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Trad stars align to celebrate the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2017

Posted on December 5th, 2017 in Recent posts by .


On Saturday, the biggest names in Scottish traditional music gathered at the 15th MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, with Elephant Sessions, Skipinnish and Talisk (pictured) all picking up prizes

On December 2 the stars of Scottish traditional music gathered at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre to celebrate the best of traditional talent from the past year. Broadcast live on BBC ALBA and BBC Radio Scotland, the prestigious event featured performances from Elephant Sessions, The Shee Big Band, Siobhan Miller and more.

The award for Album of the Year went to innovative folk-rock five-piece Elephant Sessions for their second album All We Have is Now, while Live Act of the Year was clinched by Highland band Skipinnish. The coveted Scottish Folk Band of the Year award went to fast-rising folk trio Talisk, while Robert Robertson picked up Gaelic Singer of the Year.

The full list of winners 

Album of the Year – All We Have is Now by Elephant Sessions
Community Project of the Year – Tiree Songbook
Composer of the Year – Adam Sutherland
Live Act of the Year – Skipinnish
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year – Siobhan Miller
Up and Coming Artist Award – 
Music Tutor of the Year – Emma Tomlinson
Gaelic Singer of the Year – Robert Robertson
Folk Band of the Year – Talisk
Dance Band of the Year – Duncan Black Band
Scottish Pipe Band of the Year – Inveraray & District Pipe Band
Club of the Year – Edinburgh Folk Club
Instrumentalist of the Year – Gary Innes
Event of the Year – A Night for Angus (Shooglenifty at Celtic Connections)
Trad Music in the Media – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Venue of the Year – Tolbooth (Stirling)


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The first Manchester Folk Festival

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Recent posts by .


Afro Celt Sound System photo by Louis DeCarlo

The first ever edition of the Manchester Folk Festival will take place on October 19-22

Manchester Folk Festival has announced its full line-up of concerts, film screenings, theatrical experiences, workshops and ‘pub singarounds’ ahead of the very first edition this October. The festival will focus on supporting and presenting new folk and acoustic music, and will host the English Folk Expo showcase. Concerts and events will take place city-wide, with a festival hub at HOME.

The line-up is set to include

John Smith (with Georgia Lewis and Nina Harries)
Vishtèn (with DJ Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast)
Jon Boden & the Remnant Kings (with Alistair Anderson & Northlands and Ninebarrow)
Afro Celt Sound System (pictured above, with The Nightjar and Sound of the Sirens)
Keston Cobblers Club (with Jinnwoo and Jack Rutter)
The Young’uns (with Jackie Oates and The East Pointers)
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Tom Robinson (with Edgelarks and Irish Mythen)
Stick in the Wheel
False Lights (with Kings of the South Seas)


Get tickets and find out more here.

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Watch: Kings of the South Seas – ‘Lady Franklin’

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

London-based folk trio Kings of the South Seas release a new video from their forthcoming album, Franklin

Following the disappearance of Captain John Franklin’s arctic expedition in the 19th century, his wife Lady Jane Franklin sponsored several missions to discover his fate. The search continued for decades; Inuit stories of cannibalism were dismissed, though have since been suggested as largely accurate.

The loss of the expedition and the subsequent failed searches affected many, and left a wealth of musical, theatrical and literary material in its wake. The second release from Kings of the South Seas, Franklin, brings to life the music collected from these events, and features Canadian Voyageur paddling songs, English folk ballads, songs composed onboard ice-bound wintering ships and Victorian parlour pieces.  The lead single, ‘Lady Franklin’, is a broadside from the 1850s.

Franklin was recorded in St Andrew’s Mission Church in Gravesend, beneath the stained glass windows dedicated by Lady Franklin to the lost lives of the arctic voyage.

Accompanying the group on their live tour will be Polar Archaeologist Peter Wilson. Catch them live on these dates:

Oct 4 - Cecil Sharp House, London
Oct 5 -  Loders Village Hall, Bridport
Oct 6- St Andrews, Gravesham Arts, Kent
Oct 21 - Folk Expo – Manchester (without Peter Wilson)

Franklin is due to be released on Hudson Records, February 2 2018.

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Turner Sims announce World Music series

Posted on September 12th, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté, Morgenland Festival 2016-©Andy Spyr::Morgenland Festival Osnabrück-Free1

Fifty years ago the University of Southampton was bequeathed with a generous donation intended to support musical practice in the city.

The beautifully ornate Turner Sims hall – named after its benefactor Miss Margaret Grassam Sims – opened in 1974 and is now established as a premiere performance venue in the South of England.

This year’s Autumn season is of particular interest with a special world music series that features Irish quartet Lankum, Malian guitarist Habib Koité and his compatriot Toumani Diabaté who will perform as part of a duo with kamancheh maestro Kayhan Kalhor.

A similarly enticing prospect is a joint performance from Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita in support of their new record Transparent Water. They will be joined by Afro-Venezuealan percussionist Gustavo Oyalles – who contributed featured on the album – for an exploration of polyrhythms and improvisatory craft, teasing out the overlap between West African and Latin American musical practice.

Here is the complete list of dates for the series:

Lankum – October 14

Habib Koité – October 20

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present Transparent Water – November 9

Toumani Diabaté and Kayhan Kalhor – November 21

Värttinä – December 8

More information (including ticketing) is available on the Turner Sims website.

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