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Page 7: The NOTICES page ...takes on a different look as we lay out the plans for the near future. There are numbers, dates and information that you need to know.
COMMENTJim Saville keeping the lamp lit. It’s a shot in the arm.
"... many folk clubs have taken to the air to host the 2020’s version of the come-all-ye. I personally have been able to visit clubs all over the UK and in Australia, New Zealand and the US ..."
OBITUARYGerry Bates August 1942 - November 2020
Pete Smith takes us through a life full of music and dance.
TUNE SPOTAmong Friends. Anahata brings to us a tune by John Sheahan, with a newly written harmony, wistfully entitled for our times.
SONG SPOTWhitsuntide Clothes. Celebrating long forgotten Whit Walks, Pam Ward & Paul Sherrington weave a tale of new clothes and marching bands. "All the adults would line the roadside on the way as we went along. Then we would all meet together in the local park for a good old sing-song round the bandstand.”
Chris Sugden's MY LIFE as a KIPPERChapter 7 Sid & Henry woo Mr 'Digest' of 'Dambugger' Records and and form The New Trunch Coronation Band "I remember sitting in the label’s office, putting records into sleeves with great anticipation, and then having them available at a small folk club, hot off the press, that very night. And we didn’t sell a single copy."
LAIKIN’ WI’ LYDIABolstered by her newly acquired Covid vaccine, Lydia D’Ustbyn self-isolates with some Chilean Merlot while considering 50 years of Tykes travails.
THE TWOfer-VIEWJim Causley's DEVONSHIRE ROSES
Nigel: You’ve recorded fifty Devon songs this year. Twenty are on this CD…
Jim: I enjoyed making the recordings so much (and had little else to do!) that I didn’t stop there…
TAKE FIVE . . . LIVEIrish-born singer/songwriter Edwina Hayes selects her five favourite live gigs "My top gig memory has to be the first time I saw Bob Dylan. [........] The songs were largely unrecognisable but for the lyrics, but it didn't matter. It was heaven."
FORGOTTEN FAVOURITESRichard Thompson's Hand of Kindness
A new memory strikes Chris Manners as he dusts the LPs: "It’s hard to pick a favourite RT record - so many mean so much - but this one’s very near top of the list." : "Kindness was recorded in London, (except for overdubs) with production and cash-strapped cover photography by Joe Boyd. It’s spontaneous; raw and tender, powerful and delicate by turns".
MOSSY CHRISTIAN InterviewedMike Wild chats with this teenage powerhouse of the folk world: "I’ve always been fascinated with the stories behind the songs and tunes we sing and play, with both the stories of the songs themselves and the people who used to sing them."
CREATIVE LOCKDOWNSLynda & Alan Rosecastle need find other things to occupy their roving minds: So Alistair Russell's book CAN'T DO THIS ON MY OWN and Steve Jones' LOCKDOWN CD TRILOGY come under their collective scrutiny.
(Strictly) COMING to TERMSNo.34 - After the BRAWL is over
IAN A. ANDERSON on VILLAGE THING RECORDS:Simon Jones, “I was born In Weston-super-Mare. By the time I was seventeen [I was] living in a flat over The Bristol Troubadour.”
Ian A. Anderson is in Tardis mode, “[It] was a great place, the club which ran there was the base for a really wide pool of talent. I was in heaven.
Including Home Spun (It's all about the North!) “And it’s vanity will get you in the end, I’ll be bound.” [with a nod to Cyril Tawney]
CD Roundup: Chris Manners gets out the feather duster for a spring clean.
RHYMINGS ON THE BACKPAGEAn anagrammaticle Sonnet, a government vaccine statement taken to task, Old Man Trump by Woody Guthrie, then we go out on a Limb-erick.
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