The English Ritual Year

The BBC have a slideshow on their website of the English ritual year taken by photographer Sara Hannant. The images are taken from her exhibition called Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year. The exhibition is on tour and is at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock until 28 July.

Davey Graham EP

To celebrate the 6th annual Record Store Day on Saturday 20th April Topic Records have released a 50th anniversary limited edition 7″ vinyl single of DAVY GRAHAM‘s historic and extraordinarily influential 3/4 AD. This astonishing recording includes the original recording of Graham’s signature tune – ‘Angi’, alongside ‘Davy’s Train Blues’ and a wonderful duet with ALEXIS KORNER on the title track.

‘Angi’ was composed by the 19 year-old Graham whilst holidaying in the South of France and missing his girlfriend. The tune quickly became the ‘test piece’ for all aspiring finger-style guitarists on the British folkscene.

This modest little EP recorded in the Camden Town kitchen of Bill Leader’s Mum in 1962 captured Davy Graham at the exact moment of his unique guitar invention. Three instrumental pieces that helped to define modern British folk-blues and would influence a generation of guitarists, from Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy and Paul Simon to Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and Johhny Marr.


This is not strictly on topic for this website, but it is a subject close to many folkies’ hearts; apparently someone is writing an app for your smartphone to recommend beers that you might like. Beer Mapper is a project by engineering student Kevin Jamieson. The app, when it becomes available, will work a lot like a Hot or Not for beer: It shows you two options and you pick the one you prefer. After you’ve gone through and picked beers for a while, you’ll be able to view a heat map that’s supposedly representative of the beers you might like the most.

How does it work? First, Jamieson created a database of beverages for the project by pulling reviews from the 50 most commonly discussed brews on After crunching the reviews, he was able to create a “map” of beers, which is a solid representation of the similarities and differences between beers. From there, all the app needs is for you to input on various kinds so that it can extrapolate your taste.

My advice, skip the app, and get yourself to some beer festivals. The people that brew craft ales, stouts, bitters, lagers and ciders tend not to be too fussy about apps and they’d be more help, and you’d have more fun too.