Dan, Christi & Alistair



We are delighted to welcome Dan, Christi and Alistair to the festival this year.


Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (Uncut) and 'taking the banjo into the stratosphere' (Froots) with a unique and eclectic style taking in folk, funk, bluegrass, jazz, rock and even Arabic. Having toured the UK many times, Dan is also taking his innovative sound further afield with appearances in Germany, Canada and New Zealand to come as well as recently performing in India as part of a groundbreaking collaboration project.  He is joined by the fantastic Christi Andropolis. Born in New York, she is influenced by traditional music from both sides of the Atlantic. She sings and plays fiddle, viola and piano.  We are looking forward to this duo performing over the weekend.


Alistair Anderson needs no introduction to Rothbury Festival having been chairman of the festival for many years providing his expertise in both performing and organising the event. Alistair is internationally recognized as the master of the English Concertina and a fine performer on the Northumbrian Pipes.


As a touring soloist, with no less than 37 tours of the USA, 5 trips to Australia and countless European tours to his credit,. 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 passionate belief that traditional music had an important place in contemporary society led him to find ways to excite a new generation of young musicians and draw them into playing, singing, dancing and making the tradition their own.  We are excited to hear his collaboration with these great musicians.