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Past, Present & Future — Forgotten favourites #1

An occasional series on rediscovered treasuresSomehow the old favourites fell short; too familiar for unfamiliar times. Crown of horn (Martin Carthy); Penguin eggs (Nic Jones); Handful of earth (Dick Gaughan); Led Zeppelin’s Four symbols. Not even Sergeant Pepper or...

My first folk club

Originally printed in Tykes’ News, Spring 2019 Folk music discovered me just before The Sex Pistols; by the time they arrived, I was lost in a world of angular tunes and collarless shirts. I started to go to folk clubs while at university, so there are three that I...

Vital vinyl

First printed in Keighley News, on behalf of Airedale Writers’ Circle, August 2018 Highlight of a busy Saturday at Bradford Literary Festival was a talk by the music journalist David Hepworth, long-time familiar face from the much-missedThe Old Grey Whistle Test. OGWT...

Listen carefully (I shall say this only once)

I play in a band, sometimes. Clogiron. We only do two or three gigs a year: fund-raisers, parties and such-like; and we play stuff Dads can dance to. It’s terrific. Get together with a bunch of mates, strap on the Telecaster, turn it up loud, and pretend to be 17 all...