Greater emphasis is given to stylistic aspects of the music. A number of considerations are given to the selection of tunes, including: their interest to Stewart in his studies; their interest to the general musical community; their demonstration of particular stylistic nuances; as being representative of a composer’s style. These workshops can be fiddle specific, or tailored for multi-instrument workshops. Subject matter includes:
1. James Hill & Associates – Tyneside’s most famous fiddling son and composer of many wonderful (and notoriously tricky) hornpipes was a member of a thriving musical community. The tunes they have left behind form the core of the North East fiddler’s repertoire.
2. Early Northumbrian – the manuscripts of Henry Atkinson (1694) and William Vickers (1770) form the basis of this fascinating repertoire, including some fine tune forms that have been much neglected, but which now are finding fresh admirers.
3. North East English from the 20th Century – the fiddle tradition has continued uninterrupted in the North East. Moreover, it has been added to by the likes of Jack
Davidson, Willy Taylor, Robin Dunn, Kathryn Tickell and a host of young talent frequenting the sessions around Tyneside.
4. English – for so long the poor cousin of the fiddle repertoire of these islands and often dismissed as a small collection of simplistic tunes for morris dancing, suitable more for beginners than serious fiddlers, this repertoire is finally receiving the long overdue attention it deserves. Thanks to the diligent efforts and generosity of key individuals, what has emerged is a melodically rich and stylistically diverse repertoire, every bit as rewarding and worthy of consideration as its more celebrated island relatives.
5. Own Compositions – Stewart has been writing and recording his own tunes for many years. Some have been been recorded by other artists and used in radio, TV and theatre productions. There is also a substantial number of tunes written as teaching aids.
6. Irish – still the most popular repertoire heard in sessions, and not surprisingly given the number of fantastic fiddle tunes and so many wonderful exponents of them.
7. Scottish – a hugely rich repertoire, very influential on both the Irish and the English, and including not only a fabulous traditional repertoire, but also many outstanding fiddle composers.
8. Contemporary Folk – arguably we are living in a golden age of folk music, with so many outstanding performers on the scene, many of whom are writing tunes in the traditional idiom, but with all the diverse influence of our modern multi-cultural society.
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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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