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General News

General News

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 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.

Northern Streams, Edinburgh - 20-22 April - 15th year of Scottish-Nordic Festival

Northern Streams - a unique festival of Nordic & Scottish music, song & dance – celebrates its 15th anniversary next month, with a focus on Swedish culture. Taking place 20-22 April, it combines concerts, workshops and sessions, right in the heart of Edinburgh.

Costa Del Folk Ibiza - 26 April - 2 May

Costa Del Folk is returning to the 4* 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 holiday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Recording Opportunity in Hertfordshire

Folk artists, acoustic bands, choirs - would you like a studio quality recording of your ensemble for free? Yes, that's right, at absolutely no charge to yourself. No strings attached and no limit to what you may record. A retired Berkhamsted resident who was at one time in the pro-audio/broadcast supply industry, is offering to record your performance in better than CD quality, 24bit 96kHz, and then undertake the editing/post-processing to professional standards and then present you with a master reference CD which you may then use for your own purposes.

Mike Harding Folk Show ends

The Mike Harding Folk Show, which has been broadcast on the internet for the last five years since Mike was replaced as presenter on his long-running show by the BBC, has come to an end. On his website, Mike says: “It’s been a great five years and I want to thank you all for being on the journey with me. Along the way I’ve made more than 250 programmes which, when added to the shows I made for the BBC, means I’ve made around 1000 folk broadcasts. Not bad for a banjo player.”