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

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….


Morpeth Community Strings

As part of the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, I will be leading two Community Strings workshops, culminating in a performance at the Golden Gala Concert on the Friday night at the Gathering. These two workshops will be rehearsing arrangements of tunes I composed to commemorate the tricentenary of the Town Hall – all welcome, just turn…


Cracking Concert in Stocksfield

We had a fantastic time in Stocksfield on Feb 11th. There was a great crowd, and The Stocksfield Stompers provided a wonderful first half hour of tunes and songs to get us underway. Many thanks to Chris Pentney of Sharper Than who organised the concert, arranged the hall & bar and provided a fabulous tea…


Sixty Minutes an Hour ~ Album Launch

Excitement levels are rising as we approach the album launch for Maddison’s Thread‘s new album, Sixty Minutes an Hour. Lee has done an amazing job with the songs and lots of fun was had adding the arrangements. Tonight is the first launch concert at Hartlepool Cricket Club and we are looking forward to a very…


Holly & Ivy

Well, December is well and truly here and school shows have begun for this year’s Holly & Ivy. I am usually joined for Holly & Ivy by local folk legend, David Oliver and by the extraordinarily talented Laura Connolly. But this year, as Laura takes some well-deserved time-out to look after her new gorgeous baby…


Tyneside Fiddle Alliance Annual Concert

The Tyneside Fiddle Alliance will be performing their annual November concert in St Mary’s Heritage Centre, where we meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month between 6.30 and 8.30 pm. The group continues to go from strength to strength and is a wonderful example of community music making. In the concert this…