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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 121 is out now!

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Issue 121 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Lankum, Tom Lewis, Maurice Henderson, Karin Grandal-Park & Karl Robins, Emily Askew Band, Said The Maiden, Fiddle Chopping, Scotland Sings, Moe Keast, Steve Forman, Bromyard Folk Festival, news, reviews and more.

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Recording Opportunity in Hertfordshire

Folk artists, acoustic bands, choirs - would you like a studio quality recording of your ensemble for free? Yes, that's right, at absolutely no charge to yourself. No strings attached and no limit to what you may record. A retired Berkhamsted resident who was at one time in the pro-audio/broadcast supply industry, is offering to record your performance in better than CD quality, 24bit 96kHz, and then undertake the editing/post-processing to professional standards and then present you with a master reference CD which you may then use for your own purposes.

Mike Harding Folk Show ends

The Mike Harding Folk Show, which has been broadcast on the internet for the last five years since Mike was replaced as presenter on his long-running show by the BBC, has come to an end. On his website, Mike says: “It’s been a great five years and I want to thank you all for being on the journey with me. Along the way I’ve made more than 250 programmes which, when added to the shows I made for the BBC, means I’ve made around 1000 folk broadcasts. Not bad for a banjo player.”

New Folk Club in Crieff

A group of music lovers in Crieff are starting a Folk club in the former old Library on Comrie road which is now the Strathearn Artspace (strathearnartspace.co.uk). They are looking for folk acts to play on Thursday evenings once a month in quarterly programs. Provisional dates are 5th Oct and 2nd November, although there is some flexibility. They intend to organise a program into next year also. There will be a launch night on the 9th Sept to advertise the new club locally, where Neil Thomson will be performing with guests.

Marymass Eggheads

As the Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine edges towards its 50th anniversary celebrations in August of this year, long time club and festival organiser Joyce Hodge thought it would be a good idea to get a team together for Eggheads, where teams are invited to challenge “the finest quiz brains in Britain” in front of the TV cameras. The result was that The Marymass Mob featured on the BBC programme on the 20th July.

Exhibition based on Doc Rowe’s archives planned

Doc Rowe has, for many years, been amassing an archive of material documenting British folk culture and customs. Following confirmation of Arts Council support, it has been announced that there will be an exhibition of artworks inspired by this archive.

Katie & John Howson pass on the baton at East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

A Suffolk pioneer in safeguarding East Anglia’s unique folk music heritage has recently announced her retirement from conducting the business of one of the region’s top musical charities. Katie Howson set up the Stowmarket-based East Anglian Traditional Music Trust (EATMT) together with musician and archivist husband, John, after the couple spent years recording and playing alongside ‘endangered’ traditional East Anglian singers, dancers and musicians.

Magnetic North East - New organisation formed to celebrate and promote the North East

In response to the almost complete disregard for North East traditional music, song and dance in the Regional Case for Culture, prepared by the 12 local authorities in the North East of England, Kathryn Tickell and Andrew Davidson have worked together and formed a new community interest company called Magnetic North East. The core purpose of MNE is to celebrate and promote the identity of the North East of England through music, arts, culture, heritage and creativity.

English Folk Dance and Song Society announces Gold Badge recipients

Five people who have made key contributions to the folk arts are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Pete and Sue Coe, the musician and dancer who were founders of Ryburn Three Step, Maggie Fletcher, a leading musician on the English country dance scene, and long term EFDSS and folk dance volunteers and advocates Mike Wilson-Jones and Mary Wilson-Jones have all been chosen to receive the awards.

Hall of Fame Award for Pete Heywood

Hands Up for Trad have announced the first Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees of 2016 and included among them is our very own Pete Heywood, previous editor of The Living Tradition. The Services to Community Award recognises individuals that work tirelessly to help their community and enrich the lives of others through selfless service or charitable work. This category honours individuals who may not be in the limelight, but who teach music, organise classes, run clubs and festivals, publish music or magazines and generally make life better for people learning traditional music, and those awarded are nominated by organisations or members of the public.