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The Search is on for
New Young Talent
BBC Radio 2 has launched Centre, for the Final on Friday
the 2009 Young Folk Awards, 5 December. Highlights of this
and is looking for people show will be broadcast on BBC
aged between 15 and 20, Radio 2’s Mike Harding Show.
performing folk, roots and
acoustic music from any The competition is open to
culture, to join in the annual soloists, duos and groups and
UK-wide competition. Prizes always attracts a large and
include gigs at top UK diverse entry. Previous winners
festivals, a BBC Radio 2 have included Tim van Eyken,
session and a year’s free Uiscedwr, Bodega and Last
membership of the Musicians’ Orders. Last year’s winners
Union. Entries will be judged Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller
in September, and up to 12 have a busy folk festival itinerary
acts will then be invited to the for 2008.
Semi-Final Audition Weekend
in Stratford-on-Avon from To enter, each group, duo or
10–12 October. soloist should send a recording
of their music along with a
At the Semi-Final Audition completed entry form to: BBC
weekend, Tom McConville, Radio 2 Young Folk Award,
Damien Barber and other Mrs Casey Music, PO Box 296,
music industry professionals Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3XU.
will work with the entrants, For entry forms email info@
leading workshops in stagecraft, Entrants must
technical support and the music live in England, Wales, Scotland
business, and advise on their or Northern Ireland. Information
performances for the Semi-Final and full entry guidelines is at
concert. Up to six acts will then Entry
proceed to the Queen Elizabeth forms and recordings must
Hall, in London’s Southbank arrive by 1st September 2008.
THE END OF AN ERA – Yorkshire Dales Workshop
After 16 years of intensive Yorkshire Dales Workshop
activity promoting the Folk helped to establish and develop
Arts, Yorkshire Dales Workshop community choirs, ceilidh bands
membership have decided not and dance clubs, as well as
to seek funding beyond the end encouraging young performers,
of their current programme. This players, singers and dancers at
is in part due to the difficulty in all levels. This has been achieved
procuring grants in the present through the help of grants, but
funding climate. The lively two- also with a tremendous amount
day multi-cultural presentation of help from many volunteers who
of ‘Song from Home’ in Saltaire gave hours of their time to make
(in May 2008) and the current things happen. YDW Directors
programme of Music Factory and members remain committed
Workshops for youngsters to supporting folk activities within
in Otley will mark the end of the community. The website
Yorkshire Dales Workshop as a will continue
limited company. There is hope, throughout 2009 with links to folk
however, that the Music Factory arts organisations and activities.
will re-convene under new Information about Yorkshire
management in the Autumn, Dales Workshop publications
and will continue long into the and learning resources will also
future. continue to be available.
Folk Club history in Yorkshire
Mark Ellison has set up a website be complete because there is so
giving the history of folk clubs in much knowledge hidden away
the Yorkshire area. The site is a inside peoples’ heads. Mark is
wiki, which means that anyone appealing to anybody who knows
can contribute to it; the basic idea anything relevant to visit the site
is that anyone can add information and add to the existing content.
easily and directly, without the They are particularly keen to
need to submit changes via a site gather documented facts in the
webmaster. form of pictures, articles, posters
and tickets.
The information is detailed and
accurate, but will probably never
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