Rowan Piggott - next generation

Rowan Piggott is the fiddle-playing and singing son of Charlie Piggott of De Danann fame. He is currently making a name for himself around the folk scene in England as a solo musician and also as a member of the Georgia Lewis Band and as half of a duo with Rosie Hodgson. He is the next generation, not just of a family of musicians, but he is also part of the next generation of folk musicians, festival and club goers, working in the scene and making it their own. +

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    Rowan Piggott - next generation

    Rowan Piggott is the fiddle-playing and singing son of Charlie Piggott of De Danann fame. He is currently making a name for himself around the folk scene in England as a solo musician and also as a member of the Georgia Lewis Band and as half of a duo with Rosie Hodgson. He is the next generation, not just of a family of musicians, but he is also part of the next generation of folk musicians, festival and club goers, working in the scene and making it their own. +

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    Will Pound - Through The Seasons

    Not many people who are known primarily as a folk artist can claim to have played on a number one record in the charts. Even one nominated three times for the coveted BBC Folk Awards ‘Musician of the Year’. However, Will Pound played the opening harmonica riff on one such record. He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, by the Justice Collective, was recorded to raise money for the various charities associated with the Hillsborough families. It reached the highly coveted Christmas Number One spot in 2012. +

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    Alan Rose & Lynda Hardcastle - A Yorkshire Twosome

    Although they have both been singing professionally for over 40 years, this married couple has only just released a first album together that covers their performing career and beyond. Readers of The Living Tradition might recognise Alan’s name from the many reviews he’s written for the magazine over the years. Nigel Schofield decided to find out why it’s taken them so long to get around to their much-anticipated debut release. +

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    Lankum - the artists formerly known as Lynched!

    Dublin is one of those cities that just hits you. From the minute you arrive, you know you are in the capital: the iconic sights, sounds and smells; the creamy pints; the many bridges crossing the Liffey; the thick accents. When you arrive in Dublin, you just know you couldn’t be anywhere else. Just as distinctive is some of the music emanating from its inhabitants and, at the moment, perhaps none more so than Lankum (formerly Lynched). +

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    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh - Closer to Home

    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is a singer and flute player immersed in the vibrant traditions of the West Kerry area. After studying traditional music at UL, she joined Irish band Danú and performed all over the world with them for 13 years. Since leaving their ranks in 2015 after having two children, life has been somewhat different for Muireann, but it certainly has not been the end of her musical road. We met up with her to find out more about life after Danú. +

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    Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - It's In The Blood

    If there is one person who has brought the traditional music of Donegal onto a world stage in recent years, it is Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Born and reared in the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore) in Donegal, she has travelled the world for over 30 years, bringing along with her a wealth of traditional tunes and songs from her native county, much of which she learned from her own family and neighbours, in particular from her father, the late Francie Ó Maonaigh. +

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    Chief of a Cornish Clan - Nigel Schofield discusses the delayed debut of Geoff Lakeman

    Folk music has always had performers who could justly lay claim to the title of ‘First Family of Folk’ - The Carters, The Coppers, The Waterson:Carthys… In the 21st century, that crown could surely pass to The Lakemans (should that be Lakemen?) – Seth, Sean and his wife Kathryn Roberts, and Sam and his wife Cara Dillon. +

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Living Tradition Issue 124 is out now!

Issue 124 of The Living Tradition magazine (June/July 2018) including articles on Rowan Piggott, Paul Downes, Catriona Macdonald, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Judy Cook, The Flanagan Brothers, The Search For Patience Vaisey, The Derby Ram, Balkan Rhythms In Celtic Music, Ten Of The Best, festival listings for June-August, news, reviews and more.

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Folkworks Summer Schools - 23-28 July

Sage Gateshead’s Folkworks programme aims to develop interest and practical involvement in traditional music, song and dance. This is achieved through various activities, including unique performances, one-day workouts, weekly classes, weekend courses and three week-long Summer Schools, for all ages. The Folkworks Summer Schools bring together folk music enthusiasts and world class tutors for a week of music making. Based in Durham each Summer, the schools are fun and sociable with lots of sessions, singarounds and dances.
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Ely Folk Festival - 13-15 July

Ely Folk Festival is a bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk acts around in an intimate and friendly environment. With on-site camping facilities, a real ale bar, lots of kids activities, morris dancing displays, ceilidhs, workshops and music sessions, whether you visit for a day or the whole weekend, the festival is a sure winner for music and festival lovers of all ages.
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North Atlantic Fiddle Convention - Aberdeen - 11-15 July

The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention is a cultural exchange and meeting place for artists, academics, and enthusiasts. At its heart is a convention that brings together scholars, practitioners, teachers and other stakeholders to share ideas, practices, research and knowledge about the field of fiddle performance and related dance, from the cultures and diasporas of the North Atlantic region. Uniquely structured, NAFCo combines a festival with an academic conference, featuring interactive workshops, concerts, interviews, public lectures, academic papers, busking, and live-music sessions in pubs.
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Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo - 21-28 July

Drumshanbo is a small picturesque town situated in the very heart of County Leitrim, Ireland. Every July Drumshanbo plays host to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School, a week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town. The committee continue to emulate his high ideals, endeavouring to promote Leitrim's heritage of traditional music while handing on the best traditions of the past to future generations.
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Newark Traditions - 20-22 July

Based in the beautiful and historic market town of Newark in Nottinghamshire, this new festival incorporates many aspects of the cultural heritage that make the East Midlands such a special place to visit. The town, with its castle and iconic market place lies on the River Trent, one of Englands longest and most important waterways. The festival, enjoyed its first year in 2017, showcasing traditional dance, music sessions, song sessions and local folk plays in some of the towns historic pubs together with historic re-enactment and the excellent market . Visitors to the event in 2018 can expect a weekend of living heritage in a truly unique setting and will take away memories of a special place at a special time.
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Ceol Na Coille, Letterkenny - 9-13 July

Ceol na Coille’s 7th Annual Summer School of Irish Traditional Music in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, comprises a 5-day programme of workshops, recitals, sessions and concerts. It's perfect for those who want to learn Irish Traditional Music and Song in a county known for its culture, its beauty and friendliness.
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Willie Clancy Summer School - 7-15 July

The Willie Clancy Summer School is a major traditional Irish music, song and dance event held annually in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland. The 46th Summer School will take place between Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 15th 2018 with instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Freda Palmer - Leafield Lass

A Cotswold singer, recorded in the 70s, whose repertoire is typical of pub singers of the pre and post war eras, and is now largely forgotten.
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NEW RELEASE: Duncan Chisholm - Sandwood

An eagerly anticipated album featuring fiddle playing at its best from one of Scotland's finest players and composers, Duncan Chisholm.
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NEW RELEASE: Danu - Ten Thousand Miles

Danú's new release introducing the bands current line-up which includes the unique voice of Nell Ní Chróinín from Co.Cork.
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NEW RELEASE: Fiona Ross with Tony McManus - Clyde's Water

Fiona Ross, from Glasgow but now resident in Australia, has produced a quite exceptional album of traditional Scots songs, with sensitive accompaniment by Tony McManus.
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NEW RELEASE: Hector Gilchrist - Gleanings

Hector has already recorded approximately 70 tracks on vinyl, cassette and CD and this selection adds a few more, although he makes no apology for re-recording a couple of his favourites again here. This is his fifth album on the Wildgoose label, and features Carol Anderson, Moira Craig, Vicki Swan, Jonny Dyer and Bob Wood.
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NEW RELEASE: Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham - Shine On

This well-known duo are stalwarts of the folk scene in England, and deservedly so, as this recording demonstrates. Singing mainly contemporary songs, but performed in a traditional style, the two voices blend well and the concertina accompaniments underline the flavour of the singing style.
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Obituaries

  • On the 6th March, a couple of months short of his 93rd birthday, Ted Poole died. It's difficult...

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  • Just as we were going to press we heard the sad news of the death of master uilleann piper, Liam...

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  • It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rollo Geoffrey Woods, who died on 29...

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  • Bob Drage sadly passed away just before 5.00p.m. on Sunday 10th December 2017 having only been...

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  • Bert Draycott of Fishburn in County Durham passed away a few days before his 87th birthday,...

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