Links to mates, partners and people we like

You know that no self respecting organisation goes without its 'official partners' - so, we've decided to adopt a few of our own. Do nudge us if we're found in your chip shop or pub and you feel that you should be an 'official partner of Mr Kite'.

Firstly, our Official Radio Station Partner - Wreckless Radio. On and off, we've bumped into him in the undergrowth. Do click below, it's always a quality moment. Click on the image below.

Secondly, Official Partner - Folk Against Fascism. Here at Mr Kite Towers, we're fed up of soundbite politicians who normally say little and do nothing. Better to be like these folks. Click on the image below.

More locally, the Labour of Love that is Graham Dixon's comprehensive guide to music in the Lancashire area on The Trouble at Mill site.  A more localised view can be had Beside The Seaside with Ukelele Ron up at Morecambe.  Local but well-travelled musician, agent, compere and all round good egg, Brian Preston, needs thanking for his support of our efforts. Wider afield and barmier, too, is the view from Mrs. Ackroyd our own well travelled fruit cake, Mr. Les Barker.

A pictorial view of folk music in the North West area with the site from Roger Liptrot at Folk Images.  Regular attendees at Mr Kite Benefits may appreciate pictures of some of those benefits taken by Alan Graves too.

Local Folk Arts are attended to by Folkus and, from the North East, there is Folkworks. For all things Folky, try out the Folking people.

Sad losses for the region include those bigger festivals at Saddleworth as well as that little cracker at Brampton but we would also recommend our mates at Ireby Festival. If clubbing is more your thing, Folk Clubs, that is; you could checkout the Mr Kite friendly nights at Carlisle Folk and Blues Club. Or learn how to play via The Creative Network.

For those who like their music with a country flavour, you can get the most comprehensive information in this area with reviews, listings at Americana-UK.

If your interests spread wider still, there is a good site for roots music in general at Netrhythms with the specialist area of African music being well covered at Sterns Records.

If you just want to sit at home and listen, Mr Kite recommends the action that you get from Action Records and the listening that you get from BBC Radio Lancashire's On The Wire. Also, firing up local Folk at Radio Lancashire is Phil Brown on The Drift. Also being produced locally by Ken Nicol and long time Mr Kite supporter Phil Widdows is a folk podcast - check this out at FolkCast.

A rest for your ears and a good read is provided by Triste.  By the way, if you're a fan of your music on vinyl or interested in rare artefacts, Henrys Records are waiting your every request whether it is to buy or sell. If you're still searching out that hard to get import, try our pals up at Fair Oaks Entertainment.

As you'll realise, Mr. Kite wants you to give to charity.  So, why not feed a child with the click of a mouse or even set up an account where the taxman helps you at the Charities Aid Foundation. If that doesn't suit and you live too far away to attend a Mr Kite Benefit, try our friends at Acoustic Sussex.....failing that you could be amused for ages at What What.

As time has gone along, Mr Kite has developed a fine bunch of friends who attend the Benefits and have their own interests that are worthy of your attention. Take for example, Ian's fine photos and Linzi's foodie interest.

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