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STIRRINGS 167 now out...

SO IT'S FAREWELL to Bellowhead, the 11-person folk phenomenon that has strode the world like a colossus these past dozen years. We have an exclusive interview with lead singer and founder-member JON BODEN, in which he spills the beans on the band's breakup (amicable, apparently), talks about his plans for the future, and reveals how many violins he can carry without being a danger to passing wildfowl.

PLUS we bring you a gripping and excessively detailed account of the recent BBC Radio Two Folk Awards, the folk industry's annual bash, in which prizes are distributed, frocks are rescued from wardrobes, and quite well-known celebrities out themselves as secret folkies.

ALSO, your Editor samples the sun-dappled delights of the slightly controversial Costa Del Folk festival, held this spring in the balmy Balearics; and we investigate the mysteries of place names in the Peaks. On top of that, of course, there's more listings, news, reviews, rumour and loose talk than you can shake a fiddle at. All that for £2 and not a penny more.






We're living in the white heat of the CD revolution. Nowadays the facilities to record and market a CD are available to almost everyone, and CDs are becoming as common on the folk scene as roadkill on a B-road, though usually they smell better. Well, you've made one—the next step is to get it reviewed on folk-flavoured websites and in magazines like this one. So what do you need to do to get your CD (or DVD, or book—we cover those too) reviewed in Stirrings? Step one is to send a copy to the editor, and include with it a press release or other information so that we know something about you and where readers can buy copies. That's it, really. There is no Step two. Our Reviews section gets bigger with each successive issue, so what we can't fit into the paper version of the magazine we'll carry in the Reviews Extra section here on the website.


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