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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 119 is out now!

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Issue 119 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Crows, Fairport Convention, Adam Sutherland, Winter Wilson, Kenny Speirs, The Concept Of Tradition, Women's Morris Dancing, Transatlantic Connections, Composing Tunes, The Louisburgh Festival, festival listings, news, reviews and more!

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Gate To Southwell Festival - 8-11 June

From its humble beginnings in 2007 as primarily an English folk music and dance festival, Southwell has evolved into one of the leading and most innovative folk events in the country. Whilst English and Celtic music remain at the core the festival seriously embraces other roots music forms. Southwell has built a reputation for seeking out exciting new talent and providing something a little different. Quality remains the watchword so whether it’s country or gypsy jazz, ska or rockabilly, bluegrass or punk, traditional or contemporary, it’ll be good.

Oban Live - 2-3 June

Held at the famous shinty ground Mossfield Stadium, OBAN LIVE is the biggest live music event in the region of Argyll & Bute. The event was created following the open-air concert ‘DECADE’ in 2015 – the 10th Anniversary celebration of trad-fusion band Skerryvore that attracted 6000 people from all over the world to Oban. Such was the reaction and impact of the event, 98% of attendees requested that it became an annual event. From this, OBAN LIVE was formed in 2016 with the aim of showcasing the very best Scottish and International artists as part of both the open-air concert and OBAN LIVE Fringe events.

The Acoustic Festival of Britain - 2-4 June

Held at Uttoxeter racecourse, amongst beautiful green fields and woodlands, this is an affordable, entertaining, safe and fun festival. A choice of stages, venues and musical genres is a big plus. The Acoustic Festival of Britain is a truly unique 'olde worlde' festival that really does stand out. The event becomes a weekend holiday, helped by the wonderful caravan site, camping and glamping, with parking next to the tent! It is the National Acoustic and un-plugged festival, so come along.

Portsoy Folk Festival - The Eighth Haal - 2-4 June

A weekend of songs, tunes, stories, poetry, dance, workshops and sessions to be held in and around Portsoy. Guests include Na Leanai, Sheena Wellington, Iona Fyfe & Luc McNally, Dave Goulder, Arthur Watson, Pete Coe, Kenny Hadden, Thomas McCarthy and many more.

Wirral Folk Festival - 1-4 June

The Wirral Folk Festival is an all-on-one-site festival of folk and acoustic music, dance, comedy, poetry and crafts, held in the Whitby Club & Grounds, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The site has facilities for caravan and camping, real ale, good food and showers! In addition to the main stage programme, the festival has a large set of fringe activities taking place in all the other rooms in the main building and in two small marquees in the grounds and there will be many craft stalls inside and outside the main building.

Chippenham Folk Festival - 26-29 May

Chippenham Folk Festival is a unique and distinctive event of national importance. It features the very best in English traditional music and dance with an emphasis on participation and education. Run entirely by volunteers, it has minimal and very local sponsorship; it is fiercely independent and entirely in control of its artistic programme. Ticket prices are kept as low as possible and the festival runs over four days. It is designed to be non-profit. It is a '200+ events, make up your own festival in a variety of venues in a small, welcoming, market town' festival. Just like English traditional music and dance it is modest, unassuming, inclusive, fun and ultimately rewarding.

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 23-25 May

Knockengorroch Festivals were born from a love of the land, excellent roots music and celebrating the good times - presenting music, arts and workshops in a beautiful mountain riverside meadow in South West Scotland. They promote multi-cultural forms and musical genres, highlighting the connection between roots music and the lands and people that created it. Music from all continents is presented alongside the best in Scottish talent to showcase music in both traditional and contemporary fields.

Ireby Festival - 26-27 May

Ireby is a small farming village with a population of about 160. It is situated on the north west edge of the Lake District National Park; 12 miles from Keswick and Cockermouth and 18 miles from Carlisle. With a range of music to suit most tastes, performed in small intimate venues and a main stage venue restricted to just 650 people, Ireby festival presents an unforgettable and unique atmosphere and is considered among the best for those with a real love for live music. This is the 15th Ireby Festival and over the years it has developed a reputation for selling out early, so be sure to react fast to be part of one of the few festivals where the actual love for music and one another is still the main point of focus.

Orkney Folk Festival - 25-28 May

Between May 25 and 28, an estimated 50 acts, totalling over 200 musicians, will converge upon Stromness in Orkney’s West Mainland for the 35th festival. The festival comprises 36 ticketed events, across 20 venues in 14 different towns, villages and parishes, and is one of the highlights of the Scottish folk calendar. It boasts a huge line-up of guests from Orkney, Scotland and further afield.