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General News

General News

Appeal for memories of Julia Clifford

It is just over 20 years since Julia Clifford, one of the great Irish fiddle players from the Sliabh Luachra tradition, died. Although brought up in Co. Kerry, Julia lived in England for all her adult life: in London from the early 1940s to the late 1970s, and then in Thetford, Norfolk. With her Stroh phonofiddle, she was a memorable figure on the English folk scene for many years.

The James M. Carpenter Collection goes online

The American Folklife Centre, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and the James Madison Carpenter Collection Project team are pleased to announce the addition of the James Madison Carpenter Collection to the VWML Digital Archive.

Resound – a musical tribute to Alan Surtees

A CD launched in tribute to the co-founder of Shrewsbury Folk Festival has already raised more than £4,000 for a charity set up in his name to give financial support to young and emerging musicians. The profits from Resound, a 15-track recording featuring tracks from artists including Oysterband, Jon Boden, Leveret, Lady Maisery and Karine Polwart, will be ploughed into the Alan Surtees Trust.

New triple CD of the fiddle music of Mickey Doherty

A three-CD recording of the music of Mickey Doherty, Garvan Hill, has just been released. Mickey Doherty was one of the famous family of fiddlers who travelled throughout Donegal for generations playing their music and plying their tinsmiths trade. Garvan Hill features more than three hours of his music recorded by the Irish Folklore Commission in the Croaghs outside Glenties in 1949. It’s a joint project of the National Folklore Collection UCD and the Donegal fiddlers’ organisation, Cairdeas na bhFidliéri. It’s produced by Rab Cherry and Dermot McLaughlin.

Schools Pipe Band - Piping Internship & Project Administrator roles available

The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is a national charity that supports piping and drumming tuition programmes in state schools, and the formation of schools pipe bands. The Trust is interested in advancing the quality of pipes and drums teaching and learning in schools, and in supporting career progression opportunities for pipers and drummers.

Recording Opportunity in Hertfordshire

Folk artists, acoustic bands, choirs - would you like a studio quality recording of your ensemble for free? Yes, that's right, at absolutely no charge to yourself. No strings attached and no limit to what you may record. A retired Berkhamsted resident who was at one time in the pro-audio/broadcast supply industry, is offering to record your performance in better than CD quality, 24bit 96kHz, and then undertake the editing/post-processing to professional standards and then present you with a master reference CD which you may then use for your own purposes.

Marymass Eggheads

As the Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine edges towards its 50th anniversary celebrations in August of this year, long time club and festival organiser Joyce Hodge thought it would be a good idea to get a team together for Eggheads, where teams are invited to challenge “the finest quiz brains in Britain” in front of the TV cameras. The result was that The Marymass Mob featured on the BBC programme on the 20th July.

Exhibition based on Doc Rowe’s archives planned

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.

Katie & John Howson pass on the baton at East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

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.

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.