37th Annual Glenties Fiddlers Weekend

Graham Dixon continues to be a great ambassador for the fiddle music of North East England. His books on Robert Whinham and James Hill are among my favourites and I would recommend them to anybody. He is also a lovely, lovely man. So when he asked me to play some of James Hill’s tunes to…


30 Years Collection

Exciting news! This book of original compositions is now out of my control and with the printers. Thirty years of life as a professional folk musician portrayed in melody… as well as the occasional harmony! Huge thanks to Amanda Jayne White (www.mandascat.com) for her original artwork for the cover, and to Rob Say for putting the…


2019 Tour Dates with Frank

Frank and I are delighted to be going on another tour at the end of May and beginning of June and are pleased to announce the first dates at some of our favourite venues. There are still some gaps to be filled, so if you know of a venue that would be interested in having…


Music for a Spring Evening

Looking forward to something a little different on 15th March. I’ll be joining Alan Edwards and Bryan Jackson as we take a stroll with our fiddles through a range of musical landscapes, from light classics to folk and swing. The concert is in the wonderful community of Embleton and will raise money for hall funds….


The Gift – Review

  We were delighted to receive a fabulous review of The Gift in the latest editions of The Living Tradition. The review is written by John O’Regan of ARC Music who is based in Limerick. two musical minds entwined creatively, each gifting the other with their presence and personality, producing music that’s at once emotional, beautiful and…


NEFS Celebrates its First Birthday!

North East Fiddle School has now completed a whole year and 10th January 2019 is our first birthday! And what a wonderful year it has been. The support from the participants has been outstanding – their commitment and good will are vital to the success of the project. We’ve also benefited from the work of some…


The Lads Like Beer

I am delighted to announce that the foremost authority on James Hill, Tyneside’s fiddling hero, has given me permission to stock his wonderful book and accompanying CD. So, Graham Dixon’s The Lads Like Beer is now for sale in the shop! Many of the tunes performed in Jimmy’s Fiddle can be found in this book, along with…


JSArts Announcement

Big changes are coming into effect at JSArts; after more than twenty-five years of running workshops, Jo and Jimmy have finally decided that from the end of June 2019, the time has come to step back and hand over the reins to someone else. The name is staying the same whilst the running of JSArts…


Jimmy’s Fiddle

What a great night was had by all at the seaside in Cullercoats last week! It was the first performance of Jimmy’s Fiddle, a wonderful show by Tom McConville and Alan Fitzsimmons all about the life and music of James Hill. There were fiddle tunes, songs and some fabulous clog dancing. Congratulations to fellow cast members Tom…


Folkest with Frank McLaughlin

Frank & I had a fab time playing at Folkest in northern Italy earlier this summer, where we were joined (and frankly upstaged) by Frank’s two sons, Euan and Lewis, for a couple of sets of tunes. The boys also wowed audiences with their own duo performances. Frank was able to bask in a father’s reflected…