Musical Traditions Records was founded more than 20 years ago, with the aim of bringing traditional music field recordings which might never achieve a commercial publication to the small audience which values it. As reported in LT136, Rod Stradling retired from physical records in 2020, leaving the catalogue to date available as downloads only, and with no new releases planned, the label looked set for permanent closure.
A short spot by Waterson:Carthy from an Evening Concert at Girvan Folk Festival in 1992. They closed the first half of the concert. Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick were also guests that year. This was quite an early outing for Norma, Martin and Eliza as Waterson:Carthy. It might have been their first festival appearance. (I'll need to check.)
The chances are that anyone attending a folk festival this summer will probably have seen Jack Rutter making an appearance somewhere along the line. Perhaps best known as the final name in the young traditional and mainly instrumental group, Moore Moss Rutter, this is the year that Jack has progressed from being well-known as a guitar player and one third of a group, to a multi-instrumentalist solo artist with a CD of his own and a string of bookings. There have also been a number of collaborations that has meant that, at times, he seems to have been everywhere all at once.
Although they have both been singing professionally for over 40 years, this married couple has only just released a first album together that covers their performing career and beyond. Readers of The Living Tradition might recognise Alan’s name from the many reviews he’s written for the magazine over the years. Nigel Schofield decided to find out why it’s taken them so long to get around to their much-anticipated debut release.