Probably best known for his long music partnership with Irish fiddler, Martin Hayes, with whom he toured the world and recorded three albums... His guitar accompaniment style was considered groundbreaking in Irish music.
Dennis Cahill, an American guitarist renowned in the world of Irish traditional music, passed away on June 20th, after an extended illness. He was 68.
We have lost one of the most dedicated advocates and fiercest promulgators of the tradition in these islands. John Howson single-mindedly promoted song, music and dance in a wide variety of different ways.
Doreen and her husband Bryan were the last survivors of the pioneer leadership. They kept the folk-fire burning – never deviating from the original family concept and ideal that folk music is about people and community as well as about songs.
Doreen Henderson, daughter of Jack Elliott and a member of the Elliott family of Birtley, passed away on 20 March 2022 at the age of 94.
She lived a long and happy life, her unforgettable voice inspiring countless others and creating a passion for song in several generations of singers, all over the world
Much loved singer Norma Waterson died on 30 January 2022 at the age of 82 after a spell in hospital with pneumonia. She lived a long and happy life, her unforgettable voice inspiring countless others and creating a passion for song in several generations of singers, all over the world.
He was quite selective about his listening, but it was very wide. He had elephantine ears, so he listened to all sorts of stuff. He distilled it down and took a bit from here and a bit from there and then modelled himself into the Barry Coope we all knew and loved.
Every story for every tune
Will hold a secret smile
That will cover every mile
From Glenties to Heaven
Pete Coe has described him as “a prince among folk club organisers”, and those of us who work the circuit would agree unanimously
Frequently seen as the quiet man of The Yetties, Mac was often the backbone of the group throughout their 50-year history
Malcolm – “Mac” to everyone – McCulloch died 10 days before Christmas after a few years of ill health and a final, mercifully brief, battle with cancer.
...one of those traditional music devotees and organisers who, through much of his life, enabled revivalist musicians and traditional performers to be heard by enthusiasts
Known for his interpretations of songs, his settings of poetry to music, and his distinctive mandocello and tenor guitar accompaniments, he was a musician and singer who was truly loved by many.
Irish singer and musician Seán Tyrrell died on 30 October 2021 at the age of 78. Known for his interpretations of songs, his settings of poetry to music, and his distinctive mandocello and tenor guitar accompaniments, he was a musician and singer who was truly loved by many.