"... Of course I didn't take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? And anyway, it wasn't Rochdale, it was Rochdale reserves." Bill Shankly.
I have used football analogies several times in the past. The quote above from Bill Shankly (a legendary football club manager for those of you not into these things) reminds us that at times we can take our hobby too seriously. We have set about our work at The Living Tradition with a similar passion. At various times in the past I have made apologies when I considered that I had made mistakes. Perhaps now I should be bold and say that "my track record in working for the traditional arts is second to none." Sure other people have done equally important things, but I can honestly stand by the achievements that I been involved in and be satisfied with my efforts.
We have stood on our own two feet when working on the magazine and have continued to do other things that we felt needed doing. This has included lobbying in the background for a more serious treatment for the traditional arts and providing information services that we feel are important. We have sponsored events, publications, helped individual performers and I sincerely believe that we have played our part in raising the profile of traditional music. This has meant long hours of work to keep the ball rolling.
This has however taken me personally further away from the music. I would much rather DO something, than write about others doing something - or worse still criticise what others are doing. In this magazine you will read about The Tradition Bearers recording project that I have started and I would love to be able to report in a future issue that I have also got back to organising live music events.
I don't want The Living Tradition to suffer whilst I do this. Others are quite capable of taking on that responsibility in the longer term but in the transitional phase I have found that there are not enough hours in the day. Over the last few months we have done an enormous amount of work. Something had to give and when some of the deadlines became impossible, I decided to take the flak rather than submit to the pressure. In Living Tradition time - the month of June did not exist! I believe that what I am doing is in the best long-term interests of the magazine and ask that you have patience and bear with us through this next phase of growth.
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