London Fawm Over Party?

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  • @johnnycashpoint 7 weeks

    1-5pm at The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Road, Stockwell, London SW8 2HJ http://www.thecavendisharmsstockwell....
    7-11pm at the Stage Door Open Mic, 28-30 Webber St, Lambeth, London SE1 8QA,

    Looks like The Cavendish Arms will waive their fee so we can instead make a donation to Stand Up To Cancer in Hoop's memory. Will confirm that as soon as I can.

  • @jibbidy34  7 weeks

    Always up for it!

  • @helenseviltwin  7 weeks

    Yep - count me in, as long as you don't clash with the Texas FOP. 😁

  • @sw1n3flu  7 weeks

    Up in principle, however out of the country a lot during both months, so may not be able to make if

  • @pooka 7 weeks

    Yes. Absolutely. I'm still pretty gutted that there wasn't one last year.

  • @tomslatter  6 weeks

    I've been rubbish the last two years so yeah I'm definitely up for it this year.

  • @pooka 4 weeks

    Dragging this topic back up so we can have a FOP this year!

    Is anyone up for doing a Doodle poll? If not, I'll do it.

    There are plenty of venues we could do it at - although for the past few ones we've been at the Vauxhall Griffin, which is a good place to be. However, we could hypothetically do it anywhere, as long as it's suitable for mooooosic!

  • @karan  4 weeks

    This might be the very last EuroFOP in London 😞 , therefore I really want to attend, and so does @sentense! Alas, in this case it would have to be on the weekend of March 31st-April 2nd - do you think this would be possible?

  • @cynthiawolff  4 weeks

    oh man this would be so awesome...
    wish I was in London...
    have fun you guys...

  • @tootoobee  4 weeks

    Just wanted to mention that @nancyrost mentioned in the London post that she's in London in April 😀

    BTW, I'd try to come to London, too, if there's a FOP.

  • @nancyrost  4 weeks

    Unfortunately my time in London doesn't coincide with Karan and Sven's. I'll be there April 14-20 to spend time with Hoops' friends. I would love to see as many of you as I can, whether or not it's at the FOP.

  • @karan  4 weeks

    Oh @nancyrost, that's such a pity! I would have loved to meet you!

  • @helenseviltwin  4 weeks

    I can probably make the weekend @karan is over but will have just returned from Texas, so depends on jetlag.

  • @karan  4 weeks

    @helenseviltwin, I know for certain that there is no better remedy against jetlag than a FOP! 😀

  • @karlsburg25  4 weeks

    Wow it's tempting to fly back from Thailand for this 😀

  • @helenseviltwin  4 weeks

    @karan - I'll see what I can do; I'll just be on 6 hours later than the rest of you brain-wise.

  • @karan  4 weeks

    @helenseviltwin , I love the presence of your brain (and the rest of you), tired or not!

  • @unpronounceable 4 weeks

    I'll be in London from April 2-17 and would love to meet up with fawmers and a "it's been way too long reunion" with @nancyrost! 😀

  • @karan  4 weeks

    Methinks there ought to be TWO FOPs! 😀

  • @andybalham 3 weeks

    I'll do my utmost to be there whenever it might be.

  • @tootoobee  3 weeks

    bump! If the FoP is to happen on the first weekend of April, then that's only 4 weeks to go.
    I'd love to join you but I need to know the date soon to organize ...

  • @helenseviltwin  3 weeks

    Any London folks got any thoughts on venue? I have access to a PA, if necessary.

  • @ajna1960  3 weeks

    aarggg wish I was in London now ! I only know one other FAWMer in Ireland 😞

  • @pooka 3 weeks

    I like the concept of two FOPs - it might be slightly unworkable in some ways.

    In the past there's generally been a smaller event in May: basically hijacking an open mike with a group of FAWMers. I've also suggested the option of doing a low-key, mostly acoustic FOP as an alternative.

    However, what we do need is a regular FOP.

    I've created a Doodle poll to keep track of everyone's availability, which is probably easier than a forum thread to track!

  • @sw1n3flu  3 weeks

    @pooka you might as well get a doodle ting rollin'

  • @sw1n3flu  3 weeks

    hahahh crossed over messages

  • @karan  3 weeks

    @ajna1960, just hop across the Celtic sea and come over for it! 😀 I'd love to meet you!

  • @chrishope  3 weeks

    what if we all crash the sheffield Northern one?

  • @karan  3 weeks

    @chrishope, unfortunately this would be impossible for @sentense and myself. We also have plans to see old friends in Devon, and Sheffield is just too far away to drive up and then down again, since we'll only be in Britain for such a short time.

  • @chrishope  3 weeks

    no prob ..was just wondering if numbers got too low x

  • @karan  3 weeks


  • @djohnson 3 weeks

    I'm up for London FOP!

  • @pooka 3 weeks

    My thoughts on venue are:

    - Vauxhall Griffin (obvs.)
    - The Star (since we had the FOP there a couple of times)
    - Fortress Studios (a music studio, scene of a fun FNOP, although not the most social of places)
    - Millfield Arts Centre. A bit out of the way, but it's a good centre and I had a gig there once.

    Any others?

  • @djohnson 3 weeks

    Where is The Star @pooka?

  • @helenseviltwin  3 weeks

    The Star is in Archway, as I recall?

  • @benschiem  3 weeks

    wow, I would like to join that too, although its just my first fawm year, but that sounds fun

  • @karan  2 weeks

    @pooka, thanks for looking into this!
    @benschiem, do it! I did, after my first FAWM in 2009, and it was fun indeed! I can't remember whether it was this FOP or one of the following, but towards the end of one I purposefully baptised my flute with champagne (her name, obviously, is "Champagne Flute" ... 😁 )

  • @sw1n3flu  2 weeks


  • @helenseviltwin  2 weeks

    @pooka - are you happy to take the lead on booking somewhere? If you need cash up front, give me a shout.

  • @sw1n3flu  2 weeks

    Are we any closer to date and we'll place?

  • @sw1n3flu  2 weeks

    .... thanks to my iPhone for suggesting "we'll" .... ignore!

  • @neonpaul 2 weeks

    Ooh a party! Count me as interested!

  • @helenseviltwin  2 weeks

    It looks like first weekend in April is best. Any London based person want to find a venue?

  • @johnnycashpoint 2 weeks

    Let me dredge my brain - griffin good but needs 250£ deposit. Star would be cool. Cheapest and easiest would be booking a rehearsal room at the fortress for the day - equipment and sound proofing all provided! - but it's not 'public performance' if that bothers people. Or we hit the stage door open mic (home to Mary's musical hat' for those who remember the Hoops invasion ...)

  • @helenseviltwin  2 weeks

    Is it a refundable deposit, or is that how much they're charging for the room now? I can cover up front costs if that's what we decide to do. I think the big room at Fortress would be pretty cool. Maybe do that for the afternoon, then invade the stage door in the evening? 😝

  • @johnnycashpoint 1 week

    Refundable; but I haven't confirmed availability ... I am thinking fortress and then hit Stage Door (which would make it Sunday) would make it wonderful but am happy to be swayed. Tell us what you want, fine people and somehow we will make it happen!

  • @andybalham 1 week

    I'm willing to help out with the refundable deposit if we can get The Griffin (if that is the way we go). I'd prefer The Griffin option, but happy with any chance to meet up and play.

  • @helenseviltwin  1 week

    I slightly prefer the Griffin, but am also happy to go either way. I'm happy to cover the deposit as long as everyone pinky swears not to trash things 😝

  • @chrishope  1 week

    does any one have a contact email for benjamin nolan ? .. could pm it to

  • @helenseviltwin  1 week

    @chrishope There's an email on his FAWM profile. Not sure how current it is.

  • @johnnycashpoint 1 week

    OK, sorry, been letting the ball drop on this one ... Griffin not getting back to me so have e-mailed the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell (I'll be there on Friday for a Labour party fundraiser so can talk in person as well) and will try the Priory Arms. As a back-up, can someone see if the Fortress (or similar) have availability on April 1st or 2nd? Ahhh, I love my new job but it's eating up my time!!! j$

  • @johnnycashpoint 1 week

    Also, @chrishope I can get in touch with Ben for you - but he's living in Barcelona these days so I don't know how much help he can be, at least in terms of FOP...

  • @johnnycashpoint 1 week

    OK, The Cavendish Arms (http://www.thecavendisharmsstockwell....) can accommodate us from 1-5pm on Sunday 2nd April. It's probably a bit too big for us and Sunday not as good as Saturday; but the upside is we could do this and then those who wanted to could jump a bus to the Stage Door, Waterloo for 6.45pm to sign up for the open mic? Feedback welcome on this option compared to hiring a rehearsal room on the Saturday ...

    As I said, I'll be there on Friday so could sign, seal and deliver by the weekend, if folks are amenable j$

  • @andybalham 1 week

    Thanks for looking into this Paul. The afternoon actually suits me well as I would have to be heading back to MK reasonably early, so count me in.

  • @helenseviltwin  1 week

    I think this looks great. Thanks for your wonderful organisation @johnnycashpoint

  • @tomslatter  1 week

    Looks great, cheers Paul. I'm in.

  • @johnnycashpoint 1 week

    'Kay - Cavendish Arms booked for 1-5pm on Sunday 2nd April. Then off to the Stage Door, for those who want to, for Open Mic fun!

  • @helenseviltwin  1 week


  • @karan  1 week

    HOORAY! 😁

  • @andybalham 6 days

    Right, time to get practicing. Be warned, I will be requesting audience participation.

  • @johnnycashpoint 6 days

    Not *again*, @andybalham I thought we talked about this after *last* time? 😀

  • @sentense  6 days


  • @sw1n3flu  3 days

    Lol @johnnycashpoint

  • @sw1n3flu  3 days

    Sunday 2nd April is actually doable for me 😲. Dumb question- what's the format? Are we strictly playing FAWM 2017 songs? Is there an instrument list? I've played at the Cavendish Arms before and it's cool, nice sound 😀

  • @helenseviltwin  3 days

    It's never been the case in the past that we limit it to that year's songs. Depending on how many people show up, I guess people will get about 10-15 minutes each? I usually make @sentense play cajon for me.

    I'm happy to bring an acoustic guitar or a bass, whichever is most useful.

  • @sentense  3 days

    Yes, me and a Cajon will be there at your service 😀 (@helenseviltwin: i have a new one and you will LOVE it!)

  • @pooka 3 days

    Ack, I've been too busy to do this. Thanks for stepping in, @johnnycashpoint.

    I may be able to bring an instrument, although the only amplifiable ones I have are my old electric guitar and a bass. I also have a steel-strung acoustic, but the electro port is broken, and a nylon-strong classical, which has developed a hideous buzz.

    I've also lost my cowbell, but could bring a shaker and/or a glockenspiel...

  • @helenseviltwin  3 days

    I have an acoustic guitar pickup I can bring too. It just clips into the soundhole. (Won't work with classical, but will work with steel strung).

  • @tomslatter  3 days

    I can bring an electroacoustic or electric bass. Won't be able carry both.

    I'll default to electroacoustic unless anyone has a preference.

    I may also rehearse... possibly

  • @andybalham 2 days

    I'll be bringing an electric guitar and an fx pedal and some chord sheets if I don't get enough practice in.

  • @helenseviltwin  2 days

    @tomslatter - cool. I'll bring bass then.

    Who has a music stand? That's always useful

  • @helenseviltwin  2 days

    Also, chord sheets are generally a good idea, so you can get people to join in with your songs (if you want them to)

  • @johnnycashpoint 1 day

    I am bringing an Ukulele, a Casio VL-Tone 1 and Colin the egg-shaper. I seem to have finally rid myself of the Ocarina of Doom; but if that (as it always has) turns up in my pocket on the day, that too ... bring the fun! j$

  • @tomslatter  23 hours

    I can bring a music stand, no probs. I'll bring my little zoom video/audio recorder too.

  • @djohnson 5 hours

    I might be busy during the day but I'll try and join the open mic at night!

  • @tiller2  3 hours

    Warm thoughts to you London folks, in the wake of yesterday's awful attack. Keep your mojo, we are with you! <3

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