October Workshops

As we are unable to run our lovely residential weekends at the moment, I thought a few workshops might be welcomed! It will certainly be lovely to see some happy faces taking part on Zoom! The Friday evening Play-along session on 2nd October is open to all instruments. I’ll play the tune through your headphones,…


July Fiddle Workshops

I am excited to annouce that there will be three online Fiddle Workshops on 25th and 26th July, open to all intermediate & advanced fiddle players. Drawing on what we have learned in various group workshops during lockdown these workshops will be held on Zoom, focusing on three fabulous tunes associated with the North East….


37th Annual Glenties Fiddlers Weekend

Graham Dixon continues to be a great ambassador for the fiddle music of North East England. His books on Robert Whinham and James Hill are among my favourites and I would recommend them to anybody. He is also a lovely, lovely man. So when he asked me to play some of James Hill’s tunes to…


JSArts Announcement

Big changes are coming into effect at JSArts; after more than twenty-five years of running workshops, Jo and Jimmy have finally decided that from the end of June 2019, the time has come to step back and hand over the reins to someone else. The name is staying the same whilst the running of JSArts…


Announcing the North East Fiddle School

We are extremely excited to be able to announce a new project for 2018, the North East Fiddle School. If you missed our special announcement Newsletter at the end of November, then below is the message that Stewart sent out. We have appreciated all the support we’ve received so far, and can’t wait to get…


Fiddle Day Adult places sell out!

It’s fantastic news that the Fiddle Day has had such a good response, and that all the adult spaces for the day are now sold out. It is going to be a marvellous day of fiddle teaching and music making. There are still spaces left on the Youth Workshop, so if you know of any…


Fiddle Day Workshops

I am delighted to announce that I will be teaching a day of Fiddle Workshops on Sunday 10th Dec, 2017 in Low Fell, Gateshead. The focus will be on tunes and techniques for fiddle players, featuring popular and interesting folk tunes and the techniques required to bring these to life on the fiddle (bowing, groove, ornamentation). The adult…


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…