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21 Nov 2006:  E-MAIL PROBLEMS MAY BE OVER!
If anyone reading this has tried to get in touch by sending an e-mail through the contact page on the website, you may have noticed a distinct lack of replies. Sometimes this is simply due to my own inefficiency and hectic life-style, but quite a few folks have told me that their messages have been returned as undelivarable. And quite often messages come through as a whole page of heiroglyphics.

Three Degrees West, who design and maintain the website, have recently been through everything with a fine toothcomb, and believe they have sorted this out now. So, if you have not received full satisfaction in the past, please try again, and we'll keep our fingers crossed!

Huge apologies to one and all for this inconvenience. If it still doesn't work, you'll just have to write a letter.

16 Nov 2006:  BRASS MONKEY BACK ON THE ROAD
The four surviving members of Brass Monkey will be out gigging in 2007 - Martin Carthy, Martin Brinsford, Roger Williams, and JK. We've decided to give it a go without attempting to replace our late colleague and dear friend, trumpeter Howard Evans, who died in March. Our last tour, in May 2004, had to be conducted mostly as a four-piece because of the onset of Howard's illness, so we know it works, because we had no choice!

We are doing a couple of numbers at the big Waterson/ Carthy event at The Royal Albert Hall on May 12th, and a tour in October. Booking through Routes Music - see the contacts page for details.

9 Nov 2006:  BRUNEL CD UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Folk South West are in the process of recording some of the material they have been working with during the year in celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. "In The Footsteps Of The Little Giant" has employed the services of a whole team of folkies going into schools and community music days all over the South West.

Forthcoming tracks by JK -"A Bright String of Pearls" and "What a builder of bridges!" - both specially composed for this project, the traditional song "The Launch of the SS Great Britain", and two tracks of traditional tunes - "The Railway" and "The Steamboat Quickstep" on the two-row melodeon, and "The Telegraph Post" and "The Great Eastern Polka" arranged for concertina band.

Details from Folk South West: www.folksw.org.uk.

1 Nov 2006:  SULTANS OF SQUEEZE ON TILSTON BOXED SET
The Sultans of Squeeze - Mr Parkinson and oneself - have recorded one track for a Steve Tilston box set to be released next year on Free Reed Records. It's a song called "Willow Creek", which is a tune of Chris' that Steve has added words to. It's also been recorded by Fairport Convention on their CD "Over The Hill". Our version consists of lots of bellows waggling on two accordions, and is generally anything but delicate!