Phil Explains everything!!
The significance of this winter tour is beginning to hit home. We really won’t be playing together as a Band until september next year. We are involved in some major recording projects and thats going to be a big part of early 2014 but you’ll only be able to see us separately until then. This gives Rex and Miranda a big chance to develop their duo and promote the lovely album, Sing a Full Song. Steve will be doing his major village hall project and having more time with his family. I will be playing solo shows, touring with the Phil Beer. Band again and sailing all summer. I will also be able to do the whole of the Feast of Fiddles tour for the first time in years. Looking forward to all these things. The ‘comeback’ show in September 2014 is the most interesting we’ve yet encountered. Details will be revealed when its contracted.
In the meantime, check out the remaining SOH gigs. Its the last chance!!
Bookings going steadily now. The first week in august for the cruise featuring a workshop from Steve Knightley and a workshop from Miranda and Rex is now sold out with a waiting list. We’ll see what else is possible.
FAQ no. 1.
‘Do I have to be a sailor or musician to do this’?
Answer. No. We’ve had mostly non sailors and some non musicians on all the trips we’ve done to date. Once on board, you’ll be taught how to sail a big traditional boat. If you don’t play or sing, just sit back and enjoy the sessions. This is not heavy education, its totally informal and fun.
FAQ no. 2
Could you let me know what is exactly included in the price e.g. food, refreshments. Also where does the boat sail to? Do we disembark of an evening at different places? How many workshops would there be approximately on a trip.
Answer. All food/refreshments are included except if we are in port and people choose to eat ashore. Where each cruise goes is entirely weather dependent but the range of destinations is anywhere from the Solent down to Falmouth/ even the Scillies or France (Bring Passports!) That could include possible trips to (Weymouth, Brixham, Babbacombe, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Fowey etc. (Anywhere we can get Vessels of this size into) Once in port after a longish sail, everyone votes as to whether they wish to stay a day, say, in Falmouth. (Land of my mothers!) or wherever. We try to do a session/workshop every day, usually in the evening. If we are in port for a whole day, these sessions might be on deck on a sunny day. Have a look at some of the videos. One of the most fun things is a night sail where everyone gets to help run the boat at night.
FAQ no. 3
Can you supply a few more details re food and do we moor up at night.
Answer. Once again, its totally variable. When we set off from Plymouth, we have an attainable destination in mind which is dictated by the weather conditions. ( Wind direction etc.) We could be at sea of a night or moored/anchored somewhere or we could be alongside in any of the places described above.
Obviously, the galley is not a restaurant kitchen but the standard is pretty high under the circumstances. Any special dietary needs need to be communicated well in advance.
FAQ no. 4
Haven’t got a passport.
Advise bringing passports on the grounds that we never know when it might be possible to pop across the pond
FAQ no. 5
Do we need wet weather gear?
All waterproofs are supplied on Pegasus and Tectona. By all means bring your own. You will, however, need your sleeping bag.
OMG how did I miss this one. Thankyou Steve Fairhead. Best wishes to Paul Barrere during his year off. How lucky was I to have played with these guys before Ritchie died.