John McCusker - 25 Years and still excited by music!

I met with John in a cafe near his home in Innerleithen, in the gorgeous Tweed valley in the Scottish Borders, and we reminisced about our prior interview in 2002 and the cover of FiddleOn featuring his Mohican haircut. Despite being a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, performing for 20 nights at the Albert Hall and on a double bill with Bob Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl, he hadn’t changed at all. +

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    John McCusker - 25 Years and still excited by music!

    I met with John in a cafe near his home in Innerleithen, in the gorgeous Tweed valley in the Scottish Borders, and we reminisced about our prior interview in 2002 and the cover of FiddleOn featuring his Mohican haircut. Despite being a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, performing for 20 nights at the Albert Hall and on a double bill with Bob Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl, he hadn’t changed at all. +

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    John Kirkpatrick ...In conversation with Keith Kendrick...

    Now then, it wouldn’t take a clever person to perceive that the most challenging part of producing an article on the mighty John Kirkpatrick would be finding something to say about him that hasn’t already been said by greater mortals than I. However, I am ready to accept the challenge with both humility and enthusiasm for John Kirkpatrick is, and has always been, one of my greatest inspirations as an English folksinger/musician. +

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    Costa Del Folk, Portugal

    Over years of attendance, you get used to the sights, sounds and smells of the average folk festival. Naturally these change according to location, but rarely do they change so dramatically as they do at Costa Del Folk events. Billed as the festivals that “put a smile on your face, a song in your heart and the sun on your back”, these are a new breed of festival, quite different from others on the calendar and, judging by the success of this year’s October event, it is a wonder that no-one has thought to do this before. +

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    Jimmy Crowley - Songs From The Beautiful City

    In the preface to Jimmy Crowley’s new book, Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads, Mick Moloney describes him thus: “Jimmy hails from the most distinctive city of Cork on the banks of the fabled River Lee. I don’t think Jimmy would mind being called ‘The Bard of Cork’. Certainly no other Cork singer would or could possibly object to that title. His commitment to the rich song tradition of his native city has been unwavering over the past four decades. +

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    Eliza Carthy - in conversation with Trevor Buck

    I called Eliza at her home outside Fylingdales near Scarborough in the middle of a busy day. “You know what it’s like when you’ve got to pack for a flight the next day; your mind won’t rest. Well, my brain has been racing all night. I was up at 5am. I’m driving to Edinburgh this afternoon to pick the others up (including Karine Polwart, Mary Macmaster and Jenn Butterworth) for an intensive week of rehearsing and recording up on Eigg, an island in the Hebrides.” +

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    20 Years of Danu

    Back in 2005, Issue 63 of The Living Tradition boasted a very fresh faced looking young band by the name of Danú. Despite their youthful appearance, the band had already been on the road for almost ten years and had released six CDs to great critical acclaim. In the accompanying article, Steve McGrail told the story of the band’s origins and how it came to be known as “a top-flight Irish traditional music band”. As the article drew to a close, Steve reported that changes were afoot and that Danú planned to take a bit of a break due to changes in their personal circumstances. +

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    Edel Fox - From Clare to Here

    One of the rising stars of the traditional Irish music scene is concertina player Edel Fox, now resident in Waterford but originally from Miltown Malbay in County Clare, the home of the Willie Clancy Summer School and the town regarded by many as the Mecca of traditional Irish music. In this article, Edel tells her musical story to The Living Tradition's Simon Haines. +

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Living Tradition Issue 114 is out now!

Issue 114 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne, Pete Morton, Rona Wilkie, James Murray, Kath Tait, Sing A Song Of Sleep, Costa Del Folk Mallorca, Rhu Beag, Bluegrass vs Western Swing, Under Heaton Fields, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Wirral Folk Festival - 2-5 June

An all-on-one-site festival of folk & acoustic music, dance, poetry, & storytelling held at The Whitby Club, Ellesmere port, Cheshire. This festival boasts on site caravan and camping, real ale, good food and showers, as well as a fine array of guests which this year include Ralph McTell, Eddi Reader, Oysterband, Heidi Talbot, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies and Flossie Malavialle.
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Portsoy Folk Festival - 3-5 June

A Weekend of Songs, Tunes, Stories, Poetry, Dance, Workshops and Sessions to be held in and around Portsoy in Banffshire. This year's festival guests include The Jeremiahs, the Iona Fyfe Band, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr, Tom Spiers, Arthur Watson, Robyn Stapleton, Thomas McCarthy and more.
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 26-29 May

The World Ceilidh melds together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the best musicians and performers from across the world. Knockengorroch Festivals were born from a love of roots music, and created with the express aims of bringing great music to the hills of Galloway and supporting rural regeneration in the Uplands of Scotland.
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Gate To Southwell Folk Festival - 9-12 June

From its humble beginnings in 2007 as primarily an English folk music and dance festival, Southwell has evolved into one of the leading and most innovative folk events in the country. 2016 will be the 10th festival and so will be extra special. The festival will be bringing back some of the artists who made the biggest impressions in past years as well as putting on some special events including Dylan @ 75 and “Songs from the Shows”.
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Chester Folk Festival - 27-30 May

This year sees Chester Folk Festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. Their special spring bank holiday weekend festival in Kelsall, near Chester, includes concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, singarounds and sessions.
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Great North Folk Festival - 27-30 May

This is the new name for the fabulous Festival On The Moor, held in the truly magical Botton Village, near Danby in the Esk Valley. It’s one of the most magical and stunning places in the North York Moors National Park and is an oasis of calm and beauty.
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Orkney Folk Festival - 26-29 May

A bumper line-up is heading to Orkney for this year's festival at the end of May. Artists from the United States, Canada, Finland, Ireland, England, mainland Scotland, Shetland and the Hebrides will join with Orkney’s own talent at the four-day event.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Haley Richardson with Dylan Richardson - Heart On A String

Haley’s debut album of traditional Irish fiddle music, at the age of only 13, is exceptional. Having won the 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney competition in Sligo and the 2013 All Ireland in both under 12 solo fiddle and under 12 fiddle slow airs, she is already a player to be reckoned with.
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NEW RELEASE: Gill Bowman & Song Circle - The Red Album

The Red Album is a charming collection of songs, poems and rhymes for under-fives from Scottish folk singer, Gill Bowman. Classic nursery rhymes are mixed with less well-known traditional songs and some of her own compositions and all have a fresh, natural sound, reflecting the Song Circle experience which Gill hosts in the cosy back room of her family cafe in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
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NEW RELEASE: Corinne Male - To Tell The Story Truly

A long overdue collection of 17 songs from Corinne, who is a well-loved familiar face at traditional singing sessions and festivals throughout the country, and who has spent a lifetime recording, collecting and learning songs.
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