Stewart Hardy & Frank McLaughlin
Stewart and Frank will be performing at this year’s Rothbury Traditional Music Festival, held in the beautiful village of Rothbury in Northumberland. There will separate fiddle and guitar workshops in the morning, with performances on the outside stage on the village green in the afternoon, followed by a short spot at the Church Concert at tea-time and in the Auction Mart in the evening. It is a wonderful little festival and they are delighted to support the event. All the details can be found on the Festival’s website.
Six new videos have been released that were recorded live in concert at Gallery 45 in May. They are all available to view on YouTube – check out the Stewart Hardy Music Channel and playlist here. Below is a favourite, “Bonnie Bell Fog” which comprises the lovely air Bonnie Dundee from the manuscript of Thomas Bewick , a cracking Northumbrian jig, The Bellingham Boat, and another jig, Fogabella, sometimes dubiously attributed to James Hill. In celebration, here is the sheet music to the set, so you can learn the tunes! Download the pdf.
Filmed live at Gallery 45, Felton, Northumberland by Andy Craig Photography on 20th May 2017.
Tour Dates – May 2017
Stewart and Frank are delighted to announce that they will be heading up and down the UK in May playing at some lovely venues, interspersed with a few gorgeously intimate house concerts.
Fri 12th May: Swallow Theatre, Dumfries and Galloway, 7.30 pm
Sat 13th May: The Hearth, Horsley, Northumberland, 7.30 pm
Sun 14th May: Private House Concert, York
Mon 15th May: Private House Concert, West Dulwich, South London
Tues 16th May: CB2 Bistro, Cambridge, 8 pm.
Wed 17th May: Private House Concert, Sussex
Fri 19th May: Both Sides The Tweed, Rosslyn Chapel Midlothian (with Mick West), 7.30 pm
Sat 20th May: Gallery 45, Felton, Northumberland, 7.30 pm
Stewart and Frank met at a festival of Scottish music in Northern Bavaria. From the start, it was clear that they held common musical values and shared many musical influences. Initially contributing to each others projects, the fun they had working together led them to establish a formal collaboration.
Together they compose, produce and perform music of tremendous variety. As a duo they perform traditional and contemporary tunes stripped back to the bare essentials of fiddle, guitar and Scottish smallpipes. With their long-term collaboration, they have achieved a deep and instinctive understanding of each other’s musical interpretations.
If you like the these tunes (“Storm” composed by Frank, and “No Party Tonight” composed by Stewart) we have made the dots available for download. Please help yourself – we hope you enjoy them!
Sample from Root2, track 11:
Bonnie Bell Fog
(Bonnie Dundee; The Bellingham Boat; Fogabella)
Fiddle virtuoso Stewart Hardy and Scottish guitarist/piper Frank McLaughlin posses a rare musical kinship, holding listeners spellbound with their interplay as they explore music rooted in the traditions of Scotland, the Borders and Northumberland while incorporating sensibilities from the worlds of classical, blues, klezmer and jazz. In 2010, Stewart and Frank released two CDs of their work together, Root 2 and Compass, showcasing a broad range of their music. Stewart and Frank also work together as a writing and production team. Highlights include a commission to co-write and perform music for three silent films as part of the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema (2013); production of the acclaimed album, “A Scots Chorus” (Claytara, 2013) with Mick West and Choral ensemble “Muldoon’s Picnic” and recording and filming for the ITV drama series Distant Shores (Yorkshire television).
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