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The Autumn 2016 edition of Tykes' News is set to wade through the shallows and onto your lectern by the last week in August.

It's the Singaround and Festival season, the opposite ends of the folk spectrum. As I write Sidmouth is in full swing, the New Forest has been and Cropredy, Whitby & Otley are on the horizon. If you are able to slip a Singers Night in between these fairly hefty folk doses for some smaller scale shenanigans with friends the rewards can be great. My local club often finds that Singers Night numbers swell with visitors on their hols looking for a refuge. We've had some wonderful evenings of new songs and new talents with people dropping in from all points; the West Country, Scotland, London, Wales and even Lancashire! Use FiloFolk to ferret out a club local to your vacation for when the weather proves foul or the company tedious or the digs dire.

To our great joy a very notable, Yorkshire based, couple have been awarded EFDSS Gold Badges - Pete & Sue Coe. Tireless workers and agitators in the folk world for more than 50 yrs, Pete is still a top flight performer, innovator and educator and Sue high-steps her way through dance workshops, the Ryburn LongSword side, ceilidhs and family dances and puts in huge administration efforts for Ryburn 3 Step. Sue continues to run weekly workshops for disabled and wheelchair bound youngsters, developing dances suitable for their abilities and providing them a very necessary inclusion.

Tykes' has an ambivalent attitude to the EFDSS after it cut the umbilical support cord and left us to live or die at the whim of cruel commercialism. We rose above and beyond whatever the intended outcome was supposed to be however, and so we rise above the petty and celebrate the obvious justice of this award.

There is a glimmer of light on the web-based FiloFolk front. It has been sadly lacking since the death of our dear friend Jim Lawton. There are moves to re-locate its web space and it could be relinked to this site in the near future. Unlike in the the past, moneys will change hands, that's how it is now and probably forever. But that's not all bad, it underlines a level of commitment and service that in the past a handshake would provide. The implicit honour system has, mainly, gone - sad but true.

“Older Then: The Protest Era” is Dylan's latest planned release in the Bootleg Series so it is important that we Re-View 'The Times They Are A Changing' the finest example of the genre. Part one looks at Side One (obviously!), the recording time-line, the album it could have been and the album it nearly was and each track gets a microscopic going over. We see that the sentiments are as appropriate now as they ever were.

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