Folkworks: The Greater North. Maddy Prior, The Keelers, Horizontal Sunday, Champion Clog Dancer Melanie Barber and Northumbrian Piper, Paul Knox, with poet Kate Fox as MC.

An evening celebrating the traditional music, song and dance from across north of England

Hall One

This one-off concert will feature Maddy Prior, a legend of the folk world, performing songs from and inspired by her native north Cumbria in a line up brought together especially for this evening.

Maddy’s band ‘The Hefted Band’ is drawn from all along the border, from Newcastle to Workington.
Check out Maddy’s recent blog post about the band and her inspiration for the show.

Maddy Prior (vocals), Rick Kemp (bass, guitar and vocals), Andrew “Spud” Sinclair (guitar and vocals), Frank Lee (melodeon), Heather Bell (keyboards, violin and vocals), George Hutton (drums and percussion).

other acts include
Horizontal Sunday – graduates of the Newcastle University Folk and Traditional music degree – perform traditional and original tunes on clarsach, fiddles and melodeon.

Powerful vocal harmony group, The Keelers, provide north east songs and shanties and clog dancing comes from champion Lancashire clog dancer Melanie Barber, who learned directly from the music hall great Sam Sherry and Paul Knox features on Northumbrian Pipes.

The evening is held together by poet, Kate Fox, oft heard on BBC Radio 4, who will act as MC and share some of her wryly observant and often humourous poety.

The concert sits within a full night of music with free performances on our Concourse stage before the show and during the interval and culminating with a grand ceilidh on the Concourse after the main concert with music from North East band King Cole and caller Ruth Ball. So do bring your dancing feet!

Yan Tann, from Cockermouth, will perform during the interval on the Concourse.

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