We mark the election of Shirley Collins MBE as the new President of the EFDSS.
A theme of this issue is the singer, folklorist, broadcaster and writer A.L. (Bert) Lloyd in the centenary year of his birth. Bert Lloyd was well-known as a great mentor and encourager of younger singers, often re-working songs from the manuscripts and books for performance.
In this spirit, the Singer, Song and Source article features Brian Peters whose recent CD of ballads includes several songs that have been newly adapted. Brian also contributes an article on his approach to working with the ballads, with a number of references to Bert Lloyd.
Continuing the Bert Lloyd theme, there’s a personal memoir by film-maker Barrie Gavin who worked on several projects with Bert, and a report on the Tribute to Bert event held in mid-November.
Gordon Philips has written about his project teaching molly dancing in Fenland schools and there’s a report on October’s Big National Ceilidh.
There’s a feature on an intriguing mummer’s costume, possibly from Bellerby, that has turned up in New York, and Robbie Thomas writes about some new style dance events, Sets in the City.
There’s a report of the RVW event held at Cecil Sharp House in October.more info...