Pete Coe, Brian Peters & Laura Smyth - The Road To Peterloo

August 16, 2019 is the bicentenary of the Peterloo massacre when 60 cavalrymen charged into a peaceful crowd of men, women and children who had assembled to protest against poverty and their deteriorating conditions and to demand improved democratic representation in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. The event took place in St Peter’s Field Manchester, just four years after the battle of Waterloo - hence the name. +

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    Pete Coe, Brian Peters & Laura Smyth - The Road To Peterloo

    August 16, 2019 is the bicentenary of the Peterloo massacre when 60 cavalrymen charged into a peaceful crowd of men, women and children who had assembled to protest against poverty and their deteriorating conditions and to demand improved democratic representation in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. The event took place in St Peter’s Field Manchester, just four years after the battle of Waterloo - hence the name. +

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    Iona Fyfe - The Real Deal

    2018 was a remarkable year for Aberdeenshire singer Iona Fyfe. It kicked off in January with a ‘live’ performance of her album, Away From My Window, at Celtic Connections, and ended in December with her walking away with the Scots Singer of the Year prize at the Scots Trad Music Awards. In between, she toured so extensively at home and abroad, including appearances at prestigious events like the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, that one paper said she “made Metallica look like skivers”. Post Trad Awards she has been congratulated in the Scottish Parliament, released a new EP, and is preparing for her finals at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July. +

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    Jack Rutter

    The chances are that anyone attending a folk festival this summer will probably have seen Jack Rutter making an appearance somewhere along the line. Perhaps best known as the final name in the young traditional and mainly instrumental group, Moore Moss Rutter, this is the year that Jack has progressed from being well-known as a guitar player and one third of a group, to a multi-instrumentalist solo artist with a CD of his own and a string of bookings. +

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    Andy Cutting - At The Cutting Edge

    I first heard Andy Cutting with the wonderful Blowzabella at The Brewery, in Kendal, in the mid-1990s, and thought at the time how young he looked to be such an accomplished musician. I last saw him in 2017 when he was playing with the differently wonderful Leveret, and thought... how young he looked for such an accomplished musician..... +

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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. +

Breaking News

Living Tradition Issue 128 is out now!

Issue 128 of The Living Tradition magazine (Apr/May 19), our main 2019 Festivals Issue, including articles on The Road To Peterloo (Brian Peters, Pete Coe, Laura Smyth), Sarah-Jane Summers, DnA (Delyth & Angharad Jenkins), Natalie Haas, Alec Finn, Halsway Manor, The Gavin Greig Interviews 3, Transatlantic Connections, Full 2019 Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more.

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Bromyard has new Local Patrons

The directors of Bromyard Folk Festival invited local folk trio, Granny’s Attic, to become the patrons of the festival, after having appeared on their stage for many years. The band were both surprised and gracious in accepting the invitation.
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Maureen Jelks - 1941 - 2018

Maureen died at her home in Kirriemuir on 20th December 2018. Blessed with a modest unassuming demeanour, crystal clear voice, unassailable optimism and an unforgettable laugh, Maureen made countless friends in her 77 years.
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World Record for Stonehaven Folk Festival

At last year’s Stonehaven Folk Festival an attempt was made to establish a record for the World’s Largest Ceilidh Band. On 6th July, 288 players turned up to Mackie Academy in the town and played for 22 dancers. This January, the festival was officially notified that their attempt was successful, and they are now Guinness World Record Holders.
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Spalding Folk Club celebrates 40 years

In May 2019, Spalding Folk Club will be celebrating its 40th anniversary, and is planning two special events to mark this milestone. The club has been running continuously since 1979 and meets twice a month in two different formats – once with a booked guest, and once for a singaround. With some other ‘fringe’ events, there is always plenty going on, and it is good to hear that the club is thriving with levels of attendance being consistently high.
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DANCING ENGLAND - Nottingham Playhouse - 26 January 2019

Dancing England was an annual event from 1979 to 1987, held in Derby, and was relaunched two years ago in Sheffield. It’s taken another two years and a move to Nottingham for the next one to happen, but it was worth it.
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Alan Surtees Trust open for funding applications

A trust that aims to support and enhance the career of young folk performers has opened its 2019 round of funding. Three awards of up to £1,000 each will be made to emerging musicians, dancers or singers by the Alan Surtees Trust, which was established in memory of the co-founder and director of Shrewsbury Folk Festival who died in June 2017.
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War and Peace - Tales of love, loyalty and loss from the First World War by Bella Hardy, Findlay Napier and Greg Russell

In the centenary year of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and the Peace celebrations that followed in Doncaster and across the country, this project remembers the stories of those who fought, those who refused to fight, and those left behind. Internationally renowned singer-songwriters Findlay Napier, Bella Hardy and Greg Russell present an intimate evening of storytelling and song, inspired by stories from the archives, and those collected from Doncaster people through Doncaster 1914-18.
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New Releases

Great North Folk Festival - 24-27 May

The Great North Folk Festival takes place in the truly magical Botton Village, near Danby. Join the gathering on May Bank Holiday Weekend 2019 at one of the friendliest festivals you'll find. Over the weekend you will experience a handpicked programme of Folk and Roots Music with performances in superb venues from the best local, national and overseas artists.
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Chippenham Folk Festival - 24-27 May

This is the 48th Chippenham Folk Festival and after all these years, the festival still maintains its 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.
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 23-26 May

Knockengorroch Festivals were born from a love of the land, excellent roots music and celebrating the good times. The festival presents unparalleled music, arts and workshops in a beautiful mountain riverside meadow around 50 miles from Dumfries. For them, location is key. This is one of the most beautiful and unique festival venues in the UK. The festival commemorates and celebrates the history and the people that once lived in our valley, in former times an entire village…
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Moniaive Folk Festival - 10-12 May

Moniaive nestles in stunning countryside where the three glens of Craigdarroch, Dalwhat and Castlefairn meet. The 18th Moniaive Folk Festival is being held on 10-12 May. After a wonderful programme in 2018, this coming festival will yet again be bringing some of the finest acts on the folky circuit to this lovely wee village.
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Girvan Folk Festival - 3-5 May

Girvan Folk Festival was, and to some extent still is, one of the premier events in Scotland with respect to traditional music. It is proudly an old style festival with its own identity and values. If you like it, you may well love it – and if you love it, you may want to be part if the next few years of its new history.
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Obituaries