Feast of music and dance on the menu

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2011.'Hexham Morris men.
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2011.'Hexham Morris men.

The hills will be alive with the sound of music this weekend, as Coquetdale hosts a popular showcase of music, song and dance.

The annual Rothbury Traditional Music Festival runs from tomorrow to Sunday, and a fantastic lineup is in store.

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2011.'Rothbury Highland Pipe Band.

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2011.'Rothbury Highland Pipe Band.

Over the last three decades, the event has established a unique atmosphere that has drawn musicians and singers from far and wide to share music and experience Northumbrian traditions.

And this year will be no different.

The festival opens tomorrow with a dancing ceilidh in the village’s Jubilee Hall from 8.30pm.

A packed programme is planned for Saturday.

Competitions and workshops will take place at a number of venues throughout the day.

At 1pm, there will be a pipe band parade, followed by entertainment on the stage, including performances by Hexham Morris, The Wilson Family, Absolutely Legless Irish Dancers, Rothbury Ceilidh Band and Hexhamshire Lasses.

There will also be children’s entertainment, face-painting and more.

At 6.30pm, All Saints’ Church hosts a concert, featuring Kieran Halpin, Voicemale, The Wilson Family and Rothbury Ceilidh Band, plus local acts and competition winners.

Thomlinson Bunkhouse Cafe is holding a Northumbrian Pipes and singaround event at 8pm.

A non-dancing ceilidh will take place at 8.30pm in the Mart with Bryan Gear and Violet Tulloch, Kieran Halpin, The Wilson Family, Voicemale, Lynn Tocker & Gary Forrest and Absolutely Legless, plus local acts and festival visitors.

On Sunday, from 11am, there will be the Festival Fling with the festival survivors band.

At 12.30pm, the Queen’s Head Hotel hosts stalwarts and survivors sessions for those sturdy people still wanting more music and song.

Information will be available from the festival office, located in the parish hall in the centre of the village. It will be open tomorrow, 4pm to 8pm, and Saturday, 9am to 5pm.

Tickets are on sale from the village’s Coquetdale Centre, Church House (01669 620887).

For more information, contact 01669 620849 or visit www.rothburymusicfestival.co.uk