Renowned musician to launch festival

An internationally renowned Northumbrian musician is to launch a walking festival with a special concert next week.

Alistair Anderson is launching the Kirknewton Festival of Archaeology and Walking, which runs from August 12 to 18, with a concert next Thursday.

The launch concert takes place at Kirknewton Village hall at 7.30pm and features Alistair on Northumbrian Pipes and concertina – with the evocative music of the region, plus Alistair’s own music which is firmly rooted within the traditions and landscape of Northumberland.

Special guests to open the concert are NE3 Folk from Newcastle, former students of the Newcastle University Folk Degree, which Alistair founded during his time as Artistic Director of Folkworks. Tickets for the concert are £10.

As a soloist, with no less than 37 tours of the USA, five trips to Australia and countless European tours, Alistair Anderson is internationally acknowledged as the master of the English Concertina and a fine exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes. He delights audiences with the lyrical slow airs and lively dance tunes of Northumberland and with his own music.

The Kirknewton Festival is a celebration of the thousands of years of fascinating history that surround the village of Kirknewton, nestled in the Cheviot Hills.

The festival is organised by Northumberland National Park Voluntary Rangers and it aims to raise the profile of the north edge of Northumberland National Park by providing a series of events and activities.

The festival not only showcases the archaeology of the north of the National Park, but offers the opportunity to explore the local area on foot. It also provides an income generating opportunity for the local community.