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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    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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    Will Pound - Through The Seasons

    Not many people who are known primarily as a folk artist can claim to have played on a number one record in the charts. Even one nominated three times for the coveted BBC Folk Awards ‘Musician of the Year’. However, Will Pound played the opening harmonica riff on one such record. He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, by the Justice Collective, was recorded to raise money for the various charities associated with the Hillsborough families. It reached the highly coveted Christmas Number One spot in 2012. +

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    Alan Rose & Lynda Hardcastle - A Yorkshire Twosome

    Although they have both been singing professionally for over 40 years, this married couple has only just released a first album together that covers their performing career and beyond. Readers of The Living Tradition might recognise Alan’s name from the many reviews he’s written for the magazine over the years. Nigel Schofield decided to find out why it’s taken them so long to get around to their much-anticipated debut release. +

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    Lankum - the artists formerly known as Lynched!

    Dublin is one of those cities that just hits you. From the minute you arrive, you know you are in the capital: the iconic sights, sounds and smells; the creamy pints; the many bridges crossing the Liffey; the thick accents. When you arrive in Dublin, you just know you couldn’t be anywhere else. Just as distinctive is some of the music emanating from its inhabitants and, at the moment, perhaps none more so than Lankum (formerly Lynched). +

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Living Tradition Issue 127 is out now!

Issue 127 of The Living Tradition magazine (Feb/March) including articles on Iona Fyfe, Chris Parkinson, Duncan McCrone, Miller MacDonald Cormier, Gwilym Bowen-Rhys, Bob & Gill Berry, East Anglian Step Dancing, The Shackleton Trio, Tunes In Sets, The Gavin Greig Interviews 2, A Red Red Rose, Transatlantic Connections, Feb-May Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more.

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SCOTS FIDDLE FESTIVAL - Edinburgh - 16-18 November 2018

I caught the Saturday and Sunday concerts, both sold out, and soaked up some of the sessions, smaller performances, and spilt champagne before and after. The Friday concert was a smashing performance by all accounts, but Saturday’s gig looked set to outdo it for glitter, glamour, and sheer rock’n’roll excitement.
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Mumpers Ceilidh Club

Mumpers, the Derby-based ceilidh club, is celebrating its 40th birthday on 23rd March with a special ceilidh in the Rolls-Royce Pavilion in Derby featuring Peeping Tom, with caller Lynne Render and special guests Pecsaetan Morris from Sheffield.
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An Goilin 40th Anniversary

An Góilín Traditional Singers’ Club in Dublin celebrates its 40th anniversary on the weekend of the 8th March. The club was founded by Tim Dennehy and his brother in law, Donal de Barra, to give a platform for people who like to sing and listen to traditional Irish songs, and it is one of the foremost in the country. Their website states: “Anyone who has an interest in listening to or performing songs will find that they are ‘as welcome as the flowers in May’.” goilin.com.
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NEW RELEASE: Sineag MacIntyre - Lon Ban

Sineag MacIntyre is from Kilphedar in South Uist, a township noted for a particularly rich and thriving singing tradition. She has been immersed in Gaelic song all her life and made her first recordings while still at school. Awards quickly followed, including the Traditional Gold Medal at the at the Royal National Mod while still in her teens, and then the coveted Gold Medal in 2010. Sineag has also been nominated twice for Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards.
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NEW RELEASE: Steve Turner - Late Cut

On Late Cut, his eighth solo album, Steve Turner is joined by some of the star names of the modern folk revival, including Sam Carter, Eliza Carthy and Martin Simpson. Yet despite the richness of the arrangements the album comes over strongly as a solo project. The album includes, amongst other things, a reassessment of two songs, (Is Your Love in Vain, and The Two Sisters) from Steve’s first album, Out Stack, 1979. Buy this CD from our online shop
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The Fylde Folk Festival: a one-day revival

To celebrate his 85th birthday, 65 years of gigging and 55 years of composing, Alan Bell, founder of the Fylde Folk Festival which sadly ceased to be in 2014, has been persuaded to revive the festival for a one-day event on 22nd June this year. To be held in the Marine Hall in Fleetwood, the event will include guest artists who have previously appeared at Fylde, alongside Alan, who will perform in the Saturday lunchtime concert.
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Feast Of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour

This March and April, Feast Of Fiddles is celebrating 25 years together with a Silver Jubilee UK Tour. This band of friends (including Peter Knight, Chris Leslie, Brian McNeill, Ian Cutler, Tom Leary, Garry Blakeley and Dave Mattacks) formed in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day in 1994 for a one-off special concert, but they now have 25 spring tours to their name. feastoffiddles.co.uk.
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Glenfarg Folk Feast - 5-7 April

Glenfarg Folk Feast is an annual festival of folk music which takes place in April each year and is currently being held in the town of Kinross. This year guests include Siobhan Miller, Les Barker, Fara, Anthony Toner, Gill Bowman, Ian McCalman & The Ian Walker Band. For more info see: Glenfarg Folk Club website
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