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STIRRINGS 172 now out...


STEVE ASHLEY – not to be confused with Steve Martin or Ashley Hutchings. No, we mean the man who wrote Fire And Wine – not to be confused with Fire And Rain or Bottle O' Wine. Clear, now? Good. We have an exclusive interview with Steve that traces the full arc of his long and distinguished career. He's written more than just Fire And Wine, you know. He also offers some trenchant views on the state of the folk scene, past and present.

Also in this issue, Johnny Fuller reports on how his band The Prison Didn't Help Boys lost their erhu but hung on to their mojo. Plus we turn the spotlight on Stocksbridge's unjustly neglected dialect poet Stanley Moxon. Aw that an much moowah. As usual.










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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