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…


Stewart & Frank October Concerts

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I am delighted that this October I shall be spending a week in the company of my good friend Frank McLaughlin. We have a series of concerts planned, and a couple of days with the fabulous Richard Werner at B & B Studios in Edinburgh. Mon 10th October:  Private Concert at the Northumbrian Pipers Course in…


Beamish Agricultural Show

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Once again the wonderful Bill Elliot and I will be spending two days at Beamish Museum this September for their Agricultural Show on the 15th and 16th. Beamish provides a great excuse to dress up and Bill and I need little encouragement to don a costume (check out the photo!). Last year we had a great time…


Sedgefield Folk Festival

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The Sedgefield Folk Festival is a great local event which I am very pleased to have been asked to play at. On the Saturday morning (3rd September) there will be a Fiddle Workshop in the beautiful Ceddesfeld Hall – and it will be free!!!  Then I will be accompanying the mighty George Welch in the afternoon…


Stewart & Frank at the Fringes!!

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Frank and I will be busy having a good time at two events this summer and would be delighted to share the fun with whoever can make it. We try to play the Wee Folk Club every year as Paddy Bort, who runs this venue during The Fringe, is one of the staunchest advocates of…