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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    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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    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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Living Tradition Issue 123 is out now!

Issue 123 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Will Pound, Lori Watson, Richard Grainger, Mickey Doherty, Ross Ainslie, Helen Fullarton, Sarah McFadyen, Living Tradition in East Devon, full festival listings for 2018, news, reviews and more

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The 9th Haal in Portsoy - 1-3 June

A festival of music, song, poetry and dance will be held in Portsoy on the weekend of 1st, 2nd & 3rd June 2018. Guests include Arthur Johnstone & The Stars Band, Hamish Moore, Gnoss, Allan Taylor, Rab Noakes, Boys Of The Town, Scott Gardner and many more.

Orkney Folk Festival - 24-27 May

From small beginnings in 1982, the Orkney Folk Festival has grown to become one of the most prolific and special throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield. One of the most important characteristics of the first festival that stands true today is the balance of visiting and local artistes. Whilst the festival has become a sought-after stage amongst artists worldwide – and has been a four-day home for many, over the years – it is equally, if not more so, the local, Orcadian acts that make the festival what it is and keep the crowds coming.

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 24-27 May

Knockengorroch Festivals were born from a love of the land, excellent roots music and celebrating the good times. Held in the stunning and accessibly remote setting of the southern upland hills of Dumfries & Galloway, the World Ceilidh presents unparalleled music, arts and workshops in a beautiful mountain riverside meadow. For them, location is key. The festival commemorates and celebrates the history and the people that once lived in that valley, in former times an entire village…

Gate To Southwell Festival - 7-10 June

This charming, small market town has many delights to offer the visitor. It is rich in historical and architectural interest and makes a great day out for the family. Southwell is situated 13 miles from Nottingham on the A612 and 8 miles from Newark and the A1. From Gate To Southwell's 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.

Chippenham Folk Festival - 25-28 May

This is Chippenham's 47th year and the festival still maintains it's original core objective "... to be primarily a participatory festival promoting and presenting some of the best in English Folk Song, Music and Dance ...". It does this by presenting over 200 individual events and workshops, all in one weekend on the Spring Bank Holiday.

Ireby Festival - 25-26 May

Ireby is a small farming village with a population of about 160. The village is situated on the north west edge of the Lake District National Park World Heritage Centre. It is 12 miles from Keswick and Cockermouth and 18 miles from Carlisle. This is the 16th Ireby Festival and over the years it has developed a reputation of early sell outs, so be sure to react fast to be part of one of the few festivals where the actual love for music and one another is still the main point of focus.

Appeal for memories of Julia Clifford

It is just over 20 years since Julia Clifford, one of the great Irish fiddle players from the Sliabh Luachra tradition, died. Although brought up in Co. Kerry, Julia lived in England for all her adult life: in London from the early 1940s to the late 1970s, and then in Thetford, Norfolk. With her Stroh phonofiddle, she was a memorable figure on the English folk scene for many years.


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New Releases

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.

NEW RELEASE: Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh - Foxglove & Fuschia

Many readers know Muireann as the former Danú singer and whistle player from West Kerry. On this release, she shows her commitment to the traditions that shaped her. It highlights her pristine voice, with nuanced dynamics and without distracting affectations. That grand voice is at the front of the mix, but she also plays (rather adroitly) flute and whistle.

NEW RELEASE: Jim & Susie Malcolm - Spring Will Follow On

For his 14th album, favourite Scots troubadour Jim is joined by his wife Susie, who’s often sung backing vocals on Jim’s albums but here takes equal part in this collection of duets – including taking the lead on several songs – and the two singers sound very well together in happy consort throughout.

NEW RELEASE: Various Artists - Vaughan Williams In Norfolk Vol 2

This CD-ROM is a follow-up to Vaughan Williams In Norfolk (MTCD253) which covers RVW’s Norfolk collecting in 1905-6. Volume 2 covers the collecting trips of, and between, 1908 and 1911.

NEW RELEASE: Tim Edey - The Sleeping Tunes

There are at least two Tim Edeys – the driving and dazzling squeezebox player and the contemplative guitarist – both distinct from anyone else and from each other. This album deals exclusively with his beguiling guitar work.

NEW RELEASE: Nick Dow - Far And Wide

Unaccompanied traditional song from one of the masters!
Buy this now from The Listening Post +


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