for Folk in and around Yorkshire

Tykes' Towers


It is with some sadness, tinged with excitement, that we announce a change in the top echelons of the Tykes’ News hierarchy. Carol Wood, editor for an amazing 27 years (nigh on half the life–span of the magazine!), is stepping aside to concentrate on the subscriptions and distribution aspect of our 55 year old journal. Carol has overseen many changes during her tenancy; computer generated layout, digital transfer of images and text, colour covers, glossy paper, centralised spreadsheets, a website, and PayPal. Our reliance on scalpels, cow–gum and coffee has morphed into copy/paste and Perrier, but her retirement regime sees her out of the country for a large proportion of the year. The coming year includes South Africa (where she is as I write!) and Australia for starters, which makes even cat–care a nightmare let alone the editing of the magazine.

Lucky then, that we had an in–house, previous editor to fill the void. Nigel Schofield has agreed to step up and hold the fort. Nigel, the author of several books on folk music, has extensive experience of folk journalism and unique links throughout our genre which will comfortably see us through this transitional period. He brings to the table an all encompassing resumé of past interviews, articles and reviews which fit the needs and aspirations of Tykes’ News perfectly.

So Tykes’ Towers is moving ... the amorphous entity that holds the notion of Tykes’ News will magically be re–located several miles East Southeast but, (there’s always a ‘but‘!) there are new addresses, emails and phone numbers to note, so be on your guard and alter your address books and contact lists accordingly. Though there may be stray addresses that linger because we have forgotten where we put them, or indeed why we put them where they are, so be vigilant Tykesians and let us know if you spot one. Onwards and sideways - The Tykes Team.


Regular writers and reviewers (in no particular order). The list changes regularly – you need to buy a copy to find out!

Nigel Schofield, Alan Rose, Mike Feist, Elaine Wood, Penny Heaton, Lynda Hardcastle, Duncan McFarlane, Jennie Ellison, Jim Saville, Lucy Moon, Mal Jardine, Chris Dyson, Gordon Tyrrall, Jim Ellison.

Not forgetting all those club and festival organisers who keep us updated with their latest news. It's a pretty impressive list!




The Editor, Tykes' News, 108 Bingley Rd, Shipley, BD18 4DP