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The Top Five Most Popular Festivals To Have Fun At Around the World

The Top Five Most Popular Festivals To Have Fun At Around the World

There are so many enthralling, interesting, popular, alluring festivals in the world – there are guaranteed thrills for everyone. In Spain, August is your time for fun and laughter with ripe tomatoes which are hurled at as many people as you can. Thousands upon thousands of tomato-bearing people join in as truckloads of tomatoes arrive in Buñol for La Tomatina.[Read More…]

Popular festivals for students on a budget

Popular festivals for students on a budget

As the summer is approaching and the temperatures are rising in Europe; true festival lovers already know it’s time to start planning which European festivals to visit this year! No better place to get great inspiration than there where hundreds or even thousands of people come together to enjoy music and arts. And those living on a tight budget do[Read More…]

Why is Folk Music Popular Once More?

Why is Folk Music Popular Once More?

Folk music is popular for the same reason as the surge of support for Brexit (British exit from the European Union): the mass of people have realized how much they are manipulated by the rich and powerful and they look for ways to express their disgust. Today’s pop music is manufactured, shorn of meaning and infantilized. It seeks nothing but[Read More…]

How Festivals Can Showcase the Range of Folk Music

How Festivals Can Showcase the Range of Folk Music

Folk music festivals take place in many countries and they can be a great way to get to know the breadth of the phenomenon people mean when they refer to “folk music”. (One person’s folk music can be another person’s pop or jazz – but let’s not get started on what constitutes “real jazz”). Which festival? That’s up to the[Read More…]

The Pitmen Poets

The Pitmen Poets

Coal mining is a hard way to make a living. 101 year old Annie Batey remembered her brother Jack, who started work in a pit in Stanley in County Durham in 1920 when he was 12, telling her how frightened he had been by the rats running over his feet as he sat beside the hessian “gates” underground making sure[Read More…]

The Northeast England Folk Scene Today – Tyne & Wear

The Northeast England Folk Scene Today – Tyne & Wear

After saying such negative things about the scarcity of good Folk in Durham, there may be those who want to point out that the Wear is in Durham county. Yes, yes, so it is; thank you for the rude remarks. There’s a certain amount going on: Monkseaton The Monkey Folk Club is at the Monkseaton Arms on Front Street every[Read More…]

The Northeast England Folk Scene Today – Durham

The Northeast England Folk Scene Today – Durham

Sadly, Durham has nothing like the amount of live folk scene that Northumberland supports. The Birtley Folk Club was one of the northeast’s most long-lived folk clubs, but it closed in 2014. What remains? Well: Chester-le-Street The Brecon Folk Club has moved from time to time – not long ago, it was in Seaham – but now it is –[Read More…]

Benny Graham’s Story

Benny Graham’s Story

Benny Graham will turn his hand to most things musical and poetic. He started out in folk clubs in northeast England, which he calls home. One was the Birtley folk club which began in 1962, formed by folk-singer Jack Elliott and carried on by Jack’s daughter, Doreen, and her husband Bryan Henderson; it closed as recently as December 2014. Then[Read More…]

Three Part Harmony

Three Part Harmony

A person could go crazy trying to explain harmony – and even crazier trying to understand the explanation. What follows is an attempt to explain the inexplicable. It’s worth remembering that the first known text on the subject was ‘Traité de l’harmonie’ by Rameau; that was published in 1722, was thought at the time to be a touch ambiguous, and[Read More…]

The Northeast England Folk Scene Today – Northumberland

The Northeast England Folk Scene Today – Northumberland

The folk scene in Northumberland and Durham, including North Tyneside, is not as vibrant as fifty years ago but it’s far from moribund. Here’s a list of clubs in Northumberland and North Tyneside where folk is either regular or, at least, not infrequent. Ashington The Ashington Folk Club meets at 8.30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each[Read More…]