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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 133 is out now!

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Issue 133 of The Living Tradition (Apr/May 2020) features articles on: Christine Kydd, Les Barker, Liz Carroll, The Great Fife Roadshow, Peter Bellamy, Sally Hardaker, Aaron Clark, Session Etiquette, Dave Burland’s Tales From The Road, Hylda Sims, Getting A Life, Transatlantic Connections, Apr-Nov Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more....

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Folk performers urged to apply for grant funding: Alan Surtees Trust opens 2020 funding round

A trust that aims to support and help develop the careers of young folk performers is inviting applications for its 2020 round of funding. Up to four awards of up to £1,000 each will be made to emerging musicians, dancers or singers by the Alan Surtees Trust, which was established in memory of the co-founder and director of Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Grants will be given to artists who show exceptional skill, talent and promise in their field and whose work is rooted in, or influenced by, folk and traditional music and arts. Funding can go towards a variety of uses included mentoring, new instruments and equipment, recording a debut album or other costs.

Coronavirus outbreak: Festivals cancelled

The recent coronavirus outbreak has had a major effect on the folk scene, with festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the UK, Ireland and further afield cancelled for the next few months at least. It is unclear how far into the future this will reach, but we will do our best to keep you informed. For festivals, keep an eye on our online listings which we will update with changes as we hear them, but always check with organisers before making any plans. And for the present, stay at home and stay safe.

New to the North East folk scene: Folklub Newcastle

A new folk club with big ambitions is launching in 2020 in Newcastle. Folklub Newcastle hopes to be a place where up and coming folk and roots talent sits perfectly alongside prodigious names from the UK folk scene. Launching during an opening festival weekend on 7-8 February, Folklub Newcastle will take on the format of its successful counterpart and north-of-the-border inspiration, Folkclub Glasgow, which presents three-to-four gigs throughout the year, and attracts a younger audience than might be typically found in clubs elsewhere.

New site for Warwick Folk Festival

After much speculating, it has been announced that Warwick Folk Festival will be moving to a new site adjacent to the historic Warwick Castle. After various problems with the longstanding and, up until recently, very successful venue at Warwick School, the organisers have decided to move the festival for its 41st year this July. The new site will be in the town’s Castle Park, with stunning views over the banks of the River Avon.

Merger for Stirrings and Tykes’ News

Stirrings was one of the UKs regional magazines, focussing on folk and acoustic music in South Yorkshire, since 1975. Its most recent editor, Raymond Greenoaken, decided to retire after around 20 years at the helm and, as no-one was found to continue the editorship, it looked like the end of the road for the magazine after an impressive 181 issues. But happily, the Tykes’ News team who produce West Yorkshire’s quarterly folk magazine stepped up to the plate.

Bob Copper’s Songs And Southern Breezes reprinted

Although Bob Copper’s first book, A Song for Every Season, has never been out of print, the same cannot be said for his second, Songs And Southern Breezes. But this account of Bob’s travels and adventures throughout his area of Sussex and Hampshire has recently become available again thanks to current members of The Copper Family.

Big Whistle Festival Farewell… for now at least

After considerable deliberation with their partner organisation, The Met, Bury, the Big Whistle Festival organisers have announced their decision that the festival will no longer be held at that venue and agreed that there will be no Big Whistle Festival in 2020. This may not be the end of the road for the event, however. Any further announcements will be made through the Big Whistle website.

Moonrakers courses

For several years Oxford-based group, Moonrakers, has been running residential and day Folk Orchestra workshops at Benslow Music (Herts) and Halsway Manor (Somerset). These multi-instrumental courses are suitable for intermediate musicians. A maximum of 15 people work on arrangements of tunes and songs with chords and parts provided, and the music is recorded and sent in advance. In 2020 the courses are being held in Halsway Manor in Somerset in February, Benslow Music in Hertfordshire in June, July and September, and at BunkFest in Oxfordshire in September. For details, go to moonrakers.net or call 01865 769206.

Folk London magazine

Folk London magazine will be under new management from the spring as its current editorial team, Peter Crabb-Wyke and Sue West, are retiring after 10 years. From February, the features, reviews and listings magazine will be edited by James Eagle and a team of volunteers from Morris Folk Club. You can continue to contact the magazine at editor@folklondon.co.uk. folklondon.co.uk.