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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    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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    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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Issue 119 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Crows, Fairport Convention, Adam Sutherland, Winter Wilson, Kenny Speirs, The Concept Of Tradition, Women's Morris Dancing, Transatlantic Connections, Composing Tunes, The Louisburgh Festival, festival listings, news, reviews and more!

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Oban Live - 2-3 June

Held at the famous shinty ground Mossfield Stadium, OBAN LIVE is the biggest live music event in the region of Argyll & Bute. The event was created following the open-air concert ‘DECADE’ in 2015 – the 10th Anniversary celebration of trad-fusion band Skerryvore that attracted 6000 people from all over the world to Oban. Such was the reaction and impact of the event, 98% of attendees requested that it became an annual event. From this, OBAN LIVE was formed in 2016 with the aim of showcasing the very best Scottish and International artists as part of both the open-air concert and OBAN LIVE Fringe events.
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Portsoy Folk Festival - The Eighth Haal - 2-4 June

A weekend of songs, tunes, stories, poetry, dance, workshops and sessions to be held in and around Portsoy. Guests include Na Leanai, Sheena Wellington, Iona Fyfe & Luc McNally, Dave Goulder, Arthur Watson, Pete Coe, Kenny Hadden, Thomas McCarthy and many more.
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Chippenham Folk Festival - 26-29 May

Chippenham Folk Festival is a unique and distinctive event of national importance. It features the very best in English traditional music and dance with an emphasis on participation and education. Run entirely by volunteers, it has minimal and very local sponsorship; it is fiercely independent and entirely in control of its artistic programme. Ticket prices are kept as low as possible and the festival runs over four days. It is designed to be non-profit. It is a '200+ events, make up your own festival in a variety of venues in a small, welcoming, market town' festival. Just like English traditional music and dance it is modest, unassuming, inclusive, fun and ultimately rewarding.
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Gate To Southwell Festival - 8-11 June

From its humble beginnings in 2007 as primarily an English folk music and dance festival, Southwell has evolved into one of the leading and most innovative folk events in the country. Whilst English and Celtic music remain at the core the festival seriously embraces other roots music forms. Southwell has built a reputation for seeking out exciting new talent and providing something a little different. Quality remains the watchword so whether it’s country or gypsy jazz, ska or rockabilly, bluegrass or punk, traditional or contemporary, it’ll be good.
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The Acoustic Festival of Britain - 2-4 June

Held at Uttoxeter racecourse, amongst beautiful green fields and woodlands, this is an affordable, entertaining, safe and fun festival. A choice of stages, venues and musical genres is a big plus. The Acoustic Festival of Britain is a truly unique 'olde worlde' festival that really does stand out. The event becomes a weekend holiday, helped by the wonderful caravan site, camping and glamping, with parking next to the tent! It is the National Acoustic and un-plugged festival, so come along.
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Wirral Folk Festival - 1-4 June

The Wirral Folk Festival is an all-on-one-site festival of folk and acoustic music, dance, comedy, poetry and crafts, held in the Whitby Club & Grounds, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The site has facilities for caravan and camping, real ale, good food and showers! In addition to the main stage programme, the festival has a large set of fringe activities taking place in all the other rooms in the main building and in two small marquees in the grounds and there will be many craft stalls inside and outside the main building.
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 23-25 May

Knockengorroch Festivals were born from a love of the land, excellent roots music and celebrating the good times - presenting music, arts and workshops in a beautiful mountain riverside meadow in South West Scotland. They promote multi-cultural forms and musical genres, highlighting the connection between roots music and the lands and people that created it. Music from all continents is presented alongside the best in Scottish talent to showcase music in both traditional and contemporary fields.
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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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