Alistair Anderson on Northumbria smallpipes and concertina

Thursday 16th August sees an evening of atmospheric Northumbrian music from one of the country's leading traditional musicians, Alistair Anderson on Northumbrian smallpipes and concertina with Tyneside fiddle-player, Sophy Ball.The evening will also include short sets from Niopha Keegan, fiddle player from The Unthanks, and members of energetic youth folk band Alnwicky.

Playing almost on home ground in Wooler, Alistair Anderson nevertheless has some 37 tours of the USA, 5 trips to Australia and countless European tours to his credit. Alistair 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 music, which has grown out of his love of traditional music.

Alistair is joined by Sophy Ball, a fine fiddle player now based on Tyneside and a member of Alistair's acclaimed band Northlands - and most of his recent ensemble and recording projects. Together they will play some of Northumberland's 'top traditional tunes' and weave in some of Alistair's own compositions inspired by the landscape of the region he loves. Expect lyrical slow airs and fast, toe-tapping rants and reels!

Doors will open at 7pm and the music starts at 7.30pm. The venue is a lovely church, but pews can be unforgiving, so you may like to bring your own cushion! There will be an interval with refreshments.

Tickets are just £7.50 and are available via Eventbrite also to purchase in person at Florin, 3 High Street, The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place and St Mary's Church, Church Street, all in Wooler. For further information/reservations contact Lynda Cairns 07929653169 or Meg Hood 07748928706.