monday, 10 May 2010

not just a festival ...

Lovely start to the week - bright sunshine, and that warm feeling that comes after a really lovely event - we had a house concert at Lindhead Lodge (thank you Francis and Claudia!) with Geoff Berner, the most entertaining klezmer accordion player ... so much laughing and also food for thought, and his book(let) that made me weep with laughter, and fantabulous food from Dharma and lots of old and new friends, even though some we'd have liked to see couldn't be there ...
Now we're getting ready for a comedy night this Saturday - Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Remix show. This will be a new experience for me, but the publicity looks good and Neil at Hilarity Bites hasn't let us down with his bookings yet, so I'm looking forward to it. We certainly need a good laugh after last Thursday, though glimmerings of positive activity are currently on the radio.
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to a meeting tonight with our wonderful stall-meisterin Katy, who will, with any luck, make everything alright for everyone who wants a stall in October even though we've already got more applications than space!

Monday, 1 March 2010

It's all happening ...

Well, it's been a long day (not just because it's Jim's birthday though he was awake very early with all the excitement!) - it looks like we're going to have to make a festival again, as we've sold way over the first 100 tickets - the hot-line really was hot this morning!
So many nice comments about the new website (thanks Gordon @ sneakytrick who's had very little sleep lately because of us), so many people who have had a great time in the past and just want it all to happen again ... and a few who couldn't make the paypal thing work -sorry if that was you, we've been trying our best but sometimes the technology just won't.
It's been great talking to people today who I feel I know a bit having checked the whole mailing list last week - funny how names and addresses stay with you if you've got the sort of warped mind I have.
Anyway, home for birthday tea - we've had the cake already, which means we can't eat that!

music & politics

The young David Cameron apparently bounced around his dorm to Eton Rifles, and a long row broke out over his boyhood love of The Jam culminating in Weller asking "It's like, which bit didn't he get?”. Cameron’s colleague Nicolas Soames professed an admiration for Dido (although he might have been referring to the character in Purcell’s opera ) Andy Burnham erstwhile Culture secretary (by the way who’s got that job now?) is a big fan of The Wedding Present….Does this help us judge them as people we’d like to represent us in parliament ? I have to say I doubt it . All those musicians who openly supported Thatcher (Joan Armatrading , Sir Cliff, Gerry Halliwell, Phil Collins, Tony Hadley, Eric Clapton…….) & Blair ( Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher Mick Hucknall …) & the Lib Dems (Eno & Fran Healey ..) do they really believe it did them or the country any good ? I think music if it has a part to play in the political life of the country is much better fighting against something e.g Rock Against Racism , Folk Against Fascism or by using political lyrics to make points (Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, Leon Rosselson, Chumbawamba etc ). Free Nelson Mandela, Ghost Town , Strange Fruit, Stand Down Margaret, A Change Is Gonna Come, Masters Of War, Now That The Buffalo’s Gone still resonate today . Tony Benn is perhaps the only politician who has been able through his work with singer/songwriter Roy Bailey to really bridge that divide between real politics and music and should be treasured for that even if you don’t agree with his political views. Music is an honest expression of people feelings. Politics tends towards expressing what it thinks people want to hear . Allying oneself as a musician to a political party or a political leader is likely to end up with you being sullied by their inevitable failures and inability to speak honestly. Lets hope the celebrity element is taken out of the forthcoming election

Jim McLaughlin ( as printed in The Link magazine)