Great Exhibition of the North: Folk on the Tyne

Folk on the Tyne: Alistair Anderson's Folkworks Showcase

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Three of the finest folk musicians and singers from the North of England are presented by Alistair Anderson in this afternoon showcase. All performers have been teaching all week at Folkworks Summer Schools. Since setting up Folkworks in 1988 Alistair has worked with a diverse and exciting range of folk artists from across the world, this showcase presents just some of many artists Folkworks has worked with for the past 30 years.

As a touring soloist, with no less than 37 tours of the USA, 5 trips to Australia and countless European tours to his credit, Alistair Anderson is internationally acknowledged as the master of the English Concertina and a fine exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes. He delights audiences with the lyrical slow airs and lively dance tunes of Northumberland and with his own compositions, which have grown out of his love of traditional music.

Amy Thatcher is an accordionist and clog dancer based in the North East of England. Amy is a key member of several well known folk acts in the UK including Kathryn Tickell and The Side, The Shee, and the electronic folk super-group, The Monster Ceilidh Band. Her musical upbringing owes a lot to Stockport’s famous Fosbrook’s Folk Education Trust with whom she trained from the age of eight on accordion, fiddle, piano and clog dancing. During this time Amy was taught by, and recorded with, accordion virtuoso Murray Grainger. From 18 onwards she continued her musical education in Newcastle on the prestigious Folk and Traditional Music degree course.

Andy May started to learn the pipes in the late eighties, having been introduced to the instrument by his dad. I learned to play from Roland Lofthouse and Adrian Schofield, and from studying the recordings of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough. Through the 90s he entered many piping competitions and studied music at the University of York with the pipes as his chosen instrument. Andy tours with Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, UK/Finnish/Danish ensemble Baltic Crossing, and the Andy May Trio.

English violinist, singer and songwriter Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation, and has to date won 6 Folk Awards from BBC Radio 2. Her 2016 album Instar examined the relationship between folk song and the environment and led to collaborations with contemporary nature writers Rob Cowen (Common Ground) and Helen Macdonald (H is for Hawk) as part of her curation at Kings Place, London. She has composed for commissions The Radio Ballads (BBC Radio 2), The Elizabethan Session, Sweet Liberties (Parliament) and Shake The Chains, and performs with Melrose Quartet, Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting and as part of Peter Bellamy’s folk opera The Transports.

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