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August 2017

Country Music News.........

Every year I think it is always a pity that so many things events taking place at one time, especially during the summer months when the weather is a little better. Already we have been on our travels around the UK and I have seen and met many of our readers for a chat. Face to face people are always more inclined to air their views about the magazine and the scene in general, which gives us an insight into whether we are delivering what our readers wants from us.

I would like to thank the organisers of the Copper Kettle in Northallerton, the Golden Buckle at Walesby and the Norfolk Country Music Festival in Pentney for their kind invitations to visit their festivals, which are all well attended. It is always great encouragement for the promoters to help with their decision to run those festivals again the following year when they are busy. 

We were also invited to a couple of events in the Liverpool area, one of which was on a sad note when it turned out to be a memorial show to celebrate the life of Norman Cass who, with his wife Pat, have always supported us in whatever we do and when our sister magazine, Cross Country was born they were the first to offer help and support. We will always be grateful for that.

As I have written before, we are pleased we decided to bring back our Face The Music section, which seems well timed because since that time it has been bursting at the seams with artists visiting our shores, which a few years ago was unheard of. With so many artists to see it is so difficult to choose where to go while at the same time remembering to keep supporting our clubs which I have to admit we have not been doing as much as we should. I am looking forward to seeing Sam Outlaw and Brandy Clark but there are many more which may be added to the list.

So many times over the years I have sat at my desk wondering what to write about or comment on and here I am again. It is hard not to be repetitive and it can be difficult to remain positive all of the time, especially when it seems quiet wherever we go. Apart from some of the festivals, the clubs and classes are not what they were, mainly I think due to the many hotel events and other special one-off shows.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against these special events, nor the holiday weekends but we must remember that unless we do support the classes and clubs, line dancing will become fragmented and we shall no longer be able to travel any distance and be still able to dance together. 

I have visited places in the UK where I couldn’t dance along with everyone else and the only option was to either dance on my own or just stay seated so as not to get in the way. Just like global warming, we must act now and so I ask all instructors and promoters, if they don’t already, to advertise in the local media to get themselves noticed. What has happened to all the beginner classes? I remember well when I could look in the local rag to see where to go dancing.

Keep listening, keep dancing, keep it Country.

Contents …

Hannah’s World
Hannah Valize and Tom Caldwell take a look at what is happening around the world in Country music

Michael Ray
Our front cover artist appeared at the CMA Music Festival alongside Randy Travis when they sang Forever & Ever, Amen.

Chris Norman
For some, the name Chris Norman is synonymous with Smokie, a rock band who were in the charts in the 70s, for others, more recently a song from Chris’ last album, Gypsy Queen. Sheila Southam spoke to Chris on Up Country’s behalf.

CMA Music Festival
We take a quick look at Country music’s biggest party, The CMA Music Festival.

Carolynne
Up Country readers are very familiar with Carolynne, not only for her continue presence on the UK Country music scene but for her appearance on the X Factor.

Dylan Jakobsen
Dylan had been itching to play in the UK, now he has played Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham and London..

Year 1963
We go back to 1963, the year Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash.


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