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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 129 is out now!

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Issue 129 of The Living Tradition (June/July 2019) featuring articles on: Malinky, Martin Carthy, Matt Quinn & Owen Woods, Ed Pickford, Emma Corbett, Tannara, The Gavin Greig Interviews 4, Gypsy Musicians in the British Isles, In The Family Way, Craiceann Bodhran Summer School, Transatlantic Connections, June-August Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more....

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20 Years of Baring-Gould weekend

It has attracted and inspired some of the biggest names in traditional folk music, and, in October, the Baring-Gould Weekend celebrates its 20th year. Today, the folk festival takes place at venues in the Dartmoor town of Okehampton in West Devon, but for the first few years, it was held in the nearby rural villages of Lewdown and Bratton Clovelly. An odd setting for a musical festival, perhaps, but one that made perfect sense.

Festivals getting Drastic On Plastic

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention is one of many festivals that have backed a call to say ‘no’ to single-use tents and are urging festival-goers to take tents home for re-use in an attempt to tackle the problem of single-use plastics. Together with over 60 other music festivals across the UK, Cropredy organisers have called on big retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing ‘festival tents’ as single-use items.

Edinburgh Folk Music Walking Tours

This summer sees the launch of Edinburgh Folk Music Walking Tours by musician John Carnie. These will allow the visitor to learn about the history of the city, combined with the musical heritage of Scottish traditional folk music. John will sing songs and play tunes from the rich treasure trove of traditional music linked to the sites en route. For more info see musicalheritagetours.com

New Arts Centre for Newton Stewart

The closure of Newton Stewart's RBS branch may have a silver lining for Wigtownshire traditional music lovers. Plans are progressing to transform this spacious building into the Vault Arts Centre. The Trad Music Trust charity, organisers of the Newton Stewart and Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival, plan to use it for music, dance, arts and language tuition, exhibitions and live performances. This substantial space will be a welcome cultural addition to the town, and the local community is firmly behind the moves.

Wales Folk Awards 2019

The inaugural Wales Folk Awards, held on 11 April, was a great evening for Welsh music. The Trials Of Cato, Vri, Calan and Gwilym Bowen Rhys performed to a packed hall at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. BBC folk show presenters Frank Hennessy and Lisa Gwilym hosted the celebration and guests from the world of music and the arts joined the evening to present some of the awards.

Bromyard has new Local Patrons

The directors of Bromyard Folk Festival invited local folk trio, Granny’s Attic, to become the patrons of the festival, after having appeared on their stage for many years. The band were both surprised and gracious in accepting the invitation.

World Record for Stonehaven Folk Festival

At last year’s Stonehaven Folk Festival an attempt was made to establish a record for the World’s Largest Ceilidh Band. On 6th July, 288 players turned up to Mackie Academy in the town and played for 22 dancers. This January, the festival was officially notified that their attempt was successful, and they are now Guinness World Record Holders.

War and Peace - Tales of love, loyalty and loss from the First World War by Bella Hardy, Findlay Napier and Greg Russell

In the centenary year of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and the Peace celebrations that followed in Doncaster and across the country, this project remembers the stories of those who fought, those who refused to fight, and those left behind. Internationally renowned singer-songwriters Findlay Napier, Bella Hardy and Greg Russell present an intimate evening of storytelling and song, inspired by stories from the archives, and those collected from Doncaster people through Doncaster 1914-18.

NEW RELEASE: Steve Turner - Late Cut

On Late Cut, his eighth solo album, Steve Turner is joined by some of the star names of the modern folk revival, including Sam Carter, Eliza Carthy and Martin Simpson. Yet despite the richness of the arrangements the album comes over strongly as a solo project. The album includes, amongst other things, a reassessment of two songs, (Is Your Love in Vain, and The Two Sisters) from Steve’s first album, Out Stack, 1979. Buy this CD from our online shop