A Weekend Music Break near Tarbes: Go by Train!
Today we bring you news of a rather unique travel experience, the chance to travel by train to the South of France for a weekend of music and chat about Bob Dylan, with a man thoroughly immersed in the subject.
Our writer friend Michael Gray shares two of our own passions: train travel and a wide range of rootsy American music. Two things which we’re sure you’ll agree complement each other rather nicely. If you’re a serious Dylan aficionado then you may be tempted to join him. His extensive knowledge of the subject and personal music collection ensures you’ll be in good hands. Here’s what Michael himself has to say about it.
It’s pretty rare for a writer to invite his readers into his home. But the British author Michael Gray is doing just that in September and October this year.
His book Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan pioneered the recognition of Bob Dylan as an important and serious cultural figure over 40 years ago, and he’s been described as Dylan’s most assiduous critic. Many books later he lives in France now, 45 miles from the Spanish border and in sight of the Pyrenees, with cookery writer Sarah Beattie. And just once or twice a year they open their home to guests for these unique events – Bob Dylan Discussion Weekends.
The maximum number of guests each time is six. This year’s dates are Friday to Sunday September 12-14 and October 3-5. Previous guests have come from Australia, Canada, the USA, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK etc.
The 19th Century house lies on the edge of a small village in deep and beautiful countryside, and guests enjoy en-suite rooms, exceptional food, good local wines and evenings of great music and talk.
And you can take the train to this unique weekend break. Take the TGV from Paris to Toulouse, and on by a good local train service to Auch, just 30 minutes from the house.
(There’s also a route to Tarbes, 30km from the house: one couple left York by train at 8.30am and, via King’s Cross-St.Pancras, the Eurostar to Paris and the fast train from there, arrived at Tarbes at 8.32pm – and on time too!)
Feedback from previous participants has been brilliant:
“I couldn’t really think of anything to improve the weekend. The food was divine and it was great to be able to indulge our Bob Dylan interest (I’m avoiding using the word obsession!) in an unfettered way!” Ian.
“A special thank you for a gem of a weekend. Wonderful food, warm hospitality and an amazing giving of knowledge.” Jill and Louise
For full details, prices and bookings, see this page on Michael Gray’s website