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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 125 is out now!

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Issue 125 of The Living Tradition magazine (August-November 2018) including articles on Andy Cutting, Jeff Warner, Hobgoblin Music, Jennifer Cutting, Bridge Folk Club, Armagh Rhymers, Lily Neill, Davey Goodchild, 'The Scottish Connection', Sandra Surtees, Transatlantic Connection, festival listings for August-December, news, reviews and more.

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival - 19-31 October

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is one of the most admired storytelling events in the world and the largest of its kind – both from a programming and participation perspective, encompassing a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles – a world of stories within the Festival City, Edinburgh, and across Scotland.

Lichfield Festival Of Folk - L2F - 19-21 October

This festival features an array of nationally renowned musicians and bands, local acts, a street procession and dancing from local groups, work-shops and competitions for visual artists and songwriters. Building on the success of the previous five years, the festival takes place in Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield Guildhall, around the streets of Lichfield, and in local pubs.

Ballads Of Child Migration

In November 2018, a collective of respected musicians and singers are taking to the road to tell the moving story of Britain’s forced child migrants. The concert, presented as a series of songs, narration, slides, audio and film clips, premiered at last year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Artists involved include John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow, Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting, and the concert is narrated by Barbara Dickson.

Tenterden Folk Festival - 4-7 October

Tenterden Folk Festival takes place over four days with folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family folk festival. It features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants and green verges. Events at the festival include an English Barn Dance, concerts, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, folk clubs, special shows, a craft fair and street stalls, music stalls, free music and dance stages on the Recreation Ground, Morris dancers, dance displays, procession, showcases, meet the guest spots, workshops, dancers and musicians on the K&ES Railway, events for children and much more besides.

Cork Folk Festival - 3-7 October

The Cork Folk Festival is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capital, Cork. The 38 year old festival is emerging as one of the most important folk & traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the streets. It features concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children’s events, and traditional set dancing. The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Irish traditional and folk musicians and singers, so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.

The Canal Boat Crew this September

The Canal Boat Crew is a group of happy, friendly, musicians and singers wandering up and down the canals in the midlands on a hire boat. Each evening they will be hosting a relaxed, all inclusive session of acoustic music in the various pubs they are visiting. Everybody is welcome to join them and enjoy themselves by singing, playing or just listening. Everything is totally acoustic (apart from a small amp for a bass).

Nigel Forster burglary

Back in June, luthier Nigel Forster’s Hexham workshop was robbed and over £40,000 worth of stock was stolen – a staggering loss for the instrument maker who has had to refund customers who had already paid towards the items stolen. A list of what was taken, including photographs, is available to read on Nigel’s website, and he asks people in the music community to be vigilant, as the various guitars and other instruments, including a Model O Celtic mandolin, an eight string sapele and spruce mandola, a 1970s Fender MusicMaster bass guitar, a Ralph Plumb viola, and several other pieces, are distinctive and identifiable and may well appear at some stage.

Far, Far From Ypres - Touring Scotland with final performance at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Armistice Day, November 11th

Far, Far From Ypres is a two-hour multimedia performance presenting the First World War from a Scottish point of view through songs from the trenches and music halls, as well as more recent songs inspired by the conflict, along with poetry and prose readings. To commemorate the lead-up to the centenary of Armistice day in November 2018, this production will tour Scotland, staged in 10 venues closely associated with Scottish regiments and therefore at the heart of recruitment during the First World War.

New Folk Song Subject Index at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

The English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, based at Cecil Sharp House, London, is undertaking a substantial new project to index, for the first time, what folk songs are about. This important new subject index for folk songs, along with a thesaurus of keywords, will be made freely available on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s website. The new tool will provide a powerful new way to explore the Library’s comprehensive online resources, alongside existing indexes and catalogues.