News and Comment No 40
Listen Live: http://www.resonancefm.com/ 2pm Thursday 12th Feb. Repeated Sundays 5pm.
Hopefully, they'll be performing live in the studio and I'll be playing recordings of some of their traditional influences perhaps.
If you'd like to contribute to the programme or have requests, suggestions or criticisms please contact me at this address:
Simon Ritchie - 12.2.09
Focus on the West Country with:
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On Sunday 13th September 2009 Tommy Peoples will hold an afternoon's celtic fiddle workshop at the Littlebourne Thatched Barn, followed by an evening concert. Fiddle Workshop : 2pm, £30; Concert: 7:30pm £15. Info & Tickets : www.kentfolk.com/FiddlersVarious/Tommy-Peoples-2009/
The three songs from Jumbo Brightwell, Fred Ginger and Jack Clark have been available from Veteran for a while now, but the nine songs by John 'Charger' Salmons, Charlie Chettleburgh, Harry Cox, Walter Gales, William Miller and Elijah Bell have rarely been heard publicly since 1947. This 51 minute programme has been transferred to CD as a complete broadcast, but individual tracks can be selected, as normal, if required.
The CD is released as an adjunct to Chris Holderness' fascinating new article on E J Moeran, much of which is quotations from an article Moeran wrote for the October 1936 edition of Norfolk Annual, entitled Notes on Folk-Songs and Traditional Singing in East Norfolk. This is all wonderful stuff, and reveals Moeran as a man whose thinking on the subject was at least half a century ahead of his time!
Rod Stradling - 18.1.09
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Sheila Miller - 29.12.08
If you have been involved in any kind of traditional music or dialect activity over the last two years, please go to:
or contact Philippa for further information on 01670 503436, email: email@example.com
The prime aims of the Forum are to maximise opportunities for the arts in Northumberland and be a strategic discussion about the arts which is impact focused. It has developed work in Dance, Small Scale touring and Film and Media over the last 2 years and is now going to embark on some new partnerships and initiatives to develop Traditional Music and Dialect work in the County.
It was formed as a delegated sub-group from the Culture Sector Board of the Northumberland Strategic Partnership (NSP). Members that sit on the forum include local authority strategic arts officers and agencies working in the arts such as ISIS, Creative Partnerships and the Arts Council England, North East.
Philippa Raper - 1.12.08
La m'va benone is a great selection of the non-ritual dance tunes played alongside the Ponte Caffaro carnevale. The band heard on this CD may be seen as the nucleus of the group which has played for the ritual dancing for many years, and is basically the same group which came to Sidmouth a few years ago, and to Shropshire in 2006. The 12 tracks represent a little over half of the non-ritual repertoire which has been recovered. Today, it is these tunes which are played in the bars in the evening after the day's dancing is over, in preference to the ritual dance tunes they have been playing all day.
Like the previous CD of the ritual music, it's wonderfully played, hugely energetic, and loads of fun. If you enjoyed the other Ponte Caffaro CD, Pas en amùr, you'll certainly want this, too. Available from MT Records website, price just £10, at:
Rod Stradling - 27.11.08
There will also be carol singing at The Plough, Low Bradfield, every Tuesday evening during December starting at 8:30pm.
The Pennine Foxhounds will be holding a Carol & Traditional Singing afternoon, together with an auction and raffle at The Royal Oak, Upperthong, Holmfirth, on Sunday 14th December starting at 4:00pm. This event will feature many of the fine traditional singers from the Holmfirth area who are not generally heard outside their own circle. Everyone is welcome whether you want to perform or just listen. There will be free food.
If you want directions to any of these public houses feel free to email me.
Mark Davies - 24.11.08
Upcoming later in 2009:
Further info at: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic
Further details and tickets from: www.eatmt.org.uk
Katie Howson - 14.11.08
Cathy Howieson, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh, St John’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ. Web: www.ces.ed.ac.uk
Saturday's Guardian Guide says of this programme:
Hamish Henderson was a soldier, poet, early anti-apartheid campaigner, champion of the rights of the Scottish Travellers and folklorist who did more for the culture of the Scottish people than anyone since Robert Burns. Yet he remains mostly unknown outside of his own country. Hamish Henderson - A Various Man (11:30am, R4) is the folk music hero Pete Seeger's tribute to the person that Nelson Mandela specifically sought out after his release from jail, and who introduced the world to the talents of the great Scottish traveller singers Jeannie Robertson and Belle Stewart.
Vic Smith - 12.10.08
The programme which will be broadcast on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on Sunday 2nd November from 2:00 'til 3:00 (104.7, 95 & 95.8 FM & 1413 Medium Wave) + listen live or listen again for 7 days at: www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire
Pete Wilson - 10.10.08
BBC Radio Gloucestershire
and click on the JOIN THIS GROUP button. That page also gives further details of our aims.
Steve Roud - 7.10.08
Barry Taylor - 1.10.08
Guests include: Roisín White, Mairéad Ni Dhomhnaill, Alannah Henderson, Antaine Ó'Faracháin, Dainí Maídhcí Ó'Suilleabháin, Vincent Boyle, Michael Falsey, Johnny Mháirtín Learaí MacDonnchadha, Bob Blair, Roisín Elsafty, Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre.
Contact: Jerry O'Reilly - firstname.lastname@example.org
12.15 – 12.45 Vaughan Williams - Then and Now: Collecting and Communities in Norfolk and Suffolk. Katie Howson & Chris Coe (Trefusis).
12.50 – 1.20 Vaughan Williams in Cambridgeshire: Deciphering the Manuscripts. Mary Humphreys & Anahata (Trefusis).
1.40 – 2.20 Vaughan Williams in Sussex. Shirley Collins (Trefusis).
3.00 – 4.45 Concert: Vaughan Williams and Friends (Kennedy). Doors open 2.30. Tim van Eyken, Mary Humphreys & Anahata, Chris Coe & Katie Howson, Jim Causley, Sam Lee & Lauren McCormick.
5.00 Music and Song session hosted by John Howson (Trefusis).
8.00 – 10.30 Concert: Bushes and Briars (Kennedy). Doors open 7.30. Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden & Fay Hield, Lisa Knapp, Jackie Oates & Jim Causley, Jim Moray. With narrative readings by Shirley Collins and Tim van Eyken.
All proceeds to benefit the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Day ticket £20.00 (£15.00 concessions). Evening concert tickets £15.00 (£13.00 concessions)
Book now to avoid disappointment! Tickets from www.theplace.org.uk 020 7121 1100
Hope to see you there - should be a great day.
Derek Schofield - 26.9.08
Possibly the most interesting and satisfying traditional English style band there has ever been!
An extensive chapter relates their songs to folk song nationally and the North East. It also has the 'dots' for the main family songs, and a piece from Doreen Henderson which tells how the sounds "have gone from the streets".
Published by Herron Publishing at £15.99. Available from Pete direct www.petewood.co.uk or email@example.com or good bookshops.
The Archive will accordingly be open to the general public on the third Saturday of each month – 20 September, 18 October, 15 November, and 20 December.
During these days, the Archive will be open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, and will remain open during lunch-hour. The usual full access will be given to the Archive’s collections and information sources, free of charge. The daily phone query service will also be available during these days.
No appointment is necessary. It is advisable to ring ahead only if you have special requirements.
Nicholas Carolan - 5.9.08
contributed by Reg Hall - 26.8.08
The majority of the songs in the collection were originally collected by Wiltshire-born Alfred Williams - a somewhat neglected figure in the world of literature. He was born in South Marston in 1877, was a reasonable poet, an expert on the north Wiltshire countryside and the people who lived there and, for 22 years, a hammerman in the stamping shop of the Great Western Railway Works at Swindon. Leaving school at the age of 11 he taught himself several languages, including Sanskrit, whilst working at the factory machinery.
Apart from volumes of poetry and books on the Wiltshire countryside he published the well respected Life in a Railway Factory (1915), and Folk Songs of the Upper Thames (1923). The latter were collected between 1914, when he left the GWR through ill health, and 1916, when he volunteered for the army. He performed valuable work in collecting songs in an area that had been neglected by earlier folk song collectors.
As he wrote in the preface to his book, 'I had no time to obtain the tunes, my chief concern being to save the words before they had completely disappeared by reason of the death of the singers - chiefly the most aged of the villagers, male and female.' Williams lived most of his life in penury; an intellectual born into the wrong situation and at the wrong time. Although local friends raised money for him and his wife at various times he only received a Civil List pension shortly before his death. He and his wife Mary died with seven weeks of one another in 1930.
The song lyrics can be viewed online from September 6 at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/folk_search.php Chris Wildridge said: "The songs Alfred Williams collected are the first to be published online in their entirety. This is an important contribution to the traditional songs of England and I am pleased to have been instrumental in bringing it about. These songs are everybody's songs and they deserve to be in the public domain."
Singers and song collectors during the folk music revival in Britain in the 1960s, they set themselves the task of collecting songs from Irish Travellers camped around London. It was a job that would take them 30 years, and bring them into contact with a way of life they had never known existed. In that time they have amassed one of the most important collections of Irish Traveller singers in existence. And, in their work with Mikeen McCarthy in particular, they have documented a way of life now largely disappeared from Irish culture. McCarthy, a Kerry Traveller who left for England in the 1950s, was a singer, storyteller, tinsmith and wordsmith. His captivating voice in Episode 2 paints a picture of Traveller lives in a time when relations between Travellers and settled people seemed altogether easier than today.
This 3-part series (Saturdays 3.30 pm, 23 August to 6 Sept 2008) explores the Carroll / Mackenzie collection and also the lives of some of the singers who gave their songs and stories to the collectors. Come All You Loyal Travellers is a Rag and Bone Production for RTÉ Lyric FM, made with the support of the BCI's Sound and Vision Scheme. The series is produced by Paula Carroll and edited by Gráinne O' Malley and Tracy Moloney.
It will be streamed live and available for listen-back on the Lyric FM website. www.rte.ie/lyricfm/index.html
Paula Carroll - 23.8.08