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Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2011.'Northumberland Pipers who played in All Saints' Church.
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2011.'Northumberland Pipers who played in All Saints' Church.
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A folk-tastic line-up of musicians, bands and more is set to storm Rothbury Music Festival this summer.

The three-day event will see acts from across the North East and further afield entertaining crowds in the village, with new and old faces alike.

Street performers, entertainment, competitions and parades will also be seen from Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21.

Acts include The Fergie MacDonald Band, Alistair Russell and Chris Parkinson, Dan Walsh, Alistair Anderson and Christi Andropolis, Benny Graham, Voicemale, Rothbury and Neilston Pipe Band, The Keep Calm and Ceilidh On Kids, Highland dancers, clog dancers, storytellers, craft stalls, free outside entertainment, workshops, competitions and much more besides.

Chairman of the festival, Barry Chalk, said: “This year promises to be another notable Festival with a fantastic line up of acts and artists as well as the usual street performers, entertainers, parades and competitions.

“The work of the committee, while primarily focused on this weekend, has not been our sole activity.

“During the year we were successful in gaining funding from Northumberland National Parks Authority.

“This has enabled a number of projects to support us in promoting heritage through music, word and dance.

“Together with the running of the Festival weekend it proves to have been a busy year.

“For those who have assisted us, such as through sponsorship, donations in cash or in kind or volunteering, and for your continued support, we express our thanks.”

Organisers also hope that the landslide on the B6342 will not prevent visitors from coming to the weekend of events.

To keep up-to-date with news on the music festival, visit www.rothburymusicfestival.co.uk