Monthly archives: July, 2018

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2018

On the weekend of 13th – 15th July this year it was the annual Rothbury Traditional Music Festival. This is a wonderful weekend and is something that our directors, Stewart & Ali, love to support. This year, as in the past few years, getting a group from the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance to enter the Ceilidh Band competition has been key in encouraging lots of people to attend and supoprt the traditional competitions.

This year there was a clean sweep for TFA members in all of the Fiddle Competitions, including Ali’s Open win, and an enjoyable duet set from Stewart & Ali. TFA themselves were the deserving Open Ceilidh Band winners and it was fantastic to see the number of people happy to get up and take part. Well done to all!

Rothbury, like many voluntarily run organisations, are struggling with the workload to keep a festival such as this running following recent retirements. They are keen to recruit some new members to the committee, without which Rothbury may not be able to go ahead next year. If you can help out in anyway, please get in touch with them.



Thank you and Farewell to Grace

We are sorry to say that Grace is moving away from the area this summer and will no longer be available to teach at North East Fiddle School. Grace has been a key part in the success of NEFS to date, right from the early planning meetings. She has provided some great tunes and excellent tuition, and has been a complete joy to work with.

Grace – thank you, and good luck with all your future endeavours. We hope you will pop up and see us again very soon!

If you’d like to keep in touch with Grace and follow her future projects, you can like her Facebook page @Grace Smith Music.

We will soon be opening bookings for our next term which will begin on Weds 26th Sept. Check back soon for some new classes being offered and details of our new tutoring team. If you are interested in improving your fiddle technique, expanding your repertoire and enhancing your musicianship this is the place for you! We are a very friendly bunch, with excellent tutors and we have a lot fun!