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Post by Ganondorf »

WOW !!!!!
That trip to samois was completely amazing,the best yet. The people are all so freiendly and the best thing is that you hardly get any sleep due to the all night jamming.There are some really amazing players there and are really an inspiration to watch. Just when you think you are getting the hang of this Django playing ,them gypsys just blow your mind!
The only downside now is that there is another 12 months to wait for it to come round again :(

C'mon people,post your comments and tell us your highs and lows of this years festival ( if you went).
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I agree This festival is great!
It was the first time for me and unfortunantely I could just be there for two days (thursday and friday) So next year I'll probably be there for a whole week!
The best thing that happened to me was jamming with bireli and some other guitarists thursday night at chez.... I also liked the stochelo concert very much.
It was really cool!

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init so who went to which campsite i went to samouro it was great the best year soo far this was due to the fact that it was more social ball than anyother year and werent to many jams this meant it was easier to relax and get in a jam you wanteed to. the bbq on mon was great food was awesome. oh wat was thge other campsite like petit barbou :D
Will get there in the end!!!!!!!!!! I wish my fingers were longer!
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i took some photos but I wont get them all up for at least a few more days. i think I have about 100.

http://www.pbase.com/djangofan/samois06

some interesting things I learned while at Samois:
1. the campsite is a 30-45 minute hike from the festival location
2. chez fernand is only 100 yards from the festival location
3. djangos grave and the little cafe is up the hill about 20 minutes walk
4. taxis from thomery, boi-le-roi, and fontainbleau cost about 10-20 euro
5. the bus system is great but only runs one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening.
6. bring a jamming buddy to the festival with you... lol

these things are obvious after I have visited but nobody ever mentioned to me before I went.
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Post by saxappeal »

Hi all,

Just wanted to say fantastic year! As previously said atmosphere great, far more socialising and some great jamming sessions.

Shame we were split up a bit on different sites, but at least the site was not packed out like several years ago.

Great to see Paulo took over the bar on the front. So now the standard of food has improved and obviously far friendly than previous owners.

I didn't get to see the Birelli concert, but can't say i am disappointed. Apparently it was a total shame (completely drunk and had to be rescued by Stochello and others). Just glad I didn't stick my hands in my pocket to see him.

Great to see others from the the Petit Barbeux site come down and say hello. Must confess didn't manage to make it to Petit Barbeux but the peeing down of rain put the dampers on that!
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Bireli ? what a tit. Please discuss
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Indeed another great year.

I've never played so much in many years down there and we met so many new friends. Was it cold at night this year or was it just me, I was freezing.

The satalite dish for the footie turned out to be a washout as we had no direct line of site to the satalite as we were amoung the trees but both matches were well catered for as the restauraunt in the square had a wide screen for all us sad gits.

We popped up to Samerau a couple of times to see how the other half live and say hello to old friends but all in all we were very happy down at Barbeau. With the trees to keep you cool, cold beer and food available on site and the morning baguette run made it all perfect.
Also you can walk to the Island in 15 minutes so no drunk driving for me this year.

Chez Fernand - Wow - those two guys certainly have pulled one out the bag there, it was without doubt the finest meal I've had in a long long time, awesome.

Over all - 10 out of 10 as always
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anyone care to share what exactly happened with Bireli?
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djangology wrote:
some interesting things I learned while at Samois:
1. the campsite is a 30-45 minute hike from the festival location

these things are obvious after I have visited but nobody ever mentioned to me before I went.
actually I mentioned that right here:

http://www.hotclub.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=914
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Thursday night started with the initial no-show of Bireli Lagrene.
Quite frankly he should never have bothered to turn up as it went from bad to worse.
The audience was entertained by Wa Wa Adler (spelling?) and our very own nutty Ted Gottsegen (the grin I think is now a permanant fixture as it was evident for the rest of the weekend) as Bireli continued to drink at the bar.
He was finally coaxed onstage where he commenced to make a complete arse of himself.

Childlike fits of anger with stomping offstage, messing with the mixing desk and looking for someone to help him out by actually playing something cohearent resulted in complete farce.
Stochelo came on for 4 numbers but left as it was not the Stochelo show but the Bireli show, Patrick Saussois ended up in Bireli's place with no sign of Bireli at all. Homo singing Blue Suede shoes as a filler. It was all capped off by a young boy who walked onstage from the audience asked him if he could play, borrowed Hono's guitar and proceeded to blow Bireli off the stage.
What a complete tit.

But we still love him...
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Post by DennisC »

i filmed the bireli concert...

he's in motnreal right now and in top shape... he's playing five concerts... i filmed last night's concert...
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zoot wrote:It was all capped off by a young boy who walked onstage from the audience asked him if he could play, borrowed Hono's guitar and proceeded to blow Bireli off the stage.
That's awesome! I'm sorry I didn't make it...it reminds me of a school reunion I skipped, thinking it would be boring; later I heard from a friend that a full scale rumble broke out, the host club threw everyone out, and the cops arrested thirty people. Anyway, now we know why people say Bireli is the true heir to the Django tradition!

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Post by FSUGypsyJazz »

Thats why I have pledged not to miss my 10 year reunion. I don't think I will be as successfull as some people but I am quite a precosious drinker, and I the few times I hung out with people I went to highschool with I realized they are not. So I am going to straight laugh at everyone.

Sorry off topic and, but the Bireli situation sounds hillarious.
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Samois was a blast, it always is. I was really knocked out by the amount of younger newbie players shredding there, from all over. I opted for Barbeaux , it's been 10 long years since we camped there last and the vibe is still the same. There were dudes playing in the washroom area till 5 every morning, lots of non-Django musicians jamming away all night , parties, all sorts of shit , lots of fun.
It's always nice to see old friends and play loads. I hooked up with Ted G finally, he sported the HAIR and played real groovy. I saw Zoot throw , with such deadly accuracy, a prime cut of pork , which landed with venom on his crashed Brothers cheek and slid into his shirt. Igor sang ,again. The Tarafs ruled. Mozes jamming with the Demiters was wild. My camping companion saved me on the Sunday when it was too wet to get to the bog. There was some shit too
Nolan was having a bad one, Bireli too. Someone had booked him on too late, which meant drinkies. He didn't want to play, so he got Stochelo up, who eventually realised he wasn't being payed for two gigs. When he leaves, Bireli puts Hono in the shit so he has to belt out some Elvis, comes back on realising H got big cheers for singing, and cracks into Fly Me To The Moon very nicely before inspiration waves goodbye. At this point the coup de gras enters in the form of a 7yr old boy who plays the Django solo from Minor Swing. Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen, and for your encore.....Patrick Saussois ! ( I had friends who were dissappointed with it cuz they hadn't caught him before and hoped he would burn ,but personally, I loved every surreal moment of it . I love old-time variety shows , especially the one that featured Mr & Mrs Zoot shagging on their giant trampoline)
Also, a thought for the poor guy who dropped at Samoreau and was sadly taken to hospital in a coma, and his Wife.

All in all , the lure of Samois has it all, highs , lows, weirdos, pathos, panache, food, Sylvie, Hank Jorgenson, the Seine and the Inseine.

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Post by saxappeal »

Surreal it most certainly was. Specifically for me was in Paulo's restaurant. One moment there is a jamming session taking place with a number of gypsies, the next they have made Paulo get the stereo out to play Tom Jones, Elvis and a number of other disco dancing songs. Boy they can jive. One of my finest moments. That may have been because I proceeded to humiliate my daughter by joining in the disco dancing. What do you have kids for if you can't do that.
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