A chance to listen and learn

Concert and workshops, Etal Village Hall, Saturday, May 14, 8pm.

THE next concert at Etal Village Hall features Tom McConville – the Newcastle Fiddler – with guitarist David Newey and Phil Murray on acoustic bass guitar.

This concert was cancelled in November due to the snow.

McConville is an exceptional fiddler and a great singer of songs in his own inimitable style. His very relaxed style disguises a real mastery of his instrument and a deep understanding of traditional music.

This was nationally recognised when he was voted Folk Musician of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards in 2009.

Alice Burns, a young and talented Northumbrian Piper, is the event’s support act.

Tickets are £10 and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Email Steve or Helen at swt22etal@aol.com or call 01890 820566.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the music starts at 8pm.

Meanwhile, two workshops will take place during the day on May 14.

The main one will see McConville do a taster of the Alexander Technique, a method that works to change movement habits in everyday activities.

It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.

Newey will be holding a guitar workshop based on themes including flatpick and fingerstyle, melody playing and improvisation.

Each workshop will cost £20 and will have limited spaces. Anyone interested should contact Steve or Helen.