EditorialTHE BIG NEWS – if you haven’t yet read Jim Ellison’s open letter on page 7 then do so now. Labouring perpetually below decks in the good ship Tykes Towers for years, Jim is the one person without whom Tykes and TykesStirrings would not have been possible. Personally, I would not even have considered taking on the role of editor without the assurance of his immense, unstinting and invaluable support. He’s overseen, and often initiated, all the changes that have made it a great magazine (and I say that with no false modesty):
For now, I know I speak for the entire team, countless musicians, and every single reader when I say Thank You, Jim for all those hours, days and years of unstinting labour at the grindstone of folk journalism.
The NEWS section ... is full of clubs continuing to book. Organisers never cease to amaze with their optimistic outlook … but the energy crisis is here, and costs begin to affect us. We urge you to check with your club landlords to see how the land lies. My club’s landlord has put an upper limit on the room’s temperature setting. A very reasonable one, which we gladly accept, and we are careful to return the level to its resting position at the end of the night. We hope this will keep the relationship sweet.