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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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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Marymass Eggheads

As the Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine edges towards its 50th anniversary celebrations in August of this year, long time club and festival organiser Joyce Hodge thought it would be a good idea to get a team together for Eggheads, where teams are invited to challenge “the finest quiz brains in Britain” in front of the TV cameras. The result was that The Marymass Mob featured on the BBC programme on the 20th July.
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Eberhard “Paddy” Bort - 1954-2017

When Paddy Bort died in mid-February, I wrote in my initial tribute that a hole the size of Arthur’s Seat had appeared in the Edinburgh folk scene. Reflecting in the weeks since, as the tributes have been gathered in, it is clear that Paddy’s loss will force something of a shift in the tectonic plates of the folk scene in the city and further afield.
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The Shee's Autumn Tour cancelled

The Shee's October tour will now no longer be taking place. The band have released the following statement: "We are very sorry to announce that our October tour will no longer be taking place. We were due to play at Nettlebed Village Club, Pitville Pump (Cheltenham), MAC Birmingham and ARC Stockton on Tees, but as two of our band members are currently dealing with serious health issues – Olivia is current undergoing chemotherapy, while Rachel is just out of surgery – we have decided not to go ahead on this occasion."
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Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs

A conference is being held on 6-7 October at Cecil Sharp House in London on the history and transmission of traditional tunes and popular airs. It is being jointly organised by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (EFDSS) and the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen.
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Exploring Folklore at Halsway Manor

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, in collaboration with The Folklore Society, is breaking new ground in its programme with an Exploring Folklore weekend, running from 27-29 October in Somerset. Halsway offers plenty in the way of folk music, song and dance activities as well as instrument making and playing courses, but this is the first weekend to focus specifically on folklore.
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Exhibition based on Doc Rowe’s archives planned

Doc Rowe has, for many years, been amassing an archive of material documenting British folk culture and customs. Following confirmation of Arts Council support, it has been announced that there will be an exhibition of artworks inspired by this archive.
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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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Obituaries