Andy Cutting - At The Cutting Edge

I first heard Andy Cutting with the wonderful Blowzabella at The Brewery, in Kendal, in the mid-1990s, and thought at the time how young he looked to be such an accomplished musician. I last saw him in 2017 when he was playing with the differently wonderful Leveret, and thought... how young he looked for such an accomplished musician..... +

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    Andy Cutting - At The Cutting Edge

    I first heard Andy Cutting with the wonderful Blowzabella at The Brewery, in Kendal, in the mid-1990s, and thought at the time how young he looked to be such an accomplished musician. I last saw him in 2017 when he was playing with the differently wonderful Leveret, and thought... how young he looked for such an accomplished musician..... +

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    Rowan Piggott - next generation

    Rowan Piggott is the fiddle-playing and singing son of Charlie Piggott of De Danann fame. He is currently making a name for himself around the folk scene in England as a solo musician and also as a member of the Georgia Lewis Band and as half of a duo with Rosie Hodgson. He is the next generation, not just of a family of musicians, but he is also part of the next generation of folk musicians, festival and club goers, working in the scene and making it their own. +

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    Will Pound - Through The Seasons

    Not many people who are known primarily as a folk artist can claim to have played on a number one record in the charts. Even one nominated three times for the coveted BBC Folk Awards ‘Musician of the Year’. However, Will Pound played the opening harmonica riff on one such record. He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, by the Justice Collective, was recorded to raise money for the various charities associated with the Hillsborough families. It reached the highly coveted Christmas Number One spot in 2012. +

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    Alan Rose & Lynda Hardcastle - A Yorkshire Twosome

    Although they have both been singing professionally for over 40 years, this married couple has only just released a first album together that covers their performing career and beyond. Readers of The Living Tradition might recognise Alan’s name from the many reviews he’s written for the magazine over the years. Nigel Schofield decided to find out why it’s taken them so long to get around to their much-anticipated debut release. +

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    Lankum - the artists formerly known as Lynched!

    Dublin is one of those cities that just hits you. From the minute you arrive, you know you are in the capital: the iconic sights, sounds and smells; the creamy pints; the many bridges crossing the Liffey; the thick accents. When you arrive in Dublin, you just know you couldn’t be anywhere else. Just as distinctive is some of the music emanating from its inhabitants and, at the moment, perhaps none more so than Lankum (formerly Lynched). +

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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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Living Tradition Issue 125 is out now!

Issue 125 of The Living Tradition magazine (August-November 2018) including articles on Andy Cutting, Jeff Warner, Hobgoblin Music, Jennifer Cutting, Bridge Folk Club, Armagh Rhymers, Lily Neill, Davey Goodchild, 'The Scottish Connection', Sandra Surtees, Transatlantic Connection, festival listings for August-December, news, reviews and more.

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Ballads Of Child Migration

In November 2018, a collective of respected musicians and singers are taking to the road to tell the moving story of Britain’s forced child migrants. The concert, presented as a series of songs, narration, slides, audio and film clips, premiered at last year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Artists involved include John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow, Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting, and the concert is narrated by Barbara Dickson.
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Cork Folk Festival - 3-7 October

The Cork Folk Festival is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capital, Cork. The 38 year old festival is emerging as one of the most important folk & traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the streets. It features concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children’s events, and traditional set dancing. The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Irish traditional and folk musicians and singers, so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.
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Nigel Forster burglary

Back in June, luthier Nigel Forster’s Hexham workshop was robbed and over £40,000 worth of stock was stolen – a staggering loss for the instrument maker who has had to refund customers who had already paid towards the items stolen. A list of what was taken, including photographs, is available to read on Nigel’s website, and he asks people in the music community to be vigilant, as the various guitars and other instruments, including a Model O Celtic mandolin, an eight string sapele and spruce mandola, a 1970s Fender MusicMaster bass guitar, a Ralph Plumb viola, and several other pieces, are distinctive and identifiable and may well appear at some stage.
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Lichfield Festival Of Folk - L2F - 19-21 October

This festival features an array of nationally renowned musicians and bands, local acts, a street procession and dancing from local groups, work-shops and competitions for visual artists and songwriters. Building on the success of the previous five years, the festival takes place in Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield Guildhall, around the streets of Lichfield, and in local pubs.
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Tenterden Folk Festival - 4-7 October

Tenterden Folk Festival takes place over four days with folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family folk festival. It features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants and green verges. Events at the festival include an English Barn Dance, concerts, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, folk clubs, special shows, a craft fair and street stalls, music stalls, free music and dance stages on the Recreation Ground, Morris dancers, dance displays, procession, showcases, meet the guest spots, workshops, dancers and musicians on the K&ES Railway, events for children and much more besides.
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The Canal Boat Crew this September

The Canal Boat Crew is a group of happy, friendly, musicians and singers wandering up and down the canals in the midlands on a hire boat. Each evening they will be hosting a relaxed, all inclusive session of acoustic music in the various pubs they are visiting. Everybody is welcome to join them and enjoy themselves by singing, playing or just listening. Everything is totally acoustic (apart from a small amp for a bass).
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Far, Far From Ypres - Touring Scotland with final performance at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Armistice Day, November 11th

Far, Far From Ypres is a two-hour multimedia performance presenting the First World War from a Scottish point of view through songs from the trenches and music halls, as well as more recent songs inspired by the conflict, along with poetry and prose readings. To commemorate the lead-up to the centenary of Armistice day in November 2018, this production will tour Scotland, staged in 10 venues closely associated with Scottish regiments and therefore at the heart of recruitment during the First World War.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Rowan Piggott - Mountscribe

Rowan Piggott is the son of Charlie Piggott of De Dannan fame, and his debut solo album features 14 tune sets and songs.
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NEW RELEASE: Alistair McCulloch Trio - Off The Hook

This popular Ayrshire fiddler is joined by Marc Duff on whistles and singer-guitarist Aaron Jones on bouzouki for another impressive collection of his own and other people's compositions.
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NEW RELEASE: Jeff Warner - Roam The Country Through

This is an enchanting and entirely absorbing collection by one of the foremost singers in the US folk world.
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NEW RELEASE: Freda Palmer - Leafield Lass

A Cotswold singer, recorded in the 70s, whose repertoire is typical of pub singers of the pre and post war eras, and is now largely forgotten.
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NEW RELEASE: Duncan Chisholm - Sandwood

An eagerly anticipated album featuring fiddle playing at its best from one of Scotland's finest players and composers, Duncan Chisholm.
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NEW RELEASE: Danu - Ten Thousand Miles

Danú's new release introducing the bands current line-up which includes the unique voice of Nell Ní Chróinín from Co.Cork.
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Obituaries

  • I am sad to report the death of Barry Bridgewater on 18th March 2018. Barry lived in Denby Dale...

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  • On the 6th March, a couple of months short of his 93rd birthday, Ted Poole died. It's difficult...

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  • Just as we were going to press we heard the sad news of the death of master uilleann piper, Liam...

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  • It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rollo Geoffrey Woods, who died on 29...

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  • Bob Drage sadly passed away just before 5.00p.m. on Sunday 10th December 2017 having only been...

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