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STIRRINGS 174 now out...


WE’RE HUFFING AND PUFFING to get the latest issue of Stirrings out into the world, but the fluffy white stuff falling out of the sky persists in making it hard for us. Who would’ve expected snow in February? Perhaps we could persuade our cover artists Coven to banish it all with a six-fold witchery spell? No, they insist: it’s just a name. We're so literal-minded at Stirrings Central. But you’ll find out all about them in the new issue, including why you won’t be seeing much of them this year…


We also pin Jon Boden down to talk at length about his much-admired new solo CD Afterglow. And our energetic and erudite reviewer Chris Nickson reveals how he smuggled the Yorkshire song collector Frank Kidson into his latest detective-thriller. Folk noir!


Plus all the usual stuff: you know the drill.











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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