Wednesday, 2 October 2019

The House Concert and Red Dragon

Andrew Waite

I have never been to a house concert before, but I am told they are quite common in the folk world where talented singers and musicians put on a gig in someone's house for a donation!
I adored my first time.
I've never before put the word  "enjoyment" and "accordion " in the same sentence either but after listening to two hour of French Jazz, Traditional Scottish  jigs and reels and some lovely songs by a a real Scottish pro Andrew Waite.. I am now a real convert.
It was wonderful watching a guy at the top of his game
The venue was a cottage perhaps 500 metres from my own and I knew twelve people out of the audience of fifteen which was nice. We had tea and cake in the interval and I've been invited to another gig later this month! What fun!


And now a quick thank you
Yesterday I received a parcel in the post by the bad tempered postman! It was from Janice who apparently has enjoyed reading through the archives of Going Gently with some relish
She reminded me of a blog I wrote nine years ago!
It was about a story of my affection for a simple garden ornament, a pair of Welsh Dragons who always stood either side of a path  in my Grandmother's garden,
https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/2010/04/dragon.html

I complained in the blog that although, I loved the dragons I never got to own one and Janice in her travels remembered my lament......

And so she sent me this

My own Welsh Dragon
How kind x

42 comments:

  1. What a lovely way to spend an evening, and your own red dragon too. A good day ♥️

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    1. And a new duvet arrives tomorrow x

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    2. Brilliant 😁. You need it, the nights are getting much colder already!!

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  2. In Nova Scotia we call those house concerts 'Kitchen Parties' and they are very popular as well.

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    1. I need to visit Halifax jimbo

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    2. Put Newfoundland on your itinerary too! You will have the time of your life!

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  3. I've been to a couple of house concerts over the years and they were fun! One couple I know even incorporated a special space into the house they were building just so they could accommodate more house concerts!

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    1. I rather liked the haphazard nature of the beast

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  4. oh what fun! and a cool dragon! way to go replacing the duvet.

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  5. How thoughtful and generous!
    Oh the world needs more people like Janice!
    And you :)

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  6. That's a great dragon. And so good of your neighbors to include you in a house concert. I foresee one in your cottage some time down the days,.

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    1. It would be a very small concert indeed

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  7. I bet you have put 'squeezebox' and 'enjoyment' in the same sentence though.

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  8. Lovely evening and fabulous Dragon.
    parsnip

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  9. Janice's dragon gift to you is gorgeous. -very thoughtful of her.

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  10. I have been to concerts in people's homes, and on many occasions in small rooms above pubs. I love live music, and prefer it to be as intimate as possible.

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    1. As I sat there waiting for it to start I turned to the lady next to me and said I felt as though I was in a Georgian novel waiting for the lady of the house to give a piano recital

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  11. That looks like it was a fun evening! The dragon is such a thoughtful gift especially since it will remind you of your Grandmother.

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    1. The effort it took to buy, wrap and send moved me

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  12. That does sound like fun what a nice way to be introduced to some new music and enjoy the camaraderie of friends. Love the dragon so thoughtful Janice.

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  13. Some years ago we were invited to what I suppose was a " house concert". It was a world class cellist ( can't remember the name)who was trying out a new programme. It was wonderful sitting just a few feet from him!
    Love the dragon....now you need another for the other side of the path!!

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  14. Look at you being a social butterfly. There is magic in seeing someone talented play music live.

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    1. I know , I'm off to the cinema tonight too

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  15. Two unexpected treats, how lovely x

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  16. Fun music, friendly neighbors, and a dragon! The week is going well.

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  17. House concerts by folk artists are common in the U.S. and ARE fun. You get to meet the artist, hear their stories and meet new like-minded folks. Win win.

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  18. love the idea ofo house concerts, what fun. Your dragon is special, lucky you, blogland is such a friendly place.

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  19. What a gift! Sounds as tho everything is looking up!

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  20. Music and a surprise gift. Lovely.

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  21. Barbara Anne3:54 pm

    How delightful to now be part of your local house concert circle! More music in your life is a good thing.

    What a lovely person Janice must be to find and send you the perfect-for-you dragon. Sweet.

    It does seem that the winds have changed to bring good things your way: new job, new friends, unexpected fun and gifts, new dog, new duvet, and now a dragon. At last!!

    Hugs!

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  22. Wow, that's pretty impressive -- for someone to remember a blog post from nine years ago and act on it! Bravo to Janice! The house concert looks fun too. A good neighborhood bonding opportunity!

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  23. Anonymous4:17 pm

    Love your dragon. Very kind of Janice to think of you. House concert does sound fun. How nice you are being included in the invite list. Must be a word of mouth event as I’m sure spaces limited. Glad all is well with you.
    Cali G

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  25. That's a very handsome Dragon John x

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  26. Your whole post today demonstrates just how kind most people are doesn't it?

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  27. I love Welsh dragons. That is a fine one indeed.

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  28. That dragon is so beautiful - how nice of Janice!

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  29. Oh, I would have love that concert. Thanks for sharing it. And How kind of Janice. I’ve been reminded over this past year especially that there ARE people in this world who are purely kind. Janice is obviously one of those. You are, too... even if you don’t readily admit it.

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