From: SEFAN [admin_at_sefan_dot_org_dot_uk]
Sent: 16 December 2010 13:19
Subject: SEFAN 2010-12-16_01 2 items of info
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1. The demise of Folkwaves
2. Vote for Hazel (of the Askew Sisters) on Spiralearth
From: Kerry Fletcher <kerryfletcher7_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: 14 December 2010 15:03:18 GMT
Although Folkways is out of area, I know a lot of artists who have their CDs played on the show and that all helps bands to tour and some of them are from down 'ere so it might be worth putting out?....
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From: Bill Wilkes
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 4:32 PM
To: Bill Wilkes
Subject: The demise of Folkwaves
Apologies if you have already received Emails on this subject. There are a number flying around.
The Folkwaves programme on BBC Radio Derby (but broadcast to a much wider audience, including worldwide online) has been axed. The final programme will be 27th December. A statement from Radio Derby says it is to be replaced with programmes "designed to appeal to a wider number of licence fee payers".
It is unlikely that the decision will be reversed, however it is my belief that Folkwaves is one of the best folk programme on UK radio and it should not go down without a fight.
I've seen Folkwaves being broadcast and it is basically Mick and Lester sitting in a small, standard BBC studio chatting and playing some great music. Admittedly not all the CDs are to my taste but "folk" embraces a wide range of different styles and most folkies are tolerant and willing to broaden their horizons. The point is, Folkwaves cannot in relative terms be excessively expensive to broadcast, it does not occupy a prime slot in the schedule and to take it off air will deprive thousands of people of a great deal of enjoyment.
I'm not a natural crusader but sometimes you have to stand up and be counted. Folk music is the voice of the people. An email to the Managing Editor at BBC Radio Derby simon.cornes_at_bbc_dot_co_dot_uk would at least show how many people care.
Please pass this message on to anyone who might be interested.
07703 639 720
From: bob askew <bob_askew_at_hotmail_dot_co_dot_uk>
Date: 15 December 2010 23:37:29 GMT
I have just found out that Hazel (of the Askew Sisters) has been nominated as female folk singer of the year on Spiralearth. She does not have the faintest idea how she got on it, but she would be pleased to have a few votes.
The other nominees all have a big publicity organisation behind them, but it would be nice if Hazel got some votes as a traditional singer from southern England. So please give her a vote if you have time, and pass the idea on to anyone who might be interested. I think it is only one vote per PC.
All the Best