Christine Kydd … on singing, teaching, collaborating and growing vegetables!

Christine Kydd has been a stalwart of the Scottish folk scene for over 30 years and is renowned not only for her singing and performing, but also for her involvement in numerous teaching, theatrical and community projects and as a vocal coach and choir director. +

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    Christine Kydd … on singing, teaching, collaborating and growing vegetables!

    Christine Kydd has been a stalwart of the Scottish folk scene for over 30 years and is renowned not only for her singing and performing, but also for her involvement in numerous teaching, theatrical and community projects and as a vocal coach and choir director. +

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    Ben Paley

    Ben’s father was Tom Paley, founder member of the New Lost City Ramblers. His mother is Claudia Gould, a fine singer with a deep involvement in folk music. His stepfather, Ron Gould, is a guitarist and was a prominent skiffler with a very great and wide knowledge of a whole range of music, particularly jazz and folk music. So Ben grew up hearing a wide variety of very interesting music. He wanted to take up the fiddle from the age of six, and was given strong encouragement. He did not think of life as a performer until he was in his early 20s. +

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    Sandra Kerr - Rebel With Her Chords

    Interviews! They can take place in the oddest of places! A recent one was conducted sitting on the floor in a corridor of a town hall in Kent at the end of a Saturday concert during a festival. This one with Sandra Kerr was in a rather plusher setting; it was a Sunday morning in June in the residents’ lounge of a hotel in Fitzrovia in Central London. We were both involved in the traditional song and tune weekend organised by the Musical Traditions club and the nearby King & Queen. +

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    Rob Harbron - Finger on the Button

    Recent articles on Andy Cutting and Sam Sweeney have prompted Paul Walker to take a look at Leveret’s third member, Rob Harbron... Rob Harbron is best known as a player of the English concertina, but this wasn’t his first instrument. “No, I played several instruments before I discovered the concertina - piano briefly aged about five, then guitar and recorder at school, then the violin/fiddle, which I wasn't that keen on until I discovered folk music." +

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    20 Years of Malinky

    For the last 20 years Scottish folk band, Malinky, has made a name for itself as one of the great champions of traditional Scots song. As the band prepares to launch its 20th anniversary album, Handsel, I caught up with two of its founder members, Steve Byrne and Mark Dunlop. They start by telling me a bit about the early days - the line-up back then consisted of Steve, Mark, Karine Polwart and Kit Patterson. Mark begins: “As I recall, the scene at the time comprised either instrumental bands who did the odd song (e.g. Deaf Shepherd), or purely instrumental acts." +

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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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Living Tradition Issue 133 is out now!

Issue 133 of The Living Tradition (Apr/May 2020) features articles on: Christine Kydd, Les Barker, Liz Carroll, The Great Fife Roadshow, Peter Bellamy, Sally Hardaker, Aaron Clark, Session Etiquette, Dave Burland’s Tales From The Road, Hylda Sims, Getting A Life, Transatlantic Connections, Apr-Nov Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more....

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Musician Edward Jay designs and builds 3D printed concertina

Eddy Jay is known widely in folk circles as an exponent of the accordion, and through playing in a duo with Will Pound. But recently he has been developing an interesting idea and using modern technology to develop a new breed of instruments. He has designed and built a new type of concertina, which he presented at one of the three residential weekends of the West Country Concertina Players in Somerset towards the end of last year.
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Cecil Sharp’s People

A new website has been launched that will provide biographical sketches of the 650 folk singers, musicians and dancers who gave their songs, tunes and dances to Cecil Sharp in the Edwardian Folk Revival. In his notes, Sharp left many statements and clues about the performers and it has been possible to identify most of them.
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Coronavirus outbreak: Festivals cancelled

The recent coronavirus outbreak has had a major effect on the folk scene, with festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the UK, Ireland and further afield cancelled for the next few months at least. It is unclear how far into the future this will reach, but we will do our best to keep you informed. For festivals, keep an eye on our online listings which we will update with changes as we hear them, but always check with organisers before making any plans. And for the present, stay at home and stay safe.
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New Tobar an Dualchais CD of Gaelic songs and rhymes

Tobar an Dualchais (TAD) has launched a CD of Gaelic songs and rhymes suitable for young children. For the CD, entitled Seinnibh Còmhla Rinn (Sing With Us), TAD chose some of the best material for children from its website. The CD and accompanying booklet promise to be a fantastic educational resource for Gaelic school and nursery children across the country.
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New album of Doc Watson live recordings

Over the years Doc Watson has inspired countless people to pick up the guitar and learn to flatpick the old melodies of the Appalachians. A continuing influence on music in America and beyond, a new release of some old recordings of Doc alongside his fiddling father-in-law, Gaither Carlton, has been scheduled for the end of May by Smithsonian Folkways.
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Folk performers urged to apply for grant funding: Alan Surtees Trust opens 2020 funding round

A trust that aims to support and help develop the careers of young folk performers is inviting applications for its 2020 round of funding. Up to four 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. Grants will be given to artists who show exceptional skill, talent and promise in their field and whose work is rooted in, or influenced by, folk and traditional music and arts. Funding can go towards a variety of uses included mentoring, new instruments and equipment, recording a debut album or other costs.
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New to the North East folk scene: Folklub Newcastle

A new folk club with big ambitions is launching in 2020 in Newcastle. Folklub Newcastle hopes to be a place where up and coming folk and roots talent sits perfectly alongside prodigious names from the UK folk scene. Launching during an opening festival weekend on 7-8 February, Folklub Newcastle will take on the format of its successful counterpart and north-of-the-border inspiration, Folkclub Glasgow, which presents three-to-four gigs throughout the year, and attracts a younger audience than might be typically found in clubs elsewhere.
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