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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    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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    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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Living Tradition Issue 122 is out now!

Issue 122 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Alan Rose & Lynda Hardcastle, Dick Miles, Findlay Napier, Brian Hughes, Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton, The Black Swan Folk Club, Appalachia, Alba & Albion, Martin Furey, Folk In The Sun, Scots Fiddle Festival, news, reviews and more.

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The Dillen Doll

Jez Lowe has written a novel. Entitled The Dillen Doll, it is set at the turn of the 19th century and brings together characters from various folk songs of the period. It is based around the story of Dolly Coxon (who is mentioned briefly in the well-known Newcastle Upon Tyne song, Do Li A) as imagined by Jez.
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New triple CD of the fiddle music of Mickey Doherty

A three-CD recording of the music of Mickey Doherty, Garvan Hill, has just been released. Mickey Doherty was one of the famous family of fiddlers who travelled throughout Donegal for generations playing their music and plying their tinsmiths trade. Garvan Hill features more than three hours of his music recorded by the Irish Folklore Commission in the Croaghs outside Glenties in 1949. It’s a joint project of the National Folklore Collection UCD and the Donegal fiddlers’ organisation, Cairdeas na bhFidliéri. It’s produced by Rab Cherry and Dermot McLaughlin.
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Schools Pipe Band - Piping Internship & Project Administrator roles available

The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is a national charity that supports piping and drumming tuition programmes in state schools, and the formation of schools pipe bands. The Trust is interested in advancing the quality of pipes and drums teaching and learning in schools, and in supporting career progression opportunities for pipers and drummers.
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Bob and Kathy Drage

Bob Drage sadly passed away just before 5.00p.m. on Sunday 10th December 2017 having only been admitted into Pilgrims Hospice on Friday. Bob was 67 in August and had been ill with cancer for a couple of years. We were all shocked exactly a week later on Sunday 17th December to hear that Kathy had also died alone at home. Bob and Kathy had been together since they were teenagers and had seldom, if ever, been apart. We think Kathy died of a broken heart.
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Resound – a musical tribute to Alan Surtees

A CD launched in tribute to the co-founder of Shrewsbury Folk Festival has already raised more than £4,000 for a charity set up in his name to give financial support to young and emerging musicians. The profits from Resound, a 15-track recording featuring tracks from artists including Oysterband, Jon Boden, Leveret, Lady Maisery and Karine Polwart, will be ploughed into the Alan Surtees Trust.
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51st Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering: 6-8 April 2018

The Golden Morpeth Gathering took place in 2017 on the usual weekend after Easter and by all accounts it went extremely well, thanks to a huge community effort and extra funding for the special 50th milestone festival from the Big Lottery, Northumberland County Council, Active Northumberland and Morpeth Boundary Ride Trustees.
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Tom Paley - 1928-2017

The veteran guitarist, banjo and fiddle player Tom Paley passed away in Brighton on 30th September at the age of 89. Born in New York in 1928, he moved to California during his teenage years. But the draw of New York was too much for Tom, so after studying mathematics at Yale University, he returned to his home town.
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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Alaw - Dead Man's Dance

Back in 2013 I was impressed by this trio’s debut CD, Melody (a literal translation of the trio’s name, as it happens), on which guitarist Dylan Fowler, together with Mabon frontliners Jamie Smith (accordion) and Oliver Wilson-Dickson (violin), so captivatingly celebrated the unique concept of melody that characterises Welsh traditional music through their instinctive and close-knit exploration of the elements of rhythm and harmony to be found within.
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NEW RELEASE: Lowp - Drive Away Dull Care

Lowp is a five-piece band which has been busy on the North East folk scene since their 2010 debut. The songs and tunes on their first album reflect not only their Tyneside upbringing but also imported influences from Ireland and the Borders.
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NEW RELEASE: Tiarnan O Duinnchinn - Reggish Paddy

As fine an album of unaccompanied uilleann piping as you are likely to hear from a piper of this generation: I say unaccompanied, but solo would be a better description, as one of the most striking things about Tiarnán's playing is his copious and skilful use of the regulators.
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NEW RELEASE: Zetor In The Kailyard - Collateral

This is the Scottish folk duo of Roddy Johnston and Kate Badcock, who play flute, piano, sax, pipes, fiddle, guitar, bombarde, and more (in addition to singing). Formed three years ago, this debut release combines traditional music and themes with some looping technology.
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