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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 128 is out now!


Issue 128 of The Living Tradition magazine (Apr/May 19), our main 2019 Festivals Issue, including articles on The Road To Peterloo (Brian Peters, Pete Coe, Laura Smyth), Sarah-Jane Summers, DnA (Delyth & Angharad Jenkins), Natalie Haas, Alec Finn, Halsway Manor, The Gavin Greig Interviews 3, Transatlantic Connections, Full 2019 Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more.

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Alan Bell dies

We were very sad to hear of the death of Alan Bell on Thursday 25th April. Songwriter, performer, and founder and director of the Fylde Folk Festival, Alan will be hugely missed. A one-day revival of the festival on 22nd June to celebrate Alan's 85th birthday had been organised, and the family plan to continue with this celebration, in commemoration of Alan's life and music. Many sympathies to Christine and the family at this sad time.

Spalding Folk Club celebrates 40 years

In May 2019, Spalding Folk Club will be celebrating its 40th anniversary, and is planning two special events to mark this milestone. The club has been running continuously since 1979 and meets twice a month in two different formats – once with a booked guest, and once for a singaround. With some other ‘fringe’ events, there is always plenty going on, and it is good to hear that the club is thriving with levels of attendance being consistently high.

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: Sineag MacIntyre - Lon Ban

Sineag MacIntyre is from Kilphedar in South Uist, a township noted for a particularly rich and thriving singing tradition. She has been immersed in Gaelic song all her life and made her first recordings while still at school. Awards quickly followed, including the Traditional Gold Medal at the at the Royal National Mod while still in her teens, and then the coveted Gold Medal in 2010. Sineag has also been nominated twice for Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards.

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

The Fylde Folk Festival: a one-day revival

To celebrate his 85th birthday, 65 years of gigging and 55 years of composing, Alan Bell, founder of the Fylde Folk Festival which sadly ceased to be in 2014, has been persuaded to revive the festival for a one-day event on 22nd June this year. To be held in the Marine Hall in Fleetwood, the event will include guest artists who have previously appeared at Fylde, alongside Alan, who will perform in the Saturday lunchtime concert.

Feast Of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour

This March and April, Feast Of Fiddles is celebrating 25 years together with a Silver Jubilee UK Tour. This band of friends (including Peter Knight, Chris Leslie, Brian McNeill, Ian Cutler, Tom Leary, Garry Blakeley and Dave Mattacks) formed in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day in 1994 for a one-off special concert, but they now have 25 spring tours to their name. feastoffiddles.co.uk.