Si’s matters! Si Barron – philosopher and punk purist!

Si Barron’s recent debut solo release, Sweet Billy Caution, is garnering plaudits aplenty. A “genially undersold yet distinctly magical CD” according to David Kidman’s review in LT104, and our editor admits to having “nearly worn the CD out listening to it – it is one of the best I have heard in a while”. Time for some investigation… +

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    Si’s matters! Si Barron – philosopher and punk purist!

    Si Barron’s recent debut solo release, Sweet Billy Caution, is garnering plaudits aplenty. A “genially undersold yet distinctly magical CD” according to David Kidman’s review in LT104, and our editor admits to having “nearly worn the CD out listening to it – it is one of the best I have heard in a while”. Time for some investigation… +

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    Josie Nugent & Brian Stafford - the space between the notes…

    “It’s powerful altogether to see musicianers rooting and plundering in the old (and new) collections like weans with new toys. It is also powerful to hear dacent tunes one doesn’t know, instead of the nearly standardised menu that has gone the rounds too often.” So says Rev Gary Hastings, the renowned flute player from Belfast, in the sleevenotes for Josie Nugent and Brian Stafford’s debut album, The Caves Of Cong. +

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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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Living Tradition Issue 106 is out now!

Issue 106 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Si Barron, Eithne Ni Uallachain, Sheila Stewart, Alan Reid, Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival, The Valley Folk Club, Young Tradition Award Winners, Fylde Guitar Repairs, On The English Ceilidh Bandwagon, News, Reviews and much more...
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Falkirk Music Pot to Premiere at the end of March

The Falkirk Music Pot, performed by some of the area’s most talented musicians and created and directed by acclaimed Falkirk musician Brian McNeill, will premiere at Falkirk Town Hall on Wednesday 25 March 2015. This will be the first of two concerts highlighting the year-long programme of work funded by Falkirk’s Creative Place Award 2014 and produced by Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council.
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2015 Charles Parker Radio Day in Glasgow

Charles Parker (1919-1980) was a BBC documentary radio producer and a writer, singer, actor and founder member of the theatre company Banner Theatre. He was passionate about the cultural importance of the oral tradition and folk song and devoted much of his life to activities through which he could demonstrate their significance and continued relevance. He is most famous for the Radio Ballads - eight radio programmes he made with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, which were broadcast on the BBC between 1958 and 1964 and are considered to be classics of radio production.
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Maggie Boyle 1956 – 2014

We were saddened to hear that, after her long battle with cancer, Maggie Boyle passed away on 6 November at the age of 57. Maggie was well known and well loved throughout the folk scene, known best for her work with her former husband, Steve Tilston, her singing trio, Grace Notes, and her recent duo work with Paul Downes, though she also worked and recorded with artists as diverse as John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, John Conolly, Les Barker, Damien Barber and Peter Bellamy, and even added her name to a couple of film soundtracks (Patriot Games and Legends Of The Fall).
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Making New Tracs

One of Scotland’s newly funded cultural organisations has begun work from its base at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The purpose of TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) is to advance the dynamic contribution of Scotland’s traditional arts to contemporary society. A series of development and networking days in February and March unveil the kind of issues at stake and the scope of TRACS’ ambitions. The series culminates in Trad Talk on Saturday 28 March, which artistically explores crossing points between the traditional art forms, between Scotland’s languages, and between Scottish culture and society in a time of change, accompanied by two concerts of fusion, featuring impromptu folksters Nae Plans and the combined talents of Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes and Scots singer Fiona Hunter.
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Return of the Native: St Andrews folk singer from Denmark in Concert

Rod Sinclair was born in St Andrews but has lived in Ribe in southern Denmark since the late 1960s. On a return visit to Scotland he is headlining a concert in Strathmiglo on Saturday 7th March with old friends from the Scottish folk scene: High Speed Grass (Fife's own Bluegrass Band with Jim Hyndman and Davie Craig) Pete Shepheard and Jimmy Hutchison (stalwarts of the early St Andrews Folk Club) and Scalded Cats (with Bob Amer).
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Inishowen Song Project On Tour

The Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle is on the move. February and March will see them taking their Inishowen Song Project Tour to five venues around Ireland – Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick and Derry. With an audiovisual introduction to their online project and live performances by Inishowen singing regulars Kevin McGonigle, Grace Toland and Jim MacFarland, each evening will be followed by a singing session.
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Costa Del Folk, Benalmadena, Spain - 14-19 March

All folk music fans love a good festival but often the memories of the experience involving standing in a damp, muddy and overcrowded field in cold weather and spending endless periods in a queue to spend a penny! Well you can now ditch those wellies, ban the brolly and forever erase the word ‘Portaloo’ from your mind – Costa Del Folk’s unique folk festival experience will put a smile on your face, a song in your heart and the sun on your back!
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Peter & Barbara Snape - Snapenotes

With a distinct musical identity and a growing reputation for providing an entertaining menu of good songs, all well sung and played with commitment, passion and enjoyment, Peter and Barbara Snape are two fine performers who have the knack of seamlessly mixing well-crafted arrangements of traditional songs with an eclectic collection of more light hearted/humorous songs, moving with ease from emotional depth to roller coaster highs.
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NEW RELEASE: Si Barron - Sweet Billy Caution

Si Barron is a folk singer, songwriter and self-taught musician from Devon. Known as one half of Barron Brady (alongside Rosalind Brady), he is well known in the folk clubs and venues around the UK. This solo CD showcases his rich voice and exemplary guitar work on 11, mainly traditional songs, revealing a deep relationship with traditional English music and a gift for interpreting it.
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NEW RELEASE: Josie Nugent & Brian Stafford - The Caves Of Cong

This is the debut CD from this Belfast based fiddle and uilleann pipes duo which pays homage to the music of some old (and some newer) collections of Irish music. Some of the melodies here are unusual versions of commonly known tunes – many may not have been heard in living memory.
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NEW RELEASE: Lynched - Cold Old Fire

Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American tunes, and their own original material.
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