Issue 228 – December 2020

November 29, 2020 in Editorial, Uncategorized

Like so many of you, I’ve never endured such a long time (since March 2020) without seeing live music or having gigs in the diary. In this issue, we talk to Paul and Matt Long of Catfish about how the lockdown has affected them and what the prospect for next year holds. As Paul says, “In theory, we have a really busy 2021, but certainly the stuff we had booked in spring is unlikely to happen. Agents are afraid to book things at the moment and you can understand why. Do we do nothing for two years or do we do our best to engage with the new world?” With a record number of shows and tours being cancelled or postponed into the spring months, we’ve taken the decision to suspend our regular Gig and Festival Guide until we have a clearer idea of how and when things will improve. Like the artists themselves, as a magazine, we’ll look at how to engage with this new world and try and bring you interesting articles on the blues to read: for instance, in this issue, Moz Copestake’s piece on blues and the internet and Steve Morphew’s wonderful tour of Clarksdale. Change is in the air again as we bid farewell to Moray Stuart, who oversees our Gig Reviews section. I’ve only had the pleasure of working with him for a couple of issues, but he has been an invaluable asset to the magazine for the past five years. Thank you Moray. We also welcome our new Associate Editor, Mark Stratford, who brings a lifetime of music industry experience and a fan’s passion to the magazine. This issue also sees a bumper crop of album reviews pouring in, so plenty to read and plenty to listen to. Go Well.
Nicholas John

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