May 2018 Newsdumpster


MAY 2018

Berlin, Berlout.

This Newsdumpster arrives on the eve of our departure from Berlin, just as we're about to sully the soil of Albion, as our 2018 Double-Crossing the Pond Tour of Germany and Great Britain reaches its part-way mark.

We did four shows in Germany over the last two weeks, and spent two days in Luxembourg City celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary (see photo above). Here is what we learned:

  • Despite its name, Germany doesn't seem to have many germs.
  • Based on our two previous tours of Germany, we spent several months learning German online.
  • It didn't help.
  • One word that kept coming up in our lessons was "Spargel," i.e. asparagus. Turns out, April is the start of that vegetable's short availability season. The German variety is white, fat, fairly expensive, lecker (tasty) and the central item on virtually every menu.
  • Luxembourg City center features a deep pit filled with a Medieval village, a river and a cave system. You get there by stairs or elevators. Quaint little bridges cross the river, while a big one crosses the whole place.
  • National speed limits:
    • Urban: 50 km/h (31 mph).
    • Two-lane highway: 100 km/h (62 mph).
    • Divided highway (Autobahn): none (use your mirrors).
  • Just when you finally coax your wheezy rental car up to 176 km/h (109 mph), a Porsche will pass you as if you were going backwards.
  • Every exit along the Autobahn features a bespoke graphic relevant to that region.
  • The German word for exit is "ausfahrt." We thought you should know that.

 Part 1 of our Double-Crossing-the-Pond Tour photo album is about done. Part 2 will begin when we cross the channel. Our 2018 Home Turf photo album is also sitting around if you want to look at it.

Guy at bar: "Say, have you ever visited or"

Bartender: "No."

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Great Britain

Thursday, 3 May, 8:00 PM
Minchinhampton Folk Club
The Old Crown
Parkend, Paganhill
+44 (0)1453 763288

Friday, 4 May, 7:30 PM
Peter Tavy Village Hall
Peter Tavy, Tavistock
PL19 9NR
Tickets: £8 adult; £4 child; £22 family (2 adults, 2 children). Contact Dawn on +44 (0)1822 810552 for tickets.

Saturday, 5 May, 8:00 PM
Cove Village Hall
Tiverton, EX16 7RX
Co-bill with our awesome friends, Foxwillow Trio. Tickets: £10/£8. Contact +44 (0)1398 331738 for tickets and more info.

Wednesday, 9 May, 7:30 PM
Hector’s On The Wey
Farncombe Boat House
Catteshall Lock, Catteshall Road
Godalming GU7 1NH
Tickets: £12 adv / £15 door. For advance tickets, please contact Julian at +44 (0)1483 421520 or

Saturday, 12 May, 7:00 PM
Beverley House Concert
Beverley, East Yorkshire
Suggested donation £10. First glass of wine free! Please contact Chris Lee by email to reserve a seat:

Wednesday, 16 May, 8:00 PM
Dunfermline Folk Club
The Glen Tavern
110-112 Pittencrieff Street
Dunfermline KY12 8AN
+44 (0)1383 721564

Thursday, 17 May, 8:00 PM
Falkirk Folk Club
Tolbooth Tavern
Tolbooth Street
Falkirk, FK1 1NL
Tel. +44 (0)7766 205 397
Tickets: £7; £5 members.

Saturday, 19 May, 8:00 PM
The Green Man Gallery
Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square
South Buxton SK17 6PY
Tel. +44 (0)1298 937375
Co-bill with our excellent friend and musical compatriot Jonathan Beckett. Tickets: £10 adv / £12 door.

Sunday, 20 May, 8:00 PM
Grimsby Folk and Acoustic Club

The Spider's Web, Carr Lane
Grimsby DN32 8LN
+44 (0)1472 692065

Monday, 21 May 8:30 PM
Runcorn Folk Club
Runcorn Golf Club
Clifton Road
Runcorn WA7 4SU
Tickets: £5.

Tuesday, 22 May, 8:00 PM
St. Neots Folk Club
The Priory Centre, Priory Lane
St. Neots PE19 2BH
Tel: +44 (0)1234 376278
Tickets: members £8 /non-members £9.

Saturday, 26 May, 8:00 PM
Penrhyncoch Social Club
Tan Y Berth, Cwmrheidol
Aberystwyth SY23 3NB
For info, please contact

United States

Friday, June 1st, 7:00 p.m.
B. Elizabeth Strong Memorial Library
6312 East Main St.
Turin, NY 13473
Tel. 315-348-6433
Admission: free.

Wednesday, June 6th, 7:00 PM
Amesbury Public Library
149 Main St.
Amesbury, MA  01913
Tel. 978-388-8148
Admission: free.

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