New Roots 2017

This just in from New Roots…

Press release – New Roots 2017

The call is out to young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music to enter for New Roots 2016. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.   There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. New Roots has been running since 2000 and the standard rises every year.

The list of judges for 2016 has now been finalised. Between them, Jim Causley, Steph West, Andy Stafford and Lynne Heraud represent a wide spectrum of insights into the folk scene. Their task will be firstly to listen to the entries sent in and select the performers who will take part in the final on Sunday April 2 2017 at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. On the day they will give constructive feedback to performers. There is no overall winner and everyone who makes it to the final will win one or more performance opportunities. The aim is to match the performers to the opportunities at folk festivals, clubs and other events which are offered to New Roots finalists. At folk clubs, opportunities include support slots, featured spots on singers’ nights and full bookings.

Performers who want to enter are invited to complete the entry form on the New Roots web site and email it to In reply, they will get an email telling them how to upload up to 15 minutes of their music. The closing date is 31 January 2017. For further and more up to date information on the web site This also has a form for event organisers who wish to offer performance opportunities for young musicians.

Further details:, email: or ring 01727 852111.

Fine Companion Dances

A note from Bedford Fine Companions (just in case!)… It seems we put the dates for their forthcoming public dances as below in the Diary section of Issue 137, but not in the Shall We Dance bit…

Public Dances: Newnham Middle  School  Polhill Avenue  Bedford MK41 9DT

  • 7.30 -11 pm         Entrance £7   Please  bring  a plate of food to share
  • Saturday    14/1      Caller – Nigel Close,   Band – Narrow Escape
  • Saturday    11/3     Caller – Mark Elvins,   Band  – Portland Drive

Please also note that their website address has now changed:



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