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Tykes' News spring issue

ReView: Electric Muse:

Last time, we ReViewed the first two LPs in the original set. This took our story as far as the first collisions between the folk revival, singer-songwriters and the emerging underground. Some of the music this created has latterly been labelled alt-folk and psych-folk and is a huge influence the contemporary electric folk scene. At the time, and certainly up to the release of The Electric Muse, it was the invention of “British Folk-Rock” that was seen as its greatest legacy. Any list of definitive electric folk recordings (be it albums or singles) is still likely to be dominated by records first released in this era.

Electric Muse is plugged in on page 36.

Chris Simpson of Magna Carta:

Magna Carta is an unfortunate band, unjustly overlooked, disregarded and even ignored in various histories of popular music. Folk? – only in the W H Smith record rack where Folk equalled “with acoustic guitars”. Folk-rock? Too Prog. Prog. Rock? Too folkie. Prog-Folk? Too ahead of their time. Chris Simpson a great British singer-songwriter? Yes, except he remained under the aegis of a band and therefore seemingly doesn’t count – just as no one normally calls Ray Davis, Mark Knopfler or Chris Leslie a singer-songwriter. Great Yorkshire band? Not according to the definitive book on the subject which grants them not a mention, despite their having recorded more songs specifically about God’s own county than any other band.

Chris is moored on page 40.

Chris Simpson of Magna Carta

Steve Tilston:

Earlier this year, Steve Tilston achieved a kind of blanket media coverage unprecedented for a British singer–songwriter… double page spreads in the tabloids, channel–spanning TV features, in–depth broadsheet articles, magazine articles from the potty to the perceptive, a three page Radio Times article! One week, his “impact–awareness profile” (yes companies exist to assess such things) exceeded the combined total of Lady Gaga, Ed Shearing and One Direction. With our focus on folk rather than film, Tykes decided to wait until the media circus left town and, more importantly his eagerly awaited new album came out to catch up with what’s really been happening to Mr T. With typical organisational aplomb he timed the end of the meeting to coincide with the arrival of Pete Ogley for conversations about another of Steve’s passions, archery, and a lunchtime curry at the Agra.

For the main course you need page 32.

Steve Tilston
Bryony Griffith

Bryony Griffith on The Fear of Singing:

Bryony's fear-naught philosophy is encapsulated here-in: "I was always encouraged to sing at school and Church because I was loud and could hold a pitch, but as I got older, I realised my voice didn’t fit in with the popular ‘girlie’ voice. My critics have been both kind and cruel, but human nature usually dictates that we harbour the negative comments and it’s difficult to shake them off. "

But shake them off we will, people - read how on page 30.

John Curtin: Doom of the Dog:

"As folkie-type people, we’re very good at celebrating past times and events – but there seen to be just a few songs about our own folk revival heritage. Here’s my attempt to boost their number."

Even though it took him 21 years to write the tune - see the dots on page 27.

John Curtin: Doom of the Dog

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