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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    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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    Jimmy Crowley - Songs From The Beautiful City

    In the preface to Jimmy Crowley’s new book, Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads, Mick Moloney describes him thus: “Jimmy hails from the most distinctive city of Cork on the banks of the fabled River Lee. I don’t think Jimmy would mind being called ‘The Bard of Cork’. Certainly no other Cork singer would or could possibly object to that title. His commitment to the rich song tradition of his native city has been unwavering over the past four decades. +

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Issue 116 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Andy Irvine, The Transports, Mairi Campbell & David Francis, Fiddle Singing, The Outside Track, the Eire Festival in Bondeno, Italy, Ryan Young, The Guitar in British Folk Music, 50 Years of the TMSA, Warwick Folk Festival, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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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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Stroud Wassail set for January 14th

The fourth Stroud Wassail is taking place on the 14th January 2017. This year the event itself is to be preceded by Stroud Wassailers visiting pubs and restaurants. Stroud Wassailers will be singing songs, performing plays and generally entertaining in exchange for collecting food and money on behalf of the Stroud Food Bank.
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Change of venue for Edinburgh Folk Club

Edinburgh Folk Club has been meeting in The Pleasance Cabaret Bar every Wednesday night since 1994. However, late in 2015 the club was told by the Edinburgh University Student Association, who own The Pleasance complex, that the venue would be undergoing major refurbishments and would be closed for a year. A trail around potential venues for a new venue (surprisingly few!) ensued, and now, the club has begun meeting in Summerhall.
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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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Shepherds Arise

Derrick is tuning the serpent, the heckling from the tenors has begun, and it’s cold enough to have coats to hang on the back of our chairs in the village hall. This can only mean one thing – rehearsals for Shepherds Arise! have reprised once more. This gathering of Sussex folk, meeting over the past three years to sing old Sussex carols, was occasioned by a chance remark during a singaround in Lewes in 2012. The subsequent discussion sparked a revival based on a group Dr Vic Gammon assembled in the 1970s, Hope In The Valley, to accompany a lecture on old Sussex carols, which grew into regular performances over a ten-year period.
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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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English Folk Dance and Song Society announces Gold Badge recipients

Five people who have made key contributions to the folk arts are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Pete and Sue Coe, the musician and dancer who were founders of Ryburn Three Step, Maggie Fletcher, a leading musician on the English country dance scene, and long term EFDSS and folk dance volunteers and advocates Mike Wilson-Jones and Mary Wilson-Jones have all been chosen to receive the awards.
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New Releases

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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NEW RELEASE: Josie Nugent - Modal Citizen

Modal Citizen is the debut solo album from an intimate, inventive, soul-searching fiddle player. Josie takes the listener on an evocative musical pathway, interweaving some of her traditional favourites with innovative compositions that connect to her roots, the music of east Clare.
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