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General News

General News

Living Tradition Issue 127 is out now!

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Issue 127 of The Living Tradition magazine (Feb/March) including articles on Iona Fyfe, Chris Parkinson, Duncan McCrone, Miller MacDonald Cormier, Gwilym Bowen-Rhys, Bob & Gill Berry, East Anglian Step Dancing, The Shackleton Trio, Tunes In Sets, The Gavin Greig Interviews 2, A Red Red Rose, Transatlantic Connections, Feb-May Festival Listings, news, reviews and much more.

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NEW RELEASE: Sineag MacIntyre - Lon Ban

Sineag MacIntyre is from Kilphedar in South Uist, a township noted for a particularly rich and thriving singing tradition. She has been immersed in Gaelic song all her life and made her first recordings while still at school. Awards quickly followed, including the Traditional Gold Medal at the at the Royal National Mod while still in her teens, and then the coveted Gold Medal in 2010. Sineag has also been nominated twice for Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards.

NEW RELEASE: Steve Turner - Late Cut

On Late Cut, his eighth solo album, Steve Turner is joined by some of the star names of the modern folk revival, including Sam Carter, Eliza Carthy and Martin Simpson. Yet despite the richness of the arrangements the album comes over strongly as a solo project. The album includes, amongst other things, a reassessment of two songs, (Is Your Love in Vain, and The Two Sisters) from Steve’s first album, Out Stack, 1979. Buy this CD from our online shop

Mumpers Ceilidh Club

Mumpers, the Derby-based ceilidh club, is celebrating its 40th birthday on 23rd March with a special ceilidh in the Rolls-Royce Pavilion in Derby featuring Peeping Tom, with caller Lynne Render and special guests Pecsaetan Morris from Sheffield.

The Fylde Folk Festival: a one-day revival

To celebrate his 85th birthday, 65 years of gigging and 55 years of composing, Alan Bell, founder of the Fylde Folk Festival which sadly ceased to be in 2014, has been persuaded to revive the festival for a one-day event on 22nd June this year. To be held in the Marine Hall in Fleetwood, the event will include guest artists who have previously appeared at Fylde, alongside Alan, who will perform in the Saturday lunchtime concert.

An Goilin 40th Anniversary

An Góilín Traditional Singers’ Club in Dublin celebrates its 40th anniversary on the weekend of the 8th March. The club was founded by Tim Dennehy and his brother in law, Donal de Barra, to give a platform for people who like to sing and listen to traditional Irish songs, and it is one of the foremost in the country. Their website states: “Anyone who has an interest in listening to or performing songs will find that they are ‘as welcome as the flowers in May’.” goilin.com.

Feast Of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour

This March and April, Feast Of Fiddles is celebrating 25 years together with a Silver Jubilee UK Tour. This band of friends (including Peter Knight, Chris Leslie, Brian McNeill, Ian Cutler, Tom Leary, Garry Blakeley and Dave Mattacks) formed in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day in 1994 for a one-off special concert, but they now have 25 spring tours to their name. feastoffiddles.co.uk.

Coda Music Closed

After nearly 30 years in business, Coda Music, one of Scotland’s best shops for folk and traditional music based on The Mound in Edinburgh, has closed. It’s proprietors, Dougie Anderson and Rose Norton, have retired, and on their Facebook page say: “We’d like to thank you all for the loyal custom that has kept Coda Music in business for the last 29 years. Coda still is a very busy shop, so in many ways that made it a more difficult decision to let it go. Naturally we will miss having our shop and all our great staff and regular customers. But we’re now looking forward to following individual pursuits and having the chance to go see some of the world.”

Bagpipes in Beijing for Burns Night, thanks to BBC Young Trad Finalist

It’s that time of year when Scottish societies all over the world get ready to address the Haggis – with Scots at home and abroad gathering to remember the poetry and the life of Robert Burns. This year, one of the furthest flung Burns Suppers will be taking place in the capital of China, with the Beijing Scottish Society flying out Scots ceilidh band, Whisky Kiss, including 2018 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist Ali Levack, to toast the laddies and lassies and dance the night away in the world's second biggest city.

Bob & Gill Berry to retire as Chippenham directors

There has been a folk festival associated with Chippenham for nearly 48 years. Starting way back in 1972 in Lacock it has grown to a huge celebration of traditional folk arts, music and dance. The 48th festival, on 24-27th May, is already shaping up to be a good one.