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The Spring edition of Tykes' News is now out

The Spring issue has many bright and interesting articles to tickle your fancy, coupled with the bitter-sweet memories of our dear friend Maggie Boyle. We have the kind recollections of her Yorkshire collaborators to offset the national coverage. It’s all marshalled by Nigel Schofield into a cogent whole, and for balance, we have an insightful article by Geraldine Gilmartin from the Irish point of view.

The dancers among you get a bumper bundle: John (Can’t Dance-Won’t Dance) Curtin supplies two waltzes to glide away the winter, and we have an examination of how Addingham Ceilidh Club’s ‘New Year’s Day Dance’ got to where it is now. It’s one of those never-ending stories of persistence, so common in our folk world but so rarely noted against the modern quick-buck, image conscious, celebrity sphere of folk music.

Rising star, Anna Shannon, “A Scarborough Lass”, talks to Lucy Moon about her latest CD and her musical journey so far (“I don’t want to be a wishy-washy girl staring at my bootlaces. I’d hate that.”), apparently some of it on horseback - there’s folky for you!

RE-view spans the years [pun intended] from 1971 with a fresh look at Steeleye’s ground breaking, seminal, never-to-be-bettered ‘Please to See The King’ It’s an examination from cover to core with historic pictures of long hair and loons. “A very truthful record – sophisticated and primitive at the same time” said Martin Carthy.

There is so much more than just an events diary in each packed issue of Tykes’ News, and the only way to make sure you get a copy every time is to treat yourself and subscribe now.

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Maggie Boyle lost her brave battle with cancer last November. The support she received from her friends and family, Molly, Joe and particularly Bill, in the final year of her life was little short of miraculous, as indeed was the amount she crammed into that year – visits to places important to her, gigs with musicians she had known for years, to say nothing of hours of treatment and time setting her life in order for the final time.

Sadly Tykes’ deadline had just passed and so we pay tribute to her perforce belatedly. The big obituaries have been published. Formal and informal tributes have been made. Her talents and achievements have been suitably acknowledged. As Maggie’s local folk magazine – one which we are proud to say she read assiduously – we wanted to pay a special tribute – not to the Maggie of national and international repute, not to the Maggie of Hol- lywood soundtracks and famous connections, but to our Maggie, who made Yorkshire her home in late 1980s and became so much part of our lives – an inestimably valued friend, a musical collaborator, an inspiration to others, generous with time and talent.

Come the 1st of January and Addingham Ceilidh Club hold their traditional New Years Day dance in Addingham Memorial Hall. In previous years it wasn’t affiliated to ACC but many other folk organisations in Wharfedale. The one thing that all these iterations have in common is that somewhere in the mix are Liz and Geoff Bowen, and this year was no exception.

Liz takes up the story:

When the Jan.1st Ceilidhs first began we little thought that they would run and run. Perhaps if we had we might have kept a clear record of the musicians.

I think I‘m probably right in believing that The High Level Ranters were first to play and lead a ceilidh at The Whar- fedale Gate where the Jack-o’-Lantern Folk Club met. Over the years we have had some notable musicians and callers, including Blowzabella, who made their first visit to Yorkshire to perform at a concert around Christmas time and then at our ceilidh.

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It was a beautiful sunny day in December last year when I met Anna Shannon, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, with her partner Roy Piper. They’d come down from their forest home near the moors, into Whitby for a relaxed chat about her latest album.

I’d read that Anna had learnt a wide range of musical instruments at an early age, so I started by asking her how this came about.

“My uncle was a peripatetic teacher and he taught all the woodwind and brass. So it was just natural that he would take me on as a pupil, he started me on

kettle drums of all things, and all sorts of weird per- cussion then eventually I started on flute. He bought an oboe round one day which I was really excited about.You know that thing when you first open the case of an instrument, it’s really exciting, how to put it together, the reed box and the grease and everything.

First released in March, 1971, Steeleye Span’s second album has had a chequered history of availability. First issued on the short-lived B&C Records, it reappeared on Mooncrest, which took over when the original company

got into financial difficulties. It has since been available through Chrysalis (on licensed import), Shanachie, and Castle music, in addition to at least six other labels worldwide, as well as having tracks included on a vast number of compilations. It has also appeared in eight different sleeves, three of which featured the wrong line up of the band: the original album appeared in a mock-hessian soft cardboard sleeve that seemed designed to self-destruct.

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The Editor, Tykes' News, 408 Skipton Rd, Utley, KEIGHLEY, BD20 6HP