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ktlind.jpg All roads lead to Lindisfarne

A special festival is taking place on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne this March that will feature intimate live performances from some of the top artists in the region, as well as a special film screening, art, talks, walks and more. Get ready for Pilgrimage to the Islands.

As north-east settings go, it doesn’t really get any better than the stunning environs of Lindisfarne, a location which has inspired many artists down through the years. And a limited audience will come to the island at low tide (either driving over, or, weather permitting, having the chance to walk the ‘Pilgrim’s Route’), and as the sea then swells in, cutting everyone off from the mainland, the performers will begin working their magic (in an indoor setting).

This will take in sets from Mercury Prize nominated, and Crack fave, Kathryn Williams, and a performance by the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, Kathryn Tickell (pictured), who will be appearing with Amy Thatcher (accordion and clog dancing).

There will also be appearances from Tyneside favourites Keep Breathing, St James Infirmary (performing How The North Was Won… And Lost), the curious combo of Johnny Brown and Gary Chaplin performing together as Sally Wheatley, jazz trio In Other Words, and Ordinaryson bringing the gorgeous melodies of Berwick.

A major feature of the event will be a live soundtrack played to vintage film taken of Holy Island and the nearby Farne Islands, as well as film of fishing and shipbuilding in the north-east, performed by Hector Gannet and inspired by Grace Darling. This 42-minute combination of cine, amateur and professional footage has only ever been performed once before, to a sell-out audience on the banks of the Tyne, and promises to be a real highlight.

Among the cultural and inspirational events taking place will be the chance to go on a nature walk with an experienced local guide, and an illuminating, and humorous, talk on The Darker Side of Birding (there’s a marked difference between birders and twitchers, apparently…).

What else? Northumbrian food and drink throughout the day and coach travel from Newcastle, Ashington and Alnwick? You got it! Check the websites below for ticket details and up to the minute information.

Pilgrimage to the Islands, Saturday 31 March, Holy Island of Lindisfarne, 9am-11pm, £17.50 (for a limited time), coach travel £10. Facebook.com/PilgrimageToTheIslands; Event.wescantickets.com/MzcyMzQx