I’ve recently been putting the final touches to my next book – my publication of my transcription of John Balshaw’s Jig, with the context around it too. The readers suggested somequite radical structural changes which I worked on before Easter, but I think it is much improved for the process.

Given the trouble that I had trying to lay out the transcipt itself and the annotations, it was really lovely to see what an excellent job the printers had made of the first few test pages. The transcript will be on the right hand side of the page, and the annotations will be on the left. This is great, because it means I’ve been able to expand the annotations to include all sorts of things that in previous drafts I’ve had to leave out.

It should be out before the summer, and as I write this, I’ve just got back from recording a paper about the Jig for the Lancaster University Regional Heritage Centre‘s Songs and Ballads in the History of North West England study day in May.