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…


Northumbrian Minstrelsy

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We had a great time sharing the delights of manuscripts and publications both dusty and pristine from the vaults of The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne with an appreciate audience in Hall Two of The Sage at the end of June. It was a privilege to share a stage with such outstanding musicians…


Bottle Bank Band CD launched

The Bottle Bank Band CD is now officially launched and what a send off it was given! Chloe, David, Sophy and I would like to say thank you very much to all those people who came along to support the gigs, filling the halls and buying CDs. Thanks as well to Ednie and the team…


Maddison’s Thread @ Beverley Folk Festival

Lee has finally been introduced to the crazy world of folk festivals. He could not have had a better introduction than Beverley where we played to a very enthusiastic and supportive crowd. The festival organisers, stage crew and sound crew all did an amazing job of making our life as easy as possible and making…


Folk Summer School at Halsway Manor

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Folk Summer School @ Halsway Manor August 30th – September 1st 2016 This summer, the beautiful Halsway Manor in the heart of Somerset will once again host their annual Folk Summer School. I’m delighted to be back with their regular group of outstanding tutors  – Kevin Dempsey, Kerry Fletcher, Jo Freya, Paul Hutchinson, Carolyn Robson…