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Live, DVD, CD and Pre-views lurk in the nether regions of the magazine and some important ones we have, too. None more important than Sally Ironmonger and Kath Reade, two very different women songwriters. Two young fellows not known for their songwriting skills, Jim Causley and Ciaran Algar, have their penmanship examined and two mature & respected folk duos, Gary & Vera Aspey and Vic Shepherd & Jon Bowden, are still around providing iconic performances for aspiring tyros.
His family and friends gathered together on a Thursday in December last year to celebrate his 70 years of life and doings. On these sad, sad occasions there may be rose tinting, there may be miss-remembering and embroidering, but in Jim's case little of this was needed. His life was bold and sharp, in full Technicolor. A life to be envied and emulated.
Rab: I've been listening to some of the recent reissues of original mono recordings of The Beatles and Dylan in particular. The recordings sound so much better in mono than the daft stereo versions that often came out. It seemed more natural, the way they were meant to sound. The sound fills the room and wherever you are in it, it sounds the same. Some people have seen it as a radical decision, but to me it's just the obvious way.
TN: Even as late as Sgt. Pepper, The Beatles and George Martin spent weeks getting the mono mix right and then passed it on to an engineer to do the stereo version in something like an afternoon.
Rab: Absolutely: it shows how stereo was regarded in those days. It was less important, almost a gimmick.
Duncan: Was it having a guitar in the house that made you interested in playing rather than just listening?
Katie: Yeah, I think I got interested in music initially by listening to it, and then one day I thought "Ah, wouldn't it be cool to have a go for myself". I'd pick up dad's guitar, pluck at the strings and think "Oh that sounds like a Beatles song". So then I'd work on the riff to whatever song it was and so on.
ReView: No Roses:
45 years on, Shirley Collins, now in her eightieth year, is still justly proud of this album. "It was a very different album for me - a new venture, a new adventure. I'd put it up there with Liege & Lief, almost equal, because that is an unbeatable album. Second best folk rock album.".
As 2016 begins, Roger Davies has a busy diary, his usual club gigs up and down the country, high profile gigs closer to home (one with a brass band), a new live album, and a support role on the Fairport Winter Tour. When we met, it was a case of "Where do we start?".
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