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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 123 is out now!

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Issue 123 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Will Pound, Lori Watson, Richard Grainger, Mickey Doherty, Ross Ainslie, Helen Fullarton, Sarah McFadyen, Living Tradition in East Devon, full festival listings for 2018, news, reviews and more

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Gate To Southwell Festival - 7-10 June

This charming, small market town has many delights to offer the visitor. It is rich in historical and architectural interest and makes a great day out for the family. Southwell is situated 13 miles from Nottingham on the A612 and 8 miles from Newark and the A1. From Gate To Southwell's 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 the festival seriously embraces other roots music forms.

The 9th Haal in Portsoy - 1-3 June

A festival of music, song, poetry and dance will be held in Portsoy on the weekend of 1st, 2nd & 3rd June 2018. Guests include Arthur Johnstone & The Stars Band, Hamish Moore, Gnoss, Allan Taylor, Rab Noakes, Boys Of The Town, Scott Gardner and many more.

Chippenham Folk Festival - 25-28 May

This is Chippenham's 47th year and the festival still maintains it's original core objective "... to be primarily a participatory festival promoting and presenting some of the best in English Folk Song, Music and Dance ...". It does this by presenting over 200 individual events and workshops, all in one weekend on the Spring Bank Holiday.

Orkney Folk Festival - 24-27 May

From small beginnings in 1982, the Orkney Folk Festival has grown to become one of the most prolific and special throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield. One of the most important characteristics of the first festival that stands true today is the balance of visiting and local artistes. Whilst the festival has become a sought-after stage amongst artists worldwide – and has been a four-day home for many, over the years – it is equally, if not more so, the local, Orcadian acts that make the festival what it is and keep the crowds coming.

Ireby Festival - 25-26 May

Ireby is a small farming village with a population of about 160. The village is situated on the north west edge of the Lake District National Park World Heritage Centre. It is 12 miles from Keswick and Cockermouth and 18 miles from Carlisle. This is the 16th Ireby Festival and over the years it has developed a reputation of early sell outs, so be sure to react fast to be part of one of the few festivals where the actual love for music and one another is still the main point of focus.

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 24-27 May

Knockengorroch Festivals were born from a love of the land, excellent roots music and celebrating the good times. Held in the stunning and accessibly remote setting of the southern upland hills of Dumfries & Galloway, the World Ceilidh presents unparalleled music, arts and workshops in a beautiful mountain riverside meadow. For them, location is key. The festival commemorates and celebrates the history and the people that once lived in that valley, in former times an entire village…

Appeal for memories of Julia Clifford

It is just over 20 years since Julia Clifford, one of the great Irish fiddle players from the Sliabh Luachra tradition, died. Although brought up in Co. Kerry, Julia lived in England for all her adult life: in London from the early 1940s to the late 1970s, and then in Thetford, Norfolk. With her Stroh phonofiddle, she was a memorable figure on the English folk scene for many years.

The James M. Carpenter Collection goes online

The American Folklife Centre, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and the James Madison Carpenter Collection Project team are pleased to announce the addition of the James Madison Carpenter Collection to the VWML Digital Archive.

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.