Brand new Highland video!

Following a recent visit to the beautiful North West Highland region of Coigach, we have created a short video of a tune we composed during our stay in a fabulous croft in the remote area of Culnacraig. We plan to include the tune in our forthcoming concerts over the next few months! Hope you enjoy watching and listening.

https://youtu.be/ikj3eNf2Wfc?si=y_MYYgbo6Re4To9C

Back to church!

Thank you to everyone who came along to our recent performances in St Wilfred’s Church, Kirkharle and St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge. We enjoyed performing again after a couple of months off and loved sharing some new material alongside some old favourites! Thanks to both churches for the warm welcome (during a very cold spell!) and particularly to Dark Sky Voices who made our joint performance in St Andrew’s so special!

Back to school!

It was fantastic to meet the children up at Kielder Primary School yesterday. A bitterly cold November day, but we got such a warm welcome when we arrived! We played some tunes, sang some songs and chatted about all our instruments. Thank you for having us. See you all again soon!

November concerts!

We’re really looking forward to performing in two different churches at the end of the November. The first is St Wilfred’s Church at Kirkharle on Friday 24th at 11.30am and then the following day at St Andrew’s Church (with Dark Sky Voices) in Corbridge on Saturday 25th at 7.30pm. Tickets are now available for both.
(See events page)

Midsummer update!

It was great to perform up at The Bellwether Gallery in Charlton at the weekend as part of the BAAFest Fund Raising concert! With the help of other local musicians and a lovely sell out audience, we managed to raise almost £500! Fiona also held a singing workshop in the afternoon called ‘Rounds, Reels and all that Jazz’ which also pushed the total up! Thanks to everyone who supported the event. our next performance will be up at Redefest, in Rochester, Northumberland then BAAFest itself in September! Don’t forget to book your tickets. Also performing at the festival will be Fiona’s choir ‘Dark Sky Voices‘ and Paul’s new musical venture ‘Hadrian’s Union‘, both of whom are keeping up very busy one way or another!
Here’s Paul on stage at The Bellwether playing bass.

Back on the road!

It’s so good to be touring again! We’ve had 3 lovely ‘away gigs’ recently and have been blessed with wonderful appreciative audiences, super sound and acoustics plus incredible weather! Combine all these and you get happy musicians! Special thanks to Debra and Derry at the Woodman Folk Club (West Midlands), Roger and Patti at St Neots Folk Club (Cambridgeshire) and the East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival in St Edmundsbury Cathedral (Suffolk)for booking us! We had a great time everywhere. We are now looking forward to some performances nearer home over the Summer…please check LIVE page for details.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

the new album has landed!

Finally the discs arrived! Thanks to everyone who pre-orded copies through the website…they should be on their way to you now.

We are thrilled with the quality of the sleeve design by Cherry Anderson and just love the cover photo taken by Neil Denham of Kielder Reservoir under the dark skies! Additional photos of the choir and of us by Rob Halliburton and Marje Baille complete the product which we hope you will enjoy for many years to come. As well as this website, physical copies of the CD’s are available to buy in Forum Books, Corbridge and Olive and Myrtle gift shop in Bellingham, Northumberland. For those without a CD player, it’s also available as a high quality download on our Bandcamp page.

Lockdown Blues on Radio 4 and Sky News!

What a surprise to wake up and hear ourselves singing ‘The Lockdown Blues‘ on Radio 4 this week on the Today programme! It was used as part of a piece launching a nation-wide project called ‘A Song for Us‘ set up by Sound UK to archive music composed and recorded during Lockdown. An online music map has been designed for creators to upload their videos/audio. We were just getting over the shock of this when we were informed that some footage might also go out on Sky News as part of a special programme marking the the anniversary of Lockdown in the UK. It did! Here’s a couple of screenshots we managed to capture. Great they chose a section with some of our invited guest singers! All quite surreal but nice all the same!

British Library Sound Archive to archive our music!

Absolutely delighted, if a little shocked that all our recordings are to be catalogued, archived and preserved as part of the nations audio and cultural heritage! Thank you to James Tugwell for finding us and inviting us to donate our music. It’s lovely to know that our songs and tunes will be available for generations to come.

Mr Piper Man gets an airing on BBC Radio Cumbria!

How terrific to hear ‘Goodbye Mr Piper Man’ over the airwaves this week! It was one of the tracks we included in our specially composed ‘Pied Piper’ score for a performance which was first staged back in 2012. The full length track was played during a special feature on the brand new Puppet Museum soon to open at Up Front Arts Venue in Cumbria. John Parkinson talked at length about the extensive collection of puppets he and Elaine have collected over the years from around the world! Another exciting venture for the award winning venue.
You can listen to the whole interview from 1 hour 10 minutes here.