It has taken a while to put together this day of events celebrating James Hill, but now that it’s just around the corner, this is the time to buy your tickets. Our evening concert promises to be a cracking event exploring the music and shared heritage of Tyneside and Clydeside. There will be a few solo sets from me but I’m relishing the opportunity to perform some material in the first half of the concert with my old mate, the wonderful guitarist Frank McLaughlin. In the second half we’ll be joined by our partner in crime from Glasgow, one of Scotland’s finest traditional singers, Mick West. It’s both a pleasure and a privilege to welcome these two fabulous musicians back to Tyneside. You can buy tickets for the concert (£10 / £7) directly from me (firstname.lastname@example.org / 0191 237 2358) or on 0191 285 9554. Do encourage friends and family to come along and join us!
Masterclass for Folk Fiddle
Sat 23rd Jan, 2pm @ St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead
Time to announce the participants for this extremely special event, the Masterclass for Folk Fiddle. Five wonderful fiddlers will be working as soloists or in duos on material composed by or associated with James Hill. Melissa Whitehead, from the Scottish Highlands, and Grace Smith, from Teeside, are both graduates of the Folk Degree at Newcastle University and currently reside on Tyneside. The McLaughlin brothers, Euan and Lewis, live in Edinburgh and study at the City of Edinburgh Music School. Peter Sloan, who attends the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, is our local representative and is both a welcome and familiar face to those who follow our leading youth ensembles. All are extremely talented fiddlers and I’m very grateful to them for agreeing to participate in this event.
At 11am on the same day my good friend, the author and Northumbrian Piper, Graham Dixon, will be talking about his experiences writing and producing ‘The Lads Like Beer’ book and CD. Tickets for this are free but you will need to reserve your place at gateshead.gov.uk/whatson.