Dec
9
Fri
Fiddle Carols Duet @ Alnwick Playhouse
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

My friend, Bryan Jackson and I get together whenever possible to play through his wonderful arrangements of classical and folk music. I got to know Bryan through the Monkseaton Morris Men for whom he played fiddle and danced for many years. We will be providing music for the RNLI weekly coffee morning, in the form of carols arranged by Bryan for two fiddles. All proceeds will go to the RNLI – come along and get into the festive spirit!

Dec
11
Sun
Holly & Ivy @ Core Music
Dec 11 @ 2:30 pm
Holly & Ivy @ Core Music

Songs, Tunes, Dances, Stories, Rituals and Customs of Midwinter, Christmas and the Turning of the Year

Stewart Hardy (fiddle & vocals), Grace Smith (fiddle, vocals & clogs) and David Oliver (accordion & vocals) bring to Core Music their lively, cheerful, interactive and (at least partly!) spontaneous look at the festive season, with seasonal snacks and warming drinks.

Entry by donation on the door, but please book in advance! Suggested donation £10; less for concessions. All donations are voluntary, but they help us carry on making music accessible for people in our community.

To book your place, just call 01434 601993, drop into the shop, send a message on Facebook or email info@coremusic.co.uk.

Jan
6
Fri
Maddison’s Thread CD Launch Concerts @ Hartlepool Cricket Club
Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm
Maddison's Thread CD Launch Concerts @ Hartlepool Cricket Club

SOLD OUT – The official launch of the new Maddison’s Thread CD, “Sixty Minutes an Hour” will happen over two nights in the cozy and intimate surroundings of the Hartlepool Cricket Club. Friday 6th and Saturday 7th January 2017, doors 7 pm.

Jan
7
Sat
Maddison’s Thread CD Launch Concerts @ Hartlepool Cricket Club
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm
Maddison's Thread CD Launch Concerts @ Hartlepool Cricket Club

SOLD OUT – The official launch of the new Maddison’s Thread CD, “Sixty Minutes an Hour” will happen over two nights in the cozy and intimate surroundings of the Hartlepool Cricket Club. Friday 6th and Saturday 7th January 2017, doors 7 pm.

Jan
20
Fri
Celtic Connections: The Songs of Robert Tannahill @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
Celtic Connections: The Songs of Robert Tannahill @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The wonderful Dr Fred Freeman is launching the penultimate CD in his landmark recording series “The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill.” Frank McLaughlin and I were delighted and honoured to be involved with this project, which was also engineered by our good friend, Richard Werner. It features some of Scotland’s finest singers and instrumentalists. You can read about the concert and, indeed, book tickets on the Celtic Connections website. Have a look at the cast list – it’s not often you get a chance to see such a line up in one concert!

Feb
24
Fri
Mixed Instrument Workshop @ JSArts
Feb 24 – Feb 26 all-day
Mixed Instrument Workshop @ JSArts | Grantham | United Kingdom

Mixed Instruments with Stewart Hardy – Fully Booked

The workshops typically take between 7 & 10 people for three days of instruction. The cost covers all food, tuition, refreshments and overnight accommodation.The course cost for the weekend (Friday Lunchtime through to Sunday evening) includes everything by way of meals and refreshments, so no need to spend another penny on anything once you are here. Vegan and vegetarian diets are catered for, as are lactose and gluten intolerance.

There are on average 6 hours of workshops daily. Dinner is followed each evening by an informal session led by Stewart. These help reinforce the techniques learned during the day, give you a chance to hear and learn new tunes and teach others some of your own favourites.

Your tutor is available to you from breakfast until bed-time for questions and advice.

Mar
4
Sat
Bottle Bank Band Introduce Tyneside Tunes @ Sage Gateshead
Mar 4 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In this recital talk the Bottle Bank Band will introduce you to the variety of tunes and melodies which have been inspired by and played in Tyneside over the years.

Part of Folkworks Pass It On

Mar
9
Thu
George Welch & Stewart Hardy in Darlington @ Darlington Folk Club
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mar
10
Fri
Fiddle Techniques Workshop @ JSArts
Mar 10 – Mar 12 all-day
Fiddle Techniques Workshop @ JSArts | Grantham | United Kingdom

Fiddle Techniques with Stewart Hardy

Tunes are carefully selected to work as exercises demonstrating particular techniques, whilst at the same time providing a melodic stimulus. Exercises are extracted from the tunes to facilitate applying the technique to other tunes. Many of the tunes are suitable for multi-level workshops, with the teaching of a variety of techniques, requiring greater or lesser technical experience, applied to them. Subject matter includes: bowing technique, left hand technique and general fiddle well-being. In the choice of repertoire 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, and as being representative of a composer’s style.

All sheet music and mp3 files of all the tunes covered are provided. Plus recordings of exercises from the course where these are helpful.

The workshops typically take between 7 & 10 people for three days of instruction. The cost covers all food, tuition, refreshments and overnight accommodation.The course cost for the weekend (Friday Lunchtime through to Sunday evening) includes everything by way of meals and refreshments, so no need to spend another penny on anything once you are here. Vegan and vegetarian diets are catered for, as are lactose and gluten intolerance.

There are on average 6 hours of workshops daily. Dinner is followed each evening by an informal session led by Stewart. These help reinforce the techniques learned during the day, give you a chance to hear and learn new tunes and teach others some of your own favourites.

Your tutor is available to you from breakfast until bed-time for questions and advice.

Mar
26
Sun
Lee Maddison @ The Ship Inn
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lee Maddison @ The Ship Inn

I will be joining Lee Maddison for another lovely evening of Lee’s songs at this relaxed and informal venue. We will be performing some from the new album for the first time since the launch concerts in January.

If you haven’t heard Lee’s songs, check out a few songs and even buy the album here. Then join us to hear them live!