Tykes Stirrings

Tykes Stirrings
For Folk in and around Yorkshire
Monday, 22 July 2024
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Summer issue

Current Issue: Summer 2024

Editorial

Sumer is icumen in … the final Summer for TykesStirrings, as each edition tolls the quarters of our finishing end. Perhaps the last edition should be in the form of a goodnight ballad?

I wondered whether I was the only one who thought through the vast changes that have come about in the magazine’s sixty plus years. As you’ll see from the interview on page with Ralph McTell in this issue, I wasn’t…

What's in the Summer Issue

NEWS

Mixed News herein. CleckFest 2024 is still slated to be the last — deep sorrow. Good Grove news (too late for the Mag). The Leeds premier folk venue — Folk at the Grove — will re-start on the 3rd of June.

OBITUARY: Chris Sugden by Nigel Schofield

“Regular readers of TykesStirrings will have noticed that [Chris’s] regular piece, My Life As A Kipper, was missing from the previous issue. Not only does this remind us of his strong ties to this magazine (he previously contributed a non-quasi-biographical regular sketch column, Fools Rush In), it also serves to introduce the redoubtable (and also doubtable) Sid Kipper.”
Chris Sugden — A one-off
Chris Sugden — A one-off

FORGOTTEN FAVOURITES: Eddie Walker’s Castle Café

“If memory serves, not so long after Eddie Walker quit his precarious day job in local government for the safe, predictable and prosperous life of a travelling musician, he chauffeured Vin Garbutt to and from folk club gigs, and begged floor spots (and bookings) each time. The experience and exposure helped earn him a reputation as a singer, and as a guitar picker steeped in the work of Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt and Rev. Gary Davis.” ... “Listening to the record again I’m struck by the voice, first: high and clear, confident and kindly.”
Mainly voice & guitar, with support from Frank Porter & Nick Haigh
Mainly voice & guitar, with support from Frank Porter & Nick Haigh

ANAHATA'S CHOICE

Two, unrelated, tunes: St Piran Furry by Roger Pinsent: “St Piran's Day is marked in Cornwall by dancing in the streets at town festivals in Penzance and other Cornish towns” and The North Downs Way by Chris Wood… “a 156 mile footpath through Surrey to the Kent Coast at Dover… recorded with Andy Cutting on the album Knock John”
Spoilt for choice
Spoilt for choice

Our Last Summer: “The Old Ways Are Changing You Cannot Deny”:

Some festivals disappeared in the pandemic; others have reduced budgets and new organisers; new festivals may not feel TykesStirrings fits their demographic. So as days grow warmer, nights grow shorter, Whitby, Cambridge, Sheffield, Underneath the Stars, Cropredy etc. come and go as they have for decades, and here we are in the last ever Summer edition of TykesStirrings.”
The last Stand-Alone Stirrings
The last Stand-Alone Stirrings

2fer~View

Nigel reviews, then grills, Paul Thompson on Jake & Nadine. “PAUL THOMPSON IS such a regular presence in the recent pages of TykesStirrings that he’ll probably expect an invitation to the next staff party … The Nadine of the title was Jake’s guitar through the 1970s – on stage, record and TV appearances. ”
A hug for Nadine
A hug for Nadine

NIC HALL: It All Comes Round Again

“Having been asked to write a companion piece to the tour preview I put together, I must confess I struggled with it. … A straightforward, chronological approach would be too long… so I’ve gone for random thoughts and impressions…”

INTERVIEW: Ireland to Australia via Croydon

Ralph McTell - “I’d planned to play West Fourth Street & Jones every night, but in the end didn’t manage it. But I was pleased how well it went down when I did. Close Shave got a lot of favourable comments too, probably because it’s a rare comedy moment in a McTell show.”
Streets ahead
Streets ahead

TAKE 5 … LIVE: Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

“Cohen burst onto the folk scene in his teens with the trio Granny’s Attic, along with schoolmates George Sansome and Lewis Wood, and in recent years has also embarked on a solo career. A powerful singer and player of the Anglo concertina and melodeon, Cohen’s solo repertoire is rooted in the English folk tradition … My thanks to Cohen for selecting his favourite 5Live gigs.”
Many buttons, so few fingers
Many buttons, so few fingers

FEASTS MOVEABLE & STUCK FAST

No 3: Summer Days & Ways — “The majority of these [feast days] died out as our serotinal schedules mutated and became focused on school holidays, family vacations (increasingly overseas), city breaks and weekend music festivals … I should issue a Cornish Saint warning since there is a veritable canon of them in the course of the quarter.”
Grunting in Grassington
Grunting in Grassington

CD REVIEWS

Home & Away — from Pete Morton via Allan Taylor to Banter, it’s NationWide.

If you go down to the Woods in May

In Search Of … Popular Music, its roots and branches - “Over time we trundle further, and Greensleeves becomes a disappearing dot in the rearview mirror. We pass Big Ballads, poems (labelled Songs) by Wyatt, Skelton and even Chaucer, the bizarre middle riddle songs at the start of the Child Ballads, Medieval English lyrics – all surely songs once, but ceasing to be so in the absence of melody. Then, suddenly we are drawn to a halt in the early 13th century, in Reading, …”
Can’t see the Wood
Can’t see the Wood

AND ANOTHER THING

LoFi / HiHopes – Jim Shipley rewinds. “Over the years, many folk musicians have produced cassettes to sell at concerts and festivals – notable among them were Gregson & Collister … and Fairport Convention … Original copies now change hands for silly money, but were those cassettes really a viable music format or just a throwaway memento?”
“Convenience trumps quality”
“Convenience trumps quality”

FILOFOLK

Make a date, have a sing, sink a pint.

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