This wonderful zine dropped onto my doormat this morning. If you want a copy Paypal £2 to davidjbates1983 (at) gmail.com and include your address
This arrived yesterday, it’s a cracker.
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One thing I love about an Ivan the Tolerable/Year of Birds release is that you never really know what you are going to get. Their latest album, Autodidact, is a dense, swirling, cinematic slab of kosmische beauty. It is a thing of wonder, a triumph.
“The terraced streets were my Grand Canyons, the shipyard cranes my redwood trees, those steelwork tips were my mountain ranges and the brickyard ponds were my seven seas”.
These are the words of the songwriter Graeme Miles that inspired Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes of the Teesside folk group The Young’uns – Radio 2’s Folk Band of the Year Award winners in 2015 & 2016. Stumbling across a folk club at the age of 17, school friends Sean, David & Michael first heard the songs of Graeme Miles – songs about their local area – songs that resonated. They realised that there was beauty to be found in a place they had been brought up to believe was “deprived” and “unromantic”, and that Graeme’s songs instilled a sense of pride.
For years now the band have been singing Graeme’s songs, and, in this programme, they find out more about the man and his work. Featuring interviews with Graeme’s widow Annie, and discussion and performances from esteemed musicians from the folk world, including the critically-acclaimed band The Unthanks, this programme highlights some of Graeme’s finest songs. From an emotive performance of ‘Waiting For The Ferry’ on the banks of the River Tees, to a stirring rendition of ‘Ring of Iron’ accompanied by the legendary Billingham group The Wilson Family, The Young’uns discover more about their muse, and present the programme in their unique and humorous way.