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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    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. +

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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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Issue 107 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Edel Fox, The Young'uns, Luke Daniels' Tribute To William Hannah, Tommy Sands, Mona Stewart, Alan Lomax at Tradfest Edinburgh, Frank Lee Rapper Man, Birtley Folk Club, Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Full 2015 Festival Listings, News, Reviews and much more...
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Wirral Folk Festival - 4-7 June

This year is the 11th Wirral Folk Festival, an all-in-one-site festival of folk and acoustic music, dance, poetry and storytelling, held at the Whitby Sports and Social Centre.

Portsoy - The Sixth Haal - 29-31 May

A weekend of songs, tunes, stories, poetry, dance, workshops and sessions to be held in and around Portsoy. Featuring Cupla (a superb young duo from Northern Ireland), The Rapparees (Belfast based band of young traditional musicians), Emily Smith (one of Scottish music’s most distinctively sublime voices) and Arthur Johnstone and Brian Miller.

Bob Fox Tour - More From Song Man

Bob Fox is one of Britain's most respected and internationally-acclaimed folk singers. Hailing from County Durham in the North East of England, his masterful arrangements and delivery of both traditional and contemporary songs have earned him regular award nominations and a solid following throughout the country.

St Neots Folk Festival - 12-13 June

The St Neots Folk Festival is held in the Priory Centre in St Neots and features concerts, ceilidhs, dancing and music and song sessions.

Gate To Southwell - 4-7 June

From its humble beginnings in 2007 as primarily an English folk music and dance festival, Southwell has evolved into one of the leading and most innovative folk events in the country. Whilst English and Celtic music remain at the core we have now expanded to embrace other roots music forms.

Chester Folk Festival - 22-25 May

The Chester Folk Festival takes place annually over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in the village of Kelsall, about 8 miles from Chester. With concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, singarounds, sessions, displays, a craft fair, family events and childrens entertainment, it promises to be a great weekend in the festival calendar.

New book release from Jimmy Crowley - Songs From The Beautiful City

Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads will be launched by Jimmy, Mick Moloney and friends at the Cork City Library on Friday 15 May. It is at once an ethnography and an autobiography. It proclaims the true history of the people of Cork City through their only resource of expression: the humble ballad. It is also the story of Jimmy Crowley’s own long-standing romance with Cork ballads.


  • Bob Fox
  • Birnam CD
  • Greentrax Recordings
  • Fellside Records
  • Worthing Theatres
  • Wildgoose Recordings
  • Hobgoblin
  • Celtic Music Radio - Listen
  • Fiddle On magazine
  • The Tradition Bearers

New Releases

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.

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. This CD is dedicated to his mother, a fine singer who died four years ago and from whom he learned much of his repertoire.

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.

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.