52nd Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
continuing Northumberland’s traditions
26th April to 28th April 2019

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Annual festival celebrating Northumberland's traditional music, song, craft, heritage, dance and dialect.
This year's special Ower the Watter international theme marks our area’s musical links with other countries.
Many free events. Prices: adult/unwaged/school age. Under 5s free.

Before the Gathering: Thursday 14th March 7.30 pm

NORTHUMBRIAN CONCERT Alistair Anderson, Bob Bolam, Border Directors, Keith Davidson, etc. Town Hall £12, £11, £5

Friday 26th April:

9.30 - 5.00 CRAFTS EXHIBITION + refreshments; craft competition entries (rec’d Thur. 25th April 5.30 pm - 7 pm). Displays/stalls: needlework, shepherds’ sticks, jewellery, leatherwork. CDs, books, photos, t-shirts, mugs on sale Town Hall 50p at door/accompanied under-12s free
10.00– 4.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS Punch & Judy, Rent a Peasant, Ran Tanners, stories, Archaeosoup, craft activity Market Place, Arcade Free
10.00 DANCE WORKSHOPS including clog, maypole, historic, international Town Hall; £2/£1 per session at door
10.30 –4.00 FAMILY EXHIBITION art, family craftwork activities, stories. Leisure Centre café Free
10.30 – 4.30 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES: PLAY IN A DAY for adults (over16) with Dave Shaw. Smallpipes provided. Chantry Bagpipe Museum: £24 - please book in advance
2.00 OFFICIAL OPENING of Gathering by Mayor Town Hall
4.30 STORYTIME with Jim Grant Library Free
5.30 - 6.30 COAST AND COBLE Book launch with poetry and music Bagpipe Museum Details to be confirmed
7.30 – 10.00 OWER THE WATTER concert – Folkestra, New Voices, Baltic Crossing Methodist Ch £12/£10/£8
8.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION Tap & Spile Donations

Saturday 27th April:

9am – 4pm Park&Ride at County Hall)

St. John Ambulance at rear of Town Hall.

9.30 - 6.00 CRAFTS EXHIBITION as Friday Town Hall
9.45 CHILDREN’S STORIES Library Free
10.30 – 3.30 FAMILY EXHIBITION art, family craftwork activities, model rail display. Leisure Centre café Free
10.00– 4.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS Punch & Judy, Ellington Colliery Band, Time Bandits, Ran Tanners, dancers Mkt Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade
10.00 – 4.00 MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY history, stories & music. Arranged with Landmark Trust Free
10.00 – 4.00 STORYTELLERS' GARDEN with music and story-tellers Old Bakehouse Yard Millennium Green Free
LIVING HISTORY activities with Archaeosoup and Rent a Peasant William Turner Herb Garden (Park) Free
10.00 MEET THE NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS with guest German zither player Robert Helgert Bagpipe Mus Free
10.00 - 10.45 CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP with Anne Walton. Bring flat hard-soled shoes *NB venue change* St Robert's Church Hall £2/£1 at door
10.15 RING O’ BELLS; Clock Tower tours from 12 appr.
10.30 – 3.30 FAMILY EXHIBITION Leisure Centre café
11.00 PAGEANT Border piper, flags, Lord Greystoke’s return from Otterburn, costumed groups, bands, dance teams, dragon and giant piper Jamie Allen, welcomed at Town Hall by the Morpeth Gadgy and civic leaders. During this time (10.30 - 11.45 am) Market Place & town centre from Chantry to Manchester Street closed to traffic. Alternative route Dark Lane/Stanley Terrace/Wellway.

Saturday Cont'd

11.45 - 12.45 THE VICKERS TUNEBOOK Amélie Addison and friends on the great 18th century NE tune collection Chantry Bagpipe Museum £4/£3
12.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION Tap & Spile Free
12.00 - 3.00 SINGAROUND with Beeswing Joiners Arms
12.00 - 1.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION tbc
12.00- 1.00 MORPETH WAITES early music concert
St George’s Church £2/£1 at door
1.00 – 3.00 LET’S BEE POTTY seed-sowing workshop Bakehouse Millenn.Green Free (donation for materials)
2.00 - 2.45 FAMILY SHOW performers incl. Ashington Male Voice Choir New Life Centre £2/£1 at door
3.00 – 4.00 KNIGHTS’ TOURNAMENT Dawn of Chivalry present a medieval combat tournament Castle Free
4.00 - 5.00 THE WUND AN THE WETTER Katrina Porteous (poetry) and Chris Ormston (small pipes) Chantry Bagpipe Museum £4/£3
5.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION to be confirmed
6.30 - 8.45 WINNERS’ CONCERT Special guest Brian McNeill plus 2018 winners Town Hall Ballroom £9/£8/£5
8.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION Tap & Spile Free
8.00 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS’ SESSION venue to be confirmed Free (donations)
8.30 BARN DANCE with Fiddler's Elbow & guests. Bring own drinks; no stilettos! St Geo’s Ch Hall £8/£6/£5

Sunday 28th April:

9.30 - 4.30 CRAFTS EXHIBITION as Friday Town Hall
9.30 - 11.00 ORIENTEERING event (prizes at 12) Park
10.00 - 3.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS
Punch & Judy, Maypole, stories, Ran Tanners, Lesley Bentham Market Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade
LIVING HISTORY activities with Archaeosoup and Rent a Peasant William Turner Herb Garden (Park) Free
10.00 -11.00 HANDBELLS WORKSHOP Clock Tower
10.30 – 3.30 FAMILY EXHIBITION art, family craftwork activities, model rail display. Leisure Centre café Free
10.30 CHURCH SERVICE St George’s UR Church
11.30 – 12.30 SONGS OF THE SEA Town Hall £4/£3
12.00 - 2.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION as Friday.
1.00 - 3.00 TOURS OF COUNCIL CHAMBER, Mayor’s Parlour, civic silver and artefacts Town Hall Free
1.30 - 3.00 FAMILY CONCERT including Woolsington Community Strings, Northumbrian Ranters, 2018 junior winners Town Hall £2/£1 at door
3.00 – 4.00 KNIGHTS’ TOURNAMENT Dawn of Chivalry present a medieval combat tournament Castle Free
7.30 – 10.00 TOPETTE!! Anglo-French supergroup in concert Town Hall £12/£10/£8

Saturday Competitions:

Passport ticket for entrants/audience £2.00/£1.50 includes free entry to Exhibition. Doors open 30 minutes before times stated below to allow entrants to register. *NB this year sees changes to some venues

12.00 CLOG DANCING *St Robert’s Church Hall
1.30 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES & LOWLAND/ BORDER /HALF-LONG PIPES Chantry Bagpipe Museum
1.30 SPEAKING AND WRITING: dialect, stories, results of pre-judged writing classes (deadline 1st Apr) *St James's Centre
2.00 BANDS, ACCORDIONS, FIDDLES, OTHER INSTRUMENTS, DUETS St. George’s Church (ground floor)
3.30 SINGING *St Robert’s Church Hall

Venues fully accessible except Bin 21, Tap, Clock Tower
At some events donation boxes will be passed around

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