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General News

General News

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.

Exhibition based on Doc Rowe’s archives planned

Doc Rowe has, for many years, been amassing an archive of material documenting British folk culture and customs. Following confirmation of Arts Council support, it has been announced that there will be an exhibition of artworks inspired by this archive.

Katie & John Howson pass on the baton at East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

A Suffolk pioneer in safeguarding East Anglia’s unique folk music heritage has recently announced her retirement from conducting the business of one of the region’s top musical charities. Katie Howson set up the Stowmarket-based East Anglian Traditional Music Trust (EATMT) together with musician and archivist husband, John, after the couple spent years recording and playing alongside ‘endangered’ traditional East Anglian singers, dancers and musicians.

Magnetic North East - New organisation formed to celebrate and promote the North East

In response to the almost complete disregard for North East traditional music, song and dance in the Regional Case for Culture, prepared by the 12 local authorities in the North East of England, Kathryn Tickell and Andrew Davidson have worked together and formed a new community interest company called Magnetic North East. The core purpose of MNE is to celebrate and promote the identity of the North East of England through music, arts, culture, heritage and creativity.

Change of venue for Edinburgh Folk Club

Edinburgh Folk Club has been meeting in The Pleasance Cabaret Bar every Wednesday night since 1994. However, late in 2015 the club was told by the Edinburgh University Student Association, who own The Pleasance complex, that the venue would be undergoing major refurbishments and would be closed for a year. A trail around potential venues for a new venue (surprisingly few!) ensued, and now, the club has begun meeting in Summerhall.

English Folk Dance and Song Society announces Gold Badge recipients

Five people who have made key contributions to the folk arts are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Pete and Sue Coe, the musician and dancer who were founders of Ryburn Three Step, Maggie Fletcher, a leading musician on the English country dance scene, and long term EFDSS and folk dance volunteers and advocates Mike Wilson-Jones and Mary Wilson-Jones have all been chosen to receive the awards.

Hall of Fame Award for Pete Heywood

Hands Up for Trad have announced the first Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees of 2016 and included among them is our very own Pete Heywood, previous editor of The Living Tradition. The Services to Community Award recognises individuals that work tirelessly to help their community and enrich the lives of others through selfless service or charitable work. This category honours individuals who may not be in the limelight, but who teach music, organise classes, run clubs and festivals, publish music or magazines and generally make life better for people learning traditional music, and those awarded are nominated by organisations or members of the public.

Joe Stead

Joe Stead is about to publish a book based on his 'Ramblings of an Old Codger' newsletters which he has been publishing since 2000.

Remembering Maggie Boyle

On January 10, a ceremony was held in The Gambia to mark the opening of Maggie's Well. When Maggie Boyle died in November 2014, it was decided to donate part of the fund raised in her memory to The Gambian Schools Trust, a charity which she had supported since its foundation in 2001. The charity decided to spend the money to construct a well in a village on the underdeveloped north bank of the River Gambia, thereby bringing a safe, fresh water supply to an area which previously did not have one. This gift of health and life seemed singularly appropriate for Maggie, whose kindness and generosity is remembered by all who knew her.