Comment - No 29
John's funeral is at 3 o'clock on Thursday, December 4th, at Markeaton crematorium, Derby . It's off the Ashbourne Road, from the Derby ring road.
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If you're planning to go, I'd suggest getting your tickets soon as they're almost fully booked.
Two days later, and they're now sold out.
MT Gift Vouchers are now available in £5, £10, £12 and £16 values, and in two flavours: turquoise, which cost their face value and include p&p for the UK; and pink (left), which cost £1.00 more and include p&p for the rest of the world. I should stress that these Gift Vouchers are only redeemable against Musical Traditions CD-Rs and/or CD-ROMs and Snatch'd From Oblivion CD-Rs. They do not exchange for any other labels whose CDs we offer in the MT Records catalogue.
They will be available by post from me at the address below, and each will be accompanied by a sheet listing the CDs with which they may be exchanged, and simple instructions for their use. More details and a printable Order Form are to be found in my most recent Editorial.
Snake was one of the better living old-time fiddlers these past several years. Fortunately, his music has gotten around and many people now play his tunes. If you ever saw him play in person, you were one of the lucky ones. Please pass the news along.
Scott Prouty - 31.10.03
If you visit the MT Records website and click on the 'Ex-Cassette CDs' catalogue button, you will find them, priced £10.00 each, below the American Old Time releases, complete with links to track listings and reviews.
After 13 years at Ennistymon, the festival moves to The Bellbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, for 2003. This year the festival is trying a new format - it breaks away from having a static base and hopes to move the festival around the county intermittently; Spanish Point and Miltown Malbay being the chosen venues for 2003. As always there will be a variety of singers from Clare and throughout the country, but this year starts a policy of giving a slight emphasis on a particular region, in this case the Oriel/Armagh tradition. Other regions will be brought into focus in future years.
Want to know about the latest research from international folk play experts? This book is due to be published in October 2003 and contains twelve full conference papers (mostly on British folk drama), synopses of three others, and a workshop transcript. The book is generously illustrated with photographs, maps, and facsimiles throughout.
This will be a limited edition, and can only be ordered in advance. Because of a tight production schedule, you must reserve your copy by Tuesday 22nd September 2003 at the latest. Reservations should be emailed to Eddie Cass (firstname.lastname@example.org), and followed up with full payment prior to dispatch. Further ordering information can be found online at www.folkplay.info/Forum/TD_Forum_8_Conf.htm.
The address is: http://ickenham.mdx.ac.uk/cgi-bin/VWML/homepage
Malcolm Taylor - 19.8.03
Some dates of interest:
Titled Three Nights Drunk and the Market Tup, it includes interviews with Nigel Hudleston and Georgina Boyes, as well as material from the collection.
Interested parties may like to visit the FARNE project weblog at: www.farneweblog.com where we have posted some archive photos of Will and audio recordings. Whilst death is always a source for sadness and mourning, I hope that these few items will serve to celebrate a life and a man who was as unique as he was special, and great inspiration to us all.
Mike Hirst - 3.8.03
'Years rolled on since it happened' and we now find that he has run out of copies of some volumes - so the transfer process was started. Moreover, I have recently bought a piece of noise reduction software which seems to do a pretty good job - given that we can't afford Cedar - and so I have cleaned up the original cassette tracks whilst digitising them.
The results are now available from the MT Records site at £10.00 each or £40.00 for the complete set of five - click on the 'Ex Cassette CDs' catalogue button.
The series comprises:
And Keith asks me to remind readers that he still has lots of copies of Reg Hall's wonderful book on Scan Tester, I Never Played to Many Posh Dances, available for only £5.00 inc p&p.
Rod Stradling - 1.8.03
On 30th July 2002, one of England's finest traditional singers, Fred Jordan, died aged 80. A Shropshire farm worker all his life, Fred was renowned for his wide-ranging repertoire, the rich timbre of his voice and his way of communicating the essence of a song. On Saturday 22nd November, at Cecil Sharp House, an array of singers will be gathering for a whole-day celebration of English song in tribute to Fred and his contribution to the tradition.
Guests include: Waterson : Carthy, The Wilson Family, Will Noble & John Cocking, Jeff Wesley, Jill Pidd, Eddie Upton, Bob Davenport with Will Duke, Dan Quinn, Roger Digby and Alex West, Jon Boden & John Spiers, Katie Howson, The Posh Band, Martyn Wyndham-Read and friends... Artists are donating their fees towards a fitting and permanent memorial to Fred, to be housed at Cecil Sharp House.
As well as concerts, there will be informal singarounds - the environment in which Fred felt most at home - plus a forum on Fred Jordan: the Tradition and the Folk Revival.
A double CD of Fred Jordan's singing (A Shropshire Lad on Veteran VTD148CD) will be launched by John Howson and Derek Schofield, while Doc Rowe will be launching a video compilation of Fred's performances over the years.
First Sunday in the Month
The Auld Triangle pub in Finsbury Park, North London, is run by two great supporters of traditional music, Gerry and Dympna Scanlan, and the musicians in the senior band - Teresa Henue and Sinead Linane (fiddles), James Carty, Mick Mulvey and John Murphy (flutes), Gary Connolly and Maureen Linane (accordeons), Karen Ryan (banjo), Reg Hall (piano) and Pat McNamee (drums) - all frequent the music sessions in the pub. The younger Linane boys, Larry and Ciaron, respectively, won the accordeon and second prize in the slow air on the fiddle, in their junior sections.
The Linane Family, including the parents, Mick and Mary on the fiddles, and the three flute players (James C, Mick M and John M) will be at the Sidmouth Festival in August. Look out for them in the Volunteer, and the set dance ceili.
Reg Hall - 1.7.03