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“Poor People’s Pub”, Wakefield (NH) — 43rd Birthday Bash. April 29, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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It was a BLAST!

A true birthday bash with infectious bonhomie infused in the air.

So glad that I went — and I have to thank my friend, Mal Stirt, of Wolfeboro, for insisting that I do.

It my first time to Wakefield, let alone this delightful Pub!

I have driven on Rte 16 through Wakefield, so to speak, but I had never stopped or done anything in Wakefield until today. That is going to change.

As ever I lucked out in getting to spend some real special time with Jimbo Keating the co-founder and the iconic hobo’s alter-ego. That was a treat. He, however, did warn me that they are ‘packed’ right through the Summer and that there typically will be a 20 – 30 minute wait. Good to know.

The food was good. We only ordered one 43 cent burger! Given the crowds and rush it was a bit of a wait to get the food BUT it was OK.

I had a real fun time. Loved it. Loved the ‘Shake It‘ and ‘Wipe It‘ signs. Made my DAY!

Thank YOU, Mal.


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by Anura Guruge

Christmas Revels North (Dartmouth) 2015 Goes Scottish — The Details.

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Related posts:
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Christmas Revels 2015: Cambridge.
>> Christmas Revels North, 2015Scottish Highland Bash.

>> Christmas Revels 2014: RAVE.
>> Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth.
>> Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth.

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++++ Refer to ‘Highland Games’ page (↑) for other Scottish music posts ↑↑↑↑


See this introductory post about the
“Christmas Revels Scottish Highland Celebrations”


Pictures from prior Scottish Revels
— supplied by the Dartmouth HOP.

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Write up for the Revels North Scottish Revels
provided by Rebecca A. Bailey, Publicity Coordinator/Writer,
Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center for the Arts.

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read the first few paragraphs here.

Click here to access the complete write up as a small and safe PDF.

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Dylan Thomas & Ralph McTell — “The Boy With A Note”: In Preparation For Cambridge Revels.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Christmas Revels North, 2015Scottish Highland Bash.

>> Christmas Revels 2014: RAVE.
>> Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth.
>> Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth.

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++++ Refer to ‘Highland Games’ page (↑) for other Scottish music posts ↑↑↑↑


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“The Boy With A Note” CD by Ralph McTell. Click to access Amazon listing. A musical biography of Dylan Thomas.


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YouTube video of Ralph McTell singing “Summer Girls”, from the CD — one of its many evocative, very easy on the ears, songs.


Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet (who died young at 39), best known for Under Milk Wood, is due for a resurgence of fame, at least in New England, because Cambridge ‘Revels’ (the ‘mothership’ as I call them) is doing a “Welsh Celebration” as the theme of their Christmas (Solstice) show — whereas ‘Revels North‘, (Dartmouth as I call them) are doing a ‘”Scottish Bash“. So two very British, very celtic shows by the two NE ‘Revels’ powerhouses. The “Welsh Celebration“, as I immediately knew it would be even before I read the ‘blurb’, invokes Dylan Thomas — since he is BEST known in the States for A Child’s Christmas In Wales.

Well Dylan (as well known for his dipsomania as for his classic words) and I have a connection. I know that most of you don’t fully appreciate my Welshness and have no idea that my distinctive accent has very Welsh undertones. Well given this connection I wanted to do a few posts about Dylan ahead of the ‘Revels’.

This magical CD, by Ralph “Streets of London” McTell, was a good place to start. I have had a copy of it for 23 years and still listen to it! It is one of my favorite CDs, and if the truth be known I have two copies since I like to have one in the car.

Watch the above YouTube and you will understand. Ralph McTell is an amazingly gifted musician.

There is also a story as to HOW I ended up with that CD.

In 1992 I was in London doing a seminar. In those days, from 1986 to 1998, I used to go back to the U.K. 2 to 3 times (sometimes more) a year to do seminars. So this was anothre one of those trips. The seminar was at the Holiday Inn, in Swiss Cottage, London — one of my preferred venues for London seminars. As was always the case those days I had a rental car since I liked to drive around my ol’ stomping grounds in the evening. And that is what I was doing one evening, listening to the BBC on the car radio, when I started to hear these songs. I was captivated. Loved them. I wanted that music. But for the world of me the BBC never told me who it was and where the music came from. Aaahhh!

I lucked out. All the UK seminars were invariably done for the UK IBM Consultancy firm called Xephon. Xephon and I went back a long time. My primary contact at Xephon was Mark Lillycrop, a giant of a man in many ways, and not just because he was 6′ 7″ and as such qualified per the British definition for a ‘giant’. I explained my dilemma to Mark. I begged him to find out where the music came from and to get the music for me. Mark did! He contacted the BBC. Tracked down what the program had to have been. Mark is resourceful. Today, via Facebook, where he is a ‘friend’, I thanked him for this AGAIN. He smilingly pointed out that it was NOT easy in 1992 — when there was no Web or Amazon. He is, of course, right.

So that is the story of how I got the CD.

You don’t have to jump through those hoops. You can just order it from Amazon.

Trust me. Great CD. Tells you the whole story of Dylan Thomas, graphically, with music. Basically every other track is a genuine song with short narrations, by Ralph, in between. Listen to “Summer Girls”.

More on Dylan this week.

In the meantime try saying Cwmdonkin Drive. Yes, Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea.


Revels North Hosting Scottish Ceilidh As Warm Up For ‘Scottish Highland Bash’.

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Related posts:
>> Christmas Revels 2014: RAVE.
>> Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth.
>> Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth.

++++ Search for ‘Revels’ & ‘Cambridge’ for MANY other related posts >>>>

++++ Refer to ‘Highland Games’ page (↑) for other Scottish music posts ↑↑↑↑


Click here to access the Dartmouth ‘HOP’ Website for ‘Revels North’.


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This should be fun, and BRAVO. And thanks. With the theme for this Christmas’ Revels, at Dartmouth, by ‘Revels North‘, being a ‘Scottish Highland Bash‘ this is most appropriate.

And come on the heels of last weekend’s ‘NH Scottish Highland Games‘ at Loon. Check here for just some of the pictures from Loon.

 

If you want some great Ceilidh music to see you through the winter don’t forget ‘The BrigadoonsKitchen Ceildh CD set.

So let’s get in the spirit. We already are. Still recovering from this weekend.

Thank YOU, Revels North. You ROCK — always.


Glory Be: 2015 Christmas Revels Dartmouth Will Be A Scottish Highland Bash.

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Related posts:
>> Christmas Revels 2014: RAVE.
>> Christmas Revels 2014
Songbook.

>> Christmas Revels 2014
at Dartmouth: Preview.

>>
 Christmas Revels 2013
at Dartmouth.

>> Christmas Revels 2012
at Dartmouth.

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Click here to access the Dartmouth ‘HOP’ Website for ‘Revels North’

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Click to access the “Revels North” Website with more details … especially how to get PREFERRED SEATING tickets.


It does NOT get any better than this for us. We just adore the Christmas Revels, by ‘Revels North‘, at Dartmouth. For me Christmas would NOT be festive IF I didn’t get to go see Christmas Revels. We have been going, as a family, without a break, for the last 5 years, if not six. We have also always sat in the front row. The last 4 years wehave sat in the same four seats: AA 111 — 114. Front Row, Center — aisle. Well I already got those seats for this Christmas — TODAY.

My partiality to most things Scottish is well known and documented and I even claim I am an adopted Scot. Christmas is Revels (North) and September, for us, is the ‘Scottish Highland Games‘ at Loon. Now, BINGO. I get the two morphed together. Can’t wait.

When I got an e-mail this morning from “Revels North”, from their AMAZING Managing Director, Heather Alger, I couldn’t believe it. For me it was Christmas in August. I had a ton of stuff I had to do, BUT I dropped everything, ran downstairs, got my wallet and BOUGHT my tickets. I even had a brief telephone conversation with Heather. That was a bonus.

I told Teischan that I got THE seats. She was excited. She, at 9, has been going to Revels (North) as long as she can remember — and I think she was 4 when we took her to her first. So she knows the Revels formula and the “Dancing Bee” is one of her favorite songs.

This is GREAT. I am so pumped. Thank YOU, Revels North. We will be there, as ever, with bells on.