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morpethgather18.jpg A Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering!

All roads lead to Morpeth in early April for one of the regional highlights of the spring featuring concerts, workshops, displays and more.

Last year’s extravaganza was the 50th Morpeth Gathering (file under: rip-roaring success) and it’s back again this April where the throngs will be treated to numerous concerts, workshops, competitions and displays that will follow a Back to the Roots theme, concentrating on traditional Northumbrian music, song, dialect, dance and craft.

Among the performers will be ceilidh band The Hedgehog’s Skin, Lowp (featuring Border piper Iain Gelston), young supergroup Folkestra, and singer and concertina maestro Steve Turner. Tyneside songster Joe Wilson – who had family connections with Morpeth – will be celebrated, as will the life and music of the great composer William Shield.

Many of the events will be held indoors (thus negating the possible inclement early Easter weather) and the extra exhibition space in the Leisure Centre bar will be repeated giving more room for family activities and model railway displays, which proved such a hit last year. Gather yourself!

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, Friday 6-Sunday 8 April. Full programme and updates: northumbriana.org.uk (or collect printed programme from Morpeth Chantry and other TICs in the region).