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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, YFAMartin 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 running Whitby 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.

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Sue Coe, secretary YFASue 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

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Jim Hancock, YFAJim 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.

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Geoff Convery,  treasurer YFAGeoff 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.

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Pete Hayselden (Shanty Jack),  YFAPete Hayselden
Pete (Shanty Jack) has joined us : details to follow.

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Kathy Aveyard, YFAKathy Aveyard
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,  YFAPaul 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 Dales.
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:


Julia Pollock

Graham Pirt

Damien Barber



Jacey Bedford, development worker YFAJacey 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.

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