Show will be just for record

Morpeth Gathering Parade 2015'Picture Jane Coltman
Morpeth Gathering Parade 2015'Picture Jane Coltman

A fund-raising album of songs, tunes and spoken extracts from choirs, bands and soloists from in and around Morpeth is to be performed live next week.

The Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering is hosting a free performance evening to mark the launch of its new CD.

Morpeth Gathering Parade 2015'Picture Jane Coltman

Morpeth Gathering Parade 2015'Picture Jane Coltman

Entitled Morpeth’s Music, the album features traditional songs such as the Morpeth Rant through to modern tunes in the form of pieces created especially for the album.

The pieces include a variety of music and some spoken extracts from Morpeth-born Doctor Who and Coronation Street actor Rod Arthur.

Pieces written for the album include Jez Lowe’s song about the Morpeth Olympics sung by Benny Graham, the York Waits’ tune for William Turner and Derek Hobbs’ brass band arrangement of the Mary Hollon Waltz for the Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band.

There are also special arrangements by Graham Stacy for Rothbury’s Voice Male choir, and Colin Bradford’s setting of a wartime song by Morpeth minstrel Charlie Shaw, sung by the gathering’s figurehead, Alex Swailes.

Also featured is Stewart Hardy’s suite of tunes commissioned by town Mayor Nic Best last year for Morpeth Town Hall’s 300th birthday.

Gathering organiser Kim Bibby-Wilson says: “We’re delighted that this CD, which has been in preparation for quite some time and has depended on a lot of people’s efforts, is due to be released – and just in time for Christmas.

“Members of the public who come along can purchase copies of an excellent Christmas present before going along to the other late-night shopping events and poetry recital being held on Thursday, December 3.”

The event takes place from 6pm in the Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, in Bridge Street.

Contact Kim on 01670 513308 for details.