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The Spring 2017 edition of Tykes' News is bursting out - with new garlands of blooming folk music.

A new departure in the Review section conjoins an in-depth CD review (by Alan Rose) with a mini interview of the artist (by Nigel Schofield). Are we cutting edge or what! We call it a Twofer-view where "Alan listens to the notes & Nigel notes as he listens!" It's worth your scrutiny and could run and run.

We have two interviews for you this Spring. The lovely, and relatively unknown, Hayes Sisters. Not all of them, but two out of three ain't bad. Jen and Cath Hayes talk about recording their first CD and the thrill of performing together.

Nikki Hampson, major-domo of Shepley Spring Fest, is led to the mic by Duncan McFarlane to explain the ins and outs of organising a successful, complicated and energy sapping festival. In 10 short years it has become a flag bearer in the Yorkshire pantheon of fine festivals. Thank your lucky stars there are selfless people like Nikki working non-stop for your entertainment.

The long awaited production of TheTransports, mentioned in last issue, is touring at last. I went to The Met in Bury to see it in January, along with 30 or so like minded Tykes. It was glorious, and perfectly formed, with sparkling performances by a cross section of the nation's brightest stars. There will be more, much more on this in the Summer. Catch it if you can, it's a transport of delight.


Sue and Pete Coe get their richly deserved comeuppance in this issue. It's widely known now that they were awarded Gold Badges by the EFDSS, so at the investiture we had Tykes correspondent Lynda Hardcastle to extract the truth of this unlikely happening; the EFDSS noticing a Northern Thing! I should cocoa...

Actually, Lynda was going anyway and Pete and Sue deserve every award going. They have worked so hard over many years for folk music in all its guises. One can only pray this transforms into work and income.

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