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Tykes' News Summer Issue
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Welcome to Summer and the approach of the Festival season. One hopes the weather has improved by the time you read this issue of Tykes. There’s lots to enjoy – plenty to amuse, inform and entertain.
Cast your clouts, remove them from view, consign them to attic/cellar/garage, Summer is here – even if the skies deny it. The Morris has danced up the sun and the 'Obby 'Oss has been teased; get out to them festivals and gatherings, a list of which you will find in FiloFolk. Space decreed only July & August unfortunately, but the internet is your friend in this. FiloFolk also contains lists of clubs closed and open through the Summer, our gift to save you travelling in vain. We think of you and the environment in equal measure.
INTERVIEWSWhiskey Priest: Gary Miller and poet Keith Armstrong have made an epic production with supporting boxed set of book and three CDs.
Paul Downes talks about his collaborations and the experience of gigging solo.
BACKtrackThe House of the Rising Sun: Nigel Schofield reveals the surprising English genesis of this famous song. You couldn't make it up - or have we!
- RoseCastle Rambles. Oh, what a show! or several spread over three months and witnessed by the RoseCastles. You get a ringside seat as they zigzag up hill and down dale across the Ridings.
- Spiv Promotions. Jim Shipley tells us of the ups and downs of promoting folk music in the early noughties.
- Lore & the Living Archive is a new multi media show put together from Doc Rowe's extensive collections from all over the British Isles, by photographer Bryony Bainbridge, printmaker and poet Natalie Reid, and multimedia artist Anna FC Smith.
- Anahata presents two tunes for the price of one, Northern Lass and Northern Frisk… do I spot a theme?
- John Curtin has sent in a song newly written, Their Sangs Will Aye Live On, inspired in part by the sad passing of Brian Senior.
- Duncan McFarlane has more hints a la mode, including pictures of his fair hands expressively fretting.
OBITUARIESWe have lost two greats in the past few months months, Liam O'Flynn and Brian Senior.
- Pete Fawcett, who took the definitive photograph of Liam, tells us of his links with our area and the career of the world renowned piper after Planxty.
- Brian was ever present in the Leeds folk scene, especially Holbeck Mummers and the Grove Folk Club, from the start of the 50s folk revival. Ivan Robinson, who latterly sang with him and Jim Potter, rounds up the life and times of this invaluable talent.
REVIEW SECTIONA small but perfectly formed review section this time with an aside to locally sourced CDs – Tracks of my Tykes. The Young'Uns new book, Bound Together, gets a thorough page turning, and Joan Baez is spotted in York – Old York that is.
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