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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    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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    Pete Seeger

    Pete Seeger was born on 3 May 1919 in a small town about 100 miles north of New York. He was sent to boarding school at the age of 4, then in 1927 his parents divorced - he was 8. Neither really had custody - apart from the odd holiday, Pete was at boarding school for most of his childhood. One of three sons (Pete was the youngest) he refused either piano or voice lessons but it was at this time, whilst still very young, that he made up the story song, Abiyoyo. +

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    Allan Taylor - All Is One

    Allan Taylor has spent his life making music. His immediate career aim on leaving school at 16 was to run a folk club. After a decade honing his craft as a songwriter, singer and guitarist, he made his recording debut with Sometimes which featured members of Fairport Convention, with whom he also toured at the time. +

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Living Tradition Issue 107 is out now!

Issue 107 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Edel Fox, The Young'uns, Luke Daniels' Tribute To William Hannah, Tommy Sands, Mona Stewart, Alan Lomax at Tradfest Edinburgh, Frank Lee Rapper Man, Birtley Folk Club, Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Full 2015 Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Moniaive Folk Festival - 8-10 May

The Moniaive Folk Festival is not that far off now, and the guest line-up is complete. Whirligig (the same band as last year's Caper Band) is doing the Friday ceilidh again after last year's gem. The Saturday concert features the dynamic young Paddy Callahan Trio; the incomparable Chris Wood; and the spellbinding group The Shee.
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Scandimoot - 1-4 May

Scandimoot offers one of the best opportunities you will find in the UK to learn tunes and dances from Scandinavian teachers. Each year they pick exceptional music and dance teachers from Norway and Sweden to come to this small, intimate event in Yorkshire. With such intensive work, the standard of both your music and your dancing rapidly improves. The main venue for the 2015 festival will again be Clapham village, 1.5 miles west of Austwick, a small but bustling village with pubs, cafés, pretty walks, and everywhere mentioned is within a few minutes’ walk.
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Northern Streams - 24-25 April

Crossings between old and new, different traditions and countries continue to feature in the Northern Streams Festival 2015, with performers from Scotland (Orkney & Fife), Norway, Denmark and Sweden taking part in Edinburgh this April.
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Shepley Spring Festival - 15-17 May

Shepley is a rural village on the edge of the Peak District in West Yorkshire. Shepley Spring Festival is a 3 day festival celebrating the very best of traditional music, song and dance from Britain and beyond. Concerts and dances feature some of the country's most well known traditional artists as well as showcasing promising new acts. At venues and pubs around Shepley village there are dance displays, music and dance workshops, music and song sessions plus a full programme of youth and children's activities. This friendly, family festival with a national reputation and strong community links was voted ‘Village Festival of the Year’ in 2012.
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Girvan Folk Festival - 1-3 May

Girvan is a seaside town in South Ayrshire, and this year sees their 41st folk festival. A firm favourite in the Scottish folk calendar, Girvan has the perfect mix of concerts, workshops, informal sessions and ceilidhs and has a strong history of traditional singing throughout.
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Tradfest Edinburgh - 29 April-10 May

A packed and lively programme of over 95 events will take place during Edinburgh’s annual showcase of Traditional Arts and Culture: TradFest, which will fill Scotland’s capital with music, song, film, traditional arts and stories. Performers from Italy, Norway, Sweden, the USA and Ireland will join top Scottish talent to create a vibrant and exciting 12 day festival from 29 April – 10 May. The festival takes place across 25 Edinburgh venues including The Pleasance, The Queens Hall, The Storytelling Centre and The Filmhouse.
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Friendly welcome and great tunes at Ceol na Coille

A traditional music summer school based in beautiful County Donegal has become a big success story over the past four years. Ceol na Coille summer school runs in Letterkenny from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th. It will once again feature a line-up of top-class tutors and a full programme of concerts, workshops and informal sessions.
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  • Bob Fox
  • Birnam CD
  • Greentrax Recordings
  • Fellside Records
  • Worthing Theatres
  • Wildgoose Recordings
  • Hobgoblin
  • Celtic Music Radio - Listen
  • Fiddle On magazine
  • The Tradition Bearers


New Releases

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. This CD is dedicated to his mother, a fine singer who died four years ago and from whom he learned much of his repertoire.
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NEW RELEASE: Peter & Barbara Snape - Snapenotes

With a distinct musical identity and a growing reputation for providing an entertaining menu of good songs, all well sung and played with commitment, passion and enjoyment, Peter and Barbara Snape are two fine performers who have the knack of seamlessly mixing well-crafted arrangements of traditional songs with an eclectic collection of more light hearted/humorous songs, moving with ease from emotional depth to roller coaster highs.
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NEW RELEASE: Si Barron - Sweet Billy Caution

Si Barron is a folk singer, songwriter and self-taught musician from Devon. Known as one half of Barron Brady (alongside Rosalind Brady), he is well known in the folk clubs and venues around the UK. This solo CD showcases his rich voice and exemplary guitar work on 11, mainly traditional songs, revealing a deep relationship with traditional English music and a gift for interpreting it.
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