Organisations like YFA should never be distant or anonymous. Despite our
natural shyness, we thought that we ought to let you know who we are.
Martin Bull, chair
Martin has been a dancer and musician since the late 1960s. He plays
anglo-concertina, single-row melodeon, bouzouki, bodhran and guitar, and is
just learning to play the Border and Scottish smallpipes. He has been
involved in several folk clubs, as "floor musician" and committee
member and, since the early 1980s, has also been heavily involved in
Folk Week, the country's largest traditional music festival. In his day
job, he leads a design and publications department and has extensive
marketing, purchasing, management and IT experience, in addition to
knowledge and skills in the field of print and design. In his spare time(!)
he's a bosun's mate and watch leader for the Jubilee Sailing Trust, the
only organisation in the world to take disabled people to sea on its
purpose built square-rigged sailing ships.
Sue Coe, secretary
Sue retired from her role as a Community Education Officer in 2001 and is a
qualified teacher and Ofsted inspector with over 20 years teaching
experience. She has now developed her work as a dancer and dance teacher
specialising in teaching Yorkshire Longsword dances in primary schools. She
has been funding officer for Ryburn 3 Step since it was formed in 1991 and was a
Folk Music adviser to Arts Council Yorkshire from 1989 to 2002. She is a
dance caller with The Black Box Band and Sweet Liberty (which includes Gina
le Faux) ceilidh bands and is a member of Ryburn
Longsword and Sharpe Sword Rapper dance teams. She has been a
choreographer for Northern Broadsides Theatre company since 2000
Jim Hancock, webmaster
A folk club, festival and concert organiser since the 1960s, Jim appears
with the trio Clarty
Sough and with the shanty group Roaring Forties.
Winner of the BBC Radio Lincolnshire songwriting award for 2001 and 2005
and, with Clarty Sough, the MU best live performance trophy. His songs have
been recorded by other artists and his ballad opera Icebound is
regularly performed at maritime events. He is a long time member and for
ten years organiser of traditional mumming team Coleby Plough Jag, and
former Armitage Mummer. Jim edits and publishes Folktalk magazine,
covering Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, together
with web design and internet marketing for performers and events. Beyond
the folk world he acts as internet marketing consultant to a wider client
base including the visual and performing arts, tourism and manufacturing
industry. An experienced and highly qualified ex teacher, he still
undertakes the occasional workshop or lecture tour.
Geoff Convery, treasurer
Experienced performer, folk club, festival and event organiser. Long time
member of mumming team Coleby Plough Jag and founder member of Barleycorn
Ceilidh band along with Sam Pirt. As a dancer and musician he was involved
in the formative years of the Tatterfoals dance team. Writer of "The
Fields are Burning" & "The Big Mill" (runner up BBC
Radio Lincolnshire songwriting award 2004) amongst many modern
"traditional" songs, his "All to Build a Railway" was
recorded by Whitney Gin. Geoff currently peforms along with Jim Hancock and
Keith Brown in the trio Clarty Sough.
Pete (Shanty Jack) has joined us : details to follow.
Kathy trained as a classical musician playing piano and violin before
progressing through choral music to amateur operatics and, most recently, playing
guitar to accompany the hymns at her local church. She has been involved in
folk music for over 25 years, and was one of a group of people who revived
Uxbridge Folk Club, becoming secretary to the committee for four years. She
has now been one of the key organisers of Cleckheaton
Folk Festival for 18 of its 22 years and has experience of most aspects
of organising a club or a festival, as well as being a singer in her own
right. For the last 30 years she has been Membership Secretary to the South Tynedale Railway
Preservation Society. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Personnel and Development and has a wide range of management and
administration skills, many of which have proved invaluable in her
voluntary work for the Folk world.
Due to other commitments, Kathy is taking a back seat for the time being,
but remains with YFA as a consultant.
Paul Hudson, (chair 2001-2005)
Paul is a dance musician, playing melodeon with Morris, step-dance and
ceilidh bands. A choral singer (Royal Choral Society, Bradford Festival
Choral Society), he trained as a classical pianist and organist, but
prefers the inventiveness and freedom of the folk tradition. Day jobs for
many years have been in business consultancy and project management; most
recently working in economic and community development in the Yorkshire
Paul and his wife are now taking a year out from it all, touring around
festivals and so on at home and abroad. They will be keeping in touch, and
we hope to drag Paul (even if kicking and screaming) back onto the team
when he returns, wanderlust assuaged.
Past Team members Include:
Jacey Bedford, development worker (2002-2003)
Jacey is originally a librarian working in local government, but since 1989
she has been a full-time performer with the trio Artisan,
performing across the UK, Europe, America, Canada and Australia. She founded the internet performer's networking
group Britfolk and the uk-wide folk business networking group Folkbiz-uk.
She runs a folk agency, a folk venue and a festival which includes folk in its
programming. She presents folk business workshops for performers and is
thoroughly conversant with the business disciplines of folk arts.
Jacey has now completed
her year's contract with YFA, which was funded by Arts Council Yorkshire.
She continues to do all the other things listed above, and is additionally
available as a freelance development worker and administrator.