Musicians set for Gathering fund-raiser

Concertina player Alistair Anderson, who will play at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering Fund-raising Concert.
Concertina player Alistair Anderson, who will play at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering Fund-raising Concert.

A variety of top musical performers will set toes tapping at an annual fund-raising concert.

The Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering fund-raiser takes place tomorrow, featuring a full line-up of musicians, singers and a clog dancer.

The event will be compered by Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes and stars concertina player Alistair Anderson.

Also performing is fiddler Stewart Hardy, who will be showcasing some recent compositions that were commissioned by Morpeth Mayor Nic Best to mark the 300th anniversary of Morpeth Town Hall.

They include the Tricentennial, Mr Vanbrugh’s Maggot, Lookers, Weighers and Tasters, The Tolbooth Rant and Lord Joicey’s Gift.

Ernie Gordon and Anita James, who will offer mouth-organ workshops at the Gathering festival itself in April, are on the bill, performing old wartime songs.

And singer Mary Hollins, the Liverpool Linnet, will take to the stage with melodeon player Peter Hollins.

Morpeth group The Border Directors will play a variety of Northumbrian songs and clog dancer Meg Wilson, another Gathering regular, will show off her talents.

The concert will have a war and peace theme.

It is being held to raise funds for the Gathering, which sees a wide range of traditional entertainment taking place over three days from Friday, April 10, including street performers, music, dance, craft, dialect and heritage events and competitions.

The concert will be held at Morpeth Town Hall.

Tickets cost £10 adults, £9 for unwaged people and £8 for under 18s.

They are available from Morpeth Chantry Tourist Information Centre, or from Gathering Chairman Kim Bibby-Wilson on 01670 513308.

Further information about the Gathering can be found at www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering