A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.
As a touring soloist, with no less than 37 tours of the USA, 5 trips to Australia and countless European tours to his credit, Alistair Anderson is internationally acknowledged as the master of the English Concertina and a fine exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes. He delights audiences with traditional music from Northumberland and beyond, as well as his own music, which has grown out of his love of these traditions.
“His appeal as a musician lies not only in his remarkable handling of the English Concertina and Northumbrian Pipes. It is also a result of his total involvement in his music, his absolute sincerity, which succeeds in reaching a far wider audience than his classification as a folk musician would suggest.”
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Windy Gyle Band
A 6 piece band continuing an unbroken tradition from the heart of Northumberland; lively, pure drop music played on smallpipes, fiddle and guitar. Windy Gyle Band plays old and new music in the traditional north Northumbrian style. With birthdays in 7 different decades this popular band is a perfect blend of experience and youthful exuberance and is looking forward to being joined by moothie player Jimmy Little in 2019.
422 Dance Band
422 are a folk band and ceilidh band based in the North East of England. They play music from all over the world with a Northern English Bias. Since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 1999, they have released 4 albums. They have a wealth of experience of playing for dancing, and know exactly how to give the tunes that extra ‘swing’ to make you want to dance.
Newcastle Kingsmen rapper dancers & Kingsmen Clog
One of the most exciting and dynamic young rapper dance teams on the planet, this forward looking traditional dance team performs the world famous rapper sword dancing, with the new Kingsmen Clog adding North East Clog dancing into the mix. Catch them performing around the town on, Clog workshop and at the Mart on Saturday.