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Thread #156812   Message #3735799
Posted By: GUEST,HFF
06-Sep-15 - 11:00 AM
Thread Name: Hartlepool Folk Festival
Subject: RE: Hartlepool Folk Festival
Sunday 18 October

Alistair Anderson is a legend of North East music. A master of the concertina and the Northumbrian pipes, he co-founded both Folkworks, one of the leading folk education organisations in the country, and the Newcastle University folk music degree. He also mentored a young Kathryn Tickell. As a performer, composer and catalyst for amazing musical happenings, he is unequalled in the region and possibly the entire country.

We invited Alistair to bring his beautiful musical suite A Lindisfarne Gospel to Hartlepool because of the Headland's historic connections to Lindisfarne: before St Hild founded the famous Abbey at Whitby, she was sent by St Aidan to Hartlepool to lead the relatively new monastic community here. She stayed several years, and the Headland's iconic church, close to the site of the 7th century abbey, is named for her. St Hilda's church will be the venue for this very special concert.

The suite is inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospel and the island where it was created. Drawing on the roots of Northumbrian music, the interweaving musical lines reflect the intertwining designs of the Gospel's illuminations, and slow airs evoke Lindisfarne's wide skies and rugged landscape.

The lineup for the concert is absolutely first class. In addition to Alistair himself on concertina, there is Andy May on pipes and whistles, Emily Ball on fiddle & viola, Sophie Ball on fiddle, Fiona Beyer on cello and Rachel Newton on harp.

Tickets for this event are just £12.50. Many individual event tickets now available from the website.