Despite hanging up their boots as a band in 2010 after a career lasting 46 years, a new McCalmans CD has been released containing 19 songs never included on any McCalmans album. It features a previously undiscovered song from Nick Keir with the full band, recordings of the original line-up and tracks from every decade from every subsequent line-up of this seminal Scottish group.
After 23 years of delighting the folk world with their songs packed with social comment and harmony singing to die for, Coope Boyes & Simpson are set to release what will be their final studio album.
Joe Stead has been publishing a monthly email newsletter, Ramblings Of An Old Codger, since the year 2000. He passed a significant milestone of 50 years as a full time professional musician some time ago and decided that over a year of Ramblings he would put together the main elements of his life story. The response from his readers was a demand that he should write a book and by the early part of this year he had amassed over 90,000 words and a pile of photographs and memorabilia.
We are sad to hear of the death, on Sat May 28th, of Larry Kearns, original mandolin player with the Oldham Tinkers Folk Group from Lancashire. He had been suffering from cancer for the last few months, and died in Dr Kershaw's Hospice in Oldham, his home town. Although Larry was still active musically at local sessions, he hadn't played with the group for the last 25 years, having taken a step back due to a hand condition which resulted in his being replaced by Mancunian multi-instrumentalist Dave Howard.
Ewan McLennan has released Lampedusa, a single track available to download, in conjunction with Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - an incredible organisation rescuing migrants stranded in the Mediterranean. All the money raised from the download of this track will go directly to them.
Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads will be launched by Jimmy, Mick Moloney and friends at the Cork City Library on Friday 15 May. It is at once an ethnography and an autobiography. It proclaims the true history of the people of Cork City through their only resource of expression: the humble ballad. It is also the story of Jimmy Crowley’s own long-standing romance with Cork ballads.
This film features the extraordinary story of Leitrim fiddle player Bryan Rooney, the man they call 'The Godfather'. In 1967, aged 16, he emigrated to London. He came as an unknown young musician yet with a depth of astonishing music. Today he has achieved global recognition within the traditional Irish music world and is recognised as one of the master fiddlers of his generation.
The Ballad Beyond contains 15 new songs from North East England singer songwriter Jez Lowe, his first new album for four years. Many of these songs were among more than SIXTY new compositions written by Jez between 2006 and 2014 for the award-winning BBC Radio Two series, THE RADIO BALLADS. Some are presented here as written for broadcast, while others have been further developed beyond their original Radio Ballads role. Also included here are songs unconnected with THE RADIO BALLADS, and are merely things that have been recently added to Jez’s concert repertoire.
After six years in the band, The Outside Track have announced that Norah Rendell, the main singer and flute player in the group, has decided the time is right to move on.
Irish fiddler, Frankie Gavin, has been chosen as Cultural Ambassador from Ireland to Italy. The position will be formalised at a ceremony in the Municipal Building in Verona on May 3.