A week with Frank

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Looking forward to a week with Frank McLaughlin up in Edinburgh. We’ll be rehearsing lots, but also spending time with the splendid Richard of B & B Studios in Edinburgh, mixing the new album. We’ll be finishing the week back down in the North East and are delighted to be playing a House Concert on…


Bottle Bank Band September Gigs

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Towards the end of this month I am looking forward to performing three local gigs with my esteemed colleagues in Bottle Bank Band. We are excited to be playing in The Vault in Hexham, a new live music venue in a cellar under the Haslam’s of Hallgate Gallery. This is followed by the beautiful acoustics of…


New Learning Resources Available

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Well, the IT elves have been busy behind the scenes, and we are delighted to be able to offer some new Learning Resources on the website. If you haven’t explored these before, they are single, or small collections of tunes, such as might be taught in workshops. If you are interested in expanding your repertoire, or…


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2017

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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…


Summer 2017

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Well, the summer is nearly here, and the double edition of the newsletter has just been sent out. You can read all the upcoming news here, with details of gigs, workshops and a summer school which is fast approaching! Following a truly fantastic tour with Frank in May, we have recently been working on (and…


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…