Tyneside Fiddle Alliance
The Tyneside Fiddle Alliance is a community of fiddlers resident in the North East of England, established in celebration of a new “golden age” of fiddle music in that region. In an area renowned for its fiddling tradition, this gathering of fiddlers is the fruit of decades of toil by key individuals within the local folk community. The huge efforts they have made have resulted in a flourishing musical environment which is now experienced on a daily basis in the concert halls and sessions of Tyneside and the surrounding area. Operating an “open door” policy, the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance welcomes fiddlers of all abilities, promoting a friendly, inclusive atmosphere in which musicians build a shared repertoire of local tunes and explore traditions from further afield. With support from Gateshead council, the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance is housed in St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead, and meets on the first and third Thursday of the month.
Tyneside Fiddle Alliance was founded by Stewart Hardy and Hinny Pawsey with taster sessions in the autumn of 2010. From January 2011 with all four members of Bottle Bank Band leading the meetings, Stewart Hardy, Hinny Pawsey, Sophy Ball and David Jones kicked TFA off to a fantastic start. When Hinny moved away and Chloe Jones joined Bottle Band Band she also become a strong leader at TFA. Eventually Sophy had to step back from being a regular leader at TFA due to her multitude of performance and teaching commitments, but she remains a strong supporter and occasional guest tutor. In June of 2017 it had become apparent that a fourth leader at TFA would be a great help to relieve some of the pressure on the other three, and Ali Say, a TFA member since 2015, joined the team.
January 2020 marks our 10th Birthday, so watch out for extra celebratory events.
Upcoming EventsApr21Wed7:00 pm NEFS 2021 Block 3 – Online @ Online - Videos & ZoomNEFS 2021 Block 3 – Online @ Online - Videos & ZoomApr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pmNorth East Fiddle School returns with a new block of fully online materials. Technique and tunes are taught through video tutorials which are added to weekly and can be accessed indefinitely after that so you...Apr28Wed7:00 pm NEFS 2021 Block 3 – Online @ Online - Videos & ZoomNEFS 2021 Block 3 – Online @ Online - Videos & ZoomApr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pmNorth East Fiddle School returns with a new block of fully online materials. Technique and tunes are taught through video tutorials which are added to weekly and can be accessed indefinitely after that so you...May5Wed7:00 pm NEFS 2021 Block 3 – Online @ Online - Videos & ZoomMay12Wed7:00 pm NEFS 2021 Block 3 – Online @ Online - Videos & ZoomNEFS 2021 Block 3 – Online @ Online - Videos & ZoomMay 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pmNorth East Fiddle School returns with a new block of fully online materials. Technique and tunes are taught through video tutorials which are added to weekly and can be accessed indefinitely after that so you...
Facebook FeedThis year the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering is taking place online, with a mix of YouTube and Zoom calls. You can visit their page and look at the programme for all the events. Here's the link for the Saturday evening concert with a recorded video spot (including a guest appearance from Emma and Yannik!) It will go live on YouTube on Sat 10th April at 7.00 pm. youtu.be/LoEEw_U4WsEThe event is not ticketed, but you can donate here to support the festival: gofund.me/bc3d36f4This event will be available online from the scheduled time on Saturday 10th April. The YouTube link will be youtu.be/LoEEw_U4WsE . The concert has international connections - Glowan were filmed at home in Canada, while the singers of Tonbande are from the Louis Braille Blind School at Dueren in Germany. Tonbande were recorded at the Bridge Folk Club in Newcastle in June 2019 when they came as guests of the Gathering, later singing at the Chantry. (Thanks to Eric, Peter and Mike at the Bridge for the video) For links and information on other Online Gathering events see the Morpeth Gathering Facebook page or visit www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering . If you would like to support this year's free Gathering online events, please consider making a donation at gofundme.com/f/morpeth-northumbrian-gathering . ... See MoreSee LessHuge thanks to Wil Walker (ExileFM) for including 'White Jock' on his Take on Tradition playlist for this week. It's available for one week from 6th April, so check out the link - what a great line up!www.mixcloud.com/WilWalkerIf you like the track, the album is available to download from the website 😊www.stewarthardy.co.uk/product/tods-assembly-download/Snow, and maybe other April surprises - in this week’s podcast, available now to stream or download via the Media tab at exilefm.com for one week from 6/4/21, with:1. Si Barron - Singing Lovely Nancy2. John Kennedy - Reels: Snow In April/Craig's Crossroads3. Ben Lennon and Tony O'Connell - Murphy's/The Smoky Chimney4. Bróna Mcvittie - A Pity Beyond All Telling5. Harbottle & Jonas - Black Is The Colour6. Robbie Greig Music - Blàr Inbhir Lòchaidh7. Maurice O’Keeffe - Molly Morrissey's/Tom Billy’s8. Bryan O'Leary Music & Mikey O'Connor - Boat to Bofin/Tom Billy's Waltz9. Sliabh Notes - Polkas Medley: John Collins’ Fancy/Eileen’s Polka/Ned Kelly’s Polka10. The Lomond Ceilidh BAND - Marches11. Stewart Hardy Music - White Jock12. Jim Eldon - Queen Of Tavendor13. Johnny Handle - Alwinton Show14. David Faulkner & Steve Turner - The Auld Goodman/Any Second NowAlso on Mixcloud at www.mixcloud.com/WilWalker ... See MoreSee Less
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