A blast from the past helps to keep traditional music alive

Our Northumberland Singing Heritage
Our Northumberland Singing Heritage

A celebration of traditional music will be coming to north Northumberland later this month.

The Singing Saturday Bus, carrying musicians and singers, will be touring on June 15, culminating in a ceilidh that afternoon.

It comes as part of Bailiffgate Museum’s Our Northumbrian Singing Heritage project, which has been collecting peoples’ memories and stories about traditional songs and dialect, as part of the BBC’s Great British Story.

Six local first schools have been working with traditional singer Avril Huntly and local singers, choirs and families have been interviewed to archive their memories and keep the musical heritage alive.

The June 15 tour starts at Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum at 10am.

The double-decker bus will then stop at Branton Community First School from 10.45am to 11.30am.

The next stop will be Whittingham CofE First School (11.45am to 12.30pm) followed by Netherton Northside First School (12.50pm to 1.35pm).

The bus will be parked at Harbottle CofE First School between 1.55pm and 2.40pm and then Thropton Village First School from 3.10pm to 3.50pm.

Its final stop will be at Rothbury’s URC, from 4pm to 5.30pm, where there will be a free family ceilidh.

There are refreshments at each stop. All welcome.