14 October 2014

Lovely new commissioned article

There's nothing better than the moment someone commissions you to write an article you just hoped you would get to write, is there?
I adored Way Of The Morris. It was beautifully shot, sensitively put together and featured a place and a subject very close to my heart. I loved it so much that both my husband and my parents bought me a copy, and I've lent them both out to friends so now I don't have a copy at all. Need to recall those, while I remember...
Anyway, I was delighted to learn that Tim Plester and Rob Curry have got a new full-length film on the horizon, about the legend that is Shirley Collins. I know, I know, 'legend' is too easily bandied about, but when so many musicians and influencers from a genre cite the same name over and over again... well, it becomes a term that seems very real.
The funny thing about Shirley, though, is that few outside of the folk world - another ridiculous phrase, I know - have heard her name at all. The cult of Shirley?
So imagine my glee when Canadian music magazine, Penguin Eggs, asked me to give the filmmakers a call and find out what they're up to. Every question I was dying to ask!
Admittedly, I'm not so gleeful now; now that I'm having to edit dramatically as I've gone way, way over the word count. Still, I can just tell it's going to be an eye-poppingly gorgeous film, even if we are a couple of years away from being able to witness it.

In the mean time, take a look at the off-cuts from Way Of The Morris. I'm a proud North Oxfordshire-ite.

Right, anyway, back to the edit before English Folk Expo 2014 beckons!

04 October 2014

A rare Saturday in by myself

I feel like a cold is around the corner - my tongue is metallic and my throat prickly, my eyes watering behind my new glasses - but I've ignored it for just enough time to listen to two CDs and write their associated reviews for English Dance and Song.