Fiddlers’ feats lay on a feast of folk Fiddles

Feast of Fiddles, at Alnwick Playhouse, Friday, April 15, 7.30pm. Tickets, £16.50 adults, £15.50 conc/child/student, available from the Playhouse by popping in or calling 01665 510785.

SOME of the most legendary names in folk perform at the Alnwick Playhouse as part of an 18th birthday tour.

A musical extravaganza like no other, the flamboyant Feast of Fiddles features a collection of the UK’s finest fiddle players in a band of eleven.

The celebrated collective combines the colossal talents of Dave Mattacks – the grandfather of folk rock drumming – as well as Peter Knight of Steeleye Span, Chris Leslie of Fairport Convention, Brian McNeill, Ian Cutler, Tom Leary and Garry Blakeley, all bringing their own individual styles together to visit pretty much every musical genre.

It is entertainment that has a wide dynamic range and will have you dancing in the aisles and perhaps even shedding a tear.

The uplifting annual musical extravaganza that is the Feast of Fiddles tour began as a humble one-off for Oxfordshire’s Nettlebed Folk Club and has grown into a full-blooded two and a half hour life-affirming show with an appeal that has grown far beyond a folk audience.

A true family show, it appeals equally to young people learning fiddle and their foot-tapping grandparents.

The feats of the fiddlers know no bounds and audiences should be prepared for anything – from traditional numbers to the theme music from James Bond and The Magnificent Seven.