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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    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… +

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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. +

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.

Button Boxes & Moothies - 6-8 November

The Fourth Button Boxes & Moothies Festival of Free Reed Instruments will be taking place at the Elphinstone Institute in Aberdeen on 6-8th November 2015, attracting musicians and enthusiasts from many parts of the UK and Ireland. This is a unique event which brings together a splendid array of instrumentalists who play mouth organs, concertinas, melodeons, Jew’s harps and diatonic button accordions.

Scottish Storytelling Festival - 23 October-1 November

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is the world’s largest celebration of live, traditional storytelling, taking place as the seasons change in Scotland’s stunning capital city and reaching out across the nation as Scottish tellers merge with guests from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, in a fantastic, ten-day celebration of oral traditions and cultural diversity.

Tenterden Folk Festival - 1-4 October

Tenterden Folk Festival takes place over four days with folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, Tenterden is about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family folk festival. It features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants and green verges. Events at the festival include an English Barn Dance, concerts, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, folk clubs, special shows, a craft fair and street stalls, music stalls, free music and dance on the Recreation Ground stages, the dance displays, procession, showcases, meet the guest spots, workshops, dancers and musicians on the K&ES Railway, events for children and much more besides.

Living Tradition Issue 110 is out now!

Issue 110 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Jimmy Crowley, Steve Tilston, Aidan O'Rourke, Jackie Oates, Old/New Rope String Band, The Teacups, Fiddle Ornamentation, the Goilin Singers Club, the Durham Miners' Gala, George Withers, Feis Rois Commisions, On The English Ceilidh Bandwagon, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Death of Keith Hudson - Taplas magazine editor

The former editorial board of Taplas magazine are saddened to announce the death of editor Keith Hudson on 27 June 2015.

Hartlepool Folk Festival - 16-18 October

You’ll have a lovely time enjoying some of your favourite folk artists – and discovering some new ones – at the new Hartlepool Folk Festival. From beautiful local churches, historic buildings and heritage sites, to cosy pubs with real fires, venues are all within easy walking distance of each other on the village-like Hartlepool headland. There are some site-specific events, plus historical and ghost tours which will help you get a good feeling for the area’s fascinating history (and which are included in the price of your Weekend or Day Ticket!). There’s a craft fair for retail therapy, and the street food market in the Town Square offering a range of scrummy hot food options will keep you going between events!

Cork Folk Festival - 1-4 October

Cork is the place to be this October if you’re looking for a taste of southern traditions. The line up for the Cork Folk Festival will be a feast of music, song, and dance and stories all reflecting the thriving traditional scene in the city. As expected local musicians will strongly feature on the bill, including; Jimmy MacCarthy, Jimmy Crowley, John Spillane, The Four Star Trio, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Noel Shine & Mary Greene, The Cork Pipers and Singers Clubs and many more. The line up also includes some of Irelands leading traditional groups including; Sligo’s finest trad band, DERVISH featuring Cathy Jordan on vocals, DANÚ from Na Déise with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, CHERISH THE LADIES with Joanie Madden from USA, BUILLE featuring the Vallely brothers from Armagh and Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Fran McPhail of THE VOICE SQUAD. Also this year the festival will include Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan who all famously featured in The Bothy Band.


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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.

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.

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.

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.