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…


‘Sacred Spaces, Secular Sounds’ ~ July 2018

Frank and I are touring in July, taking in some gorgeous acoustics around the north and east of England and the Borders. In our tour of “Sacred Spaces, Secular Sounds” we will perform traditional and self-penned material from our new album ‘The Gift’ alongside tunes from the critically acclaimed album ‘Root2’, exemplifying ‘the very best of partnerships…


RIP Alex Padraig Siday

A tune composed in memory of a wonderful man – a talented fiddle player and regular attendee at our Whickham Workshops for many years. Lament for Alex Padraig Siday (S. Hardy) Download the zip file containing the notation (pdf), mp3 and AAC files.


New half-term at NEFS

We’ve had a great start to the North East Fiddle School and have been delighted by the response from all the participants. We are now planning the next five-weeks of torment tuition(!), with scales, exercises and drills, and maybe one or two new tunes! It’s a great way to improve your fiddle tone, intonation, groove and…