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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    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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    Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - It's In The Blood

    If there is one person who has brought the traditional music of Donegal onto a world stage in recent years, it is Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Born and reared in the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore) in Donegal, she has travelled the world for over 30 years, bringing along with her a wealth of traditional tunes and songs from her native county, much of which she learned from her own family and neighbours, in particular from her father, the late Francie Ó Maonaigh. +

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    Chief of a Cornish Clan - Nigel Schofield discusses the delayed debut of Geoff Lakeman

    Folk music has always had performers who could justly lay claim to the title of ‘First Family of Folk’ - The Carters, The Coppers, The Waterson:Carthys… In the 21st century, that crown could surely pass to The Lakemans (should that be Lakemen?) – Seth, Sean and his wife Kathryn Roberts, and Sam and his wife Cara Dillon. +

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    Tom McConville - from Bright Young Thing to Elder Statesman

    Tom McConville was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub, the Globe, just off Scotswood Road. His parents were tenants. The pub was usually filled with music and, with its clientele drawn largely from the Irish and Scottish communities, it gave Tom his first experience of traditional singing and fiddle music. +

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    Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - A Classic Combination

    You may have come across Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer somewhere in the UK or beyond. They’re one of the hardest working musical acts on the scene today and have been regulars at clubs and festivals all over the country for many years. But Vicki and Jonny’s immersion in the folk world may be slightly surprising when you discover how they started out... +

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    The songs of Reg Meuross

    There’s always a temptation at festivals to make sure you see the performers you know and love, and sometimes this means you miss out on other undiscovered treats. I have to confess that at this April’s Costa Del Folk, Reg Meuross was not really on my radar, so I was unsure of what to expect from the Somerset based songwriter. Then he appeared in one of the late night sessions, sat quietly somewhere near the back, and with gentle persuasion from some of the other sessioners, took out his guitar and blew me away. +

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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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Living Tradition Issue 120 is out now!

Issue 120 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Pete Coe, Barbara Dymock, Dave Burland, Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Steve Turner, Lisle's Fisher Choirs, Beginner's Guide To Sessions, Tradfest Edinburgh & Orkney Folk Festival live reviews, festival listings, news, reviews and more!

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Marymass Eggheads

As the Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine edges towards its 50th anniversary celebrations in August of this year, long time club and festival organiser Joyce Hodge thought it would be a good idea to get a team together for Eggheads, where teams are invited to challenge “the finest quiz brains in Britain” in front of the TV cameras. The result was that The Marymass Mob featured on the BBC programme on the 20th July.
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Shrewsbury Folk Festival - 25-28 August

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has a reputation for delivering the very finest acts from the UK and around the world, always searching to find new authentic artists as well as providing a platform for established performers, and never forgetting to add some fun and diversity to their concerts. The festival tries to bring quality in depth, and recognises the need to give artists and audiences the best stages, in the best marquees, with the best sound and lighting possible.
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Mull of Kintyre Festival - 16-20 August

The Mull of Kintyre boasts 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. The festival aims 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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Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs

A conference is being held on 6-7 October at Cecil Sharp House in London on the history and transmission of traditional tunes and popular airs. It is being jointly organised by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (EFDSS) and the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen.
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Marymass Folk Festival - 24-27 August

On the picturesque Clyde Coast opposite Arran lies Irvine. it’s a 30 minute train journey from Glasgow. The Marymass Folk Festival is part of the town’s annual Marymass Celebrations. It was set up in 1968 by members of Irvine Folk Club. The Folk Festival became very popular very quickly, not just locally but nationally, and was in many ways a forerunner of the many other folk festivals which followed throughout Scotland. The festival is rooted in the community and was set up to bring top artists to Irvine.
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White Horse Folk Festival - 18-20 August

Taking place in Grove, near Wantage in rural Oxfordshire, the White Horse Folk Festival is a small, friendly festival for folk fans who enjoy making new friends. It is a small, intimate, relaxed festival where there is an emphasis on creating an inclusive atmosphere and encouraging everyone to play a part in the weekend’s events. There is plenty of opportunity to sing, play or tell a story with singarounds and music sessions every day, sometimes set around a particular theme.
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Dartmoor Folk Festival - 11-13 August

There will be a celebratory feel when the 40th anniversary Dartmoor Folk Festival takes place in the foothills of Dartmoor at South Zeal, near Okehampton, from Friday to Sunday, August 11, 12 and 13. It was 40 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal. He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the music, song and dance traditions of Dartmoor. Thanks to the efforts of Bob Cann, his family and friends, and lately his descendants and a strong committee, with the support of an army of volunteer stewards, the festival has grown into one of the top family-friendly folk events in the South West.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Various Artists - The Complete Songs Of Robert Tannahill Vol 4

The fourth and penultimate volume in Dr Fred Freeman’s landmark recording series The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill.
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NEW RELEASE: Tom McConville - Sailing To The Far Side Of The World

This CD is a perfectly balanced summary of the enduring talent that is Tom McConville – a fiddler that the late, great Dave Swarbrick described as a great player, and a great singer of the songs of his native North East.
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NEW RELEASE: Arthur Knevett - Simply Traditional

Simply Traditional is a long overdue and very welcome CD from Arthur Knevett, a well respected and fine interpreter of traditional song.
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NEW RELEASE: Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - Paper Of Pins

Paper Of Pins is Swan & Dyer’s 7th album and has all their usual elements; refreshing arrangements of folk classics alongside self-penned offerings that mix traditional and contemporary folk with baroque, Music Hall and even classical sounds.
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NEW RELEASE: Alastair Savage - Alone With History

Alone With History is the fourth album released by Alastair Savage, and his first completely unaccompanied fiddle recording.
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NEW RELEASE: Reg Meuross - December

The most intimate of Reg Meuross’s 11 albums to date, December is a collection of 10 superbly crafted and reflective tracks from the master of melody and storytelling.
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Obituaries