Stainsby Festival - July 19th-21st 2019
=== Newsflashes for 2019 * And the lucky parking ticket this year is 387. If you hold this ticket email us to arrange.\\ * After three fabulous days, the 2019 festival is over. See you next year for number 52. * Tickets are on sale on the gate now. Sales at PrintShack in Chesterfield are now closed. Online sales continue, right here. Just click on the Booking tab and Hey Presto! * Here we go with even more! The delightful **Bella Gaffney**, winner of the 2016 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award signs up for a first time at Stainsby, and long time favourite **Carrie Tree** joins the ranks as well. * Our latest Friends of Stainsby Newsletter went out on Good Friday, but the Easter gremlins got at our server and it was offline all of Easter Saturday - meaning none of the booking or news links worked. It's fixed now and you can also download the newsletter [[http://digioh.com/em/5933/164782/nm85xz87wv|here]]. Phew! ...What! Not on the list? Sign up ☞[[http://mad.ly/signups/81558/join|right here]]☜ right now! * **Tomorrow's Ancestor - Skeleton Crew** are added to the bones (geddit!) of the 51st along with **Miniature Universe**.It looks like it's going to be a stonker * If you're not familiar with the name **Rare Occasion** in the rundown on our home page, don't worry because it really is a rare occasion. **Judy Dunlop**, **Jon Scaithe** and **Nigel Corbett** will be playing together - which is rare - the occasion is, of course, Stainsby! * A quick bit of news from Down Under. Both **Enda Kenny** and **Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan** have signed up to be in the UK - or more precisely - in Stainsby this July. Two great acts and not a didgeridoo in sight! * Our new sustainable permanent roadway (thanks to EU Leader funding) is now installed, so goodbye to that heavy metal stuff! The grass has already grown through the new roadway so you'd scarcely know it's there - until the skip lorry comes and doesn't sink. Roll on the heavyweights, we're ready for 'em. * We're not letting the grass grow under our feet either, we're getting them up in the air with **Foolhardy Circus**. Come and try all those circus skills you've always wanted to have a go at but never dared. Now's your chance! * Ok so first up on the 2019 roster are **The Hut People**, closely followed not only **Jon Palmer** but by his whole **Acoustic Band** * Put **Saturday 16th February** in your calendar for a special **Tribute Gathering for the life of Ben Daglish**. 6.30pm at The Maltings Church Walk Wirksworth DE4 4DP Entrance £10. £5 conc or Donation to Stainsby Festival Young Artist Fund. \\**Loscoe, Mark Gwynne Jones, Tomorrow's Ancestor, Leftychris** and more. It WAS a night to remember! * **Tickets for 2019 are now on sale** (Thanks Coral!). Just flip over to the Booking tab and splash the cash! * What's more you can buy them in person (//by cash or cheque only//) from **PrintShack** in Chesterfield or send us your postal requests there. Last day for using this is Friday 12th July 2019. After that you'll need to turn up at the gate. * This year's festival, no 51, will be from the 19th to 21st July. *Mik Godly was our First Art artist-in-residence at the 2014 festival. His drawings and Mik's stories about how they were created are now in his online gallery. In a collaboration with Tomorrow's Ancestor - Mik's done an animated YouTube version [[https://www.youtube.com/embed/u0QLoqrcuyg?list=UUCIUx5_J4pTyBABiRj-z3wA| here]]. It's well worth a watch! === The Dream of Fields Appeal Stainby has the chance to secure its future permanently. The festival's future was put in doubt in 2000 when Dot Brunt, the site's owner died. Thanks to a really generous intervention by Paddy Lane who bought the house and fields, we've been able to continue running the festival for the last fourteen years. He has been realising his investment recently, putting the farm up for sale, which raised the prospect of an uncertain future once again. However he's made a terrific decision about the sale. He's divided the property, selling the farmhouse separately and offering first refusal on the fields to the festival if he decides to sell. Raising the cash to buy if the time comes, is our long term aim. There's a long way to go but we've been doing very well! We need to raise yet more money to be able to offer a fair price. If we buy the fields, we have a significantly different future for our event. A secure future, where we can plan confidently. A future where we can reduce our costs and make the festival significantly more sustainable. A future where we can hand on this event in good shape to following generations. A future that for once would be entirely in our own hands. More reasons [[http://www.ben-daglish.net/stainsby.shtml|here]] (thanks Ben) If you'd like to support us go to the [[/appeal.shtml|Appeals page]] to make a donation. Better still if you gift aid us we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 you give us! Please, please help to secure a bright new future for your favourite festival. === Sell Off Your Old Junk Another way to support our appeal is to do a massive spring clean. Dig out all that old jun.. err, I mean treasured heirlooms and sell it off on eBay. By nominating Stainsby Folk Group as your favoured charity, any or all (we like all!) of the proceeds can be donated to the appeal via PayPalGiving. They'll even take care of the gift aiding too! Check it out [[https://charity.ebay.co.uk/search/Stainsby|here]] and bring a breath of fresh air to your garage/attic/shed/loft/expensively maintained self store unit. You know you'll feel a whole lot better for it. === Friends of Stainsby Newsletter & Mailing List Want a copy of our newsletter each time it comes out? Not on the list? Sign up ☞[[http://mad.ly/signups/81558/join|right here]]☜ right now! You'll get early inside info on next year's festival and any news alerts. If you'd prefer a hard copy in the post send us an email with your address details to - **news (at) stainsbyfestival.org.uk**. Job done. === T-shirts! The **last few** Special limited edition, and dare we say Iconic, Stainsby Festival 2011 T-shirt are still available [[shop.shtml|in the shop]] - and we've reduced them to a fiver plus P&P.!!! === Facebook The Festival has its own Facebook entry and a discussion wall - Check in and check it out [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/5110505390/about/|here]] === Philosophy Walks These are part of our programme of spoken word, poetry and the relationship between memory and landscape. Our visit to the old earthworks at Stainsby, the site of the original festival from 1969 to 1974, formed part of a guided walk around this centuries old remnant of a vanished age in 2012. In 2013 we expanded the programme to include walks up to Ault Hucknall church, the burial place of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes - landscape, memory and philosophy, now that was a combination! In 2014 we explored Stainsby Common and the notion of common land and the Enclosures that ended it. Very appropriate for our fields appeal year! Last year we included the poet Longfella (akaTony Walsh) and themed the walk around the notion of "Whose Land is this Land" to coincide with the launch of Peter Hetherington's book of the same name at the festival. For those fascinated by folk memory and tales of the past, there's a blog about it [[http://earthworkblog.wordpress.com/|here]]. Feel free to join in!