This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Club Tips page, but we’re a could do a lot more for the middle
performers’ help group so we can ground, without in any way
only do so much. diminishing the impact and value
of the Radio Two Folk Awards.
Sadly, it’s too late to persuade I’ve already made a number of
younger people to come to suggestions, some of which have
existing folk clubs. The separation been taken up (thanks John) but
of generations happened back I’ll continue to lobby for major
when I wasn’t involved in folk (and improvements for as long as I’m
for the same reasons I wasn’t anything to do with folk music.
involved, I suspect), and now we The BBC in general could do far
have to accept that the current more to promote folk music, and
generation of clubs are on the we all need to bring what pressure
way out. But younger people we can to bear here (though I
ARE starting up new clubs, and was delighted to hear reports
there is every chance that some that some senior suits are at last
of the new open mic gatherings starting to recognise what I, as a
may mutate into something akin former TV director always knew,
to a folk club once the youngsters that folk makes great TV - and it’s
realise there are no paying gigs cheap too)!
any more! An AFCO could help
minimise the hiatus by providing In many ways we are at a
advice, support, and cross- crossroads today. It is up to us to
marketing - and by fighting for decide whether to retreat back into
funding. our bunkers and let nature take its
course, or whether to step up to
We also need to see a change the ramparts and throw open the
in attitude by Gatekeepers in portcullis.
general. For example; FAE should
reinstate the folkWISE showcases I was planning to be one of the
at their conference. Journeymen first over the drawbridge, but sadly
are, as I hope I’ve proved, a key I didn’t make the parade. Anyone
cog in the machine, and losing else up for a fight?
that spot was a body blow to
people who work hard and long OK - you can chuck your tomatoes
for folk. And Smooth Operations now! q
Introducing Mike Raven’s last published work
 
WEST MIDLANDS’
BALLADS
This book contains a superb
collection of 171 songs,
from Mediaeval times to
the present day, that have
either words or tunes from
the local aural-folk tradition
or relate to people or places
of historical interest within
the region, or were written
by authors and composers
resident in the area which
includes Staffordshire,
Shropshire, Warwickshire,
Worcester, Herefordshire
and the Birmingham - Black
Country con-urbation.
ISBN978 0 906114 85 8 The ballads are beautifully illustrated with a
288pp 23cms x 30cms
wide variety of carefully chosen engravings
1.5cms thick
and photographs, and each has a note and
full details of the source of each piece.
PRICE £18.00 plus £2.00 P&P
Available from:
Eve Raven, 26 Church Lane,
Derrington, Stafford ST18 9LY
Tel: 01785 255555
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