Singing from the floor

Sheffield Chronicles: JP Bean talking part in Off The Shelf's Highlighting History festival.

Sheffield Chronicles: JP Bean talking part in Off The Shelf's Highlighting History festival.

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SHEFFIELD writer and music lover JP Bean has just completed a book on Sheffield’s folk phenomenon.

Most commentators look at guitar legend Martin Simpson’s move to Sheffield as a catalyst for the growth of the folk music scene in the area, and JP Bean, above, agrees.

“When you have people like Martin Simpson, who married Roy Bailey’s daughter Kit, Jon Boden and Fay Hield in the area others are going to come in, but there is heritage created by people like Tony Capstick and Dave Burland in the ’60s and ’70s. They are very fondly remembered.

“There has always been The Rock at Wath with Rob Shaw and now it’s moved to Maltby. The Greystones in Sheffield has also played a part as a venue.

“Bright Phoebus, a promotions company created by Kit Bailey and Fay Hield, has given something extra to the area and the spirit of Dave Burland and Tony Capstick lives on.”

JP Bean’s book Singing From The Floor will be published by Faber and Faber in spring 2014.

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