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The Autumn edition of Tykes' News is now out

The Interview:

Pete Morton adorns a car-port in deepest Yorkshire and is grilled by Tykes' Interrogator-in-Chief Schofield:

NS: You clearly enjoy having a lot of different things on the go at once: aside from song–writing and performing solo, you’re in plays, you develop stage shows, you invent new genres, you explore songs in other languages and so on... Where do you find the time?

PM: By not looking for it, I suppose. If there’s something that fires my interest I make time for it. Sorry if that sounds a bit glib but it’s the best way I can think of to summarise how it works. That’s just me. I’m like that. I’m a bit of a fidget: I need to have different things on the go at the same time. I don’t know whether I’m a polymath or a dilettante or just a restless spirit.

Tykes' News autumn issue

Four strings and a smile...

The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival reviewed by Mary Agnes Krell:

"When asked to describe GNUF, folks often used variations on the phrase, “there’s something for everyone”. While it clearly featured the ukulele, it is so much more than just a gathering of uke aficionados. With open mic stages dotted around the town, workshops covering music theory, performance & instrument–making and a conversation series where artists discussed the music that matters most to them, the festival was truly something a bit different."

Travelling Man Den Miller has an insane fortnight on the road:

"The weather in Exeter was so good, I played my first ever garden–house–concert, and I don’t think there’s ever been such a mix of music, birdsong, intermittent lawn mowers, guinea–pigs and unexpected applause from unseen neighbours!"

Den Miller
Gerry Cooper and Phil Snel

Duncan McFarlane waits itinerantly on Gerry Cooper & Phil Snell:

Dunc: Are there any influences that you’ve consciously tried to leave behind?

Phil: Kind of – I used to do a Robert Johnson set when I was about 21. I learnt the tunes off the records and reproduced them as best I could. When I stopped doing that I determined that I was really attempting to be a juke box and could never successfully recreate the playing and sound of those recordings, so, I made an effort to interpret rather than mimic. It takes longer that way though…

Gerry: Not really – influences stay with me. Sometimes they show me how to approach the craft, other times they show me what to avoid… I’m deeply influenced by old–time acoustic blues musically and by modern country/Americana lyrically.

John Curtin: Doom of the Dog

ReView: Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changing part one:

Doth he protest too much? find out about the best of the genre from the best of times...

In January 1964, Top of the Pops was broadcast for the first time; The Beatles entered the US charts for the first time; The Stones released their debut album; bluesman Muddy Waters sensing the musical temperature of the times released an album called Folk Singer; Pye recorded and signed up The Kinks; Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound continues to produce a stream of girl group hits; released on the Stateside label, Motown had its first UK hit; Bob Dylan released his third LP.


Reviews: Live and CD lurk in the nether regions of the magazine:

There are some mighty folk offerings in the shape of Granny's Attic, The Hayes Sisters, Kirsty Bromley and Dana & Susan Robinson to name but nine.

Also in the Review section - What Folkies Did Next! examines the exertions of folk musicians outside of their comfort zone. Taylor, Dylan and Wainwright doing what they weren't brought up to do.

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