Cape Breton fiddle tradition is alive and well

Katie McNally Trio

Now More Than Ever demonstrates that the Cape Breton tradition is in very safe hands with Katie McNally, a Boston-based fiddler who is joined by  Shauncey Ali on viola and Neil Pearlman on piano.

Katie’s website informs us that she attended both The University of Glasgow and The National Piping Centre in Glasgow Scotland where she studied ancient and modern Scottish Literature and Scottish traditional music. Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University in 2012 with concentrations in Music, English and Child Development where she earned The Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Contribution to Performance.

The medley is called Fletch Taylor/Marcel Aucoin/Matthew Robinson’s.

“My Albion” – Zakia Sewell explores the songs, stories and symbols of British identity

Zakia Sewell

As a teenager, Zakia Sewell became entranced by English folk music, initially through Pentangle’s haunting rendition of the traditional song, The Cuckoo.

But with this enchantment came a tension – a question – of whether such a song could really belong to her. Being of Caribbean and British descent, Zakia is sensitive to the darker histories that connect these two places and yet is drawn to a vision of Albion – an ancient, mythical land evoked in so many folk songs, symbols and stories.

Spiralling out from the personal to the national, from the present into the past – both real and imagined – Zakia grapples with the complexities of British national identity with the intent of resolving her own inner conflict and finding hopeful visions for the future.

With artist Ben Edge, musician Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and his mum Mignon, warden of Kilpeck Church, Hesketh Millais, members of Boss Morris – a feminist Morris Side – and Zakia’s dad, Caspar.

Listen to the full program on BBC here

Produced by Zakia Sewell and Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

Derry Girls creator may end show after third series with feature film

DERRY GIRLS creator Lisa McGee has revealed her intention to conclude the show after three series and a feature film. 

The much-anticipated third series of the hit comedy series chronicling the exploits of a group of teenagers growing up in Derry during the Troubles in the 1990s has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

While the cast reunited for a special Zoom-based sketch in aid of charity earlier this year, they are still waiting to be given the green light to begin filming again. 

In the meantime, McGee has been busy working on Erin’s Diary, a new official tie-in book written from the perspective of Saoirse Monica Jackson’s character. 

Offering a deep dive into the inner workings of the show’s central character, it serves as the perfect bridge between series two and three, with fans still facing a lengthy wait for more Derry Girls. 

It could also end up being the beginning of the end for the hit show, with McGee admitting to the I Newspaper that she is keen to wrap things up after series three with a feature film. 

“I don’t want to write them beyond 18. It’s about that magic time, before you’re officially an adult,” she explained.  

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