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News: 2010 - 2011


We are always pleased to receive news items relating to folk arts in the region, but we cannot always guarantee to include them here. Concise, relevant copy with full contact details is particularly welcome, especially if you can also supply a photograph or other illustration.

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SongwriterRadio.org is a new Internet Radio Station launched by Wye Creek Music Community Group a recently formed not-for-profit organisation set up in Bakewell Derbyshire by songwriters Tony Godbehere and Mike Evans.

Wye Creek Music was set up as a platform to promote unknown and unsigned songwriters and groups using the power of digital technology. The organisation operates a digital only record label and now has launched a new Internet only Radio Station http://www.songwriterradio.org

Mike Evans stated "We believe that it's the first duty of any songwriter or group to get their music heard. But the traditional music business is very cut-throat and only a tiny fraction of the amount of great new music generated ever gets heard outside a close circle of friends of the artist. But, with the power of digital technology and the internet we want to break down these barriers and give everyone the chance to get their music out there and heard."

Tony Godbehere says ' if unknown and unsigned songwriters and bands have gone to the trouble and cost of recording their music , they deserve to get played. If they send them to us ... we will play them. !

We are happy to receive all genres as long as it's original and they own the copyright. Initially contact us by emailing submissions@songwriterradio.org but don't send any music until we ask. We don't want our email system blocked.

But what about songwriters who don’t have anything recorded yet?

Mike Evans replied " Well , on Monday 12 September at 7pm we are holding a free live recording session for singer-songwriters at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, in Bakewell. We will turn this session into a Radio Show for Broadcast and we may also release selected songs on an Album on the Wye Creek Label . Check out our website for more details http://www.wyecreekmusic.co.uk "

Aug 2011

Mike Waterson R.I.P.

It is with much sadness that we report the death Mike Waterson who has died of cancer, aged 70. A link to the Guardian obituary can be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jun/22/mike-waterson-obituary


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Watersons, the Hull-born folk group whose success over the years has earned them countless awards and accolades and the title of Britain’s First Family of Folk.

To celebrate the anniversary a two-hour film is to be released on June 13 featuring a rare home-town appearance by the Waterson Family at Hull Truck Theatre - an event already described by Radio 2 presenter, Mike Harding, as “the folk event of the decade”.

This unique home coming concert - their first in Hull for 25 years - brought together the original Watersons, Norma and Mike, plus Norma’s husband, Martin Carthy and their daughter Eliza, Mike’s wife Ann, their daughters Rachel and Eleanor, and the son and daughter of the late Lal Waterson, Oliver Knight and Marry Waterson

Together the extended family performed no less than 21 songs from their rich and varied repertoire, including “White Cockade”, "Bright Phoebus", "Fine Horseman", "Some Old Salty", "Shallow Brown" and "Three Day Millionaire", all of which are featured in the film.

Part-funded by Hull City Council, the film also includes exclusive interviews with members of the family at their home in Robin Hoods Bay; creating a fascinating career retrospective of the life and times of England’s first family of folk.

The film will be given its first public screening on Saturday June 18 as part of the “film fringe” at the Beverley Folk Festival (from 4.25pm in the Club Room) when it will be preceded by a short live set from Martin Carthy. Earlier in the day (at 11.30am) there’ll be a screening of the 1965 BBC documentary about the Watersons, Travelling for a Living.

The Waterson Family - Live at Hull Truck DVD will be available shortly from HMV outlets and website, Amazon and selected independent record shops.
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Call for Papers: Mummers' Symposium on 'Aspects of Performance'

A call for papers has been issued for a one day academic symposium on the theme 'Aspects of performance' to be held on the 18th Nov.2011 as part of the International Mummers Unconvention, Bath. The Unconvention will be a celebration of all things mumming, with a clear emphasis on performances and workshops. The symposium will provide an opportunity for folk play practitioners and researchers to share their work.

The Symposium seeks interesting papers, footage with accompanying commentary, small exhibitions and poster submissions.

The full Call for Papers is available at: http://mastermummers.org/blog/?p=123. It includes an initial list of interesting questions that contributors might like to consider, and provides details of how to make submissions.

The symposium will be hosted by the Department of Performing Arts at Bath Spa University on their historic Newton Park campus, and will be based in the University Theatre.

Latest news and announcements for the main International Mummers Unconvention can be found on the Unconvention website at: http://mummersunconvention.wordpress.com/

Symposium Leaders:

Prof. Peter Harrop (University of Chester)

Dr. Peter Millington (University of Nottingham)

Prof. Mike Pearson (University of Aberystwyth)

Item added June 2011


Beverley Folk and Roots Festival and Northern Rail are getting together for an environmental initiative aimed at encouraging folk fans to take the train.

It will mean that in future festival-goers who travel to Beverley by Northern Rail will be able to claim a 10% discount on their tickets.

The partnership forms part of the festival policy of promoting issues of sustainability and the environment. It is already developing its recycling policy and this year aims to ensure that festival food on offer is both organic and locally sourced.

“We’re trying to reduce the carbon footprint of the festival and those attending,” explained Artistic Director, Chris Wade, “and the partnership with Northern Rail will mark a major step forward in encouraging people to leave their cars at home.”

For their part, Northern Rail will help promote the festival through leaflets on railway stations in the region, publicity via their web site and magazine, and an E-newsletter to all Northern Rail staff.

In addition the festival will be given special permission for folk singers and musicians to promote the annual event by performing on key railway stations in the area in the run up to the festival weekend of June 17th to 19th

The discount on festival tickets will not apply until the 2012 festival but fans travelling by Northern Rail to this year’s event will be able to claim their discount for next year by producing their rail ticket when they check in at the Information Desk/Box Office.

They’ll then be given a letter and promotion code which will enable them to claim their 10% discount whenever they book tickets for next year.

Item added 8/6/11

Hull Shanty Festival 2011 Back on Track

The Festival is to take place at 3 venues on the Hull Waterfront: Fruitspace, Minerva and Ruscador’s.
It will obviously be on a somewhat smaller scale than the original “Sea Fever” festival, but it will be a quality event that will help to keep “Shantying” and maritime traditions alive in the City of Hull.

The new event is the result of an initiative by the licensees of the “Minerva” and “Ruscador’s” pubs on the Hull Waterfront.

A small team has been created which includes Mick McGarry, Shanty Jack, the two pub landlords and the manager of the “Fruit” venue. They are in consultation with the Hull City Council and “Hullbid” regarding various aspects of the event.

Friday evening will see a “Meet and Greet” session at the Minerva.

Saturday will be a daytime open session at the “Minerva” (Hosted by Les & Maggie) and at “Ruscador’s”, programmed half-hour artistes spots on an open air stage adjacent to the Pub.

Saturday evening a full concert will take place at the “Fruitspace” venue.

Sunday (daytime) will see a repeat of Saturday's daytime events and there will be a “Survivors’ Session” at “Ruscador’s” in the evening.

On Saturday and Sunday (daytimes) there will also be various stalls and dance displays.

Meals will be available at both pubs.

Tickets for the Saturday evening concert will be on sale shortly. Booking details to follow. Events at the “Minerva” and “Ruscador’s” are free. further details from Mick McGarry on 07835 082314 or visit http://www.shanty.co.uk/hullshantyfestival2011.htm

Pub in need of a folk club

I am Nic Breeze, the manager of the Beckwood pub in Bottesford Scunthorpe, and we have a function room sitting very empty on weekdays just waiting for something like a folk club to take up residence. We would love it if there are any clubs or like minded people out there to come and see us and maybe start a regular night here. We can boast a very friendly atmosphere and a private area away from the main bar, with its own bar! Please get in touch with me Nic Breeze at nicholasbreeze@btopenworld.com, or 01724 277716

April 2011


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