Top music festival beckons for Ernie

Ernie Gordon.
Ernie Gordon.

A north Northumberland man will join musicians from around the globe as one of the main artists at the Bristol International Harmonica Festival.

Ernie Gordon, from Alnwick, says he feels honoured to be a guest performer at the three-day event, which starts tomorrow in Bristol.

The 80-year-old traditional tremolo player, who will also run a workshop during the weekend, has been invited to play along with the likes of top European diatonic player, Greg Zlap.

And for Ernie, of Windsor Gardens, the experience will let him spread the word about another passion of his – the red squirrel.

He recently won a red squirrel film competition with his short movie, which captured him playing the harmonica to one of the creatures; numbers of which have decreased drastically in recent years.

“I will be able to play some of my tunes from that winning film clip,” said Ernie, who has played the harmonica since he was 10 years old and is gearing up to be a guest artist at Bristol for the first time since 2006.

His interest in red squirrels is also reflected with his pen, after publishing Volume One of The Adventures of Rusty Redcoat. He has just finished the second volume of the story about red squirrels.