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Boradstairs Folk Week playaround 2017.

The morning of the 14th of August dawned (not that I saw the dawn obviously) and I treated myself to a decent breakfast in the Comfort Inn hotel where I was staying which is unusual as it is a meal I rarely take but it was very good.  There is a full review of the hotel on the previous entry here.  Showered, fed and watered I was ready to for the road again and I really did have to be on the road as I could only get that hotel for one night and that was the last room available.  Those that have read the first part of this journal will know that I was not even booked to play, had no clue where I was going to be staying or indeed anything else but this is the way I travel and I would not have it any other way.

I had completely lucked out the previous night whilst surfing the net in my hotel and had managed to score a room in the best hotel in Broadstairs (the Royal Albion and please see the attached review on this entry) which not only is a place I had long wanted to stay for reasons explained on the review but had the additional advantage of being absolutely central for any gigs I was likely to play so it was happy days.

Broadstairs Folk Week playaround 2017.
  Obviously when I checked out of my Ramsgate hotel and jumped on the bus to Broadstairs I was still hours too early to check in to the Albion and so I headed off to the gig with my guitar bag on my back, dragging my tiny suitcase and looking for all the world like some sort of vagrant wandering minstrel.  A dear and very well-meaning friend even asked me had I slept on the beach the previous night.  OK, I know I look rough but that rough?  Before you ask, yes, I have slept on that beach before using my guitar as a pillow!
The lunchtime session in the George was a joy as I was playing with my dear friend Paul whom I have played with for over 20 years, the booked artist and a "cast of thousands" as the concept of the playaround is that anyone can turn up and play regardless of ability.
Broadstairs Folk Week playaround 2017.
  Yes, it leads to the odd rick and a very occasional complete disaster but we just keep blasting away until they get it.  For the overwhelming majority of the time it is a complete and absolute delight and there is something about a ten year old who only knows a couple of tunes on the fiddle / banjo / whistle or whatever at about half speed and accompanied by a bunch of pro and semi pro musicians that all play at their speed which would draw tears out of a stone, it is just magical and one of the very many reasons I love this festival so much.

The session over, Paul and I headed off to another pub for a bit of a jam and were almost inevitably joined by a few friends which turned into another bit of a lively one and soon enough it was time when I could check in at the Albion which I did in a rare fit of common sense.
Broadstairs Folk Week playaround 2017.
  Having accomplished that not too onerous task it was back out on the town and visit a few pubs of long previous acquaintance where again I was universally greeted as the returning "prodigal son".  Yes, I have been playing here for many years and have a lot of friends but there really is something extremely wonderful and welcoming about the place and it's inhabitants that makes me love it and it was a very relaxed and contented planxty that retired to his comfy bed in the best hotel in town that night.

Could it get any better?  Stay tuned and I'll tell you.

planxty says:
it is hard to describe really, even for a mouthpiece like me. I have so many friends, the whole atmosphere is so good, the music is of an incredibly high standard and everything just click into place for that one week per year.
Posted on: Sep 22, 2017
Toonsarah says:
I get a good sense of why you love this festival from your descriptions :-)
Posted on: Sep 22, 2017
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