English Dance & Song
74 - 4 Winter 2012
The cover feature is Whapweasel, a band that has recently changed direction from high-energy festival ceilidhs to become a concert band with a repertoire of songs as well as tunes with the distinctive Whap-sound. Whapweasel are the featured artists in the Singer, Song and Source series, with the song ‘The Hexhamshire Lass’ and a source section written by Dave Harker.
There are two seasonal articles. Maypoles to Mistletoe features this annual show, led by Martyn Wyndham-Read, which looks at the changing seasons through folk music and dance. Come Sing for the Season is an article by Wren Music co-director, Paul Wilson, on the tradition of local carols on Exmoor, which are enjoying a new lease of life.
A regular series on folk in education initiatives looks at a recent dance project in Kent, Keeping Traditions Alive, written by Michelle Chorley.
There’s an article on The Lock In, a collaborative folk dance and street dance show currently touring the country, written by Julian May, with photographs by Alan Cole.
This issue carries a list of over 170 Folk Festivals taking place in England and Wales during 2013. This list also appears on this website: www.efdss.org/festivals/2013
The citations of three Gold Badge presentations are published – singer Nic Jones, Folk South West director Eddie Upton and clog dancer Jackie Toaduff.
There is an extended tribute to Ivor Allsop who died recently.
Plus all the regular features – EFDSS Matters, Festive Round-up, Lives Remembered, news, reviews and dance events.more info...