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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 125 is out now!

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Issue 125 of The Living Tradition magazine (August-November 2018) including articles on Andy Cutting, Jeff Warner, Hobgoblin Music, Jennifer Cutting, Bridge Folk Club, Armagh Rhymers, Lily Neill, Davey Goodchild, 'The Scottish Connection', Sandra Surtees, Transatlantic Connection, festival listings for August-December, news, reviews and more.

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Tenterden Folk Festival - 4-7 October

Tenterden Folk Festival takes place over four days with 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 folk festival. It features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants and green verges. Events at the festival include an English Barn Dance, concerts, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, folk clubs, special shows, a craft fair and street stalls, music stalls, free music and dance stages on the Recreation Ground, Morris dancers, dance displays, procession, showcases, meet the guest spots, workshops, dancers and musicians on the K&ES Railway, events for children and much more besides.

Folk star turns down big USA date for St Ives Festival

West Country folk star Seth Lakeman has turned down the chance to appear with legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant at a big American festival in order to play in front of 466 people at St Ives Guildhall in Cornwall.

Cork Folk Festival - 3-7 October

The Cork Folk Festival is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capital, Cork. The 38 year old festival is emerging as one of the most important folk & traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the streets. It features concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children’s events, and traditional set dancing. The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Irish traditional and folk musicians and singers, so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.

Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival - 21-23 September

This is the 27th year of the Black Sheep Folk Festival at Otley and it is shaping up to be a great one. The campsite will be at the same site as last year but with some improvements regarding access. The campsite can accommodate camper vans, caravans and tents and dogs are welcome. Concerts will be at The Black Horse, Parish Church, Methodist Hall, Labour Club and the Courthouse. This year the festival will also use TheWoolpack, this ex-pub is now an arts centre but with the help of Black Sheep, it is turning back into a pub for the weekend. The small acoustic space will be added to the list of venues and will be hosting workshops and small intimate concerts.

Frank Harte Festival, Dublin - 21-23 September

Run by An Góilín, the leading promoter of traditional singing in Dublin, this festival will once again celebrate and commemorate the life and work of Frank Harte, a close associate and friend of the Club. The first Frank Harte Festival took place in 2006 and since its inception has become a focus for traditional singing. The guest list over the last nine years, reads like a veritable "Who's Who" of traditional singing from these shores and beyond.

Southdowns Folk Festival - 20-23 September

The 2018 Southdowns Folk Festival, by the Bognor Regis seaside, will enjoy exciting and community focused town centre activities with an epic festival line up, a bigger and even more spectacular dance programme, expanded street markets, additional music workshops, sessions and singarounds, extra children’s fun & games, the Sussex Young Folk Competition, a bigger (and tastier?!) Real Ale Festival, the introduction of the Southdowns Ukulele Festival, and also new for 2018 – the ‘Big Seaside Sing’ and ‘Making Your Mark’. All this and much more…

The Canal Boat Crew this September

The Canal Boat Crew is a group of happy, friendly, musicians and singers wandering up and down the canals in the midlands on a hire boat. Each evening they will be hosting a relaxed, all inclusive session of acoustic music in the various pubs they are visiting. Everybody is welcome to join them and enjoy themselves by singing, playing or just listening. Everything is totally acoustic (apart from a small amp for a bass).

Nigel Forster burglary

Back in June, luthier Nigel Forster’s Hexham workshop was robbed and over £40,000 worth of stock was stolen – a staggering loss for the instrument maker who has had to refund customers who had already paid towards the items stolen. A list of what was taken, including photographs, is available to read on Nigel’s website, and he asks people in the music community to be vigilant, as the various guitars and other instruments, including a Model O Celtic mandolin, an eight string sapele and spruce mandola, a 1970s Fender MusicMaster bass guitar, a Ralph Plumb viola, and several other pieces, are distinctive and identifiable and may well appear at some stage.

Far, Far From Ypres - Touring Scotland with final performance at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Armistice Day, November 11th

Far, Far From Ypres is a two-hour multimedia performance presenting the First World War from a Scottish point of view through songs from the trenches and music halls, as well as more recent songs inspired by the conflict, along with poetry and prose readings. To commemorate the lead-up to the centenary of Armistice day in November 2018, this production will tour Scotland, staged in 10 venues closely associated with Scottish regiments and therefore at the heart of recruitment during the First World War.