Wickerman Festival 24th and 25th July 2015

Wickerman Festival 24th and 25th July 2015

Jul 22, 2015

The Wickerman Festival 14 – 25  July 2015

Organisers are encouraging revellers to pay homage to Wickerman’s Festival Founder, Jamie Gilroy, by donning his signature look – a flamboyant Festival waistcoat. In keeping with this year’s fancy dress theme, the mini ‘gateman’ Wickerman statue, which welcomes visitors at the Festival entrance, will don a bespoke waistcoat, which was handcrafted by Edinburgh-based designer Vixy Rae.


This years festival proposes to be another corker in the festival calendar. As well as the stunning array of artists the festival will also have :- 40 Seat Wee Green Cinema / Karaoke Taxi /Mobile zip wire / Granny Turismo – not to be missed granny shopping trolley dance display! / Icarus – troup from Australia/ Festival Circus and circus workshops/ Children’s Area – storytelling sessions; sing-alongs ; art workshops and puppet shows /The Retreat – with relaxing treatments/ 7 Stanes Display Tema/ Mountain biker taster sessions/ headphone disco – brilliant for your neighbours!/ soccarenas / climbing wall / glass sledgine / bouncy castle / fairground rides/ laser quest !/ segway riding / bucking bronco / site sherpas? As well as a fantastic new street food area ! A one shop stop in festivals
NOT forgetting the Wickerman!

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 17th – 19th July 2015

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 17th – 19th July 2015

Jul 17, 2015


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 17 – 19 July 2015

‘A weekend of traditional music, dance and events in Rothbury Northumberland




Artists taking part Rothbury & Neilston Pipe Band, Absolutely Legless  , Andy May Trio , Tom O’Donnell, The Northcumbrians, Rothbury Hills, Fiddlers Elbow  The Rothbury Ceilidh Band Kids, Ian Douglas Storyteller. Kirstin Easdale 

Absolutely Legless

Absolutely Legless

Andy May Trio

Andy May Trio

The Rothbury Kids Ceilidh

The Rothbury Kids Ceilidh

Programme of events :-


8:30pm – Jubilee Hall – Ceilidh with Fiddlers Elbow


9:30am – Children’s Competitions – in All Saints Church (see Competitions Schedule)
10:00am – 12:00pm – Northumbrian Piping get together – an informal piping session before the start of the competitions (self led) in the Dovecot Room, Jubilee Hall.
10:00pm – 12:00pm – Irish Dance Workshop in the Jubilee Hall, Dining Room.
12.30pm – 5.00pm – Open Competitions (see Competitions Schedule)
12:00pm – 4:00pm Outside Stage
Featuring Rothbury & Neilston Pipe Bands Parade, Absolutely Legless, Andy May Trio, Tom O’Donnell, The Northcumbrians, Rothbury Hills, The Rothbury Ceilidh Band Kids, Ian Douglas Storyteller – face Painting plus much, much more…..

Special Event 2015:-  3.45pm – Northumbrian Piping Session – The Newcastle House Hotel
12.30pm – 4.00pm – Literary Event – The Queens Head Hotel (upstairs room)
6:30pm – All Saints Church Acoustic Concert – featuring this years Festival Guests and Competition Winners
8:30pm – Non Dancing Ceilidh in the Mart – featuring The Andy May Trio, Absolutely Legless, The Northcumbrians, Kirstin Easdale, plus local performers and surprise guests

11:00am – Final Fling with the ‘festival survivors band’. Come along with your family and have a dance.  Free Event – (Donations Welcome)
12:30pm – Stalwarts and survivors – sessions for those sturdy people still wanting more music and song, find a comfy corner in a pub and play and sing away

All tickets available in the Festival Office

While correct at time of printing please check with the Festival before hand in case of alterations or amendments to programme

See you all there! Liz 

Rothbury trad festival poster

Stonehaven Folk Festival 9th – 11th July 2015

Stonehaven Folk Festival 9th – 11th July 2015

Jul 8, 2015

27 th Stonehaven Folk Festival 9 – 12 June 

Artist Appearing:-

The Old Blind Dogs Le Vent Du NordTreacherous OrchestraPooziesSalthouseRoss Ainslie and Jarleth HendersonThe Young’Uns Kate Lissaeur Paul Anderson – Shona Donaldson North East Folk Collective – Ross and Cameron – Artie Trezise 

Norman Kennedy

Norman Kennedy


Tradition Bearers : Norman Kennedy (S) – Chris Hendry (S) – Johnny Handle (E) – Patricia Flynn (I)

Thursday – 9 July 2015
8:30 PM Upper Town Hall   Thursday night session
Opening Session. Come and meet up with old and new friends at the first music/singing session of the weekend.

Friday – 10 July 2015
7:30 PM Town Hall   Friday Night Concert and Ceilidh (Sold Out)
The North East Folk Collective, Paul Anderson, Shona Donaldson, Old Blind Dogs

Old Blind Dogs

Old Blind Dogs

Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson

Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson

North East Folk Collective

North East Folk Collective









Kate Lissauer


10:30 PM British Legion   Americana night at the Legion
A new event for 2015 featuring Kate Lissauer, Home Made Jam and , Kenn Clark

Saturday – 11 July 2015
12:00 PM Market Square   Plainstones on Saturday concert
A concert with a mix of Festival Guests with local and visiting artists.

12:00 PM Recreation Club   SC&T Slow Session
Hosted by SC&T Tutor Helen Lynch, an easy slow paced instrumental session led by a tutor from SC&T. The idea is to share some common session tunes, played at a moderate pace. Suitable for beginner to intermediate level.

1:00 PM St Bridgets Hall   Family Concert – Tartan Tales
Family Fun with Artie Trezise, co-founder and performer with the legendary Singing Kettle,The show features traditional stories that Artie has adapted and updated with the addition of music and song. There’s some unusual telling of classic children’s tales with Goldilocks, the Little Red Hen and the Three Little Pigs all having musical choruses included.

danny couper
2:00 PM British Legion   The Afternoon Singing Session
An informal singing session held upstairs at the British Legion. Note there is no wheelchair access for this venue as it is upstairs. Hosted by Danny Couper and Arthur Johnstone and friends, always popular, make sure you get there early for a seat.




4:00 PM St Bridgets Hall   World Paper ‘n’ Comb Championship
A well established part of the Festival and a lot of fun for all the family. Any tune will do so long as you can play it on the Paper n’ Comb. Official combs and Paper are available on the day. This year’s theme for the Paper’n’Comb Championships is “Food and Drink” – lots of scope for the imagination there.

7:30 PM Town Hall   Saturday Night Concert (Sold Out)
Le Vent Du Nord, Salthouse, The Young ‘uns

Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord

The Young 'uns

The Young ‘uns










10:30 PM British Legion   Late Concert at the Legion
Featuring John Colletta, Bob Sharp, Ross Hull & Cameron Grant and Tanarra (with Cameron Ross)

Sunday – 12 July 2015
11:00 AM Open Air Pool   Aqua Ceilidh
A firm favourite of the Festival and a great chance to blow away the cobwebs…and yes it is in the swimming pool, and yes you will dance.

12:30 PM Market Square   Plainstones on Sunday concert

A concert with a mix of Festival Guests with local and visiting artists.

1:00 PM St Bridget’s Hall   Tradition Bearers Concert
A celebration of traditional song and singers from across the UK. Hosted by Geordie Murison with Norman Kennedy (Sco), Chris Hendry (Sco), Johnny Handle (Eng) and Patricia Flynn (Irl)

4:00 PM Belvedere Hotel   Chorus Cup
This is a lighthearted event with a serious aim – to get everyone to join in and sing. Introduced to the festival and run by Liz Clark and Isla Duncan  . Any song may be performed as long as it is in the folk idiom (old or new) and has a chorus which everyone can join in. Entry forms will be available from the Festival Office or from the Stewards on the day – be sure to register and don’t miss out on this great fun event!

7:00 PM Town Hall   Sunday Night Concert (Sold Out)
Treacherous OrchestraThe PooziesRoss Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson
treacherous orcestra

The Poozies

The Poozies

ross ainsleth & jarlath henderson







11:00 PM Royal   Survivors’ Session
Last session of the Festival (?), meet the committee, relax, have a tune or a song and say farewell to the 2015 Festival
Also check out all the workshops that are on!

While correct at time of printing please check with the festival for any changes to programme and updates before attending!

See you at the festival ! Liz 

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival 3 – 5th July 2015

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival 3 – 5th July 2015

Jun 29, 2015


Newcastleton Tradition Music Festival 3 – 5 th July 2015


Competition results 2015:-

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival 2015 Competition Winners
Accordion (Classical & Continental)                         Brian Smith
Accordion Open                                                                 India Smith
Border Ballad                                                                     Ali Macrae
Children’s Accordion                                                       India Smith   
Children’s Miscellaneous Instrument                      Connor Mitchell
Ceilidh Band                                                                       Newcastleton Irregulars   
Fiddle (Open)                                                                     Rachael Hales
Fiddle (Slow Air & Reel)                                                Rachael Hales     
Highland Bagpipes (Open)                                           Tom Kirkmeed
Instrumental Pairs                                                          India Smith  &  Brian Smith  
Miscellaneous Instrument                                           Jadwiga Billewicz
Original Poetry                                                                 Bob Bolam   
Original Song (Non-Trad)                                            Celia Ketchell
Original Composition (Song Trad)                           Celia Ketchell
Original Composition (Song in Scots)                     Colin Crombie
Original Composition (Tune)                                      Jane Carson 
Storytelling                                                                         Bob Bolam
Traditional Singing (Men’s Novice)                          Bob Bolam
Traditional Singing (Men’s Open)                             Bob Bolam
Traditional Singing (Women’s Novice)                   Jackie Buckham
Traditional Singing (Women’s Open)                      Joyce Cunningham


Programme of Events (while correct at time of printing please contact festival in case of alterations or ammendments)


Friday 3rd July
7pm – 9.30pm Opening Concert: Castleton Parish Church, Guests are: Di HendersonAilsaMackenzie, Carol Anderson, Stuart Forester,  Emma Spiers, Dave Orr & Jane Carson. Tickets £5/£3
9.30pm – 1am Dance – Village Hall The Redheughers Ceilidh Band (£5)
11pm – 2am-ish -Singaround – upstairs in the Buccleuch Centre with Dave MacFadzean Entry By Donation

Sessions all weekend in venues throughout the village including the Supper Room in the Village Hall. The Community Room will be used as a “quiet room” for singers and musicians who want to perform in a quieter space. It will be available from 6pm Friday  and from 4pm Saturday and will be hosted by Eliza Mood.

newcastleton riging out

Copshaw Common ‘Ringing’ out

Saturday 4 th July

8.30am – 9pm Festival Office open in the Buccleuch Centre.
9.06am Copshaw Common Riding – gathering at the Fountain (This event starts at 7.32am and continues all day!)
10.00am  Competitions start !Spectator tickets covering all venues – £5.00 – children £1.00 Spectator tickets for individual venues £3.00 – children 50p.
2.30pm Fiddle & Guitar Workshops in Village Hall  and Songwriting in Community Room £3/£1
7.00pm Grand Concert in the Village Hall – (Bar Licence) Competition Winners & special guests – opened by the Copshaw Common Riding. – £5.00  Compered by Di Henderson.
9.30pm – 1am     Dance in the Village Hall to Three Men and a Box Ceilidh Band £5.00
11.00pm – 2am-ish Singaround – Upstairs in the Buccleuch Centre with Susie Kelly Entry by donation.

Sunday 5 th July
9am – 12 noon Festival Office
open in the Buccleuch Centre.
10am/11am/12noon   Trash Arts Workshops in Village Hall  Adult £4 Child £2
10am   BEGINNERS Smallpipes Workshop with Kevin Tilbury Buccleuch Centre (above Office) Adults £3 Child £1 (Limited numbers – sign up in Festival Office)
1.30pm – 2.30pm        Highland Bagpipe Competition – Village Square (dry day) Village Hall (wet day)
2-30pm(ish) – 4.30pm(ish) Farewell Concert with Norman Stewart in the Village Hall – various guests £2 (children free)
8pm onward    Buccleuch Centre Survivors’ Session (Until we drop from sheer exhaustion or run out of songs/tunes!!)
See you all there! Liz  liz@celticmusicradio.net 

Di Henderson

Di Henderson

Barbara Dymock

Barbara Dymock

Carol Anderson

Carol Amderson

Celtic Music Radio now on Radioplayer

Celtic Music Radio now on Radioplayer

Jun 23, 2015

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WIN a Martin J18 Guitar with Bill Adair

WIN a Martin J18 Guitar with Bill Adair

May 19, 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to own this magnificent Martin J18 guitar and, in the process, help underprivileged children in India.

Next year Bill Adair will be going to India to work with street children in Kerala, an area where there are over 200 slums and children have no access to arts education. His time will be spent on arts projects run by the charity GVI (www.gvi.co.uk) which enable children from difficult backgrounds to express themselves and develop self-confidence through music, storytelling, drama and creative writing. Although this is voluntary work and Bill is giving freely of his time, this project costs money. In order to meet some of these costs Bill is offering this beautiful Martin guitar as a prize in a Grand Prize Draw. All the proceeds from the draw will go to funding my work in India.

The J18
One of Bill’s prized guitars and named ‘Rory’ after blues guitarist Rory Block.
Solid Mahogany back and sides, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, original chrome tuners with ebony buttons and fitted with a Fishman under saddle pick up.
This is a very rare guitar. Martin only produced 312 of this model and as there will only be 250 tickets available you have a great chance to own a piece of Martin history!

bill martin guitar

£10.00 per ticket
You can buy tickets directly from Bill, by post or by using Pay Pal (mail@billadair.net).

The draw will take place on Sunday 4th October at the Ingleton Folk Weekend and the winner announced at the festival and on Bill’s website: www.billadair.net.

Don’t miss out on a great chance to own a Martin guitar and help street children in India.

Celtic Music Radio has no involvement with the running of this prize draw.

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