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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    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. +

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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. +

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.
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Shrewsbury Folk Festival - 28-31 August

Shrewsbury Folk Festival always brings you some of most established artists from the UK alongside acts celebrating folk traditions from across the world. But Shrewsbury Folk Festival is about more than just music. With a warm welcome from the volunteer stewards, they promise a relaxed atmosphere with time for you to explore the festival site with its four sound stages, dance tent and specialist venues for our children’s and youth festivals. There are shops, caterers, bars, a craft fair, free buses into Shrewsbury town centre and a great campsite.
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Marymass Folk Festival, Irvine - 19-23 August

On the picturesque Clyde Coast opposite Arran lies Irvine…. it’s a 30 minute train journey from Glasgow. There are concerts, sessions, an open stage competition, events in schools, community concerts and not forgetting two World Championships – the amazing Whammy-Diddling and the even more amazing Chuckie-Chucking.
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Dartmoor Folk Festival - 7-9 August

A rich crop of local and national artists will headline at the 38th Dartmoor Folk Festival, which will be held at South Zeal, near Okehampton, on August 7, 8 and 9. Artists booked, to date are Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Huw Williams and Maartin Allcock, Alistair Anderson, Jeff Warner (USA), The Dovetail Trio, Liam Robinson Dance Band and Kestor Stringband.
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Living Tradition Issue 108 is out now!

Issue 108 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Danu, Bob Fox, Mischa Macpherson, The Young'uns, Debra Cowan, Roy Palmer, Herga Folk Club, Folk Music Degrees, Notes on a Mandolin, Danny Pedler & Rosie Butler-Hall, Costa Del Folk, the Dulcimer World Congress, Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Innerleithen Music Festival - 21-23 August

Innerleithen is a small town on the River Tweed about 30 miles south of Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders. The seed for the Innerleithen Music Festival was sown when Both Sides of the Tweed came to the town in 2001 and 2002. The town’s own festival grew from that and has been nurtured by luminaries of the music scene. This year is the festival's 13th year and they have attracted a star-studded guest list.
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Mull of Kintyre Festival (MOKfest) - 19-21 August

The Mull of Kintyre, a region brought to prominence in song by Sir Paul McCartney, has held this annual music festival, which has grown each year since it’s inception in 1993. Set in the community of Campbeltown, the festival has become the region’s top cultural event, which encourages people to visit Kintyre from all parts of the globe. Satisfying an ambition of the Festival to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region’s cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages.
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Wickham Festival - 6-9 August

Wickham provides a wonderful setting for this Festival. It is a lovely village in which to spend a weekend enjoying excellent music, fine food, great company and lovely surroundings. Set in rolling downland two miles north of Fareham in Hampshire, the village of Wickham has a picturesque Georgian Market Square, scenic water meadows, the historic Chesapeake Mill, plus attractive church and village buildings.
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  • Bob Fox
  • Birnam CD
  • Greentrax Recordings
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  • Worthing Theatres
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  • Fiddle On magazine
  • The Tradition Bearers


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.
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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.
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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.
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Obituaries

  • Roy Palmer, who died on 26 February 2015, was a dedicated collector and disseminator of...

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  • Bob passed away on 5 March 2015. Known to all as “Scotch Bob”, there are few who knew him who...

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  • It's with great sadness that we have lost another stalwart of the Folk Revival. John was a dear...

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  • The end of an era is a tired old phrase, a handy catchall, bled dry and diluted by over-...

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  • Geoff Turner was well known around the English club and festival scene. A singer of traditional...

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