Tom McConville - from Bright Young Thing to Elder Statesman

Tom McConville was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub, the Globe, just off Scotswood Road. His parents were tenants. The pub was usually filled with music and, with its clientele drawn largely from the Irish and Scottish communities, it gave Tom his first experience of traditional singing and fiddle music. +

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    Tom McConville - from Bright Young Thing to Elder Statesman

    Tom McConville was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub, the Globe, just off Scotswood Road. His parents were tenants. The pub was usually filled with music and, with its clientele drawn largely from the Irish and Scottish communities, it gave Tom his first experience of traditional singing and fiddle music. +

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    Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - A Classic Combination

    You may have come across Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer somewhere in the UK or beyond. They’re one of the hardest working musical acts on the scene today and have been regulars at clubs and festivals all over the country for many years. But Vicki and Jonny’s immersion in the folk world may be slightly surprising when you discover how they started out... +

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    The songs of Reg Meuross

    There’s always a temptation at festivals to make sure you see the performers you know and love, and sometimes this means you miss out on other undiscovered treats. I have to confess that at this April’s Costa Del Folk, Reg Meuross was not really on my radar, so I was unsure of what to expect from the Somerset based songwriter. Then he appeared in one of the late night sessions, sat quietly somewhere near the back, and with gentle persuasion from some of the other sessioners, took out his guitar and blew me away. +

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    Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne - Kind Providence

    Niamh Parsons needs no introduction to readers of this magazine. A singer with a voice to die for, it is unmistakable in its velvety rich, crystal clear and sensuously warm hues. It has been ten long years since her last recorded offering - too many years many may argue – but the wait is over as she has recently released her sixth studio album, Kind Providence, with long-time collaborator, guitarist Graham Dunne. +

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    John McCusker - 25 Years and still excited by music!

    I met with John in a cafe near his home in Innerleithen, in the gorgeous Tweed valley in the Scottish Borders, and we reminisced about our prior interview in 2002 and the cover of FiddleOn featuring his Mohican haircut. Despite being a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, performing for 20 nights at the Albert Hall and on a double bill with Bob Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl, he hadn’t changed at all. +

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    John Kirkpatrick ...In conversation with Keith Kendrick...

    Now then, it wouldn’t take a clever person to perceive that the most challenging part of producing an article on the mighty John Kirkpatrick would be finding something to say about him that hasn’t already been said by greater mortals than I. However, I am ready to accept the challenge with both humility and enthusiasm for John Kirkpatrick is, and has always been, one of my greatest inspirations as an English folksinger/musician. +

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    Costa Del Folk, Portugal

    Over years of attendance, you get used to the sights, sounds and smells of the average folk festival. Naturally these change according to location, but rarely do they change so dramatically as they do at Costa Del Folk events. Billed as the festivals that “put a smile on your face, a song in your heart and the sun on your back”, these are a new breed of festival, quite different from others on the calendar and, judging by the success of this year’s October event, it is a wonder that no-one has thought to do this before. +

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Living Tradition Issue 117 is out now!

Issue 117 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Tom McConville, David Francey, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, Andrew Finn Magill, Allan Yn Y Fan, Margaret Palmer, Recollections from O'Donoghues, The Fishgutters, Songs about Mining Disasters, Cork Folk Festival, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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50 years of the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering

April 2017 will see a milestone event in Morpeth - the 50th Northumbrian Gathering – held on the 21st to the 23rd of the month. The “Golden” Gathering will not only revisit some of the themes and activities of earlier years, welcoming back some old friends, but also look to the future with younger performers, street events and workshops to get the general public joining in, and specially commissioned music – including a new piece commemorating a jumper worn by David Oliver at one of the very first Gatherings!
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Eric Bogle,Rab Noakes and Alyth McCormack Write for Scotland Sings in Renewing the Tradition

Scotland Sings continue their exciting harmony singing, Renewing The Tradition project, where contemporary songwriters have been asked to take inspiration from Robert Burns’ life and works and write a brand new contemporary song.
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McCalmans Lost Tracks

Despite hanging up their boots as a band in 2010 after a career lasting 46 years, a new McCalmans CD has been released containing 19 songs never included on any McCalmans album. It features a previously undiscovered song from Nick Keir with the full band, recordings of the original line-up and tracks from every decade from every subsequent line-up of this seminal Scottish group.
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The Wanton Seed Tour

The distinctive voices and musicianship of Jim Causley, Bryony Griffith, Jackie Oates and Paul Sartin have come together to present a concert of songs celebrating the re-issue of the song books Marrowbones (EFDSS 2007) and The Wanton Seed (2015), and to mark the launch of Southern Harvest, the new omnibus edition of The Foggy Dew and The Constant Lovers, edited by Steve Gardham and published by Francis Boutle Publishers in association with The South Riding Folk Network.
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The London Fiddle Convention

The 25th annual London Fiddle Convention will be held on Sunday 26 February 2017 at Cecil Sharp House. The convention is a yearly opportunity for fiddlers from around the South East and further afield to meet up, learn new tunes, buy fiddle-related goodies and hear some great music.
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Packie Manus Byrne's 100th Birthday Bash - 17-19 February

On what would have been Packie Manus Byrne’s 100th birthday, friends and family of the legendary folksinger, musician, songwriter and storyteller from Donegal are gathering in Ardara to celebrate the life, songs and music of an extraordinary man.
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Magnetic North East - New organisation formed to celebrate and promote the North East

In response to the almost complete disregard for North East traditional music, song and dance in the Regional Case for Culture, prepared by the 12 local authorities in the North East of England, Kathryn Tickell and Andrew Davidson have worked together and formed a new community interest company called Magnetic North East. The core purpose of MNE is to celebrate and promote the identity of the North East of England through music, arts, culture, heritage and creativity.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Arthur Knevett - Simply Traditional

Simply Traditional is a long overdue and very welcome CD from Arthur Knevett, a well respected and fine interpreter of traditional song.
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NEW RELEASE: Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - Paper Of Pins

Paper Of Pins is Swan & Dyer’s 7th album and has all their usual elements; refreshing arrangements of folk classics alongside self-penned offerings that mix traditional and contemporary folk with baroque, Music Hall and even classical sounds.
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NEW RELEASE: Alastair Savage - Alone With History

Alone With History is the fourth album released by Alastair Savage, and his first completely unaccompanied fiddle recording.
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NEW RELEASE: Reg Meuross - December

The most intimate of Reg Meuross’s 11 albums to date, December is a collection of 10 superbly crafted and reflective tracks from the master of melody and storytelling.
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NEW RELEASE: Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Martin Tourish, Daire Bracken, Íde Nic Mhathúna, Éamonn Galldubh - Visionaries 1916

Released in the centenary year of the Easter Rising, this is a remarkable recording based on the songs and poems of four cornerstones of the Rising: Connolly, Pearse, Ceannt and Plunkett.
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NEW RELEASE: Peter & Barbara Snape - Upward Onward

Peter and Barbara Snape have a great love of traditional British folk music and have used their skills and knowledge to search out material from their native Lancashire/North West.
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Obituaries