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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Hartlepool Folk Festival - 13-15 October

This festival has its site at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, home to the 18th century-themed Historic Quay and HMS Trincomalee, the UK’s oldest floating warship. It has venues around the Historic Quay for concerts, workshops, talks, dance displays and sessions, including spaces on the Trincomalee herself. Mainstage concerts take place at the nearby Town Hall Theatre.
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Banbury Folk Festival & Hobby Horse Festival - 6-8 October

2017 sees the 18th Banbury Folk Festival, and sadly this will be with last one for now as organisers Derek and Mary Droscher have announced their plans to ‘retire’ from running the festival after this year. The festival started as a one day festival in one venue but quickly developed to a weekend festival spread over several venues in the town centre, with a reputation for being one of the friendliest festivals around. In the last two years the festival has amalgamated with Banbury Hobby Horse Festival and the addition of these mythical beasts has enhanced and raised the profile of the festival further and brought in a new audience. For their final year Derek and Mary are planning a bumper year for the club and festival, saying, “We want this to be a year to remember!”
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25th Tenterden Folk Festival - 5-8 October

A four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges.
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Musicians Workshop with Brian McNeill in Falkirk

Brian McNeill is playing in Falkirk on Saturday 23rd September as part of the Falkirk Storytelling Festival. Before his concert, he's holding a musician's workshop. So here is a chance to join Brian for a 2 hour workshop in the Faw Kirk. Expect to come away with a way of writing descriptive tunes that can evoke a sense of time, place or people and writing with the same objectives through song lyrics, prose or poetry. Brian will also include a reading of one of his short stories. Participants should come prepared to enjoy and contribute! Spaces are limited to only 15 participants, so book early to avoid disappointment.
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New Folk Club in Crieff

A group of music lovers in Crieff are starting a Folk club in the former old Library on Comrie road which is now the Strathearn Artspace (strathearnartspace.co.uk). They are looking for folk acts to play on Thursday evenings once a month in quarterly programs. Provisional dates are 5th Oct and 2nd November, although there is some flexibility. They intend to organise a program into next year also. There will be a launch night on the 9th Sept to advertise the new club locally, where Neil Thomson will be performing with guests.
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Celtic Colours - 6-14 October

Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate its rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, Celtic Colours offers a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours.
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Costa Del Folk, Portugal - 9-15 October

Costa del Folk Festival is returning to Portugal this October and ir taking place in the stunning Hotel Grande Real Santa Eulalia 5* Resort And Spa in Albufeira. There will be music, singing, dancing and laughter aplenty from morning until the wee small hours at venues situated throughout the complex. What makes this the ultimate feel-good festival is that it literally has everything you’d want from a traditional folk festival but without any of the drawbacks! There’s an outdoor stage for afternoon concerts AND an indoor venue for evening concerts, a comfortable Hotel bar and break out rooms for tutorials / singarounds, late night folk club, plenty space for impromptu sessions as well as ceilidhs every day.
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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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