‘Singer, Song and Source’ feature highlights the young female singer, Jackie Oates The song is ‘My Ship LostHer Rigging’, sung originally by the Traveller singer, Biggun Smith from Gloucestershire.
Geoff Woolfe, compiler of the recently-published tunebook, William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book, writesabout the background to the book and the life and music of William Winter.
The Christmas Carolling tradition in England is the subjectof a brief feature by Ian Russell, which puts into context the Carolsfrom Glen Rock (USA) article by Dave Eyre.
JoanCrump writes about the Christmas Champions show.
The Grenoside Sword Dancers have some new costumes, thanksto the Heritage Lottery Fund. Dancer Joe Dunn explainshow and why. And there’s a further feature on longsword dancing, Longswords in Derby, focusing on the recent dance competition.
There is news of the new Heritage Lottery Funded project from the EFDSS: Take Six, and Mike Heaney’s Gold Badge citation.
There is a list of a hundred Folk Festivals in 2008.more info...