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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    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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    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. +

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.

ITMA celebrates Nicholas Carolan

On 24 September, colleagues and friends gathered in the Irish Traditional Music Archive offices to mark the recent retirement of Nicholas Carolan, founding Director of ITMA. It was an occasion full of warmth and respect for a man who has done much to further the very important work of the Archive.

The Pitmen Poets

The group of friends collectively known as The Pitmen Poets - Bob Fox, Benny Graham, Jez Lowe and Billy Mitchell - are back on the road early in 2016 with an extensive theatre tour throughout January. With archive footage and photographs, this is a journey through the centuries of a once-great industry, from the songs that saw it thrive and dominate, to those that saw its demise and the resulting aftermath.

Death of Keith Hudson - Taplas magazine editor

The former editorial board of Taplas magazine are saddened to announce the death of editor Keith Hudson on 27 June 2015.

Living Tradition Issue 110 is out now!

Issue 110 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Jimmy Crowley, Steve Tilston, Aidan O'Rourke, Jackie Oates, Old/New Rope String Band, The Teacups, Fiddle Ornamentation, the Goilin Singers Club, the Durham Miners' Gala, George Withers, Feis Rois Commisions, On The English Ceilidh Bandwagon, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Bust up in Edinburgh Hostelry

When Scottish folklorist Hamish Henderson died in 2002, members of Edinburgh Folk Club commissioned a paper maché bust of the great man. The bust naturally found a comfortable home in the Edinburgh folk music pub, Sandy Bell's. Henderson's real office was Edinburgh University's School of Scottish Studies, which he'd helped to create in the 1950s, but he would often be found in his ‘unofficial office’, Sandy Bell's, a mere stone's throw away.


Festival On the Moor's popular Christmas Show 'WASSAIL' takes place in December with performances in Whitby and Botton Village. This year, Richard Grainger and the Festival 'Wassailers' are joined by acclaimed recording artist, singer Steve Turner, and well known folk duo Paul & Liz Davenport. There'll be Music, Drama, Sword Dancing and a Traditional Mummers Play performed by the Festival Youth Group supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots programme.

Packie Manus Byrne - 1917-2015 - Farewell to a Friend

Packie Byrne was born in Corkermore, Co. Donegal, on 18th February 1917, the youngest of four children. His parents, Con and Maria, were great lovers of traditional songs and had a vast store of them. And so the family cottage often rang with music, as friends and neighbours gathered for an evening of shared tunes, songs, dances and stories. In this enriching soil, Packie flourished.


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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.

NEW RELEASE: Tom Orr - Off The Beaten Track

Dance Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, the Tom Orr Band is one of the brightest and leading exponents of Scottish accordion music – with energy, flair and precision of the highest caliber.

NEW RELEASE: Ian Carmichael - Ten Years On

Ian is an innovative 5-string banjo player and this, his first solo album, is a fresh, authentic and vibrant take on the banjo unlike any other. It reflects some of the influences on his playing over the years, varying from American bluegrass fiddle tunes, Scottish and Irish traditional tunes and his own compositions.

NEW RELEASE: Sandy Brechin & Ewan Wilkinson - Hard Times Come And Go

This is the second album from the well established duo of Sandy Brechin and Ewan Wilkinson. Sandy will be familiar to many as an accordion virtuoso who has toured extensively with bands such as Burach, Seelyhoo and the Sensational Jimmy Shandrix Experience. Ewan is a singer and guitar player, who also writes some fine songs.