Enjoy One Of Northumberland's Favourite Traditional Music Events
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Over the years the Committee have endeavoured to encourage local children to learn to play, sing and compose poetry and to this end we have run classes throughout the year and worked closely with the local schools. The children have grown up with music, song, dance and poetry as a natural part of their lives which will stay with them and provide a rich heritage for future generations.
Over the past 3 years the festival has worked alongside Music Partnership North in forming The Rothbury Ceilidh Band, these youngsters meet once a week under the guidance of Lynn Tocker and Dave Mead, the band has gone from strength to strength performing at many venues including Alnwick Playhouse and Newcastle City Hall. The children have recently decided to name themselves 'Keep Calm and Ceilidh On'. The festival pays 50% of each child's tuition in the band ensuring that it is affordable and available to all.
In the past 3 years we have worked closely with local musician James Tait who's own family tradition is steeped in local dialect. James has in recent years begun to write his own poetry and develop an interest in preserving the tradition and passing it onto the next generation. The festival have commissioned James to go into local schools teaching Dialect Poetry workshops. The children are then encouraged to enter their own poems into the Poetry competition at the festival. This has been a huge success, and recently some of the children were featured on an edition of BBC Countryfile along with a visit to Barrowburn where the Tait family have farmed for many years. This work done by James is invaluable to ensure that our local dialect survives and continues for generations to come.
In 2013 we were delighted to get funding and support from Northumberland National Parks, this enabled us to produce some new t-shirts, road side banners, sail banners and large banners showing off our new logo which was kindly designed by local company Blue Tongue Design. We were also able to put some money into the Ceilidh Band ensure the good work continues.