Range of styles

Feast of Fiddles, Alnwick Playhouse, Tuesday, April 10, 7.30pm. Tickets £17.50, £18.50 premier.

FEAST of Fiddles is a musical entertainment like no other – six of the UK’s finest fiddle players in a band of 11 which includes Dave Mattacks – the grandfather of folk-rock drumming.

Peter Knight of Steeleye Span, Brian McNeill, Ian Cutler, Tom Leary and Garry Blakeley bring their own individual styles together to visit many musical genres in a show that has a wide dynamic range and will have you dancing in the aisles and perhaps even shedding a tear.

Chris Leslie, of Fairport Convention, won’t be at the Alnwick performance. However, Alan Whetton, who has played with Cliff Richard, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Shakin’ Stevens among many others, will be on sax and keyboards making an interesting and new twist to the show. The 2012 tour is the band’s 19th annual outing and the critical acclaim gets louder every year.

The very simple trick is that multiple established artists bring experience, repertoire and fans to the party.

That said, Feast of Fiddles has now very much become a band rather than an accompanying backline with stars upfront.

It all really gelled in 2004 and can now be best described as a musical show in two acts with each scene a contrasting expose of a different playing style or musical genre.

The band’s roots are very much within traditional folk music with a rather English feel about it – although the repertoire includes Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, Eastern Europe and France.