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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    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. +

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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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Living Tradition Issue 108 is out now!

Issue 108 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Danu, Bob Fox, Mischa Macpherson, The Young'uns, Debra Cowan, Roy Palmer, Herga Folk Club, Folk Music Degrees, Notes on a Mandolin, Danny Pedler & Rosie Butler-Hall, Costa Del Folk, the Dulcimer World Congress, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Village Pump Folk Festival - 24-26 July

Village Pump Folk Club Trowbridge presents the Village Pump Folk Festival. One of the UK’s best festivals located on the stunning site of the White Horse Country Park, Westbury Wiltshire. Running on the last weekend of July in (in 2015 from 24th to 26th July) the festival offers the visitor the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music from all over the UK and beyond; opportunities for participation in the VP choir or Open Mic slots together with a full programme for children. The festival musical soundtrack is all accompanied by a terrific range of the very best in festival food and drink as well as a great range of craft and other stalls.
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Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo - 18-25 July

Drumshanbo is a small picturesque town situated in the very heart of County Leitrim, Ireland. The town is justly proud of its links with the past. Every July Drumshanbo plays host to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School. This is a week long traditional festival of Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town.
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Roy Palmer

Roy Palmer, who died on 26 February 2015, was a dedicated collector and disseminator of traditional songs, folklore, and of the ephemeral detail that fills the spaces in the history of ordinary people. Though his name is familiar to the thousands of people who read his books and the articles that he wrote for magazines and journals, he was a private person who, while he appreciated the recognition that he received, was content to plough his own furrow in his own way.
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Kilcar Fleadh -

Feile Cheoil Chill Chartha - Kilcar Fleadh is a festival of music, song and dance celebrating the living tradition of south west Donegal
This five day festival includes concerts, The Rambling Session, céilí, daily music and dance workshops, and a heritage day displaying heritage, crafts & culture of Kilcar and the surrounding area.
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Warwick Folk Festival - 23-26 July

Warwick is a folk festival of the very best in traditional and contemporary folk arts, with one of the best festival sites around. Why is the Warwick Folk Festival site so good? Well, it’s:
COMPACT – principal venues and camping on one site • all on-site venues & amenities a short walk apart
COMFORTABLE – real showers and toilets supplemented by temporary units • family-friendly school location • perfect camping on close-mowed & flat site • quiet camping area available • most events in permanent venues
CONVENIENT – fantastic selection of quality food & drink available • general store on site • cashback available onsite • free festival bus to town • craft fair & instrument stalls on site • 10 minute walk from Warwick town centre.
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Saddleworth Folk Weekend - 18-19 July

Saddleworth is a picturesque area which nestles on the edge of the Pennines between Yorkshire and Lancashire, and is made up of several charming villages including Greenfield, Friezeland, Delph, Dobcross, Denshaw and Diggle, but the chief one is Uppermill. Here visitors will find numerous tourist attractions - narrowboat rides on the Huddersfield Canal, the old Museum, a Countryside Visitors Centre and several gift shops. We're also very close to Oldham, Huddersfield and Ripponden with all their attractions.
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Ely Folk Festival - 10-12 July

Ely Folk Festival is a bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk acts around in an intimate and friendly environment. With on-site camping facilities, a real ale bar, lots of kids activities, morris dancing displays, ceilidhs, workshops and music sessions, the festival is a wonderful and great value weekend or day out.
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New Releases

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.
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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.
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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.
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NEW RELEASE: Thomas McCarthy - Herself And Myself

Thomas McCarthy is an Irish Traveller from County Offaly who comes from a long line of old traditional singers and musicians. Now based in London, he continues to sing the old unaccompanied songs he learned from family members, including many previously unknown versions of traditional songs, along with other songs written by relatives and a couple of his own.
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Obituaries

  • Roy Palmer, who died on 26 February 2015, was a dedicated collector and disseminator of...

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  • Bob passed away on 5 March 2015. Known to all as “Scotch Bob”, there are few who knew him who...

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  • It's with great sadness that we have lost another stalwart of the Folk Revival. John was a dear...

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  • The end of an era is a tired old phrase, a handy catchall, bled dry and diluted by over-...

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  • Geoff Turner was well known around the English club and festival scene. A singer of traditional...

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