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General News

General News

Cleckheaton Folk Festival - 30 June - 2 July

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Cleckheaton Folk Festival. The festival is held in venues throughout the town and the main concerts are held in the concert room of the Town Hall. Guests this year include Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Colum Sands, Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman, Tim Edey, Flossie Malavialle, John Tams & Barry Coope, Scolds Bridle, Winter Wilson, The Willows and The Oyster Band.

Exploring Folklore at Halsway Manor

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, in collaboration with The Folklore Society, is breaking new ground in its programme with an Exploring Folklore weekend, running from 27-29 October in Somerset. Halsway offers plenty in the way of folk music, song and dance activities as well as instrument making and playing courses, but this is the first weekend to focus specifically on folklore.

50 years of Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine

24-26 August 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Irvine Marymass Folk Festival, making it the longest continuously running event of its type in Scotland. Its story is an important one, not just to Irvine but for its relevance to the history of folk song and music throughout Scotland. It was, for example, important to the emerging careers of people like Billy Connolly and Aly Bain, but its significance goes deeper.

Herga Folk Club to Close

The sad news has emerged that following an AGM in March, the committee and members have decided to close the Herga Folk Club. It was felt that the club was not sustainable in its present format and so after more than 54 years of a well-earned international reputation, a collective membership in the thousands, more than 500 guest performers and more than a million cumulative decibels, Herga will suspend operations at the end of June. The last ‘normal’ day will be on Monday 19th June with guests Kitty Vernon & Derek Burgess.

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.

Change of venue for Edinburgh Folk Club

Edinburgh Folk Club has been meeting in The Pleasance Cabaret Bar every Wednesday night since 1994. However, late in 2015 the club was told by the Edinburgh University Student Association, who own The Pleasance complex, that the venue would be undergoing major refurbishments and would be closed for a year. A trail around potential venues for a new venue (surprisingly few!) ensued, and now, the club has begun meeting in Summerhall.

English Folk Dance and Song Society announces Gold Badge recipients

Five people who have made key contributions to the folk arts are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Pete and Sue Coe, the musician and dancer who were founders of Ryburn Three Step, Maggie Fletcher, a leading musician on the English country dance scene, and long term EFDSS and folk dance volunteers and advocates Mike Wilson-Jones and Mary Wilson-Jones have all been chosen to receive the awards.

TASGADH TRADITIONAL ARTS FUND CONTINUES - next deadline 30th September 2016

Following a successful first year Tasgadh Traditional Arts Fund will continue to offer grants of up of £1,000 to organisations and individuals involved in Scottish Traditional Arts. The fund is managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and supported by Creative Scotland through Targeted Funding. It is available to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. Professional development applications can also be supported though the fund.