Issue 118 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Geoff Lakeman, Tony McManus, Steve Ashley, Buttons & Bows, Fara, the National Youth Folk Ensemble, Diddling & Fiddling and Open Tuning on the Guitar; obituaries for Paddy Bort and Mike Ward; live reviews of the Packie Manus Byrne Centenary Weekend and The Transports; news, reviews and an extensive festival section with a full listing of festivals for the rest of the year.
Moniaive, the ‘Hill of Streams’ (from the Gaelic monadh-abh), nestles in stunning countryside where the three glens of Craigdarroch, Dalwhat and Castlefairn meet. It’s a bustling village with a long history and strong community spirit. It has always been popular and notable visitors over the centuries include King Robert the Bruce, King James IV, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns. This year sees the 16th Moniaive Folk Festival in the town, and the line-up boasts a mix of well known faces and newcomers. Guests include The John Langan Band, Radim Zenkl, Top Floor Taivers, Ryan Young & Jen Butterworth, Ewan McVicar, Artie's Tartan Tales, Clydebuilt Puppets and The Moniaive Village Ceilidh Band. There are dances, competitions, ample camping, and much more.
TradFest Dùn Èideann is a vibrant twelve-day showcase of Scotland’s thriving traditional arts. In 2017 TradFest Dùn Èideann is a signature event for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology which brings two exciting new strands to the programme – ‘Local Cultures’ and ‘The People’s Heritage’ – to connect creativity with heritage and give ownership to all Scotland’s citizens in an inclusive approach, celebrating cultural diversity.
Girvan is a lovely town in South Ayrshire with a fishing harbour and sea views to Ailsa Craig and Arran. This year the festival celebrates its 43rd year. It is one of the oldest and friendliest festivals in the country and a visit this May Bank Holiday weekend would be highly recommended.
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.
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.
Enjoy Travel are delighted to be taking the Costa del Folk Festival to the Sirenis Seaview Country Club, Port Des Torrent, Ibiza which is considered to be one of the finest accommodation complexes on the island. This beautiful complex offers a huge range of facilities and services which cover everything needed for the perfect festival holiday. There will be music, singing, dancing and laughter aplenty from morning until the wee small hours at venues situated throughout the complex.
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!
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.
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.