Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne - Kind Providence

Niamh Parsons needs no introduction to readers of this magazine. A singer with a voice to die for, it is unmistakable in its velvety rich, crystal clear and sensuously warm hues. It has been ten long years since her last recorded offering - too many years many may argue – but the wait is over as she has recently released her sixth studio album, Kind Providence, with long-time collaborator, guitarist Graham Dunne. +

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    Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne - Kind Providence

    Niamh Parsons needs no introduction to readers of this magazine. A singer with a voice to die for, it is unmistakable in its velvety rich, crystal clear and sensuously warm hues. It has been ten long years since her last recorded offering - too many years many may argue – but the wait is over as she has recently released her sixth studio album, Kind Providence, with long-time collaborator, guitarist Graham Dunne. +

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    John McCusker - 25 Years and still excited by music!

    I met with John in a cafe near his home in Innerleithen, in the gorgeous Tweed valley in the Scottish Borders, and we reminisced about our prior interview in 2002 and the cover of FiddleOn featuring his Mohican haircut. Despite being a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, performing for 20 nights at the Albert Hall and on a double bill with Bob Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl, he hadn’t changed at all. +

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    John Kirkpatrick ...In conversation with Keith Kendrick...

    Now then, it wouldn’t take a clever person to perceive that the most challenging part of producing an article on the mighty John Kirkpatrick would be finding something to say about him that hasn’t already been said by greater mortals than I. However, I am ready to accept the challenge with both humility and enthusiasm for John Kirkpatrick is, and has always been, one of my greatest inspirations as an English folksinger/musician. +

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    Costa Del Folk, Portugal

    Over years of attendance, you get used to the sights, sounds and smells of the average folk festival. Naturally these change according to location, but rarely do they change so dramatically as they do at Costa Del Folk events. Billed as the festivals that “put a smile on your face, a song in your heart and the sun on your back”, these are a new breed of festival, quite different from others on the calendar and, judging by the success of this year’s October event, it is a wonder that no-one has thought to do this before. +

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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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Living Tradition Issue 115 is out now!

Issue 115 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Reg Meuross, Peter & Barbara Snape, Bruce MacGregor, Dana & Susan Robinson, Marina Russell, Reg Hall, Jason O'Rourke, Dave Goulder, Dave Swarbrick, Fiddle Bowing, Tradfest Edinburgh, Fleetwood Folk & Blues Festival, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Shrewsbury Folk Festival - 26-29 August

The festival at Shrewsbury always brings some of most established artists from the UK alongside acts celebrating folk traditions from across the world. But Shrewsbury Folk Festival is about more than just music, it promises a relaxed atmosphere with time for you to explore the festival site with its four sound stages, dance tent and specialist venues for children’s and youth festivals. There are shops, caterers, bars, a craft fair, free buses into Shrewsbury town centre and a great campsite.
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TASGADH TRADITIONAL ARTS FUND CONTINUES - next deadline 30th September 2016

Following a successful first year Tasgadh Traditional Arts Fund will continue to offer grants of up of £1,000 to organisations and individuals involved in Scottish Traditional Arts. The fund is managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and supported by Creative Scotland through Targeted Funding. It is available to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. Professional development applications can also be supported though the fund.
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Innerleithen Music Festival - 19-21 August

Innerleithen is just 30 miles from Edinburgh in the beautiful Tweed Valley, and this year it hosts its 14th festival which boasts great concerts in the Scottish Borders with the stars of Celtic music, and much more...
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Tonder Festival - 25-28 August

Denmark is home to a multitude of music festivals. Tønder Festival is in a league of its own. For over 40 years, Tønder Festival has been Denmark’s leading platform for international folk music.
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English Folk Dance and Song Society announces Gold Badge recipients

Five people who have made key contributions to the folk arts are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Pete and Sue Coe, the musician and dancer who were founders of Ryburn Three Step, Maggie Fletcher, a leading musician on the English country dance scene, and long term EFDSS and folk dance volunteers and advocates Mike Wilson-Jones and Mary Wilson-Jones have all been chosen to receive the awards.
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Mull of Kintyre Festival - 17-21 August

The Mull of Kintyre, a region brought to prominence in song by Sir Paul McCartney, has held this annual music festival, which has grown each year since it’s inception in 1993. Set in the community of Campbeltown, the festival has become the region’s top cultural event, which encourages people to visit Kintyre from all parts of the globe. Satisfying an ambition of the Festival to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region’s cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages.
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Dartmoor Folk Festival - 5-7 August

The three-day Dartmoor Folk Festival, which will take place at South Zeal, near Okehampton, on August 5, 6 and 7, was established by the late Bob Cann, who was awarded the BEM for his service to folk music. He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor. It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Josie Nugent - Modal Citizen

Modal Citizen is the debut solo album from an intimate, inventive, soul-searching fiddle player. Josie takes the listener on an evocative musical pathway, interweaving some of her traditional favourites with innovative compositions that connect to her roots, the music of east Clare.
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NEW RELEASE: Jim Malcolm - Live In Perth

Releasing his 13th solo CD, Jim Malcolm is among Scotland’s most prolific singer-songwriters, and this outstanding collection of 14 songs, performed live last autumn, shows why.
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NEW RELEASE: Haley Richardson with Dylan Richardson - Heart On A String

Haley’s debut album of traditional Irish fiddle music, at the age of only 13, is exceptional. Having won the 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney competition in Sligo and the 2013 All Ireland in both under 12 solo fiddle and under 12 fiddle slow airs, she is already a player to be reckoned with.
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NEW RELEASE: Gill Bowman & Song Circle - The Red Album

The Red Album is a charming collection of songs, poems and rhymes for under-fives from Scottish folk singer, Gill Bowman. Classic nursery rhymes are mixed with less well-known traditional songs and some of her own compositions and all have a fresh, natural sound, reflecting the Song Circle experience which Gill hosts in the cosy back room of her family cafe in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
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