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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    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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    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… +

Breaking News

FiddleOn magazine merges with The Living Tradition

FiddleOn magazine, a specialist magazine devoted to the fiddle, is joining forces with The Living Tradition, the premier magazine for folk and traditional music with a primary focus on the UK and Ireland. This development, which brings further editorial expertise, additional subscribers and a wider reach to The Living Tradition and is good news all round.
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Gren Morris - died 29 January 2016

Sam Stephens has passed on the very sad news that his musical partner, Gren Morris, died on 29th January. His funeral will be on Wednesday 17 February at 11.45 am at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane/A6002, Nottingham, NG9 3GJ. Following the ceremony there will be a gathering at The Crown public house, Western Boulevard, Nottingham, NG8 1PE, and, naturally, all singers and musicians will be welcome. Anyone who thinks that they will be attending the pub afterwards, should e-mail Sam at sam.mstephens@virgin.net to say so in order that they may estimate the numbers of people to be fed.
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NATIONAL FOLK ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND: UK PREMIERE TO COMMEMORATE 1916 EASTER RISING CENTENARY

The National Folk Orchestra of Ireland will play in the UK for the first time on Friday 4 March at the Barbican Hall, performing the premiere of Macalla 1916, by acclaimed Irish composer Michael Rooney. Macalla 1916 is a new suite of music commissioned by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.
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Ewan McLennan Charity Download

Ewan McLennan has released Lampedusa, a single track available to download, in conjunction with Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - an incredible organisation rescuing migrants stranded in the Mediterranean. All the money raised from the download of this track will go directly to them.
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Living Tradition Issue 112 is out now!

Issue 112 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on John Kirkpatrick, Freeland Barbour, Bryony Griffith, Luke Cheevers, Fellside at 40, Doimnic Mac Goilla Bhride, Fiddle Strings, Rab Noakes, Irish Music in Germany, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar - 4-7 March

This March sees the 27th Folk song and ballad seminar in Inishowen, Co Donegal, held around the peninsula, but mainly in the towns of Ballyliffin and Clonmany. Each year, singers from far and wide come to Inishowen to celebrate the wonderful song tradition of the area and to hear songs from far and wide.
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Remembering Maggie Boyle

On January 10, a ceremony was held in The Gambia to mark the opening of Maggie's Well. When Maggie Boyle died in November 2014, it was decided to donate part of the fund raised in her memory to The Gambian Schools Trust, a charity which she had supported since its foundation in 2001. The charity decided to spend the money to construct a well in a village on the underdeveloped north bank of the River Gambia, thereby bringing a safe, fresh water supply to an area which previously did not have one. This gift of health and life seemed singularly appropriate for Maggie, whose kindness and generosity is remembered by all who knew her.
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Digging For Musical Gold in the Gloucestershire Archives

Glostrad, the Gloucestershire music project, has collected a large quantity of songs and tunes from Gloucestershire. Many of these have been made available on their website. However there is much more that has not been added to the website. So Gloucestershire Archives, in cooperation with Gloucestershire Traditions, is hosting two free workshops to help people explore this unique material. These workshops give you an opportunity to use the help of a trained archivist.
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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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