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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 119 is out now!

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Issue 119 of The Living Tradition magazine includes articles on Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Crows, Fairport Convention, Adam Sutherland, Winter Wilson, Kenny Speirs, The Concept Of Tradition, Women's Morris Dancing, Transatlantic Connections, Composing Tunes, The Louisburgh Festival, festival listings, news, reviews and more!

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White Horse Folk Festival - 18-20 August

Taking place in Grove, near Wantage in rural Oxfordshire, the White Horse Folk Festival is a small, friendly festival for folk fans who enjoy making new friends. It is a small, intimate, relaxed festival where there is an emphasis on creating an inclusive atmosphere and encouraging everyone to play a part in the weekend’s events. There is plenty of opportunity to sing, play or tell a story with singarounds and music sessions every day, sometimes set around a particular theme.

Mull of Kintyre Festival - 16-20 August

The Mull of Kintyre boasts this annual music festival, which has grown each year since it’s inception in 1993. Set in the community of Campbeltown, the festival has become the region’s top cultural event, which encourages people to visit Kintyre from all parts of the globe. The festival aims to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region’s cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages.

Dartmoor Folk Festival - 11-13 August

There will be a celebratory feel when the 40th anniversary Dartmoor Folk Festival takes place in the foothills of Dartmoor at South Zeal, near Okehampton, from Friday to Sunday, August 11, 12 and 13. It was 40 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal. He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the music, song and dance traditions of Dartmoor. Thanks to the efforts of Bob Cann, his family and friends, and lately his descendants and a strong committee, with the support of an army of volunteer stewards, the festival has grown into one of the top family-friendly folk events in the South West.

Wickham Festival - 3-6 August

Set in rolling downland two miles north of Fareham in Hampshire, the village of Wickham has a picturesque Georgian Market Square, scenic water meadows, the historic Chesapeake Mill, plus attractive church and village buildings. This is the wonderful setting for the Wickham Festival. It is a lovely village in which to spend a weekend enjoying excellent music, fine food, great company and lovely surroundings.

Warwick Folk Festival - 27-30 July

The 38th Warwick Folk Festival presents the very best in traditional and contemporary folk arts. Held on an all-in-one site in the grounds of Warwick School in the historic town, this festival really is one of the best. In the town itself, the streets, pubs, cafes, restaurants and even churches, have an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour, sound and energy - the Festival Fringe is firmly established! And in addition, a packed programme of events and activities specifically for our younger visitors makes Warwick Folk Festival a truly family-friendly weekend away.

Festival At The Edge - 28-30 July

Festival at the Edge is the oldest storytelling festival in England and has something for everyone. A weekend of fantastic storytelling, tall tales, terrific tellers, music and more… surrounded by breathtaking views of Alderford Lake and the North Shropshire countryside. A packed programme of events tailored for all age groups, over a weekend that is unique in the festival calendar. It’s not just stories though. There’s a CAMRA beer tent, craft stalls, fantastic food, and camping.

Speyfest - 28-30 July

At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers will be home to the 22nd annual Speyfest, three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music. The tented village hosts a variety of seated and standing events including the Friday and Saturday concerts and stomps, the music marathon that is Speyfest Sunday, a craft and food fair with taster sessions and an ecumenical Celtic Kirk service. The event is fully licensed and offers a wide range of hot foods and a variety of drinks from a number of onsite concessions.

Exploring Folklore at Halsway Manor

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, in collaboration with The Folklore Society, is breaking new ground in its programme with an Exploring Folklore weekend, running from 27-29 October in Somerset. Halsway offers plenty in the way of folk music, song and dance activities as well as instrument making and playing courses, but this is the first weekend to focus specifically on folklore.

50 years of Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine

24-26 August 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Irvine Marymass Folk Festival, making it the longest continuously running event of its type in Scotland. Its story is an important one, not just to Irvine but for its relevance to the history of folk song and music throughout Scotland. It was, for example, important to the emerging careers of people like Billy Connolly and Aly Bain, but its significance goes deeper.