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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    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. +

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    Kitchen Songs, Family Ties and other Knots - a conversation with Maggie Boyle

    Last year, I had the pleasure of adding a new album to the Maggie Boyle section of my CD collection. Won’t You Come Away now sits alongside 1987’s Reaching Out and Gweebarra from 1998. +

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    Luke Daniels

    Luke Daniels was one of the first winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician award back in the days when Folk On Two came from the BBC specialist unit in Birmingham. He was the first of many - very young and an exceptional talent. Luke went on to become a significant ‘Irish’ folk musician, yet was born and raised in Oxfordshire and Reading. +

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Living Tradition Issue 102 is out now!

Issue 102 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Colum Sands, Kimber's Men, Nick Dow, Gavin Marwick, Leonard Barry, Lisa Null, Costa Del Folk, festival listings, news, reviews and much more!!
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Marymass Folk Festival - 20-24 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. Artists booked so far are – The Battlefield Band; Siobhan & Brian Miller; Mick West with A Scots Chorus & Muldoon’s Picnic; My Sweet Patootie; Stephen Quigg; Skipper’s Alley; The Stavanger Harbour Band: Alistair McCulloch
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FolkEast - 15-17 August

Held in Glemham Hall in Suffolk, Folkeast has established itself as one of the main festivals on the calendar now. In the run-up to the festival, it has announced Teesside-based group, The Young’uns, as its first-ever patrons. The Young’uns will be actively involved with FolkEast, working with the organisers to promote folk music as a living tradition. The trio will also perform an exclusive patrons’ set at each FolkEast festival from this year onwards.
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Vote For Folk

An innovative folk music project has been picked for the finals of the National Lottery Awards. 10 Mewn Bws (10 In A Bus) is the only music project in the Arts category.
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White Horse Folk Festival - 15-17 August

Taking place in Grove, near Wantage in rural Oxfordshire, WHFF is a small, friendly festival for folk fans who enjoy making new friends. WHFF has been described as just like a weekend-long party!! Festival guests are encouraged to be part of the general goings-on over the weekend and will host workshops, mini-concerts or give special presentations as well as performing in the Saturday evening concert in Grove Village Hall.
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Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival - 20-24 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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Innerleithen Music Festival - 15-17 August

Innerleithen is just 30 miles from Edinburgh by the River Tweed in the lovely Border Hills. This year, they've got another fantastic line up, with absolutely superb evening concerts featuring some of the biggest names in Celtic music!
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Dartmoor Folk Festival - 8-10 August

It was back in 1978 that local musician Bob Cann had the idea that he would like to start his own folk festival to help revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor, and in particular, the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area. The first three festivals were held in the grounds of Wood Country House near South Tawton, until 1981 when it moved to its present location in the picturesque village of South Zeal, on the edge of Dartmoor. Over the years the festival has grown making it possible to invite a high standard of folk artist from near and far, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a friendly, traditional festival. This year's Dartmoor Folk Festival will be on the 8th, 9th & 10th August 2014.
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New Release: Johnny Coppin - Borderland

The long awaited new album from one of England's finest singer/songwriters.
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New Release: Various Artists - The Omnibus

This album attempts to reflect the current state of Northumbrian piping by distilling the music of 16 pipers and 8 other musicians into a 70-minute package. +

New Release: Chris Corrigan - The Crooked Mountain Road

An album of new music from Belfast based fiddler, Chris Corrigan, showcasing his enviable composing skills and giving his take on some traditional Irish and more recent Scandinavian tunes.

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New Release: Yvonne Bolton & Alan Jordan - Silver Threads

Yvonne Bolton is a concertina, fiddle player, composer and teacher from Co Laois and Alan Jordan is a guitarist, singer and low whistle player from Co Mayo. +

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