The cover feature is Alistair Anderson, a consummate musician whose playing of the English concertina and Northumbrian pipes has delighted audiences for several decades. Alongside some of his musical biography, Alistair has some important things to say about the role and importance of traditional music.
There are two separate singers in the Singer, Song and Source series, both singing their own interpretations of the same song. Alice Jones has been performing in The Search for Five Finger Frank with Pete Coe, and Kathryn Roberts sings in a duo with partner Sean Lakeman. The song, ‘One Moonlight Night’, also known as ‘The Robber Bridegroom’, comes from Yorkshire woman Kate Thompson, whose singing was noted by Frank Kidson over a century ago.
The birth centenary of Ewan MacColl is marked with a review article by Vic Gammon of a new book that has just been published, Legacies of Ewan MacColl.
Two young Playford and contra dance enthusiasts, Jen Morgan and Charley Roberts, have written about the growing interest in these two folk dance styles amongst a younger generation. There is more dance in the article on Lichfield Folk Festival (celebrating its 40th year in 2015), and in reports from Kerry Fletcher on the recent morris conference and workshop and the folk dance survey.
There’s a preview of the EFDSS and trac English/Welsh folk music collaboration, Beyond the Marches / Dros y Ffin. The Bothy Folk Club in Southport is featured, and Maddy Prior’s Gold Badge citation is published.
Plus the regular features: EFDSS Matters, Reviews, News, Festive Round-Up, future dance events and Lives Remembered.