Music and romance at annual fund-raising gig

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LOVE is in the air for this year’s much anticipated Northumbrian Concert.

The popular annual event, which raises funds for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, falls on Valentine’s Day so there will be a range of romantic songs.

The evening of traditional music, songs, stories and poetry is a firm fixture in Morpeth’s cultural calendar and features performers from near and far.

The line-up includes two musicians who hail from the south, but have settled in Northumberland thanks to their love of the county’s music. Charismatic fiddle player and composer Stewart Hardy is always a draw, while Werca’s Folk Musical Director Sandra Kerr will have a rare solo spot.

Native Northumberland performers include raconteur and dialect writer Bob Bolam, of Prudhoe, mouth-organ player Jimmy Little, of Alnwick, and Morpeth multi-instrumentalists the Border Directors.

The younger generation is represented by sixth form student Tristan Selden, from Longframlington, on songs, whistle and smallpipes, and Greenhaugh singer Kat Davidson, who will take along her new singing group from the Sage Gateshead, where she works as Folk Strand Learning Co-ordinator.

The evening will be compered by MC and entertainer Ernie Coe, of Hartburn.

The concert is a vital part of the fund-raising drive for the Gathering cultural festival in April.

It will take place at Morpeth Town Hall on Friday, February 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £9 adults, £8 concessions and £6 for children. They are available on 01670 513308, or from Morpeth Chantry on 01670 623455.