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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    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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    John McCusker - 25 Years and still excited by music!

    I met with John in a cafe near his home in Innerleithen, in the gorgeous Tweed valley in the Scottish Borders, and we reminisced about our prior interview in 2002 and the cover of FiddleOn featuring his Mohican haircut. Despite being a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, performing for 20 nights at the Albert Hall and on a double bill with Bob Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl, he hadn’t changed at all. +

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    John Kirkpatrick ...In conversation with Keith Kendrick...

    Now then, it wouldn’t take a clever person to perceive that the most challenging part of producing an article on the mighty John Kirkpatrick would be finding something to say about him that hasn’t already been said by greater mortals than I. However, I am ready to accept the challenge with both humility and enthusiasm for John Kirkpatrick is, and has always been, one of my greatest inspirations as an English folksinger/musician. +

Breaking News

Living Tradition Issue 118 is out now!

Issue 118 of the magazine is out now! This issue contains articles on Geoff Lakeman, Tony McManus, Steve Ashley, Buttons & Bows, Fara, the National Youth Folk Ensemble, Diddling & Fiddling and Open Tuning on the Guitar; obituaries for Paddy Bort and Mike Ward; live reviews of the Packie Manus Byrne Centenary Weekend and The Transports; news, reviews and an extensive festival section with a full listing of festivals for the rest of the year.

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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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Girvan Folk Festival - 28-30 April

Girvan is a lovely town in South Ayrshire with a fishing harbour and sea views to Ailsa Craig and Arran. This year the festival celebrates its 43rd year. It is one of the oldest and friendliest festivals in the country and a visit this May Bank Holiday weekend would be highly recommended.
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Katie & John Howson pass on the baton at East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

A Suffolk pioneer in safeguarding East Anglia’s unique folk music heritage has recently announced her retirement from conducting the business of one of the region’s top musical charities. Katie Howson set up the Stowmarket-based East Anglian Traditional Music Trust (EATMT) together with musician and archivist husband, John, after the couple spent years recording and playing alongside ‘endangered’ traditional East Anglian singers, dancers and musicians.
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Moniaive Folk Festival - 4-7 May

Moniaive, the ‘Hill of Streams’ (from the Gaelic monadh-abh), nestles in stunning countryside where the three glens of Craigdarroch, Dalwhat and Castlefairn meet. It’s a bustling village with a long history and strong community spirit. It has always been popular and notable visitors over the centuries include King Robert the Bruce, King James IV, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns. This year sees the 16th Moniaive Folk Festival in the town, and the line-up boasts a mix of well known faces and newcomers. Guests include The John Langan Band, Radim Zenkl, Top Floor Taivers, Ryan Young & Jen Butterworth, Ewan McVicar, Artie's Tartan Tales, Clydebuilt Puppets and The Moniaive Village Ceilidh Band. There are dances, competitions, ample camping, and much more.
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Tradfest Edinburgh - 26 April - 7 May

TradFest Dùn Èideann is a vibrant twelve-day showcase of Scotland’s thriving traditional arts. In 2017 TradFest Dùn Èideann is a signature event for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology which brings two exciting new strands to the programme – ‘Local Cultures’ and ‘The People’s Heritage’ – to connect creativity with heritage and give ownership to all Scotland’s citizens in an inclusive approach, celebrating cultural diversity.
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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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Costa Del Folk, Ibiza - 25 April - 1 May

Enjoy Travel are delighted to be taking the Costa del Folk Festival to the Sirenis Seaview Country Club, Port Des Torrent, Ibiza which is considered to be one of the finest accommodation complexes on the island. This beautiful complex offers a huge range of facilities and services which cover everything needed for the perfect festival holiday. There will be music, singing, dancing and laughter aplenty from morning until the wee small hours at venues situated throughout the complex.
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New Releases

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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NEW RELEASE: Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Martin Tourish, Daire Bracken, Íde Nic Mhathúna, Éamonn Galldubh - Visionaries 1916

Released in the centenary year of the Easter Rising, this is a remarkable recording based on the songs and poems of four cornerstones of the Rising: Connolly, Pearse, Ceannt and Plunkett.
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NEW RELEASE: Peter & Barbara Snape - Upward Onward

Peter and Barbara Snape have a great love of traditional British folk music and have used their skills and knowledge to search out material from their native Lancashire/North West.
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Obituaries