Jamie Katz and Twickfolk are the first Heroes of the map.
I’ll be looking out for opportunities to make more of these prestigious awards, so do feel free to nominate a potential hero on the feedback form. You’ll have to provide a description of what the person has done to justify the award, the two examples we have should give you an idea what the Map Hero Judging panel* is looking for.
Joan of Arc (1882) by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, his last painting discovered on his easel after his death. Joan here looks very like Lizzie Siddal, Rosetti’s wife and model who died from a drug overdose after a stillbirth in 1862, 2 years before the first version of this painting. After her death Rosetti became depressed and his death was connected to drug abuse. So this is a painting of a great romantic hero, by a great romantic artist obsessed with a great artistic muse. The painting can be seen in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.
*It’s just Chris
Now we are proper with an easy to remember and obvious web address
The Folk Music Map is International!
I’ve worked out how to do this cleanly (I hope). The data forms for clubs and festivals now include country and the map location can be entered as [UK Postcode], [Town, Country], or [GPS Coordinates], and there’s a link on the form to a FAQ page that explains each of those things including how to get your GPS coordinates from Google Maps.
Next step is whether the way the map describes events is relevant to the kinds of events you’ll find in different countries, but it’s always a work in progress and I look forward to feedback.
So if you know of events anywhere in the world put them on the map or ask the organisers to do it.
(Thanks to Maria McAlister of the Arts Council, Northern Ireland, for prompting me to see how I could make this change)
The map started life on the Break a Leg! website but it’s growing fast and needs a proper home. The content from the original pages on Break a Leg! is moving here and the old pages will have links so you can still find everything.
The Blog on this site will keep you up to date on developments on the Folk Music Map, any posts here will also appear on the Map’s Facebook page.
One of the main aims of moving is to give the map a web address that will be easier to find on searches and to have a memorable main address which is folkmusicmap.com