Rob Harbron - Finger on the Button

Recent articles on Andy Cutting and Sam Sweeney have prompted Paul Walker to take a look at Leveret’s third member, Rob Harbron... Rob Harbron is best known as a player of the English concertina, but this wasn’t his first instrument. “No, I played several instruments before I discovered the concertina - piano briefly aged about five, then guitar and recorder at school, then the violin/fiddle, which I wasn't that keen on until I discovered folk music." +

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    Rob Harbron - Finger on the Button

    Recent articles on Andy Cutting and Sam Sweeney have prompted Paul Walker to take a look at Leveret’s third member, Rob Harbron... Rob Harbron is best known as a player of the English concertina, but this wasn’t his first instrument. “No, I played several instruments before I discovered the concertina - piano briefly aged about five, then guitar and recorder at school, then the violin/fiddle, which I wasn't that keen on until I discovered folk music." +

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    20 Years of Malinky

    For the last 20 years Scottish folk band, Malinky, has made a name for itself as one of the great champions of traditional Scots song. As the band prepares to launch its 20th anniversary album, Handsel, I caught up with two of its founder members, Steve Byrne and Mark Dunlop. They start by telling me a bit about the early days - the line-up back then consisted of Steve, Mark, Karine Polwart and Kit Patterson. Mark begins: “As I recall, the scene at the time comprised either instrumental bands who did the odd song (e.g. Deaf Shepherd), or purely instrumental acts." +

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    Pete Coe, Brian Peters & Laura Smyth - The Road To Peterloo

    August 16, 2019 is the bicentenary of the Peterloo massacre when 60 cavalrymen charged into a peaceful crowd of men, women and children who had assembled to protest against poverty and their deteriorating conditions and to demand improved democratic representation in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. The event took place in St Peter’s Field Manchester, just four years after the battle of Waterloo - hence the name. +

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    Iona Fyfe - The Real Deal

    2018 was a remarkable year for Aberdeenshire singer Iona Fyfe. It kicked off in January with a ‘live’ performance of her album, Away From My Window, at Celtic Connections, and ended in December with her walking away with the Scots Singer of the Year prize at the Scots Trad Music Awards. In between, she toured so extensively at home and abroad, including appearances at prestigious events like the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, that one paper said she “made Metallica look like skivers”. Post Trad Awards she has been congratulated in the Scottish Parliament, released a new EP, and is preparing for her finals at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July. +

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    Jack Rutter

    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. +

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    Andy Cutting - At The Cutting Edge

    I first heard Andy Cutting with the wonderful Blowzabella at The Brewery, in Kendal, in the mid-1990s, and thought at the time how young he looked to be such an accomplished musician. I last saw him in 2017 when he was playing with the differently wonderful Leveret, and thought... how young he looked for such an accomplished musician..... +

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    Rowan Piggott - next generation

    Rowan Piggott is the fiddle-playing and singing son of Charlie Piggott of De Danann fame. He is currently making a name for himself around the folk scene in England as a solo musician and also as a member of the Georgia Lewis Band and as half of a duo with Rosie Hodgson. He is the next generation, not just of a family of musicians, but he is also part of the next generation of folk musicians, festival and club goers, working in the scene and making it their own. +

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Living Tradition Issue 130 is out now!

Issue 130 of The Living Tradition (Aug-Nov 2019) features articles on: Rob Harbron, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Laura-Beth Salter, Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Rachel Hair, Kimber’s Men, Jean Redpath, Dylan, Guthrie & The Scottish Bard, Rees Wesson, Simon Evans’ Collecting, Music in Belper, Folk in the High Sierra, Transatlantic Connections, Aug-Nov Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more....

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Lichfield Arts Folk Train

Folk fans and musicians are invited to join Lichfield Arts for an evening of music making, frolics and fun on Wednesday 25th September, when the L2F 2019 Folk train will entertain commuters on the 19.58 from Lichfield Trent Valley to Sutton Coldfield.
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Roland Walls - 1954 – 2019

Roland Walls, who has died from Motor Neurone Disease, has been the focus and inspiration for live folk and roots related music in and around the city of York for the last 40 years. Neither musician nor performer, he dedicated his spare time to encouraging, supporting and promoting a huge variety of music events.
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The 2019 Roy Palmer Lecture

The autumn meeting of the Traditional Song Forum is to be held in Belfast on Saturday 19th October 2019. The meeting will be the occasion for the annual Roy Palmer Lecture which will be given by Dr John Moulden, well known for his books, articles and lectures on the Irish song tradition. John was recently featured in the acclaimed BBC TV documentary on the work of Ulster collector, Sam Henry. The lecture will form part of an afternoon of talks on aspects of Irish song. More details will be found on the TSF website - tradsong.org
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RISING UP: PETERLOO 2019 - A newly commissioned theatre and folk music project to tour UK in October 2019

In 1819, the concept of freedom of speech, protest and democracy were tested dramatically when armed soldiers charged at peaceful protesters. Two centuries on this new commission tells the personal stories of two women linked across time and through experience as they struggle to rise up and find their voice.
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Canal Boat Crew Sessions

The Canal Boat Crew is a group of musicians/singers hosting a series of acoustic music sessions whilst holidaying on the canals and waterways of Great Britain, Ireland and, possibly in the future, continental Europe. This year, two weeks of holidays have been planned around the canals of The Black Country and The Potteries starting on September 14th.
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Dick Gaughan and The Harvard Tapes

Dick Gaughan has been at the cutting edge of Scottish folk music for almost five decades. A guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director, arranger, record producer, engineer and goodness knows what else - he has been there and done it all. In recent years, Dick has had to deal with some health issues. In October 2016, an MRI scan confirmed Dick had suffered a stroke several months previously, from which, thankfully, he is now gradually recovering.
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EFDSS at English Folk Expo 2019

The English Folk Dance and Song Society are presenting three artists at English Folk Expo in Manchester this October, all of whom will perform 20-minute sets at The Comedy Store on Whitworth Street West on the morning of the 18th.
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Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Beyond Words - 18-31 October

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is an annual celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions & cultural diversity, held in Edinburgh. The 31st SISF celebrates old traditions and new connections, showcasing how music, dance and story communicate shared experiences that are ‘Beyond Words’. Canada and Scotland have closely interwoven identities and histories, so SISF is delighted to headline ‘Canada-Scotland: Coast to Coast’ for its International Exchange, thanks to Festivals Expo support.
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Hartlepool Folk Festival - 18-20 October

There is so much to see and do at the Hartepool Folk Festival. From the most contemporary folk and acoustic music through to a wealth of traditional singers and musicians, there really is something for everyone. Special concerts and events celebrate the rich music, heritage and traditions of Teesside and the North East. The festival’s daytime site is the National Museum of the Royal Navy, home to HMS Trincomalee. Mainstage evening concerts take place nearby at Hartlepool Borough Hall. There's loads for the family as well.
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Cork Folk Festival - 3-6 October

The Cork Folk Festival is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capital, Cork. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the festival is one of the most important folk and 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, with 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 Irish Traditional and folk musicians and singers, so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.
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Costa Del Folk, Albufeira, Portugal - 15-21 October

Following the success of Costa del Folk Portugal 2018, Enjoy Travel are delighted to be taking the Costa del Folk Festival back to the stunning Grande Real Santa Eulalia 5* Resort And Hotel Spa in Albufeira. There will be music, singing, dancing and laughter aplenty from morning until the wee small hours at venues situated throughout the complex. What makes this the ultimate feel-good festival is that it literally has everything you’d want from a traditional folk festival but without any of the drawbacks!
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Tenterden Folk Festival - 3-6 October

Tenterden Folk Festival takes place over four days including the first Saturday of October each year with folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions.
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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Otley Folk Festival - 20-22 September

This year's Otley Folk Festival will be held between the newly refurbished Black Horse, The Labour Rooms, The Woolpack, The Courthouse, The Black Horse, The Parish Church and The Methodist Hall. There will be concerts, pub sessions, dancing, street entertainment, workshops and singarounds, with guests including Chris Newman & Mairead Ni Chathasaig, Kitty MacFarlane, Phil Beer, Flossie Malavialle, Bill Jones, Dovetail Trio, Tony Wilson and many more.
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Frank Harte Festival - 20-22 September

The Frank Harte Festival 2019 is from Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd September and is held at The Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, and as always will celebrate and commemorate the life and work of Frank Harte. The first Frank Harte Festival took place in 2006 and since its inception has become a focus for traditional singing. The guest list over the last decade, reads like a veritable "Who's Who" of traditional singing from these shores and beyond.
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St Ives September Festival - 14-28 September

A two-week celebration of music and the arts in St Ives, this festival features many renowned folk artists, including Show of Hands, Dougie MacLean, iconic Irish band Dervish, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow, Katie Kirk and Rick Williams, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, Geoff Lakeman, and many more. Throughout the two weeks there will be exhibitions, walks, talks, films, workshops, comedy, theatre and poetry, as well as some great concerts.
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