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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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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Bob & Gill Berry to retire as Chippenham directors

There has been a folk festival associated with Chippenham for nearly 48 years. Starting way back in 1972 in Lacock it has grown to a huge celebration of traditional folk arts, music and dance. The 48th festival, on 24-27th May, is already shaping up to be a good one.

Broadstairs Winter Festival

A brand-new winter festival is on the horizon in Broadstairs. Organised as a fundraiser for the annual Broadstairs Folk Week, it will run from 25-27 January, with a Burns Night Ceilidh at Broadstairs Pavilion on the Friday night, and concerts in the Sarah Thorne Theatre in the afternoons and evenings of Saturday and Sunday.

Moves afoot for Shepley Spring Festival

After a small event last year following the death of Shepley co-director, James McKinlay, the festival is back this May and is making some big changes – it is moving to a new indoor site.

Bagpipes in Beijing for Burns Night, thanks to BBC Young Trad Finalist

It’s that time of year when Scottish societies all over the world get ready to address the Haggis – with Scots at home and abroad gathering to remember the poetry and the life of Robert Burns. This year, one of the furthest flung Burns Suppers will be taking place in the capital of China, with the Beijing Scottish Society flying out Scots ceilidh band, Whisky Kiss, including 2018 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist Ali Levack, to toast the laddies and lassies and dance the night away in the world's second biggest city.

The Road to Peterloo

The Road To Peterloo tells the story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history – the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819 – through some of the many broadside ballads that were printed around the time of the event. Three singers and musicians from North West England – Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth - trace the story from its roots in the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers in the early 19th century. Their songs describe the terrible events of the day itself, when mounted soldiers charged a peaceful crowd and killed or injured many men, women and children by their indiscriminate use of sabres, and tell of later political developments inspired by the carnage.

Line-up changes for Allan Yn Y Fan

Welsh traditional band Allan Yn Y Fan has recently celebrated its 22nd year on the road with a major European tour. Since starting the tour in September, the band has clocked up over 3500 miles, with dates in Luxembourg, Germany, England and Wales.

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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New Releases

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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