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.