Jimmy’s Fiddle


What a great night was had by all at the seaside in Cullercoats last week! It was the first performance of Jimmy’s Fiddle, a wonderful show by Tom McConville and Alan Fitzsimmons all about the life and music of James Hill. There were fiddle tunes, songs and some fabulous clog dancing. Congratulations to fellow cast members Tom…

‘Sacred Spaces, Secular Sounds’ ~ July 2018


Frank and I are touring in July, taking in some gorgeous acoustics around the north and east of England and the Borders. In our tour of “Sacred Spaces, Secular Sounds” we will perform traditional and self-penned material from our new album ‘The Gift’ alongside tunes from the critically acclaimed album ‘Root2’, exemplifying ‘the very best of partnerships…

The Gift Launch Date


Frank and I are very excited about this – our new album, The Gift, will be launched on 3rd April 2018. Keep an eye open for details about pre-ordering the CD, and there might be some special bundles available to those who support us by pre-ordering!   And don’t forget to save the date for the…

Edinburgh Folk Club with Frank


We are delighted to have been invited up to the Edinburgh Folk Club to play on Wednesday 7th February. They have a spectacular line-up of acts scheduled this year and it will be a great gig to kick off 2018. They start at 8pm, and tickets are available online from Brown Paper Tickets. We thought last…

‘Tis Holly & Ivy Season

Holly & Ivy Roadshow - group

The School Performances have started and we had a wonderful evening at a House Concert at the beginning of December. Coming up are three public performances – all very different, so take your pick or come along to all three! Saturday 16th December:  A Midwinter Warmer. This evening concert in Seaton Sluice Community Centre at 7.30…

Concert in Alnwick tonight


It’s short notice, but if you can join me in Alnwick this evening there promises to be a lovely little concert in St Michael’s Church. I’ll be joining Bryan Jackson and Alan Edwards for An Evening of Light Music arranged for three fiddles.  All the details are on the Event page – come along if…

A week with Frank


Looking forward to a week with Frank McLaughlin up in Edinburgh. We’ll be rehearsing lots, but also spending time with the splendid Richard of B & B Studios in Edinburgh, mixing the new album. We’ll be finishing the week back down in the North East and are delighted to be playing a House Concert on…

Bottle Bank Band September Gigs

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Towards the end of this month I am looking forward to performing three local gigs with my esteemed colleagues in Bottle Bank Band. We are excited to be playing in The Vault in Hexham, a new live music venue in a cellar under the Haslam’s of Hallgate Gallery. This is followed by the beautiful acoustics of…

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2017


The music festival at Rothbury is a delightful weekend celebrating the traditional music of Northumberland and the Borders. We will be heading there early on Saturday morning to run workshops from 10.30 am until 12 pm, one each on fiddle and guitar; Stewart will be in the Main Hall and Frank will be in the…

May Tour with Frank McLaughlin


Well, it’s getting closer now, and Frank and I are looking forward to heading off around the country, visiting and performing in some lovely venues. We are delighted to have been invited to play at The Swallow Theatre in Dumfries and Galloway, as it has been many years since we last played in that area….