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Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 14th to 16th July 2017
July 12, 2017 Festival News

‘Rothbury Traditional Music Festival is a small, friendly, community based music festival set in the heart of Northumberland in Rothbury in the beautiful Coqest Valley.  Over the last three decades Roghbury Festival had established a unique atmosphere that has drawn musicians and singers from throughout the country and beyond to spend a weekend sharing music and experiencing Northmbrian traditions !’

They have managed to ‘regenerate’ their own dialect through story, verse and song ensuring that it does not die out and thrives in the youth of today who are the tradition bearers of tomorrow!







Programme 2017

4:00pm – 8:00pm – Festival Office open at Parish Hall
8:30pm – Hedgehog’s Skin Ceilidh Band – Jubilee Hall
Tickets – £7.50


9:00am – 5:00pm – Festival Office open at Parish Hall
9:30am – Children’s Competitions – in All Saints Church (see Competitions Schedule)
8:00pm – Piping & Singing Session – in the ‘Coquetvale Hotel’ – The Coquetvale welcomes Northumbrian Pipers & Singers to their Hotel for an informal session evening.

JUBILEE HALL – workshop tickets £3.50
10:00am – 12:00pm – WORKSHOPS – Northumbrian Piping get together – an informal piping session before the start of the competitions (self led) in the Dovecot Room, Jubilee Hall.
12:30pm – 5:00pm – Open Competitions (see Competitions Schedule below)
10:30am – 12:00pm – Fiddle with Stuart Hardy – Main Hall
10:30am – 12:00pm – Guitar with Frank McLaughlin – Dining Room

12:00pm – 4:00pm – featuring Rothbury & Neilston Pipe Bands Parade, Stewart Hardy & Frank McLaughlin, Northern Company, Harbottle & Jonas, Alnwicky, Ian Douglas Storyteller, Highland Dancers, Local Acts…., Face painting, arts and crafts, sessions, sing-arounds,  – plus much, much more…..

6:30pm – All Saints Church Acoustic Concert – featuring this year’s Festival Guests and Competition Winners.       Tickets:- £6.00
 8:30pm – Non Dancing Ceilidh in the Mart – featuring Stuart Hardy & Frank McLaughlin , Northern Company  , Harbottle & Jonas  , Alnwicky  , Ian Douglas Storyteller  plus local performers and surprise guests.       
Tickets:- £12.00

Northern Company

11:00am – 12:30pm – Final Fling with the ‘festival survivors band’. Come along with your family and have a dance.  Free Event – (Donations Welcome)
12:30pm onwards – 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

Competitions Saturday 15 July 2017

Children’s Competitions
—Please NOTE – this is now an OPEN competition for children of both first and middle school ages(5-13) There will be a best local awarded for each competition for those living within a 15 mile radius of Rothbury. – Entries at venue

Children at All Saints Church –  Between 9:30 – 12:30
Solo, Duet and Group Instrument – Judge Ken Cross
Solo, Duet and Group Singing – Judge Ken Cross
Northumbrian Dialect Poetry – Judge James Tait

 Open Competitions
(including Award for 16 years and under)
Please enter at Festival Office between 9.30 – 11.30
Download competition from and rules from website
Jubilee Hall
Fiddle                                                                    12:30 – 1:15
Accordian                                                              1:15 –   2:00
Instrumental Pairs                                                  2:00 –  2:30
Sean Mcguire Trophy -​​​​​ ​for best​​ Innovative performance  2:30 –  3:00
Ceilidh Bands                                                         3:00 –  3:45

All Saints Church
Miscellaneous Instrument                                      1.00 – 1.45
Dialect Poetry                                                         1.45 – 2.30
Traditional Singing                                                  2.30 – 3.30
Original Composition                                              3.30 – 4.00
Original Composition Tune                                     4.00 – 4.30

Outside Stage
Snare Drumming                                                    4.00 – 4.15
Highland Pipes                                                       4.15 – 4.30
Highland Piping Pairs                                             4.30 – 4.45

Jubilee Hall – Dovecot Room
Northumbrian Pipes                                               1.30 – 2.15
N/brian Pipes New Tune                                        2.15 – 2.45
Lowland Pipes                                                        2.45 – 3.15
Piping Pairs                                                            3.15 – 3.45


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