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General News

General News

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.

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.

FiddleOn magazine merges with The Living Tradition

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FiddleOn magazine, a specialist magazine devoted to the fiddle, is joining forces with The Living Tradition, the premier magazine for folk and traditional music with a primary focus on the UK and Ireland. This development, which brings further editorial expertise, additional subscribers and a wider reach to The Living Tradition and is good news all round.

Cottage available for rent in South West Donegal - perfect musical holiday opportunity!

Fancy a holiday in rural South West Donegal?? A traditional cottage is available to rent in the Ardara area for very reasonable rates. It has one double room plus sofabed.