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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Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival - 8-12 August

The 26th annual Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival takes place over the long weekend of 8-12 August. The Mull of Kintyre has held this annual music festival, which has grown each year since it’s inception in 1993. Set in the community of Campbeltown, the festival has become the region’s top cultural event, which encourages people to visit Kintyre from all parts of the globe. Satisfying an ambition of the Festival to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region’s cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages.
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Speyfest - 27-29 July

At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers will be home to the 23rd annual Speyfest, three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music. The tented village hosts a variety of seated and standing events including the Friday and Saturday concerts and stomps, the music marathon that is Speyfest Sunday, a craft and food fair with taster sessions and an ecumenical Celtic Kirk service. The event is fully licensed and offers a wide range of hot foods and a variety of drinks from a number of on-site concessions.
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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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Broadstairs Folk Week - 10-17 August

Broadstairs Folk Week is a traditional folk music and dance festival – that’s how it began – and that remains right at the heart of Folk Week. Over the past 53 years, the festival has become a magnet for people who love authentic music, the opportunity to dance and sing and meet up with an extended family of every generation and from around the world. Its festival-goers love discovering new bands, seeing old favourites and chancing upon things you would never expect to see at a folk festival! Whether you are a family looking for child-friendly events, have lots of energy to burn off dancing, or singers and musicians seeking out a session – with around 70 events a day, you’ll find something to entertain you from early till late. You can tailor make your festival experience to suit you.
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Sidmouth Folk Week - 3-10 August

There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955, now attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal. With an ear to the past and an eye on the future, the festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts, lively roots parties; small intimate sessions; ceilidhs and folk dancing; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.
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Warwick Folk Festival - 26-29 July

The festival at Warwick always presents the very best in traditional and contemporary folk arts, and it is a festival well worth making a trip to. As well as hundreds of artists performing, there is a well organised family festival, a well established fringe festival in the town, workshops, a sizeable craft and music fair, loads of great food stalls, a festival choir and lots of dance teams. This festival site is fantastic too, with the principal venues and camping on one site, with everything a short walk apart, real showers and toilets supplemented by temporary units, most events in permanent venues, general store, free festival bus to town - all within a 10 minute walk from Warwick town centre.
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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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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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