Festive feast for winter

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The Holly and the Ivy, Rennington Village Hall, Saturday, December 17, 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50, £5 child, to include interval buffet.

RENNINGTON Village Hall provides an intimate and welcoming atmosphere for this lively, cheerful and thoughtful look at midwinter and Christmas through music, song, dance, stories, rituals and customs.

The Holly and The Ivy features three musicians who are at the forefront of traditional music and dance in the North East – accordionist and singer David Oliver, master fiddler Stewart Hardy and brilliant dancer and musician Laura Connolly.

The concert includes a varied menu of both secular and religious songs (though always folk carols rather than sacred music), tune-sets and instrumental solos, stories and clog dancing.

There’s lots of light and shade and opportunities for audience participation which includes making a ran-tan band leading to a lively circle dance and the evening also includes a bar and free interval buffet.

The Holly and The Ivy is coming to Rennington as part of Highlights Rural and Community Touring Scheme and brings to a close the autumn season.

In a career spanning 25 years, Stewart Hardy has performed and toured with many bands all over the world playing traditional folk, pop, rock and jazz, while also working as a session musician, both on stage and in the recording studio.

Laura Connelly is a flautist and champion Northumbrian clog dancer, currently dancing with The Demon Barber Roadshow, winners of BBC Radio 2 Best Live Act 2009.

David Oliver is one of the North East’s foremost dance musicians and callers.

For 17 years, he was education director at Folkworks, responsible for countless workshop programmes and courses, including the acclaimed Folkworks Summer Schools.