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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    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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    John McCusker - 25 Years and still excited by music!

    I met with John in a cafe near his home in Innerleithen, in the gorgeous Tweed valley in the Scottish Borders, and we reminisced about our prior interview in 2002 and the cover of FiddleOn featuring his Mohican haircut. Despite being a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, performing for 20 nights at the Albert Hall and on a double bill with Bob Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl, he hadn’t changed at all. +

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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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Living Tradition Issue 114 is out now!

Issue 114 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne, Pete Morton, Rona Wilkie, James Murray, Kath Tait, Sing A Song Of Sleep, Costa Del Folk Mallorca, Rhu Beag, Bluegrass vs Western Swing, Under Heaton Fields, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Yn Chruinnaght - 13-17 July

Yn Chruinnaght (meaning ‘the gathering’) is a celebration of Manx culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany). It includes a number of events with music, dance, language, arts and crafts, lectures and much more, held predominantly in Peel, but utilising venues throughout the Isle of Man.
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Stonehaven Folk Festival - 7-10 July

The Stonehaven Folk Festival is the home of good music and song. It boasts some of the best Traditional and Contemporary Folk music with Concerts, Ceilidh, Sessions, Singarounds, Workshops and the famous Aqua Ceilidh and World Paper’n’Comb Championships. 2016 will again offer a wide and varied range of performers, with some very exciting new bands and artists . In addition to the main stage concerts we also hope you can find the time to sample some of the many other events organised over the weekend.
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Ely Folk Festival - 8-10 July

Ely Folk Festival is a bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk acts around in an intimate and friendly environment. With on-site camping facilities, a real ale bar, lots of kids activities, morris dancing displays, ceilidhs, workshops and music sessions, the festival is a wonderful and great weekend or day out.
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Warwick Folk Festival - 21-24 July

Warwick is a folk festival of the very best in traditional and contemporary folk arts. 4 nights and 3 days of outstanding family entertainment packed full of marvellous musicians and superb singers, cracking ceilidhs and wonderful workshops, corking comedy and thought-provoking theatre, soaring singarounds and storming sessions – and that’s just the start - all in the beautiful historic town of Warwick.
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Saddleworth Folk Weekend - 15-17 July

Saddleworth is a picturesque area which nestles on the edge of the Pennines between Yorkshire and Lancashire, and is made up of several charming villages including Greenfield, Friezeland, Delph, Dobcross, Denshaw and Diggle, but the chief one is Uppermill. Here visitors will find numerous tourist attractions - narrowboat rides on the Huddersfield Canal, the old Museum, a Countryside Visitors Centre and several gift shops. It is also very close to Oldham, Huddersfield and Ripponden with all their attractions.
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Folk At The Hall - 8-9 July

Held in Trelawnyd in North Wales, this festival's vision is to stage the best in folk and singer songwriter music, in a small intimate village venue, showcasing artists they love, and keeping the line up consistently excellent throughout! The Festival is organised by a family living in the village. There are no grants. They do it because they love the music. You can expect a friendly personal welcome, and they do everything to make sure your visit and experience is fantastic.
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Whitby Sea Festival - 8-10 July

Whitby Sea Festival is an annual festival which takes place in and around the historic Yorkshire seaport of Whitby, one of Britain's premier maritime heritage sites. The festival celebrates Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast's proud connections to fishing, the sea and maritime heritage. Since its beginnings in 1993 as The Captain Cook Festival and then for 12 years at Seafest in Scarborough, the event has staged some of the biggest gatherings of sea balladeers, shantymen, folk musicians and singers in the UK.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Haley Richardson with Dylan Richardson - Heart On A String

Haley’s debut album of traditional Irish fiddle music, at the age of only 13, is exceptional. Having won the 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney competition in Sligo and the 2013 All Ireland in both under 12 solo fiddle and under 12 fiddle slow airs, she is already a player to be reckoned with.
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NEW RELEASE: Gill Bowman & Song Circle - The Red Album

The Red Album is a charming collection of songs, poems and rhymes for under-fives from Scottish folk singer, Gill Bowman. Classic nursery rhymes are mixed with less well-known traditional songs and some of her own compositions and all have a fresh, natural sound, reflecting the Song Circle experience which Gill hosts in the cosy back room of her family cafe in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
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NEW RELEASE: Corinne Male - To Tell The Story Truly

A long overdue collection of 17 songs from Corinne, who is a well-loved familiar face at traditional singing sessions and festivals throughout the country, and who has spent a lifetime recording, collecting and learning songs.
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