Alistair returns to his roots for album launch

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A Northumberland musician renowned internationally as a master of the English concertina and Northumbrian pipes is to return to Holy Island next week.

Alistair Anderson will be performing at St Mary’s Church on the island on Wednesday at 4.30pm.

He joins a string quartet from Gateshead’s Royal Northern Sinfonia and will also launch his own new band, Alistair Anderson and Northlands.

The programme is centred around the musician’s work for concertina and string quartet, On Cheviot Hills, a piece rooted in the landscape of Northumberland, written initially to be performed with the Lindsay String Quartet.

Anderson said: “It’s fantastic to work with such amazing musicians so committed to building a new platform for all those great songs and tunes from the North.”

He will also perform a selection of solo traditional concertina pieces.

The string quartet will present Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C Minor and Mozart’s The Hunt, and there will be a final collaboration between strings and concertina in a further piece by Anderson called Handing It On.

Anderson will also be presenting his new band at Allendale Village Hall on Thursday, July 16, at 7.30pm.

Tickets for both events are £8 and available on the door each day.

For more information, visit www.alistairanderson.com