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Spring issue

Current Issue: Spring

Out now, and available from all good music shops etc, or by post and subscription for the breathtakingly great price of only £13 for UK, £18 for Europe and £22 for the rest of the world, including postage! here


FF moves to the back pages - it's a Stirrings Thing. With the huge increase in venues and events that Stirrings brought, the Centre Pages had to be re-imagined and moved to the rear for ease of updating. We've tweaked and massaged it into the semblance of a whole, and presented it in a vaguely readable form. Time will tell but already we are committing more resources to this vital area. Raymond is still garnering the Southern info and Michael has learned new computer inputting skills. Nigel is utilising his ninja table formatting skills while Anahata has made our web-borne database more usable and searchable - that's a Tykes' Thing.


Ralph by Bryan
Ralph by Bryan
"Ralph McTell wound up last year with a major tour, a guest–filled London gig to mark his 75th birthday and a new album, Hill of Beans, one of the finest albums of his career. With the album newly released, we caught up with him when his tour hit Yorkshire."


"It’s fifty years since Allan Taylor, then, as now based in Leeds, first came to national prominence when he supported Fairport Convention on their Full House UK tour. … The last half century has seen him jointly–based in America and Northern Europe, where he is a major figure on the acoustic music scene."


Lynda & Alan continue to bumble about the North of England, occasionally bumping into examples of Folk Art… "P.A.M stands for Pickering Acoustic Music, who convene in an excellent room at The Sun Inn on alternate Wednesdays… Even their raffle is a thing of wonder – we won a set of guitar strings, Rob won organic apple juice."

ANAHATA'S TUNE SPOT : The Merry Month by John Sommerville

'As this is the Spring issue, I’ve chosen The Merry Month for the tune spot. … John’s comment in the book was: “A jig for my wife, May’s, birthday – it was cheaper than buying a present”.'


The histories arrives at Whitby : Chapter Three by Chis Sugden.
"Sid, of course, was meanwhile eyeing up a number of passing fancies, and wondering which one he might ask to dance first."


"With tongue in cheek and wine in glass, Lydia D’Ustbyn considers 58 years of Tykes’ News while looking to the future with our newly merged and apostrophically correct magazine.".

The TWOfer–VIEW : PlumHall

"That difficult second album! Nick and Michelle have consolidated the success of Thundercloud and created a collection of thirteen songs that display range, breadth and huge originality . Again, it’s not strictly folk, but it’s easy to hear how this album could not exist without the duo’s folk roots."


One Over The Eight
One Over The Eight
To start the new era, editor Nigel kicks off with this iconic Stirrings Zone column : "No.1 – Frost and Fire – The Watersons - An unlikely choice for a 14–year–old to spend his record token on, … I bought it expecting a Christmas record – typically it was much more than that."

LIVE REVIEW by Jon Harvison

AJ with Dave Pegg
AJ with Dave Pegg
Jon finds a comfy armchair to soak up AJ Clarke & Dave Pegg's acoustic set : "… whilst I had never met Dave Pegg before I have known Anthony John for more years than we probably both want to add up, so this review is predisposed to be more than favourable; hard to be hard on your friends. In this case however, an easy gig to review, simply superb from the off."

DVD REVIEW by Mike Feist

Merry Hell DVD cover
Merry Hell DVD cover
Merry Hell (A Year in the Life) :
"Those familiar with Merry Hell’s repertoire will recognise their ability to get this message across and the effectiveness of their rapport with their audiences in doing so…"


From page 45 onwards they pack the latter pages. There are deep and erudite reviews of CDs by all your favourite reviewers. All musical needs catered for; duos, compilations, themes, trad., contemporary & re-issues, local and off-cummed-uns.
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