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One more pull, Bullies, One more pull - and were here again, out of breath and dripping with honest sweat. Peter Robinson - he of DCI Banks fame - talk us through the convoluted link between Banks and folk music. O'Hooley and Tidow stack up the empties in their Summat's Brewin' tour. Jim Saville performs an almost forensic examination of how a festival is run; Joe Grint has a photo essay for Bradford to be proud of; and a ReView special, on top of our usual ReView, of the almost forgotten Rochdale born Tom Yates. Plenty to pick over and digest.
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Nigel: Peter has performed with Martin Carthy, using an unpublished story based around a version of Matty Groves.
Peter: To be precise, it started with Little Musgrave, the version of the story that Martin does. I thought as we were going to be working on it together, I should use his version. Without giving too much away, basically the story is that someone finds a variant of that song in a friend’s papers, after the friend’s death.
Lucy: You announced Summat’s Brewin’, the album you’re recording at the moment, as a ‘secret’ album. Why is that?
Belinda: We decided that we really wanted to record an album that complimented the ethos of our Summat’s Brewin’ Micro Tour. So, in the spirit of the small, we have recorded it at home ourselves, only using instruments we play and our own ingenuity...so wine glasses, feet, kazoos and bags of bottles being dropped all feature on this album...We are releasing the (limited edition) album on our own micro label Hum and you can buy it only by joining our mailing list or at gigs. So everything is kept small, independent and under the radar, rather than having it as a major release with all the promotion, PR, bells and whistles that are attached to that. So it’s a secret, but not a very well kept one.
This year‘s Bradford Festival line-up promised a lot and it certainly delivered on that promise, building on last year‘s unqualified success. With a great range of street theatre, innovative drama and dance performances as well as superb music, it really did seem to have something for everyone and was pleasingly well attended.
It was released just in time for Christmas (a sensible move when one considers the lavish nature of the enterprise). Outside the realm of classical music, multi-album box-sets were a rarity in the seventies, usually the domain of artists guaranteed to sell in large numbers. Here was a set of four LPs featuring a genre which had never sold particularly well and which was being “commercially re-evaluated” by the limited number of record companies who had ventured to put out English folk rock recordings.
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