‘Tis Holly & Ivy Season

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The School Performances have started and we had a wonderful evening at a House Concert at the beginning of December. Coming up are three public performances – all very different, so take your pick or come along to all three! Saturday 16th December:  A Midwinter Warmer. This evening concert in Seaton Sluice Community Centre at 7.30…


Concert in Alnwick tonight

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It’s short notice, but if you can join me in Alnwick this evening there promises to be a lovely little concert in St Michael’s Church. I’ll be joining Bryan Jackson and Alan Edwards for An Evening of Light Music arranged for three fiddles.  All the details are on the Event page – come along if…


Announcing the North East Fiddle School

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We are extremely excited to be able to announce a new project for 2018, the North East Fiddle School. If you missed our special announcement Newsletter at the end of November, then below is the message that Stewart sent out. We have appreciated all the support we’ve received so far, and can’t wait to get…


Fiddle Day Adult places sell out!

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It’s fantastic news that the Fiddle Day has had such a good response, and that all the adult spaces for the day are now sold out. It is going to be a marvellous day of fiddle teaching and music making. There are still spaces left on the Youth Workshop, so if you know of any…


Fiddle Day Workshops

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I am delighted to announce that I will be teaching a day of Fiddle Workshops on Sunday 10th Dec, 2017 in Low Fell, Gateshead. The focus will be on tunes and techniques for fiddle players, featuring popular and interesting folk tunes and the techniques required to bring these to life on the fiddle (bowing, groove, ornamentation). The adult…


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…