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Page 5 is the new NOTICES pageIt may be temporary, it may be permanent, but here's a page of stuff you may need to know.
TUNE TALESThe Indian Queen x 2. Mary Humphreys and Anahata unpick the links, if any, between these two tunes, an opera and a Cornish village.
SONG SPOTZOOMING for BOYS (or a Covideous touch upon the times): A Chris Manners original. How to Zoom and keep your manly dignity
LAIKIN’ WI’ LYDIAMore non-PC scribblings from our ancestors - some of whom are still with us! 10 years ago (Winter 2010/11) “This CD would make a great Christmas present for someone you don’t really like.”
MY LIFE as a KIPPERChapter 6 - Sid & Henry's first appearance in Norfolk "Scots Bob was friendly enough, though he would reply to a polite: 'How are you doing?' with 'What the f##k’s it got to do with you?'"
THE SUMMER THAT NEVER WASCropredy, PlumHall & Whitby - Three virtual happenings - a sign of our times. "With band members in Oxfordshire, Essex and Brittany any sort of live appearance by Fairport Convention was out of the question."
"Nick & Michelle have been something of a bellwether for TS during this crisis - postponed interviews, virtual chats, delayed releases, songs redefined by circumstances."
"Ian Russell (now an MBE!) ran his delightful Carols in August via Zoom. Whistle workshops ran - virtual ceilidhs, and on YouTube cracking concerts by Pete Morton, The Melrose Quartet and The Wilson Family, amongst others, kept the Whitby@Home fires burning."
TAKE FIVE . . . LIVE"This quarter the singer, musician, songwriter, radio presenter, railway anorak, Whovian, Tykes’ contributor and all-round clever clogs Tim Moon reveals his Five Live Faves. Put a blanket over the budgie’s cage, brew the tea, and read on."
THE MAGPIE ARCSimon Jones joined the TS team with news of an important new electric folk band. "Whispers shot round the folk scene of the ‘can’t wait to see what they do,’ variety. Work on a debut began and then ... COVID. What’s a band to do?"
THE TWOfer-VIEWChris Leslie's FIDDLE BACK
"The Traveller’s Song, is not only one of those classic album openers - for the first (but by no means last) time I found myself wondering: 'How long before Fairport adopt this?'." ... "Over the twenty four or so years since I joined, I have acquired a kind of instinct as to song writing for the band. But for Fiddle Back, all the filters were off..."
JANIE MENEELY & ROB van SANTELynda & Alan Rosecastle grill the Falcon House couple from opposite sides of the Big Pond. "There can be no doubt that streamed concerts are currently in high demand, and Falcon House Concerts are eminently watchable, both as they happen and after the event, so with this initiative and their unflagging creativity there is no doubt that Janie and Rob’s involvement with folk music will continue to go from strength to strength. To learn more about the concert series or get the link, visit www.falconaudiovisualarts.co.uk."
FORGOTTEN FAVOURITESA new column starts with a Chris Manners retrospective: "... rummaging through the old CDs and LPs. Somehow the usual favourites fell short; too familiar for unfamiliar times. Crown of Horn; Penguin Eggs; Handful of Earth; Led Zeppelin’s Four Symbols, even Born to Run. None of them brought the sparkle back. Not even Sergeant Pepper. But there were, before long, some marvellous rediscoveries. Here’s one: Al Stewart’s Past Present & Future."
REVIEW SECTIONLive Streaming: Alan & Lynda Rosecastle are the first Falcon House Concert - reviewed by Mike Feist.
CDs 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]
COMING to TERMS x 2No.33A - Seasonal fun with Wassail
No.33B - Steal My Thunder (including a Found Poem!)
RHYMING ON THE BACKPAGEThe global pandemic seems to have released the inner rhymer in surprising amounts (although all on the same subject!). Here are three that rose to the top.
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