May Tour with Frank McLaughlin

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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

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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

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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

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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…


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone!       2016 has been wonderfully busy with two CD launches, two festivals, two residential summer schools, studio time with Frank (and video recordings!), lots of concerts and folk club spots and many fabulous workshops at JSArts. Plus all the local community groups, workshops and one to one tuition! Phew! But…


Merry Christmas!

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Well, the Holly & Ivy performances are all complete, so Christmas must be nearly upon us. Many thanks to all the schools who hosted us, and to those who came to support us at Core Music – what a delightful afternoon! You might have noticed we have a sale on in the shop for the…


Holly & Ivy

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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

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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…


Bottle Bank Band in Embleton

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On Tuesday 1st November I will be joining Bottle Bank Band in our Autumn Concert. We are looking forward to returning to the lovely Embleton Village Hall for a fun evening, playing sets from our album and some new material too. We were very pleased to have had some recent air time on Radio 3…


Recordings and new video

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Frank and I had a great time during the week we spent performing together earlier in October. All three gigs listed in the previous post were fantastic, each unique in atmosphere but equally enjoyable. The two days in the recording studio with Richard Werner were extremely productive with three full tracks laid down. We also managed to squeeze…