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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 124 is out now!

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Issue 124 of The Living Tradition magazine (June/July 2018) including articles on Rowan Piggott, Paul Downes, Catriona Macdonald, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Judy Cook, The Flanagan Brothers, The Search For Patience Vaisey, The Derby Ram, Balkan Rhythms In Celtic Music, Ten Of The Best, festival listings for June-August, news, reviews and more.

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Shrewsbury Folk Festival - 24-27 August

What can you expect from this “little piece of heaven”, tucked away on a glorious riverside site in the heart of Shrewsbury? Some of most established artists from the UK alongside acts celebrating folk music and dance from across the world. They’ll take you on a voyage of discovery, bringing you ever-changing musical colours with their breathtaking performances.

Broadstairs Folk Week - 10-17 August

Broadstairs Folk Week is a traditional folk music and dance festival – that’s how it began – and that remains right at the heart of Folk Week. Over the past 53 years, the festival has become a magnet for people who love authentic music, the opportunity to dance and sing and meet up with an extended family of every generation and from around the world. Its festival-goers love discovering new bands, seeing old favourites and chancing upon things you would never expect to see at a folk festival! Whether you are a family looking for child-friendly events, have lots of energy to burn off dancing, or singers and musicians seeking out a session – with around 70 events a day, you’ll find something to entertain you from early till late. You can tailor make your festival experience to suit you.

Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival - 8-12 August

The 26th annual Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival takes place over the long weekend of 8-12 August. The Mull of Kintyre has held this annual music festival, which has grown each year since it’s inception in 1993. Set in the community of Campbeltown, the festival has become the region’s top cultural event, which encourages people to visit Kintyre from all parts of the globe. Satisfying an ambition of the Festival to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region’s cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages.

Sidmouth Folk Week - 3-10 August

There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955, now attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal. With an ear to the past and an eye on the future, the festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts, lively roots parties; small intimate sessions; ceilidhs and folk dancing; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.

Speyfest - 27-29 July

At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers will be home to the 23rd annual Speyfest, three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music. The tented village hosts a variety of seated and standing events including the Friday and Saturday concerts and stomps, the music marathon that is Speyfest Sunday, a craft and food fair with taster sessions and an ecumenical Celtic Kirk service. The event is fully licensed and offers a wide range of hot foods and a variety of drinks from a number of on-site concessions.

Warwick Folk Festival - 26-29 July

The festival at Warwick always presents the very best in traditional and contemporary folk arts, and it is a festival well worth making a trip to. As well as hundreds of artists performing, there is a well organised family festival, a well established fringe festival in the town, workshops, a sizeable craft and music fair, loads of great food stalls, a festival choir and lots of dance teams. This festival site is fantastic too, with the principal venues and camping on one site, with everything a short walk apart, real showers and toilets supplemented by temporary units, most events in permanent venues, general store, free festival bus to town - all within a 10 minute walk from Warwick town centre.

Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo - 21-28 July

Drumshanbo is a small picturesque town situated in the very heart of County Leitrim, Ireland. Every July Drumshanbo plays host to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School, a week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town. The committee continue to emulate his high ideals, endeavouring to promote Leitrim's heritage of traditional music while handing on the best traditions of the past to future generations.

Folkworks Summer Schools - 23-28 July

Sage Gateshead’s Folkworks programme aims to develop interest and practical involvement in traditional music, song and dance. This is achieved through various activities, including unique performances, one-day workouts, weekly classes, weekend courses and three week-long Summer Schools, for all ages. The Folkworks Summer Schools bring together folk music enthusiasts and world class tutors for a week of music making. Based in Durham each Summer, the schools are fun and sociable with lots of sessions, singarounds and dances.

Newark Traditions - 20-22 July

Based in the beautiful and historic market town of Newark in Nottinghamshire, this new festival incorporates many aspects of the cultural heritage that make the East Midlands such a special place to visit. The town, with its castle and iconic market place lies on the River Trent, one of Englands longest and most important waterways. The festival, enjoyed its first year in 2017, showcasing traditional dance, music sessions, song sessions and local folk plays in some of the towns historic pubs together with historic re-enactment and the excellent market . Visitors to the event in 2018 can expect a weekend of living heritage in a truly unique setting and will take away memories of a special place at a special time.