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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 130 is out now!

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Issue 130 of The Living Tradition (Aug-Nov 2019) features articles on: Rob Harbron, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Laura-Beth Salter, Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Rachel Hair, Kimber’s Men, Jean Redpath, Dylan, Guthrie & The Scottish Bard, Rees Wesson, Simon Evans’ Collecting, Music in Belper, Folk in the High Sierra, Transatlantic Connections, Aug-Nov Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more....

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Cork Sacred Harp Hosts Ninth All-Day Singing in Cork, Ireland

Cork Sacred Harp will host its ninth annual Sacred Harp All-Day Singing on 24 August, 2019 at St. Finbarre's Hall on Dean Street in Cork City. Sacred Harp singing, a folk tradition with strong ties to the southern United States, has been thriving in Cork for over a decade. There are a lot of peculiarities about the musical style, but the first thing most people notice is that it's loud. Very loud. Unlike conventional choirs, Sacred Harp singers sing in their full natural voices, which produces a powerful sound capable of booming down corridors and rattling windowpanes.

365: Stories and Music from James Robertson and Aidan O'Rourke

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has launched the latest chapter in the 365: Stories and Music collaboration between James Robertson and Aidan O’Rourke. Commissioned by the Book Festival, and supported by Creative Scotland, an immersive sound installation of stories and music by the two leading Scottish artists can be enjoyed, free of charge, by the public in the Book Festival’s George Street Bookshop from Wednesday 7 August 2019.

Cornwall Folk Festival - scam warning!

The Cornwall Folk Festival has found itself at the centre of a scam aimed at artists and agents, mainly in the USA and Australia. Someone has sent out emails using copy taken from the festival website, saying that one of the headliners has pulled out, and would the targeted artist like to be the replacement. They are offering a very generous fee, flights, accommodation etc, and are presumably aiming to access artists’ monies and personal information. The festival has informed Action Fraud UK, and done what it can to spread the word, but be warned, these emails are not genuine!

Dick Gaughan and The Harvard Tapes

Dick Gaughan has been at the cutting edge of Scottish folk music for almost five decades. A guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director, arranger, record producer, engineer and goodness knows what else - he has been there and done it all. In recent years, Dick has had to deal with some health issues. In October 2016, an MRI scan confirmed Dick had suffered a stroke several months previously, from which, thankfully, he is now gradually recovering.

The 2019 Roy Palmer Lecture

The autumn meeting of the Traditional Song Forum is to be held in Belfast on Saturday 19th October 2019. The meeting will be the occasion for the annual Roy Palmer Lecture which will be given by Dr John Moulden, well known for his books, articles and lectures on the Irish song tradition. John was recently featured in the acclaimed BBC TV documentary on the work of Ulster collector, Sam Henry. The lecture will form part of an afternoon of talks on aspects of Irish song. More details will be found on the TSF website - tradsong.org

EFDSS at English Folk Expo 2019

The English Folk Dance and Song Society are presenting three artists at English Folk Expo in Manchester this October, all of whom will perform 20-minute sets at The Comedy Store on Whitworth Street West on the morning of the 18th.

20 Years of Baring-Gould weekend

It has attracted and inspired some of the biggest names in traditional folk music, and, in October, the Baring-Gould Weekend celebrates its 20th year. Today, the folk festival takes place at venues in the Dartmoor town of Okehampton in West Devon, but for the first few years, it was held in the nearby rural villages of Lewdown and Bratton Clovelly. An odd setting for a musical festival, perhaps, but one that made perfect sense.

Festivals getting Drastic On Plastic

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention is one of many festivals that have backed a call to say ‘no’ to single-use tents and are urging festival-goers to take tents home for re-use in an attempt to tackle the problem of single-use plastics. Together with over 60 other music festivals across the UK, Cropredy organisers have called on big retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing ‘festival tents’ as single-use items.

Edinburgh Folk Music Walking Tours

This summer sees the launch of Edinburgh Folk Music Walking Tours by musician John Carnie. These will allow the visitor to learn about the history of the city, combined with the musical heritage of Scottish traditional folk music. John will sing songs and play tunes from the rich treasure trove of traditional music linked to the sites en route. For more info see musicalheritagetours.com