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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 134 is out now!

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Issue 134 of The Living Tradition (June/July 2020) featuring articles on Georgia Lewis, Chris Leslie, Natalie MacMaster, Ken Wilson, A Puckle Muckle Sangs, Autohoodening, The Humours of Cocoon, Zoe Wren, If At First, Hector Christie’s take on life in lockdown, Mike Silver’s Tales From The Road, Transatlantic Connections, Festival Updates, news, reviews and much more…

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BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021

The search for the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2021 has begun. If you are a singer or instrumentalist aged between 16 and 27 with a passion for traditional music, you can apply now and you could win this prestigious title, an additional recording session with BBC Radio Scotland, a performance at the Scots Trad Music Awards and one year’s membership of Musicians’ Union.

Slí na mBeaglaoich - traditional Irish music series on TG4

Renowned West Kerry traditional musicians, Father and son Breanndán and Cormac Ó Beaglaoich, travel up the West coast of Ireland from Kerry to Donegal in their 40 year old camper van, Beauty, on a journey of musical discovery. In this exciting new six-part traditional music series, they meet with friends old and new, traditional musicians and artists as they embark on a trip of a lifetime.

New Tobar an Dualchais CD of Gaelic songs and rhymes

Tobar an Dualchais (TAD) has launched a CD of Gaelic songs and rhymes suitable for young children. For the CD, entitled Seinnibh Còmhla Rinn (Sing With Us), TAD chose some of the best material for children from its website. The CD and accompanying booklet promise to be a fantastic educational resource for Gaelic school and nursery children across the country.

Musician Edward Jay designs and builds 3D printed concertina

Eddy Jay is known widely in folk circles as an exponent of the accordion, and through playing in a duo with Will Pound. But recently he has been developing an interesting idea and using modern technology to develop a new breed of instruments. He has designed and built a new type of concertina, which he presented at one of the three residential weekends of the West Country Concertina Players in Somerset towards the end of last year.

New album of Doc Watson live recordings

Over the years Doc Watson has inspired countless people to pick up the guitar and learn to flatpick the old melodies of the Appalachians. A continuing influence on music in America and beyond, a new release of some old recordings of Doc alongside his fiddling father-in-law, Gaither Carlton, has been scheduled for the end of May by Smithsonian Folkways.

Cecil Sharp’s People

A new website has been launched that will provide biographical sketches of the 650 folk singers, musicians and dancers who gave their songs, tunes and dances to Cecil Sharp in the Edwardian Folk Revival. In his notes, Sharp left many statements and clues about the performers and it has been possible to identify most of them.

Coronavirus outbreak: Festivals cancelled

The recent coronavirus outbreak has had a major effect on the folk scene, with festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the UK, Ireland and further afield cancelled for the next few months at least. It is unclear how far into the future this will reach, but we will do our best to keep you informed. For festivals, keep an eye on our online listings which we will update with changes as we hear them, but always check with organisers before making any plans. And for the present, stay at home and stay safe.

New to the North East folk scene: Folklub Newcastle

A new folk club with big ambitions is launching in 2020 in Newcastle. Folklub Newcastle hopes to be a place where up and coming folk and roots talent sits perfectly alongside prodigious names from the UK folk scene. Launching during an opening festival weekend on 7-8 February, Folklub Newcastle will take on the format of its successful counterpart and north-of-the-border inspiration, Folkclub Glasgow, which presents three-to-four gigs throughout the year, and attracts a younger audience than might be typically found in clubs elsewhere.

New site for Warwick Folk Festival

After much speculating, it has been announced that Warwick Folk Festival will be moving to a new site adjacent to the historic Warwick Castle. After various problems with the longstanding and, up until recently, very successful venue at Warwick School, the organisers have decided to move the festival for its 41st year this July. The new site will be in the town’s Castle Park, with stunning views over the banks of the River Avon.