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General News

General News

New Arts Centre for Newton Stewart

The closure of Newton Stewart's RBS branch may have a silver lining for Wigtownshire traditional music lovers. Plans are progressing to transform this spacious building into the Vault Arts Centre. The Trad Music Trust charity, organisers of the Newton Stewart and Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival, plan to use it for music, dance, arts and language tuition, exhibitions and live performances. This substantial space will be a welcome cultural addition to the town, and the local community is firmly behind the moves.

Wales Folk Awards 2019

The inaugural Wales Folk Awards, held on 11 April, was a great evening for Welsh music. The Trials Of Cato, Vri, Calan and Gwilym Bowen Rhys performed to a packed hall at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. BBC folk show presenters Frank Hennessy and Lisa Gwilym hosted the celebration and guests from the world of music and the arts joined the evening to present some of the awards.

Bromyard has new Local Patrons

The directors of Bromyard Folk Festival invited local folk trio, Granny’s Attic, to become the patrons of the festival, after having appeared on their stage for many years. The band were both surprised and gracious in accepting the invitation.

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

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.”

The Road to Peterloo

The Road To Peterloo tells the story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history – the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819 – through some of the many broadside ballads that were printed around the time of the event. Three singers and musicians from North West England – Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth - trace the story from its roots in the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers in the early 19th century. Their songs describe the terrible events of the day itself, when mounted soldiers charged a peaceful crowd and killed or injured many men, women and children by their indiscriminate use of sabres, and tell of later political developments inspired by the carnage.

Line-up changes for Allan Yn Y Fan

Welsh traditional band Allan Yn Y Fan has recently celebrated its 22nd year on the road with a major European tour. Since starting the tour in September, the band has clocked up over 3500 miles, with dates in Luxembourg, Germany, England and Wales.

TG4 Gradam Ceoil

The 2019 winners of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards have been announced. Winning the accolade of Musician of the Year is Meath based flute player, Catherine McEvoy. The Young Musician award goes to accordion player Conor Connolly, Singer of the Year goes to Thomas McCarthy, the Musical Collaboration award goes to Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, the Outstanding Contribution award to Brendan Mulkere, while the Lifetime Achievement award goes to Nicky and Anne McAuliffe. Congratulations all.

Annotated discography of Peter Kennedy’s recordings now available

Peter Kennedy was an English folk song collector who died in 2006. After his death, the files associated with his recordings were passed on to the British Library for future researchers to explore and use. For many years, Reg Hall has been working with the files, and as a result, a 352 page document entitled Peter Kennedy’s Published Recordings Of British And Irish Traditional Music And Related Material: An Annotated Discography, has now been published and is available to read from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website.

New Folk Song Subject Index at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

The English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, based at Cecil Sharp House, London, is undertaking a substantial new project to index, for the first time, what folk songs are about. This important new subject index for folk songs, along with a thesaurus of keywords, will be made freely available on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s website. The new tool will provide a powerful new way to explore the Library’s comprehensive online resources, alongside existing indexes and catalogues.