The featured singer in the Singer, Song and Source series is Bryony Griffith from Yorkshire, who has recently released her first solo album, Nightshade (having previously recorded with husband Will Hampson and with the Demon Barbers). The song is Wild, Wild Berry – a unique song recorded from Ray Driscoll who lived in London and Shropshire, which is where he learned the song. Allan Wilkinson writes on Bryony, while Gwilym Davies contributes on Ray Driscoll.
January 2015 sees the centenary of the birth of Bob Copper, member of the well-known family of singers from Rottingdean in Sussex. Bob, who died in 2004 at the age of 89, was also a successful writer of books on rural affairs and the background and context of the family songs. To mark the centenary, and the forthcoming event, Ten Thousand Times Adieu in January at Cecil Sharp House, this issue includes a seasonal extract from his first book, A Song for Every Season.
Steve Harrison writes on the grassroots traditional music classes in Kent, run by Gavin and Julie Atkin – hopefully, inspiration for others. Colin Hume reflects on the state of social folk dancing as he reaches 70 in Dance Matters. The series of articles on folk clubs continues with the Nettlebed Folk Club.
In the occasional series of articles related to the centenary commemorations of the First World War, Georgina Boyes writes about Tommy’s Tunes – the songs that the soldiers actually sang.
This issue includes a list of 180 folk festivals in 2015. The list also appears here.
Plus the regular features: EFDSS Matters, Reviews, News, Festive Round-Up, future dance events and Lives Remembered.