Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - A Road Well Travelled

The Living Tradition has never been one to laud the latest young musician as being the future of folk music. Such predictions rarely live up to expectations and first albums, whilst benefitting from an element of freshness, when viewed over time often lack a depth that comes with experience. +

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    Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - A Road Well Travelled

    The Living Tradition has never been one to laud the latest young musician as being the future of folk music. Such predictions rarely live up to expectations and first albums, whilst benefitting from an element of freshness, when viewed over time often lack a depth that comes with experience. +

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    Colum Sands - Turn The Corner

    Colum Sands, from County Down, is well known to most lovers of folk music. A musician, songwriter, radio broadcaster, album producer as well as a collaborative artist and member of the celebrated Sands Family, Colum has many years in the folk music business under his belt. +

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    Lisa Null - From The Roots

    Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1942, Lisa Null is a respected singer throughout the US and beyond. Over the years she has developed many links with the folk scene in the UK and she has a special interest in the music and song of Ireland. She co-founded the Green Linnet record label with Patrick Sky in 1973, which went on to become one of the most prolific record labels of its time, specialising in Celtic music. +

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    Pete Seeger

    Pete Seeger was born on 3 May 1919 in a small town about 100 miles north of New York. He was sent to boarding school at the age of 4, then in 1927 his parents divorced - he was 8. Neither really had custody - apart from the odd holiday, Pete was at boarding school for most of his childhood. One of three sons (Pete was the youngest) he refused either piano or voice lessons but it was at this time, whilst still very young, that he made up the story song, Abiyoyo. +

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    Allan Taylor - All Is One

    Allan Taylor has spent his life making music. His immediate career aim on leaving school at 16 was to run a folk club. After a decade honing his craft as a songwriter, singer and guitarist, he made his recording debut with Sometimes which featured members of Fairport Convention, with whom he also toured at the time. +

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    A Jurassic Park of Folksong: Brian Peters and Jeff Davis feast on Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest

    In the first few years of the 20th century, Cecil Sharp thought that he was collecting the last remnants of a song tradition in England. A few years later, during a working visit to America, an opportunistic meeting with an American collector, Olive Campbell, was to lead to the creation of one of the most significant folk songs collections in the world. +

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    Kitchen Songs, Family Ties and other Knots - a conversation with Maggie Boyle

    Last year, I had the pleasure of adding a new album to the Maggie Boyle section of my CD collection. Won’t You Come Away now sits alongside 1987’s Reaching Out and Gweebarra from 1998. +

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Living Tradition Issue 103 is out now!

Issue 103 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Eilidh Steel, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Daoiri Farrell, Seamus Ennis, Big Stone Celtic, Girvan Folk Festival, The Davy Lamp Folk Club, festival listings, news, reviews and much more!!
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Celtic Colours - 10-18 October

Celtic Colours International Festival is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island comes alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate the island’s rich culture. From concerts and dances, to workshops and community suppers, Celtic Colours offers a full range of events against a gorgeous fall backdrop.
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Tenterden Folk Festival - 2-5 October

Tenterden Folk Festival takes place over four days with folk song, music and dance. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family folk festival. It features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants and green verges.
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Cheltenham Folk Festival Review - 14-16 February 2014

Heather and I looked forward to an all too infrequent trip to an English folk festival with some relish. It was a long journey, but one which proved to be well worth the effort on a number of fronts. When Cheltenham Festival started, it was one of very few winter events in a festival season that typically started around Easter and finished in the late summer. Celtic Connections in Glasgow preceded Cheltenham and has since expanded into a broad ranging music festival. Cheltenham has stuck to its roots and is using the facilities of the Town Hall pretty much to full capacity.
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New Irish Music TV Series on TG4 - Bosca Ceoil

Presented by the lovely Pauline Scanlon of Lumiere, Bosca Ceoil was filmed earlier this year in Monroes in Galway and features an amazing array of Irish music and song over 13 episodes leading up to Christmas.
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Cork Folk Festival - 2-5 October

The Cork Folk Festival is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capital, Cork. The 35 year old festival is emerging as one of the most important folk & traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the Streets. It features concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children’s events, and traditional set dancing. The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Cuil Aodha music and song so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.
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Folk Legacy - 37 tracks of historic live recordings from Girvan Folk Festival now available on CD

A double CD is now available featuring historic live recordings from Girvan Folk Festival, marking the festival's 40th anniversary and sampling the treasures of the archive - 27 tracks of wonderful live recordings.

It features Arcardy, Iain Mackintosh, Dervish, Mirk, Adam MacNaughtan, Boys Of The Lough, John Kirkpatrick, Heather Heywood, Cathal McConnell & Tim O'Leary, Bob Fox, The Kipper Family, Altan, Waterson:Carthy, Bobby Robb, Highland Connection, Huw & Tony Williams, Setanta, The Gaugers, Quadrille, The Voice Squad, Deanta, Dave Burland, Tony Hall, Norman Kennedy, Gerry O'Connor, Jolly Jack and Ossian.
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New Venture for The Milkmaid

The Milkmaid Folk Club in Bury St Edmunds was changed to a Community Interest Company in 2007. CICs are businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. CICs tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues and operate in all parts of the economy.
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  • Fiddle On magazine
  • The Tradition Bearers


New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Kevin Madden - The Sugar Loaf

Kevin Madden is a former All-Ireland and All-Britain winning fiddle player from the vibrant Manchester Irish music scene. He has extensive experience playing in ceili bands and sessions and this, his debut release, is a traditional fiddle album which sees him bring all these experiences to fruition.
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NEW RELEASE: Mike Nicholson - Remember Me

Mike has been involved in the folk music scene since 1989 combining a traditional singing style with contemporary material. He draws his audience to him through an unassuming approach which only asks that the listener might share his love of singing and of the songs. He's so completely comfortable with himself and the songs he's singing, that his relaxed de-meanour and rich, bass baritone voice can totally beguile an audience within minutes.
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NEW RELEASE: McNeill & Heys - Any Other Morning

Guitarist Jack McNeill and violinist Charlie Heys return with their fourth studio album forged from fresh sounds, stories and exciting new instrumental textures.
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NEW RELEASE: Ange Hardy - The Lament Of The Black Sheep

Described by Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers”, Ange Hardy burst onto the folk scene in 2013 with her debut folk album Bare Foot Folk which led to winning FATEA magazine's prestigious Female Vocalist of the Year.
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