Folk star plays intimate gig

Blair Dunlop
Blair Dunlop

A Radio 2 Folk Award-winner is the latest in a line of musical talent to play an intimate house concert at a north Northumberland B&B.

Blair Dunlop is set to play a gig at St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses tomorrow night at 7.30pm.

His achingly beautiful debut album, Blight and Blossom, attracted a rapturous reception from music critics and received a lot of airplay on BBC radio.

Still only 22 years old, few people in the music world were surprised when he scooped the prestigious Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Plus the concert in Seahouses comes at the outset of the weekend which sees the launch of Blair’s eagerly-awaited second album.

Laced with beautiful, crafted songs, along with his virtuosic guitar playing, it brings a bright, contemporary sound, representative of the musical influences one might expect of a 22-year-old digital native.

In performance, Blair has confidence beyond his years and a very real stage presence.

The concert is the latest of the monthly house-concert gigs at St Cuthbert’s House, a converted former church in Seahouses, which last week won gold for guest accommodation at the Visit England Awards for Excellence.

Owner Jill Sutheran said: “We’ve had some very special nights here. The beautiful venue gives a small audience a great opportunity to get very close to these wonderful musicians – and having Blair return to launch his new album is a real coup for us.”

Tickets for the gig cost £10 and are available by calling 01665 720456.

All of the ticket money is donated directly to the artist, in the house-concert tradition.