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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 120 is out now!

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Issue 120 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Pete Coe, Barbara Dymock, Dave Burland, Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Steve Turner, Lisle's Fisher Choirs, Beginner's Guide To Sessions, Tradfest Edinburgh & Orkney Folk Festival live reviews, festival listings, news, reviews and more!

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Hartlepool Folk Festival - 13-15 October

This festival has its site at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, home to the 18th century-themed Historic Quay and HMS Trincomalee, the UK’s oldest floating warship. It has venues around the Historic Quay for concerts, workshops, talks, dance displays and sessions, including spaces on the Trincomalee herself. Mainstage concerts take place at the nearby Town Hall Theatre.

New Folk Club in Crieff

A group of music lovers in Crieff are starting a Folk club in the former old Library on Comrie road which is now the Strathearn Artspace (strathearnartspace.co.uk). They are looking for folk acts to play on Thursday evenings once a month in quarterly programs. Provisional dates are 5th Oct and 2nd November, although there is some flexibility. They intend to organise a program into next year also. There will be a launch night on the 9th Sept to advertise the new club locally, where Neil Thomson will be performing with guests.

Banbury Folk Festival & Hobby Horse Festival - 6-8 October

2017 sees the 18th Banbury Folk Festival, and sadly this will be with last one for now as organisers Derek and Mary Droscher have announced their plans to ‘retire’ from running the festival after this year. The festival started as a one day festival in one venue but quickly developed to a weekend festival spread over several venues in the town centre, with a reputation for being one of the friendliest festivals around. In the last two years the festival has amalgamated with Banbury Hobby Horse Festival and the addition of these mythical beasts has enhanced and raised the profile of the festival further and brought in a new audience. For their final year Derek and Mary are planning a bumper year for the club and festival, saying, “We want this to be a year to remember!”

Celtic Colours - 6-14 October

Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate its rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, Celtic Colours offers a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours.

25th Tenterden Folk Festival - 5-8 October

A four day long festival of 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 festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges.

Costa Del Folk, Portugal - 9-15 October

Costa del Folk Festival is returning to Portugal this October and ir taking place in the stunning Hotel Grande Real Santa Eulalia 5* Resort And Spa in Albufeira. There will be music, singing, dancing and laughter aplenty from morning until the wee small hours at venues situated throughout the complex. What makes this the ultimate feel-good festival is that it literally has everything you’d want from a traditional folk festival but without any of the drawbacks! There’s an outdoor stage for afternoon concerts AND an indoor venue for evening concerts, a comfortable Hotel bar and break out rooms for tutorials / singarounds, late night folk club, plenty space for impromptu sessions as well as ceilidhs every day.

Southdowns Folk Festival - 21-24 September

The 5th eagerly awaited SOUTHDOWNS FOLK FESTIVAL takes place in Sunny Bognor Regis from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th September 2017.
This year has a really ‘wow’ line-up – with super headliners STEVE KNIGHTLEY (Show of Hands), HOME SERVICE, SKERRYVORE and RICHARD DIGANCE, plus superb support from THE JIGANTICS, MEGSON, PHIL HENRY & HANNAH MARTIN, ALISTAIR GOODWIN BAND, FLOSSIE MALAVIALLE, SARAH McQUAID, BROOMDASHER and STEVE DAN MILLS… with many more to come.

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs

A conference is being held on 6-7 October at Cecil Sharp House in London on the history and transmission of traditional tunes and popular airs. It is being jointly organised by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (EFDSS) and the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen.

Marymass Eggheads

As the Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine edges towards its 50th anniversary celebrations in August of this year, long time club and festival organiser Joyce Hodge thought it would be a good idea to get a team together for Eggheads, where teams are invited to challenge “the finest quiz brains in Britain” in front of the TV cameras. The result was that The Marymass Mob featured on the BBC programme on the 20th July.