A star line-up is planned to play at the popular pub music nights

Rod Clements, who will be performing at River Fest in Morpeth.
Rod Clements, who will be performing at River Fest in Morpeth.

There’s a strong line-up of musicians planned for this year’s Rothbury Roots.

Playing the monthly music night in Rothbury’s Queen’s Head will be music legends Rod Clements, Charlie Dore, Steve Daggett, some regular Rothbury Roots favourites – Brooks Williams and Sarah McQuaid, international acts Canadian Ian Sherwood, Vera Van Heerigen, from Holland, and some new faces.

Rothbury Roots organiser Andy Craig said: “My aim is to bring artists to Rothbury Roots that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see live in rural Northumberland. We’re up against a fair amount of free music available in local pubs so I try to sign up the acts who you won’t get to see for free and who are, to be honest, in a different class.

“Our audience has a fine taste and will listen to the music and lyrics with sophisticated appreciation, but equally they can burst into song on request. They will also freely tell me what they think, which really helps me tailor the Rothbury Roots artists to the tastes of my regulars. Many of our acts receive regular play on national radio and I get a real kick out of bringing these nationally, and internationally, recognised names to play.”

Events kick off on January 25 with local hero Rod Clements, of Lindisfarne, supported by a new acoustic duo based on the Northumberland Coast, Big Sky, from 8pm. Tickets are £10 from the Queen’s Head or 01669 620470.

Ian Sherwood's mix of catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories with intricate guitar loops, saxophones and pop, rock and jazz grooves comes to the Wingates Village Institute this Sunday. More details below.

Ian Sherwood's mix of catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories with intricate guitar loops, saxophones and pop, rock and jazz grooves comes to the Wingates Village Institute this Sunday. More details below.

Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid