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 104 is out now!

Issue 104 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Warwick Folk Festival, Emily Smith, Kevin Madden, Leon Rosselson, Rachel Newton, History Of The Mandolin, Songwriting, The Croydon Folk Club, festival listings, news, reviews and much more!!
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Belfast for a Tenner with Stena Line

This mid-term take an action-packed day trip across the Irish Sea as a foot passenger with Stena Line from Cairnryan to Belfast and experience an exciting voyage aboard a modern ferry with all the mod cons you could ever need. And all this from an unbeatable £10 per person return - also included are bus transfers into Belfast’s city centre and unlimited Metro bus travel for the day!

If you want to stay longer, get online and book your ferry travel and hotel accommodation with Stena Line from as little as £59 per adult per night, including your car - you can’t buy them separately for less - www.stenaline.co.uk/ireland.
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The William Kennedy Piping Festival - 13-16 November - Armagh

The identification of both William Kennedy’s home and workshop in Tandragee by local historian Alec James has invigorated everyone involved in the preparations for the 21st Anniversary of this festival named after Tandragee’s famous son. Efforts have been redoubled to try and locate the Kennedy burial plot which up to now has frustrated the best endeavours of everybody. With the 21st Anniversary festival opening on 13th November, the discovery of a visible link to Kennedy in Tandragee has excited everyone and plans are being discussed as to how to mark this important find.
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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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Whitby Folk come together to commemorate Rohilla rescue

Whitby songwriter and musician, Richard Grainger, is putting the final touches to the first part of his most recent project, ''STORMBOUND'' - the True Story of The Rohilla Disaster. It is to be performed at St Hilda's Parish Church, West Cliff, Whitby on Nov 1st at 7.00pm by Richard and a cast of musicians, actors and young people from the Whitby area.
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New CD release from Jez Lowe

The Ballad Beyond contains 15 new songs from North East England singer songwriter Jez Lowe, his first new album for four years. Many of these songs were among more than SIXTY new compositions written by Jez between 2006 and 2014 for the award-winning BBC Radio Two series, THE RADIO BALLADS. Some are presented here as written for broadcast, while others have been further developed beyond their original Radio Ballads role. Also included here are songs unconnected with THE RADIO BALLADS, and are merely things that have been recently added to Jez’s concert repertoire.
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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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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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  • Worthing Theatres
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  • Hobgoblin
  • Celtic Music Radio - Listen
  • Fiddle On magazine
  • The Tradition Bearers


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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