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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    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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    A Jurassic Park of Folksong: Brian Peters and Jeff Davis feast on Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest

    In the first few years of the 20th century, Cecil Sharp thought that he was collecting the last remnants of a song tradition in England. A few years later, during a working visit to America, an opportunistic meeting with an American collector, Olive Campbell, was to lead to the creation of one of the most significant folk songs collections in the world. +

Breaking News

Living Tradition Issue 105 is out now!

Issue 105 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Gavin Davenport, Josie Nugent & Brian Stafford, The Clutha, Sidmouth Folk Week, Carolling Traditions in Cornwall and Bradford, Simon Mayor's Notes On A Mandolin, Songwriting in the North East of England, Edinburgh Folk Club, news, reviews and much more!
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Film Documentary 'An Godfather' coming soon on TG4

This film features the extraordinary story of Leitrim fiddle player Bryan Rooney, the man they call 'The Godfather'. In 1967, aged 16, he emigrated to London. He came as an unknown young musician yet with a depth of astonishing music. Today he has achieved global recognition within the traditional Irish music world and is recognised as one of the master fiddlers of his generation.
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Trip to Birmingham Tradfest

The Trip to Birmingham, Tradfest, the city’s first festival of traditional Irish music for many years was held on the weekend of 27-30 November at a number of venues around the city. The Saturday night concert took place at the Irish Centre in Digbeth.
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New Roots 2015

Young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music are invited to enter for New Roots 2015. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.
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Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin - 28 January - 1 February

A Festival showcasing the full spectrum of of traditional and folk music in some of Dublin City's most unique venues. The festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. The organisers wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish musicianship. From modest beginnings the festival has gone from strength to strength.
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Na Píobairí Uilleann film

A new 50 minute feature film on Na Píobairí Uilleann - the organisation that promotes the art of uilleann piping in Ireland and abroad - has been made and is to be shown on TG4 in the New Year.
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Reminiscing on 42 Years of the Fylde Folk Festival

Well not the full 42 in my case, but certainly each of the last 27 Fyldes and sporadically prior to that. Being present at the last one has been akin to attending the funeral of an elderly relative that you thought would go on forever. Many of us have been in denial and have not taken on board that everything is finite – even folk festivals. My son Alistair, who is 21 this year, has been attending year in and year out since he was a babe in arms and was proud to be a Fylde Child, that is until the advent of disclosures created insurmountable problems with running events for youngsters and they had to be pulled. I first went to Fleetwood in the mid 70s – in fact my first ever pint of Boddingtons was in a wee snug that used to be at the rear of the Mount, as a spotty teenager.
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Music at the Heart of Teesdale

Music at the Heart of Teesdale (or M@HoT) is a project aiming to celebrate and interpret the landscape of Teesdale through its folk music traditions, both old and new. Through funding from various organisations including the Heritage Lottery Fund, it encourages research into Teesdale’s folk roots and provides residential folk music workshops and sessions based in the area.
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New Releases

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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NEW RELEASE: Josie Nugent & Brian Stafford - The Caves Of Cong

This is the debut CD from this Belfast based fiddle and uilleann pipes duo which pays homage to the music of some old (and some newer) collections of Irish music. Some of the melodies here are unusual versions of commonly known tunes – many may not have been heard in living memory.
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NEW RELEASE: Lynched - Cold Old Fire

Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American tunes, and their own original material.
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