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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    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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    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh - Closer to Home

    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is a singer and flute player immersed in the vibrant traditions of the West Kerry area. After studying traditional music at UL, she joined Irish band Danú and performed all over the world with them for 13 years. Since leaving their ranks in 2015 after having two children, life has been somewhat different for Muireann, but it certainly has not been the end of her musical road. We met up with her to find out more about life after Danú. +

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Celtic Colours International Festival - Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia - 5-13 October 2018

It’s seven years since we last made the trip across the Atlantic to Celtic Colours, and we were mightily impressed then, so we were glad when at last we were able to make a return visit to the beautiful island of Cape Breton, just off the north-east coast of Nova Scotia in Canada.
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Maartin Allcock - 1957 - 2018

Maart lost his brave battle with cancer on September 16th, a month after what he had already said was to be his final gig at Cropredy, playing with the band with which he was most associated, Fairport Convention. He spent the final two weeks of life in hospital and paid tribute to the staff of Tryfan Ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
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TG4 Gradam Ceoil

The 2019 winners of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards have been announced. Winning the accolade of Musician of the Year is Meath based flute player, Catherine McEvoy. The Young Musician award goes to accordion player Conor Connolly, Singer of the Year goes to Thomas McCarthy, the Musical Collaboration award goes to Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, the Outstanding Contribution award to Brendan Mulkere, while the Lifetime Achievement award goes to Nicky and Anne McAuliffe. Congratulations all.
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Living Tradition Issue 126 is out now!

Issue 126 of The Living Tradition magazine (Dec/Jan) including articles on Jack Rutter, Hannah Rarity, Sam Sweeney, John Carty, IOTA, The Shapers, The Gavin Greig Interviews part 1, Celtic Colours International Festival, Transatlantic Connection, Dec-Apr Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more.

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NORTH ATLANTIC FIDDLE CONVENTION (NAFCO) - Aberdeen - 11-15 July 2018

July saw Aberdeen’s halls and bars flooded with fiddle activity, which spilled out into the nearby villages and lifted the spirits with a cascade of music. The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention had come back home! Started by Ian Russell in 2001, it has taken place in Aberdeen every four years (with interim stops in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia). Its 2018 iteration proved to be an almighty celebration of the study, performance and role of all things fiddle. Now in the hands of Carley Williams and Frances Wilkins, we were offered no less than 150 events over five days.
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Jez Lowe Christmas Tour

Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies’ annual Christmas tour, Thor’d Out, is set for 20 performances around the UK in December. The band has announced that as well as special guest Benny Graham, Kari MacLeod will be back on fiddle for the tour, standing in for Kate Bramley who is busy with her Badapple Theatre work.
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Great North Christmas Festival - 18th ‘WASSAIL’ at Botton and Whitby

Festival On The Moor’s GREAT NORTH CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, kicks off with the ‘WASSAIL’ - returning to Botton Village ,nr Danby at the beautiful Joan Of Arc Hall, on the 14th December, followed by a second performance in Whitby on December 19th, in the intimate setting of Sanders Yard Bistro.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Rowan Piggott - Mountscribe

Rowan Piggott is the son of Charlie Piggott of De Dannan fame, and his debut solo album features 14 tune sets and songs.
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NEW RELEASE: Alistair McCulloch Trio - Off The Hook

This popular Ayrshire fiddler is joined by Marc Duff on whistles and singer-guitarist Aaron Jones on bouzouki for another impressive collection of his own and other people's compositions.
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NEW RELEASE: Jeff Warner - Roam The Country Through

This is an enchanting and entirely absorbing collection by one of the foremost singers in the US folk world.
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NEW RELEASE: Freda Palmer - Leafield Lass

A Cotswold singer, recorded in the 70s, whose repertoire is typical of pub singers of the pre and post war eras, and is now largely forgotten.
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NEW RELEASE: Duncan Chisholm - Sandwood

An eagerly anticipated album featuring fiddle playing at its best from one of Scotland's finest players and composers, Duncan Chisholm.
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NEW RELEASE: Danu - Ten Thousand Miles

Danú's new release introducing the bands current line-up which includes the unique voice of Nell Ní Chróinín from Co.Cork.
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Obituaries

  • Donegal fiddler, Tommy Peoples, passed away on 4th August after a period of ill-health. Known...

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  • Maart lost his brave battle with cancer on September 16th, a month after what he had already...

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  • It’s some measure of the impact that Bob made on others that, had the East Devon crematorium...

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  • I am sad to report the death of Barry Bridgewater on 18th March 2018. Barry lived in Denby Dale...

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  • On the 6th March, a couple of months short of his 93rd birthday, Ted Poole died. It's difficult...

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