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. +

Breaking News

FiddleOn magazine merges with The Living Tradition

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.
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Big Whistle Festival - 6-7 May

With the humble tin whistle at it's core, The Big Whistle Festival is a gathering of traditional and contemporary musicians for a weekend of groove laden gigs, intimate concerts and workshops. With The Met undergoing refurbishment, this year's festival will take place at The Elizabethan Suite at Bury Town Hall.
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Moniaive Folk Festival - 6-8 May

Moniaive is 16 miles from Dumfries and has been dubbed the "coolest town in Britain". Everything in the town is within 2 minutes walk, making it a lovely, friendly, intimate place for a festival. This year, the weekend is preceded by a special concert on Thursday night with Talisk. Other guests over the weekend include Martin Simpson, the Paul McKenna Band, Northern Harmony and Margaret Bennett.
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Tradfest Edinburgh - 27 April - 8 May

Tradition goes live in Edinburgh, with an annual showcase of Traditional Arts and Culture in Scotland’s capital. Edinburgh’s TradFest kick starts the summer season with a feast of music, storytelling, dance, folk drama, folk film, literature & talks, crafts & visual arts in Scotland’s capital.
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Living Tradition Issue 113 is out now!

Issue 113 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on John McCusker, Paul James, John Kirkpatrick (part 2), Roy Harris, Andy M Stewart, The Jews-Harp in the Tradition, Teesside Folk, Fiddle Hell?, Full 2016 Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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FluteFling Scottish Flute Day - 7 May

The third annual day of events concerning all things flute is planned in Portobello, Edinburgh on 7th May. The main tutors are Tom Oakes, Kenny Hadden and Sharon Creasey and the day of workshops will focus on flute playing within Scottish traditional music.
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Girvan Folk Festival - 29 April - 1 May

Girvan are holding their 42nd festival on the May Bank Holiday this year, and it is shaping up to be a good one with yet another great and varied programme. As always at Girvan, there’s something for everyone; concerts, song, dance, sessions, children’s shows, workshops, competitions and – one of the few festivals to feature story-telling as an integral part of the event.
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Scandimoot - 22-24 April

Scandimoot offers one of the best opportunities you will find in the UK to learn tunes and dances from Scandinavian teachers. Each year they pick exceptional music and dance teachers from Norway and Sweden to come to this small, intimate event in Clapham, North Yorkshire. Workshops are now full but there are spaces in the Friday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts. Pre-booking is strongly recommended.
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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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