The latest from Stirrings Central
“THE WINTER IT IS PAST, and the Summer’s come at last.” So sang Christy Moore back in the day. But if they don’t have Spring in Ireland, we certainly have it here in the Stirrings Zone. As issue 154 hits the streets, the blackbirds are chirruping cheerily, the daffs are nodding their 19-carat heads, and Wednesday have finally dragged themselves out of the relegation basement. Onwards and upwards…
Stirrings 154 is chock-full of tasty treats. Brian Peters, squeezebox doyen of the Dark Peak, makes his overdue return to our front cover, and spills the beans about his various new projects, in which Penguins and Cecil Sharp feature prominently. Clare Button peeks behind the skirts of Weirdfolk to reveal the true weirdness at the heart of our tradition. And the Rolling Stones are outed as the secret shamans of Folk Rock.
Not to mention—but we will anyway—the usual bulging CD review section (spilling over again onto the website—see below), all the news that’s fit to print, and four full pages of folk, roots and acoustic events happening all over the Stirrings Zone this Spring. All in full Spring-bright colour!
We were saddened to learn recently of the death of Gordon Hunter of Sheffield, who has been a leading figure in the local social-dance scene for many years. Mike Wild and Gerry Bates remember him here.
Message To Subscribers
As most of you will know by now, the subscription copies of Stirrings 154 went out under-stamped by 20p. As a result, most—perhaps all—of you will have been stung by a penalty fine of £1.20, and may have had to traipse up to your local sorting office to collect your copy. This was a ghastly administrative error for which we at Stirrings Central are still writhing with embarrassment. Our profuse apologies go to you, one and all, for the inconvenience and expense, and to compensate you to a small extent, we will be adding an extra issue to your current subscription. For those of you whose subscription is up for renewal, we'll also add an extra issue.