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-kissed 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.