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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 117 is out now!

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Issue 117 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Tom McConville, David Francey, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, Andrew Finn Magill, Allan Yn Y Fan, Margaret Palmer, Recollections from O'Donoghues, The Fishgutters, Songs about Mining Disasters, Cork Folk Festival, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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The Wanton Seed Tour

The distinctive voices and musicianship of Jim Causley, Bryony Griffith, Jackie Oates and Paul Sartin have come together to present a concert of songs celebrating the re-issue of the song books Marrowbones (EFDSS 2007) and The Wanton Seed (2015), and to mark the launch of Southern Harvest, the new omnibus edition of The Foggy Dew and The Constant Lovers, edited by Steve Gardham and published by Francis Boutle Publishers in association with The South Riding Folk Network.

50 years of the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering

April 2017 will see a milestone event in Morpeth - the 50th Northumbrian Gathering – held on the 21st to the 23rd of the month. The “Golden” Gathering will not only revisit some of the themes and activities of earlier years, welcoming back some old friends, but also look to the future with younger performers, street events and workshops to get the general public joining in, and specially commissioned music – including a new piece commemorating a jumper worn by David Oliver at one of the very first Gatherings!

The London Fiddle Convention

The 25th annual London Fiddle Convention will be held on Sunday 26 February 2017 at Cecil Sharp House. The convention is a yearly opportunity for fiddlers from around the South East and further afield to meet up, learn new tunes, buy fiddle-related goodies and hear some great music.

Eric Bogle,Rab Noakes and Alyth McCormack Write for Scotland Sings in Renewing the Tradition

Scotland Sings continue their exciting harmony singing, Renewing The Tradition project, where contemporary songwriters have been asked to take inspiration from Robert Burns’ life and works and write a brand new contemporary song.

Packie Manus Byrne's 100th Birthday Bash - 17-19 February

On what would have been Packie Manus Byrne’s 100th birthday, friends and family of the legendary folksinger, musician, songwriter and storyteller from Donegal are gathering in Ardara to celebrate the life, songs and music of an extraordinary man.

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.

Change of venue for Edinburgh Folk Club

Edinburgh Folk Club has been meeting in The Pleasance Cabaret Bar every Wednesday night since 1994. However, late in 2015 the club was told by the Edinburgh University Student Association, who own The Pleasance complex, that the venue would be undergoing major refurbishments and would be closed for a year. A trail around potential venues for a new venue (surprisingly few!) ensued, and now, the club has begun meeting in Summerhall.

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.

TASGADH TRADITIONAL ARTS FUND CONTINUES - next deadline 30th September 2016

Following a successful first year Tasgadh Traditional Arts Fund will continue to offer grants of up of £1,000 to organisations and individuals involved in Scottish Traditional Arts. The fund is managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and supported by Creative Scotland through Targeted Funding. It is available to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. Professional development applications can also be supported though the fund.