Rising star to play in converted church

A winner of this year’s Radio 2 Folk Award will be playing a house concert at St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses next week.

Blair Dunlop is just 21 years old, but has rapidly emerged as one of the finest of singer-songwriters.

His vocals have a light yet raunchy feel, very much a once-heard, never-forgotten sound.

On guitar, he is forging a unique and breathtaking style of his own, and featured recently in Acoustic magazine purely as an up-and-coming guitarist.

Blair is a son of the legendary Ashley Hutchings, founder member of three of the most influential English folk-rock bands – Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span & The Albion Band.

Richard Thompson, regarded by many as the godfather of English folk, is a family friend, and has contributed a previously-unreleased song for Blair’s new album Blight and Blossom.

The concert, on Friday, July 19, is the latest of the monthly house-concert gigs which are taking place at St Cuthbert’s House, a converted former church in Seahouses. Owners Jeff and Jill Sutheran are musicians themselves, and are delighted to be bringing world-class professional performers to the rural area.

Tickets cost £10 and are available on 01665 720456.