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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    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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    Eliza Carthy - in conversation with Trevor Buck

    I called Eliza at her home outside Fylingdales near Scarborough in the middle of a busy day. “You know what it’s like when you’ve got to pack for a flight the next day; your mind won’t rest. Well, my brain has been racing all night. I was up at 5am. I’m driving to Edinburgh this afternoon to pick the others up (including Karine Polwart, Mary Macmaster and Jenn Butterworth) for an intensive week of rehearsing and recording up on Eigg, an island in the Hebrides.” +

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Cork Folk Festival - 29 September-2 October

The Cork Folk Festival 29th Sept-2nd October is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capital, Cork. The 37 year old festival is emerging as one of the most important folk and traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the streets. It features concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children’s events, and traditional set dancing. The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Cuil Aodha music and song so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.
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South Yorkshire Folk Roots and World Music Festival - 18 September

The South Yorkshire Folk, Roots & World Music Festival will be taking place at The Leopard (2 West St, Doncaster, South Yorkshire) on Sunday 18th September 2016. Run by Solid Entertainment, and the first festival of this kind in South Yorkshire, the plan is to showcase the quality of live music in the UK and present a line-up of established and emerging artists with “something for every taste”! With 7 acts playing on the Indoor Acoustic Stage and 6 acts on the Outdoor Marquee Stage, this is arguably the one not to miss!
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Southdowns Folk Festival - 23-25 September

The seaside town of Bognor Regis (officially the sunniest place on the U.K. mainland) is a great place to visit with a compact Town Centre, offering a good variety of shopping, with some excellent places to eat and drink. The Southdowns Folk Festival, working in partnership with the Regis Centre and Bognor Regis Town Centre Management, will be bringing some of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, dance and other great events to their 4th Festival which will take place in the town between 23-25 September.
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Celtic Colours - 7-15 October

October 2016 will mark the 20th Celtic Colours International Festival. Since its introduction in 1997, Celtic Colours has grown to become one of Canada’s premiere musical events, and a cultural highlight of Nova Scotia’s colourfull fall season. A unique celebration of music and culture, this highly anticipated annual event presents dozens of concerts all over Cape Breton Island, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club.
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Tenterden Folk Festival - 29 September-2 October

Tenterden Folk Festival is a four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges. The festival includes many free events.
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Costa Del Folk, Portugal - 2-7 October

Enjoy Travel are delighted to be taking the Costa Del Folk Festival back to Carvoeiro, Portugal on the 2nd-7th October 2016 and couldn’t think of a better place than the stunning Tivoli Hotel in Carvoeiro. There’ll be music, singing, dancing and laughter aplenty from morning until the wee small hours at venues situated throughout the hotel itself. Not only that, but they have amassed a phenomenal line up of some of the UK’s top folk music acts including Show Of hands, Heidi Talbot, Tim Edey, The Young Uns and many more!
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Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival - 16-18 September

Organisers of the Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival have promised a ‘fantastic’ selection of artists and performers at the festival’s 25th anniversary this September. The line-up for the landmark ‘silver jubilee’ event, which will be held from 16th to 18th September at venues around the town includes Du Temps Antan, The Churchfitters, Lucy Ward and Vin Garbutt.
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