BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 Winners Announced

Lifetime Achievement Awards for Don McLean and The Dubliners

Four Awards for June Tabor & Oysterband

Good Tradition Awards for Ian Campbell and Bill Leader

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PECSAETAN MORRIS – At One With The Bells – Seville House Records SEVCD02

There are always new ways making records. We’ve had ‘sequester a bunch of songwriters in a lonely house and give them a week to write a complete stage show and album’ and now we’re in the midst of ‘record it live off the floor’ – which is pretty much what Bill Leader did forty-odd years ago in his kitchen.

Here we have a new method. Start with a morris side – invariably a multi-talented bunch – add the bands that members are part of and record: dances, songs, tunes, whatever. Pecsaetan Morris are a women’s Cotswold team from Sheffield who have done just that to celebrate their tenth anniversary and what a great idea it is.

There are six dances with musicians Richard Arrowsmith and Jo Maher and the feet and bells of the team. The songs are mostly well-known but none the worse for that. The first is ‘John Ball’, lead by Jess Arrowsmith and featuring members of The Sheffield Folk Chorale who return later for a Sheffield carol (what else?), ‘Sweet Bells’. Continue reading PECSAETAN MORRIS – At One With The Bells – Seville House Records SEVCD02