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STIRRINGS 171 now out...


WE THINK IT WAS PATRICK MOORE (or was it Cecil Sharp?) who first described Sheffield as the Black Hole of the British folk scene, into which so many folk performers were sucked by its incredible gravitational pull, never to re-emerge. Dynamic singer, guitarist and songwriter Greg Russell is the latest folkie to suffer this chilling fate, and we welcomed him to the Steel City with a cheering cup of Tetley's and a lot of impertinet questions. He supplied the answers, and you'll find them in our cover interview this issue. He tells us about his roles in The Transports and Shake The Chains, and his continuing piratical career as part of folk's hottest new duo with Ciaran Algar.

But that's not all. We also bring you a gripping account of this year's Radio Two Folk Awards; we look at Pete Burnett's decade-spanning Birthday Bashes and Packie Byrne's 100th birthday party (he couldn't make it, alas); and say farewell to Neil Bagshaw, instrument maker  of high degree. Plus more news, views, reviews than would sink the Titanic. Out now!










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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