Festival celebrates its 40th with a line-up of traditional musicians

Rothbury Traditional  Music Festival 2015
Andy May Trio
Picture by Jane Coltman
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2015 Andy May Trio Picture by Jane Coltman

A festival which has been showcasing traditional music for decades will celebrate its 40th anniversary with another three-day event this weekend.

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival has become a staple of the calendar for Northumberland residents and those from further afield.

Rothbury Traditional  Music Festival 2015
Rothbury and Neilston Pipe Band
Picture by Jane Coltman

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2015 Rothbury and Neilston Pipe Band Picture by Jane Coltman

Friday night kicks off with a ceilidh, featuring North East ceilidh favourites Tony Corcoran.

Saturday sees musical competitions for young and old, a free outside stage featuring festival guests and local acts including Andy May Trio, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Check Fleming, Tom O’Donnell, Highland Dancers, Beat it Cloggers, Ian Douglas Storyteller and more.

Rothbury Highland Pipe Band will also be performing and there will be face painting, craft stalls, informal pub sessions and singarounds.

Saturday evening sees an early evening concert in All Saints’ Church starting at 6.30pm and featuring festival guests and competition winners.

Rothbury Traditional  Music Festival 2015
Absolutely Legless Dance Troupe
Picture by Jane Coltman

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2015 Absolutely Legless Dance Troupe Picture by Jane Coltman

Following this is the non Dancing Ceilidh in the Mart.

Barry Chalk, Festival Chairman, said: “As we approach the 40th year, let us all join with that original spirit by revelling in what promises to be an entertaining and energetic weekend.”

Rothbury Traditional  Music Festival 2015
Picture by Jane Coltman

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2015 Picture by Jane Coltman

Rothbury Traditional  Music Festival 2015
Musicians in the Turks Head
Picture by Jane Coltman

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2015 Musicians in the Turks Head Picture by Jane Coltman