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Gordon Tyrrall"... I’m a not writer, but the fiftieth anniversary of Whitby Festival was coming up and I thought it would be nice to try to write something. I was worried I might not have enough material. I didn’t know how to structure it – though I tried structuring it around different venues.Then the festival produced its own book to mark the fiftieth. So I just gave up really. A couple of years after that my wife Caroline died. We’d met at Whitby. I realised I could make it a kind of memorial to her.That’s what sparked it all off again. That’s not exactly how the book turned out but it’s where it all leads to."
Alice Jones"Performing with Steve Knightley and Phil Beer (Show of Hands) at the Royal Albert Hall was amazing. It was completely last minute. I was going to go anyway to the show as I was in London for an interview about the CD I had released. My friends Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak were involved in the Albert Hall gig. The next thing was a phone call asking whether I was definitely coming to this gig and whether I fancied dancing. I took about two seconds and said “Yep I’ll do it.”."
ARTICLES: My First Folk ClubGeoff Twentyman I had returned from a visit to the record section of Bradford Central Library having borrowed an LP with an unusual cover. It was brown and had a picture of overflowing dustbins on the front.The title read Oldham’s Burning Sands and it said the songs were sung by a group called “The Oldham Tinkers”. “It looks interesting” I said, putting it on the record player. From the moment we heard the first song on that album we entered the world of folk music for the first time.
Chris MannersThe club room was on the first floor, large, long and fairly narrow; the door was at one end, the musician at the other. Nothing so luxurious as a stage, but a good performing space. Lots of smallish tables, with stools and chairs grouped round; it’s hard to remember precisely, but I’d guess capacity would be about 50 or 60 people . . . and most weeks it was nearly full.
BACKtrack: The Lyke Wake Dirge"There are certain songs that have “become folk”, despite having a known point of origin: one thinks of Danny Boy, Dalesman’s Litany, Waltzing Matilda, and She Moves Through The Fair; most Broadside Ballads have an identifiable source, yet we think of Adieu Adieu,Tom Dooley and the rest as somehow appearing from nowhere; even Crazy Man Michael has been released with an authorship ignoring “Trad arr.” credit."
MUSIC PAGESAnahata's arrangement of My Lord Cutts Delight, gleaned from Henry Atkinson's original manuscript, is featured this time. A delightful 4/4 tune also called Saint Catherine which can be found in Playford's Dancing Master.
REVIEW SECTIONA real mixture starting with live Mermaids in Cornwall, two good reads in the Books section, Whitby and Essex Horses, A treats on Boxed Sets from Nigel with Whisky Priests and Dylan to the fore, and a pleasantly full local section of CDs. Not for getting all the nationally renown singers that usually inhabit the Review section.
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